Making your PowerPoint Slides work with a screen reader.

People with low or no vision use a screen reader to use and work with their computers and mobile devices. Since they cannot see the slides in the presentation, they rely on the screen reader to “speak” the slide contents. As a presenter, you can make a few tweaks to your presentation that will ensure that your content works well with a screen reader.

Setting a reading order in PowerPoint Screen Reader

You should make sure that the objects on the slide are read in a logical order. Otherwise, the audience using a screen reader may not understand your message. The worse they may be getting an entirely different message than the one you intended.

Suppose you have arranged several objects on the slide in a way that is easy for people. That can see the slide to read and understand. The order that people read the objects in is usually based on their positions on the slide. People tend to read the objects in the same order that they read text in their language. For example, English text usually flows from left-to-right and then from top-to-bottom. So people expect objects on the slide to follow that order.

But, when using a screen reader, the objects may be read in an entirely different order. There is no way to tell what order the objects will be read in just by looking at the slide.

Introducing the Reading Order pane!  It lets the author of the presentation to know in what order the objects will be read and enables to make any necessary adjustments .

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