Google - Accessibility of Google Sheets

Last Updated: 01/25/2017

Accessibility Considerations

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet application that lets you create and format spreadsheets and collaborate with other people in real time. General information about using Google Sheets with screen readers can be found on Google’s Get started in Google Sheets with a screen reader page.

Screen readers are generally compatible with Google Sheets; however, some issues still exist. If you are using NVDA, VoiceOver, or JAWS, it is best to use the screen reader’s application mode for better performance.

Accessibility features and options for Google Sheets

  • When screen reader support is enabled, an "Accessibility" menu is available in the menu bar with shortcuts for reading and navigation.
  • Screen reader support for reading and editing, including comments and cell highlighting.
  • Features and navigation are keyboard accessible.
  • Supports screen magnifiers.
  • Supports alt text on charts and images.
  • Notifications and collaborator information is spoken.
  • Supports keyboard shortcuts. Open a list of shortcuts any time by pressing Ctrl + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or Command + / (Mac).

Alternatives and/or Workarounds

In order to make a spreadsheet accessible for most users, it is best to convert a Google Sheet document to a Microsoft Excel document. To export the spreadsheet as an Excel file, use the following shortcuts:

  • Mac: Control + Option + F, then D, then Enter.
  • Windows using Chrome:  Alt + F, then D, then Enter.
  • Windows using other browsers:  Alt + Shift + F, then D, then Enter.

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How to get Help

OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services. If you need assistance, please contact the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).

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We want to hear from you about this service. If you’re having problems using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others on this webpage, please let us know by contacting the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).

You can also give Google feedback regarding accessibility of their applications and services using Google's accessibility feedback form.