Writing in the Modern Workplace

(mellow music) PremiumBeat.com Hi, I’m Megan Lawrence, Senior Accessibility Evangelist here at Microsoft. In the modern workplace, written communication is key to collaboration. Think emails, documents, and presentations. This expectation to produce content is harder for some people more than others. How do we give ourselves rest from the keyboard, assist people who have acquired disabilities like carpal tunnel or hand and wrist injuries or just allow everyone to create content in their preferred way? Let’s start with Cortana. Did you know that you can open programs and complete simple operations with your voice? Hey, Cortana, open PowerPoint. Sure, starting PowerPoint. What about creating slides in PowerPoint? It is so easy now to dictate slide content. But the impact for me has been the note section. People often leave notes out of their slides. Meaning, they’re sharing presentation content without that rich context. So, tell your whole team to dictate the notes to ensure that you land your message with colleagues. The Dictate option is available across much of Office 365. You can dictate emails, create content in OneNote, and rapidly get your thoughts down in word. For some people, this is a luxury and a time saver. But for someone experiencing hand or wrist pain, or someone with limited mobility, this is inclusion. Word prediction is useful as well and it’s available for touch and hardware keyboards. Press the up arrow and enter to choose the first word option. This is going to save someone keystrokes when they need it. System-wide dictation is available in Windows via the touch keyboard. We can even operate Windows 10 using eye control. Both this and dictation take a little practice but give it a go. To learn more, visit microsoft.com/accessibility.

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