Accessibility

Workplace caters for users with a range of different accessibility needs. Find out more about keyboard navigation, image tagging and text to speech.

Workplace includes accessibility and inclusion features that can help you and your colleagues to feel supported at work.
Dark mode
Dark Mode turns Workplace’s background from white to black. It can help reduce eye strain and glare in low light situations and can be better for people with vision impairments.
Auto-translate
Auto translate makes it easy for anyone to participate in a discussion on Workplace, regardless of their language skills or fluency. If you see a post in a language other than the default language in your settings click on See translation. The text will automatically translate to your default language. Learn how to change your language settings.
Keyboard shortcuts
Workplace has shortcuts (access keys) for people with vision impairments or anyone else that uses their keyboard to navigate. Keyboard shortcuts differ between browsers.
Automatic alt text
Automatic alt text uses object recognition to create a description of a photo for people with vision impairments.
Navigation assistant
Navigation assistant is a tool for people who use screen readers or keyboard shortcuts to get around Workplace. For anyone who uses their keyboard to navigate, navigation assistant is always the first element on the page, even when it can’t be seen visually.
Adding pronouns to your profile with Status
The status tool lets you share your pronouns with coworkers. On desktop, you can update your status with your pronouns (he/ him, she/her, they/them, etc) and an emoji. Learn more on how to set status on Workplace. You can also edit your pronouns in your profile settings to modify how your notifications address you.
Profile frames
Workplace offers Black Lives Matter profile frames for people who want to show their support for racial justice. Admins have to enable profile frames in the What’s New section of the Admin Panel in order to make them available to users.
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What are keyboard shortcuts?
Workplace has shortcuts (access keys) for people who wish to use their keyboards to navigate. Keep in mind that keyboard shortcuts can differ by browser (ex: Firefox, Internet Explorer).
Key Combinations for Different Browsers
Find the right combination of keys for your browser in the list below, and replace # with the access key number listed under Access Keys below.
  • Internet Explorer for PC: Alt + #, then Enter
  • Firefox for PC: Shift + Alt + #
  • Safari for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Firefox for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Chrome for Mac: Ctrl + Opt + #
  • Chrome for PC: Alt + #
Access Keys
  • 0 - Help
  • 1 - Home
  • 2 - Timeline
  • 3 - Coworkers
  • 4 - Inbox
  • 5 – Notifications
  • 6 – Settings
  • 7 - Activity Log
  • 8 - About
  • 9 - Terms
News Feed Keyboard Shortcuts
Some common screen readers (ex: VoiceOver, JAWS) support Workplace's general keyboard shortcuts.
If you're using JAWS 16.0.2136 or higher, you first need to turn on Allow Web Application Reserved Keystrokes in the JAWS Settings Center or Quick Settings.
To turn on shortcuts for JAWS:
  1. Use Insert + F2.
  2. Select Run Settings Center.
  3. Search for "web app."
  4. Check the box next to Allow Web Applications Reserved Keystrokes. Make sure that you edit the default file.
If you're using VoiceOver, the keyboard shortcuts will automatically work:
  • j and k - Scroll between News Feed stories
  • enter/return - See more of the selected story
  • p - Post a new status
  • l - Like or unlike the selected story
  • c - Comment on the selected story
  • s - Share the selected story
  • o - Open an attachment from the selected story
  • / - Search
  • q - Search chat contacts
  • ? - Open a list of these keyboard shortcuts while in News Feed
Web Messaging from Workplace, Keyboard Shortcuts
  • CTRL + g - Search conversations
  • CTRL + q - Show/hide keyboard shortcuts
  • CTRL + Delete - Archive/unarchive conversation
  • CTRL + j - Mark as spam
  • CTRL + m - Start a new message
  • CTRL + i - Go to Inbox
  • CTRL + u - Go to Other
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Navigation assistant is a tool for people who wish to use screen readers or keyboard shortcuts to get around Workplace. If you use your keyboard to navigate, navigation assistant is always the first element on the page, even when it can't be seen visually.
To open navigation assistant, press tab to move focus from your browser toolbar to the webpage.
Moving around in navigation assistant
Navigation assistant is a menubar that contains 3 menus: Sections of this page, Other pages on Workplace and Accessibility Help.
  • To move between the menus in the menubar, use the left and right arrow keys.
  • To open a menu, press enter or return.
  • To move within a menu, use the up and down arrow keys. You can also use letter keys to jump to the next menu item that starts with that letter.
Using Sections of this page
The Sections of this page menu lists the landmark regions that are on the current page. All pages on Workplace are divided into large sections called landmark regions. Most pages on Workplace include a main content region. For example, if you’re on your profile, the main content region includes your timeline. If a page on Workplace contains a main content region, it'll be listed as the first item under Sections of this page.
Some examples of other regions you may find under Sections of this page are Search Workplace and Create a post.
To move your keyboard focus to one of the sections in the menu, press enter or return.
Using Other pages on Workplace
The Other pages on Workplace menu lists pages outside of your home page and News Feed. Some examples of pages you may find under this menu are Profile, Notifications and Settings.
To move your keyboard focus to one of the pages in the menu, press enter or return.
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Automatic alternative (alt) text is a feature that uses object recognition technology to create a description of a photo for the blind and vision-loss community.
To hear the automatic alt text for a photo, access Workplace with a screen reader and focus on the image. If objects are identified, you'll hear a list of items the photo may contain.
If you're using the Workplace app for Android, you can use automatic alt text to hear a description of photos before you upload them. To hear a description of a photo before you upload it, open Workplace using TalkBack and long press (double tap and hold) on the photo in your camera roll.
  1. Click Settings and Privacy at the bottom of the page.
  2. Click General.
  3. Click Edit next to Data Usage.
  4. Click More.
  5. Click Save.
Automatic alt text is supported in the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Marathi
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
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