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Power BI Accessibility Features



Power BI boasts a swiftly-adapting and efficient method for organizing and formulating data in an ever-changing modern world. As a forerunner in the analysis of data for your organization. Power BI hosts a myriad of avenues for maintaining streamlined analyses and keeping your team’s data organized. still some of them are key to keeping your employees’ data efficiently at their fingertips. Read on for some of the best advantages of Power BI’s accessibility.


Power BI Complies with

US Section 508 - US Section 508 is a standard that requires governments and federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.


EN 301 549 - EN 301 549 is the Harmonized European Standard for Accessibility requirements for ICT products and services.


Built-in Accessibility Features

Here are some of the main accessibility features of Power BI:

Keyboard navigation: Power BI supports keyboard navigation, allowing users to use the keyboard to access and interact with the user interface.

  • To use keyboard navigation in Power BI, you can use the following keys:

  • Tab: Move focus to the next focusable element

  • Shift + Tab: Move focus to the previous focusable element

  • Enter: Perform the action for the selected element

  • Space: Perform the action for the selected element

  • Arrow keys: Navigate within the selected element

  • Esc: Close the current dialog or menu

You can also use the following keys to navigate between pages in Power BI:

  • Ctrl + PgUp: Move to the previous page

  • Ctrl + PgDn: Move to the next page

  • Ctrl + Home: Move to the first page

  • Ctrl + End: Move to the last page

High contrast mode: Power BI provides a high contrast mode that makes it easier to read text and distinguish between different colors.


To enable high contrast mode in Power BI, you can follow these steps:

  • Open Power BI and go to the "File" menu.

  • Click on "Options and settings" and then select "Accessibility".

  • In the "Accessibility" window, check the "Use high contrast colors" option.

  • Click on "OK" to apply the changes.

You can also enable high contrast mode in Power BI using the shortcut: Alt + H + C.

Screen reader support: Power BI supports screen readers, such as Microsoft Narrator, JAWS, and NVDA, allowing users with visual impairments to access and use the product.


To enable screen reader support in Power BI, you can follow these steps:

  • Open Power BI and go to the "File" menu.

  • Click on "Options and settings" and then select "Accessibility".

  • In the "Accessibility" window, check the "Use screen reader support" option.

  • Click on "OK" to apply the changes.

Power BI supports screen readers such as JAWS and NVDA. You will need to have a screen reader installed on your computer and set as the default screen reader in Windows in order to use it with Power BI.

Closed captions and audio descriptions: Power BI provides closed captions and audio descriptions for videos, making it easier for users with hearing impairments to access and understand the content.

To enable closed captions and audio descriptions in Power BI, you can follow these steps:

  • Open Power BI and go to the "File" menu.

  • Click on "Options and settings" and then select "Accessibility".

  • In the "Accessibility" window, check the "Show closed captions and audio descriptions" option.

  • Click on "OK" to apply the changes.

Note that closed captions and audio descriptions are only available for certain visuals and reports in Power BI. If they are available, they will be displayed automatically when you select the visual or report.

Alt text: Power BI allows users to add alternative text (alt text) to images, making it easier for screen readers to describe the content of the images to users with visual impairments.


Overall, Power BI provides a range of accessibility features to help users with disabilities access and use the product.

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