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    Use Skype with your keyboard and a screen reader, such as NVDA or Narrator, the built-in Windows screen reader, to add chat expressions to your instant messages (IM) by searching for them or browsing through expression categories. You can add emoticons, GIFs, Stickers, and Mojis. Emoticons are small emotion icons that can be added within text in a single chat message. GIFs, Sticker images and Moji videos are larger entities, where each GIF, Sticker or Moji is sent as an individual message without additional text. The information provided in this article is for use with the latest version of Skype. For more information please go to How do I update Skype?
     

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    Search for chat expressions

    1. While writing chat messages in the Type a message text input field, press Shift+Tab. You hear "Open expression picker." Press Enter.
    2. The expression picker opens, and the focus is in the Emoticons tab. To move to the GIFsStickers or Mojis tab, press the Left arrow key until you hear the correct tab name, and then press Enter
    3. To search for an expression, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear "Search edit." Enter text describing the expression. As you type, the screen reader announces the number of results found.
    4. To access the result list, press the Tab key twice. To browse in the list, use the arrow keys.
    5. To select an expression, press Enter. The expression picker closes. If you selected a GIF, Sticker or Moji, it is sent to your conversation. If you selected an Emoticon, it is added to your current chat message in the Type a message text field.

     

    Note: To exit the expression picker without selecting anything, press Esc.
     

     

    Browse chat expression categories

    1. While writing chat messages in the Type a message text input field, press Shift+Tab. You hear "Open expression picker." Press Enter.
    2. The expression picker opens, and the focus is in the Emoticons tab. To move to the GIFs, Stickers or Mojis tab, press the Left arrow key until you hear the correct tab name, and then press Enter.
    3. To select an expression category:
      • With NVDA, press the Tab key until you hear "Tab control." Use the Left and Right arrow keys to move between the categories. The screen reader announces them as you move.
      • With Narrator, press the Tab key until you hear "Close expression picker," and then press Shift+Tab. Use the Left and Right arrow keys to move between the categories. The screen reader announces them as you move.
    4. To select the category that interests you, press Enter. The cursor moves to the result list and you can browse through the expressions in that category using the arrow keys.
    5. To select an expression, press Enter. The expression picker closes. If you selected a GIF, Sticker or Moji, it is sent to your conversation. If you selected an Emoticon, it is added to your current chat message in the Type a message text field.

     

    Note: To exit the expression picker without selecting anything, press Esc.

     


     

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