locked Re: controls on one line

David Goldfield

I think that one thing which might possibly help with users who have changed a lot of settings is for the program to have an internal mechanism to allow a user to review options which were recently changed. This is a feature found in Winaero Tweaker, which you could argue is almost essential since the very reason for that program’s existence is to change settings. JAWS, to an extent, also has this capability in its options dialog as well as its configuration manager. I realize that even if all of us are in agreement it’s almost not relevant as it would likely take a great deal of work for such a feature to be realized in NVDA. It’s something to think about, though, and may be worth adding as a feature request in the NV Access Github for consideration.


David Goldfield,

Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist

NVDA Certified Expert


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From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Friday, October 7, 2022 12:08 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] controls on one line


On Thu, Oct 6, 2022 at 08:00 PM, Bob Cavanaugh wrote:

I can never remember the name of the setting to change when I get a new computer, which is about every three or four years.

Which is why I really encourage two things:

1.  Changing as few defaults as you can (and "as few" varies by each "you").
2.  Making notes of every default you switch and storing those such that when "the next time around" occurs you can pull those out and get your changes back very quickly.

We all fall prey to changing defaults (and not just in screen readers) and very quickly forgetting what we've changed and when.  I do, too.  But I really have tried to make a point of following my own advice.  Creating a folder named something like ChangesFromDefaults and then a folder under it per program where you've changed something, with a plain text or MS-Word or whatever file format you prefer for logging these changes makes life much easier over time.

I used to be the king of customization, and that was particularly so for my blind clients.  When I saw the messes that created when someone had to use a computer other than their own, my approach changed entirely.  The more you (the generic you) can learn to work within the defaults the more "instantly portable" your skill set becomes.  That really can matter, and does for many.

Brian Virginia, USA  Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044  

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