Re: Slow MS Word Navigation; Odd Options behavior

David Goldfield

Hi, Joseph.

In my case, this issue does not occur with specific documents. In fact,
it occurs when I'm writing in a blank document.

David Goldfield,
Assistive Technology Specialist

Feel free to visit my Web site

On 2/10/2017 8:24 PM, Joseph Lee wrote:
Hi David and others,
Can people affected by this bug write to me offlist, with a problematic Word document attached? I'd like to test the docs against latest development builds I have.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2017 5:18 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Slow MS Word Navigation; Odd Options behavior

I have also noticed odd behavior with NVDA and Word 2016. My issues are similar to yours in some ways but different in others.

I am not a Braille display owner and so I'm only using speech.
Specifically, I'm using NVDA 2016.4 on a Windows 10 Pro machine. With other editors, such as Jarte, the responsiveness with NVDA behaves as expected, with no unusual pause when using arrow keys to move the caret or cursor.

With Word 2016, there is a more noticeable delay from the time I press an arrow key until the time I hear the character announced. It is not an unreasonable delay but is just noticeable to be annoying. Turning off Word's visual features, such as animation, did not help. Disabling graphics acceleration, or words to that effect, made no difference.
Oddly, what seems to help is if I set the window to a restored state, rather than a maximized state, and putting Word into draft mode. These steps seem to help with performance.

When I am navigating the Word options dialog via pressing the tab key, there are times when I notice a pause of around 2 seconds from the time I press the tab key until the next option in the dialog is announced.

Finally, when I press ctrl-S to invoke the Save dialog, NVDA is silent, even though the save dialog now has focus. If I do something to move focus away from and then back to the dialog, NVDA reads the dialog. As an example, if I press the alt key twice, NVDA then behaves normally.
This does not occur with other computers I have used and so it could be some weirdness with my video card or graphics card but these are just guesses. I am not writing to complain or to knock NVDA, as it is my screen reader of choice, but just wanted to share my experiences and to see if others who have experienced this might have found other workarounds.

David Goldfield,
Assistive Technology Specialist

Feel free to visit my Web site

On 2/10/2017 6:03 PM, Rob wrote:
Windows 7 x64 word 2016, NVDA 2016.4.
There was an extremely aggravating delay between arrow presses and
speech while navigating in word. I rebooted the system, restarted word, turned off "Provide Feedback with Annimations"
, and restarted NVDA. I loaded different documents of different sizes and then I started a blank document with only one line. Still with the slow response while navigating with arrows.
Finally I hit on the idea to turn off braille. Bingo--that was the answer. Navigation speeded up, but of course now I have no braille feedback.
I am using the Handy Tech driver. I have not tested with BRLTTY because I do not have it installed here.
Another odd behavior that happens is in the Word Options dialog. If you tab to an up down edit box and then tab or shift+tab out of it, there is this huge pause, and then the dialog reads from the top or close to it.
1. Open Word optons, alt+f t
2. Arrow Down to Advanced
3. Tab until you hear
"Show this number of recent Documents"
and then hit tab again. There will be a big delay and then NNVDA will start reading the dialog from the top of visible portion down. In my case, it started reading everything from the copy and paste grouping.

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