Re: JAWS User Looking for Guidance in Getting Started with NVDA.


There is no setting to use the equivalent of the JAWS cursor with standard movement keys such as up and down arrow.  There is an equivalent to the JAWS cursor, screen review and you navigate mostly using the numpad in that mode.  It's somewhat similar to Window-eyes in that you can still use the arrow keys on the main keyboard and the main navigation commands for screen review are on the numpad.  This is for the desktop layout.  I don't know what the navigation commands are for the laptop layout. 
After using screen review, you should return to object navigation.  If you do, certain review commands you may want to use won't work correctly. For example I don't like using the read current line command NVDA uses.  I use numpad 8 which reads the current object, which acts the same as read current line.

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From: JM Casey
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:51 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] JAWS User Looking for Guidance in Getting Started with NVDA.

I started using NVDA recently, and I really was surprised at how similar the default keyboard layout is to that of JAWS. I’m sure this wasn’t done by accident. The only thing is, that navigation and focus does work a little differently. And of ourse, ther’es no “JAWS cursor”, but that particular JFW feature is growing less and less useful as times goes on (though I still use it a fair bit in certain older applications that don’t have screen-reader support built in or any add-ons).


NVDA’s web support is great, and while I happen to only have Office 2010 on this Windows 10 machine, Outlook and Word both function pretty much as well as they do with JFW. Others have reported issues with office 2016/365, but, well, this isn’t unique to nVDA users so far as I can tell.




From: [] On Behalf Of Kenny
Sent: December 7, 2017 8:06 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] JAWS User Looking for Guidance in Getting Started with NVDA.


Yes the reading navigation keys.

I've been using JAWS for 20+ years. It's like my fingers have a mind of their own. Will be very difficult to change my habits from wanting to use the numpad keys for navigation.

Will definitely take some time.

At 11:27 PM 12/6/2017, you wrote:


Do you mean by keyboard navigation the usual?

Like using the arrow keys tab etc etc.

You would find it quite easy to pick up.

Depending if you install nvda to your pc you will have the choice of the desktop layout or a lap top layout for your keyboard.

If you install nvda to your pc it is the alt key + ctrl key + letter N to start nvda.

To get into your preferences is the nvda key + the letter N

To quit your copy of nvda is the nvda key + the letter Q

Where i refer to the nvda key this is a modifier key and can be the insert key the extended insert key or the caps lock key. You would use one of the with a key to turn off nvda. for example if the insert key is chosen you would use the insert key + letter Q to turn off nvda.

NVDA comes default with the e speak synth but you can use other free or paid synths.

The synth you are talking about is a commercial one and can come as a add on or a sapi 5 version  at a cost.

There are keys combo that are simular to jaws and plus you can change them if needed.

The following link may help you to answer some of your questions at

Gene nz

On 12/7/2017 3:41 PM, Kenny wrote:


I'm a current user of the latest build of JAWS 2018. Using Eloquence as my software synth.

Well the time has come that I can no longer afford to pay the Freedom Scientific SMA JAWS upgrades (Been using JAWS for over 20 years), so I'm turning to NVDA.

My first two questions:

Does NVDA use a keyboard navigation system similar to JAWS? If not, is there a way I can configure it to work this way?

Also can I configure NVDA to use the Eloquence module currently installed on my PC (Thanks to JAWS?) If not, is there a NVDA software synth available that's just as good to use?

Thanks for any help.

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