Re: Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

Richard Wells

I suppose the next question is, why are some having problems with NVDA and UIA and others are not? If we could find that common thread, we would know if it is a Windows issue or an NVDA problem.

On 5/22/2018 11:37 AM, Steve Nutt wrote:
Hi Jackie,

No malware here, according to various things. I have Malwarebytes, but I don't run it automatically, I only scan when I need to.

No bloat on these custom machines, I know what I'm doing.

So I suspect it's a Microsoft/UIA/NVDA miscommunication thing, especially as I said, JAWS works fine, but JAWS doesn't rely on UIA alone.

All the best


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Jackie
Sent: 22 May 2018 16:59
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

Yeah, & this was something I was gonna ask Steve to do, ie, download frst64.exe & run it so I could see what apps were running. I wanted to see if a reinstall might help first, though, because Steve doesn't know me all that well, & the program might provide me w/insights he'd rather I not have. But it would be interesting to see if perhaps there were bloat/mal/pup-ware on the machines that was taking up resources.

On 5/22/18, Joseph Lee <> wrote:
Hi all,

To Steve: thanks for testing this.

To everyone else: Steve’s reply confirms suspicions raised by some folks:
UIA miscommunication. UIA slowing down can be caused by anything, the
most notable ones being a flood of events and a long-running task that
blocks UIA from helping NVDA. I’m thinking that somehow, there are
apps that uses a lot of resources or fires many UIA events to a point
UIA stalls. One possible way to resolve this is closing apps via Task
Manager (although that might not respond well if tasks use a lot of resources).

Regarding this problem, if I remember conversations between developers
correctly (on Gitter), Microsoft and NV Access had many conversations
regarding this matter. Although Microsoft did fix UIA issues in recent
Windows 10 releases, both entities acknowledge that there are problems
to be resolved.



From: <> On Behalf Of Steve
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:04 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

Hi David and Joseph,

Yes, If I type it correctly, as David states, then my Explorer.exe
functionality comes back.

So it has to be a UIA thing.

All the best


From: <>
< <> > On Behalf Of David
Sent: 21 May 2018 21:30
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803


You made a typo, it should say:




On 21-May-18 9:04 PM, Joseph Lee wrote:

Hi all,

For those experiencing this problem, can you try the following for me

1. Press Control+NVDA+Z to open Python Console
2. Type the following as exactly as shown:

import UIAHandler


Then press Escape, and try navigating around File Explorer. Note that
this will turn off UIA support completely, so it’ll mean Start menu
and other UIA controls won’t work.

If you find that this helps NVDA respond better, then we can rule out
screen resolution and other things that has nothing to do with UI
Automation and other causes. If this procedure does not help, then we
need to look into possibly universal apps taking up resources,
unresponsive drivers, UIA getting stuck somewhere and what not.

After you experiment with this, either restart NvDA or restore UIA
support via Python Console. To do this via python Console:

1. Press Control+NvDA+Z to open Python Console.
2. Type the following as exactly as shown:

import UIAHandler




From: <>
<> <> On Behalf Of
Annette Moore
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 12:54 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

Unlike Steve, I can get my lists to read after sitting here for a
minute or two or just having one window in focus and not alt tabbing
to another one for a few minutes. It's almost like something has to
catch up with what I'm doing, but it will--eventually--do what it's
supposed to. I never came to the list with this, though, because I
just figured it was something with NVDA that would likely be corrected
in another update because it just recently started doing this and it's
not so disruptive that it's rendering my use of the computer or File
Explorer completely impossible. Restarting NVDA also corrects it, and
usually for the rest of the day, it's fine. It sounds like Steve's
having a much worse time with it than I am. Also, closing and reopening the window you're trying to read lists from helps.
I've done that as well. Maximizing the window will read you the list
item in focus, but if it isn't ready to settle down and behave yet,
you have to keep maximizing the window as you arrow down so it'll read
you the list item. It does move as you arrow down, though; it will
move to the next item; it just won't read you what it is until you
maximize the screen. It's really bad with Dropbox. It's worse with
Dropbox than it is with File Explorer. When I copy and paste something
or move something out of a Dropbox folder, I'd better get up and take
a short, two or three-minute break because it's going to take that
long to behave again, and then, once I cloes the Dropbox window, all
is well. I do find, though, that the more windows I have open, the
worse it is, so now I just try to work with two or three open at a
time, and if I can, I close one if I want to open another one. that's
probably just good, practical use of the computer anyway; you don't
want to have too many windows open or it'll start acting funky anyway.
If it gets worse, I'll just reinstall NVDA


On 5/21/2018 1:15 PM, Gene wrote:

I agree. While certain settings may affect this problem, I doubt that
most of them do, and not all are appropriate for all computers, such
as the resolution. But the reason I'm doubtful that any settings
changes will help is because this is a new problem after the latest
Windows update. It sounds to me like a UIA automation problem, which isn't user correctable.


----- Original message -----

From: Jackie <>

Sent: Monday, May 21, 2018 1:10 PM

To: <>

Subject: Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

W/all due respect, I will disagree w/some of these last comments. I've
disabled graphics hotkeys, as inadvertently pressing these can cause
display rotation. I'm not sure if that will cause problems w/NVDA if
the display is unintentionally rotated, but I can tell you for certain
sighted folks hate standing on their head to look at the screen. The
resolution should be that supported by the monitor. Mine, for example,
is 1920x1080.

Steve, just out of curiosity, have you tried uninstalling & then
reinstalling NVDA w/the latest update? I'm just wondering if something
may have gotten corrupted here.

On 5/21/18, Ron Canazzi <
Hi Steve,

I am wondering about what settings you have for the File Explorer. I
have noticed that with some settings in Windows/file explorer since
Windows 7, that it doesn't interface well with screen readers. In
particular, if you have under the view menu extra large icons or grid
or something other than list or details checked, you will have problems.
First check the view menu to see that either list or details is checked.

Also make sure that everything under the group by sub menu is
unchecked. If anything is checked under that menu, it can result in
sluggishness and odd behavior.

Also under the graphics options sub menu there are sub menus. Under
the panel options only the display scaling is checked. Under the
resolution sub menu 1024 X 768 is checked. Under the rotaton sub
menu, rotate to 0 degrees is checked.

Under the hotkeys and tray icons sub menu, they are both enabled.

Check out these settings and make them conform to the suggestions
above and see if that helps with your file explorer issues.

On 5/21/2018 11:10 AM, Steve Nutt wrote:
Yep, this pretty much mirrors my experience, although I can never
get NVDA to read the list now.

NVDA is pretty horrible with File Explorer under Windows 10, and
it’s got worse with this build.

All the best


*From:* <
<> > *On Behalf Of *Annette Moore
*Sent:* 20 May 2018 20:15
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10 1803

I just close file explorer and reopen it when it starts acting funky.
either that, or I shut down NVDA and restart it. Alternatively, I
can sit here and stare at the computer for a few minutes, until it
decides to behave itself, which it does eventually do. It has to be
an NVDA thing, though, because it doesn't do this with System Access
at all. I have trouble alt tabbing between windows when it wants to
act up, and then I have trouble going through list items. It's like
the cursor doesn't want to move through them but it actually does;
it's just NVDA isn't reading me the items. I also find that if I
have more than, say, two or three windows open and I close one of
them, it starts working fine again. It's random, though, so I never
know when it's going to misbehave. It's not aggravating enough to
make me switch screen readers, though. I just figure it'll be fixed
in a future update and go with it.


On 5/20/2018 11:36 AM, Steve Nutt wrote:

So I wonder what is the determining factor then?

All the best


*From:* <>
< <> >
<> *On Behalf Of
*Greg Wocher
*Sent:* 20 May 2018 17:14
*To:* <>
*Subject:* Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows 10


I am running the latest version of NVDA on my HP laptop and I do
not have any issues using NVDA with file explorer. I am also using
the 1803 Windows update.

Greg Wocher

On May 20, 2018, at 7:00 AM, Steve Nutt
< <>
<>> wrote:

I’m assuming you haven’t tried it in the File Explorer app
then? That’s the bug I was reporting.

All the best


*On Behalf Of*Sarah k Alawami
*Sent:*18 May 2018 21:28
*To:*nvda list list <
*Subject:*Re: [nvda] Problems with NVDA and latest Windows

I can't remember if I replied or not but lists are fine in the
explorer.exe app. I'm so far knock on wood not having any
issues as far as I can see, except for obs but that's probably
a broken app.

On May 16, 2018, at 1:03 AM, Steve Nutt
< <>
<>> wrote:


I recently reported that Outlook message lists were not
reading for me.

It is in fact worse than that, lists in general don’t seem
to be reading. For example, File Explorer in Windows 10
is completely silent for me now.

JAWS is reading lists quite happily.

Any thoughts?


All the best



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