Re: Recognising highlighted text in word document by NVDA

Quentin Christensen

Hi there,

While there isn't an NVDA command for this, it is possible in Word:

1) Press CONTROL+H (This is the replace command, but it ensures the dialog opens, rather than the task pane)
2) Press ALT+M to activate the "More" button to show more options (if already activated the button becomes "Less" and alt+m doesn't do anything further).
3) Press ALT+O to open the Format button / menu.
4) Press H to select "Highlight".  (Note this is a toggle, so if you follow all these steps again it will turn off looking for highlighted text).
5) Press ALT+F to find the next piece of highlighted text.
6) Press ESCAPE to exit the find / replace dialog.  The text will be selected.  You can read it with NVDA+SHIFT+UP ARROW or NVDA+SHIFT+S to read the selected text or navigate and edit as desired.
7) Press CONTROL+PAGE DOWN to move to the next piece of highlighted text or CONTROL+PAGE UP to move to the previous piece of highlighted text.

There is more on using Find in the Microsoft Word with NVDA eBook, available for $30 Australian from



On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 1:10 AM, Sociohack AC <acsociopath@...> wrote:
Can NVDA recognise highlighted text in a document? And can it be navigated as swiftly as we navigate other elements in browse mode? Like jumping from heading to heading. 
This function is especially required for word.


Quentin Christensen
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