Travis Siegel <tsiegel@...>
As mentioned, the procedure is pretty simple to add a gesture. I
just added one for testing, that with a two finger doubletap tells
me the time.
Simply open the NVDA menues,
go to preferences,
then the first option under that is the description of the shift
f12 key, if pressed once, reports time, if pressed twice, reports
the date. You'll want to expand that, then tab to add gesture
After that, just perform the gesture you want to speak the time,
press enter, and you're all done.
You can use this process to add gestures to any NVDA key function
that is listed in that whole series of commands list. Hope this
On 12/16/2018 11:44 AM, Joseph Lee
There isn’t really a time and battery
status command in touchscreens because they are located on the
bottom right side of the screen (doesn’t matter if it is
landscape or portrait). This is similar to iPad where you can
check time and battery status via the status bar (topmost
group of controls on the screen).
In regards to general touchscreen use: it
isn’t enough to learn commands provided by the screen reader.
Part of what makes touchscreen useful is knowing where things
are. For example, on Windows, the screen is typically laid out
- An app window, below of which is
the taskbar and other user interface elements.
- An app window consists of a band
of controls on top for manipulating windows, the content
area (including the menu bar/ribbon area), and in some
programs, status bars and toolbars.
- The top band is further divided
into the title bar on the left, and window controls
(maximize button, minimize button, close button and such) on
- In some programs, the menu bar is
located below the title bar. Some newer programs lack this,
and some will come with ribbon (a band of contextual
toolbars), most notably in Microsoft Office applications
- Below the menu bar are several
band of controls containing contextual buttons.
- Below the toolbars is the content
area (a document, a spreadsheet, a presentation, a media
playback area, etc.).
- In some programs, below the
content area sits one or more status bars.
- Various toolbars may exist on the
- Below the app window is either
the taskbar and other elements, or in some cases, an app may
lie on top of another one.
- The bottom controls on screen
consists of (from left to right): Start button, various
toolbars and buttons, taskbar, one or more additional
buttons, notification area (system tray which contains
clock, network status, volume, and on mobile devices, power
and battery status, additional icons including that of
NVDA), and Show Desktop button (which briefly minimizes all
apps and shows icons on the desktop).
- Various Windows releases may show
additional buttons and toolbars on the bottom of the screen
(besides taskbar and Start button), including Search and
Task View buttons in Windows 10, touch keyboard toggle on
tablets, and other controls.
At some point in 2019, I will ask NVDA
developers if they can document what I just described to you
in the user guide, specifically when introducing touchscreen
commands. I will also make sure to remind anyone producing
touchscreen tutorials of any kind to introduce what’s on
screen before introducing touch commands (including a
potentially fourth edition of Welcome to NvDA tutorial
There is an add-on called Enhanced Touch
Gestures that makes touchscreen usage a bit easier
Hey guys, Molly here again.
I wanted to share my experience using NVDA
with a touchscreen.
So I have a Microsoft Surface tablet. It’s
one of those pc’s where you can disconnect the keyboard from
the touchscreen. I love touchscreen devices, so I was hoping
to use it like an iPad. However, it soon became clear that
there are far more keyboard commands for NVDA than touch
gestures. You can do basic things like swipe and double tap,
and even activate the NVDA menu by doing a 2 finger double
tap. However, you can’t start NVDA using the touchscreen. For
some reason I found myself getting stuck in a particular area
of the screen and unable to get out of it. I don’t think
there’s a touch gesture to close apps. I also haven’t found a
way to check the time and battery status using the
touchscreen. Basically, if you just use the touchscreen, you
won’t have a lot of the commands you would have using the
keyboard. I found that connecting the keyboard is much more
efficient. Even using Narrator with the touchscreen is hard
sometimes. While I appreciate that NVDA supports touch
gestures, I would still recommend for anyone to use a physical
keyboard. I’m glad I purchased the keyboard. Sold separately,