I can well relate to this struggle with object navigation.
When I first started using NVDA in 2009 I had been a user of
JAWS since version 1.0. At that time, object navigation was
so confusing that I felt that I had to turn my mind inside
out just to get a grip on it and, for a while, I pretty much
ignored the capability. I just used the standard arrow keys
to navigate and was pretty content doing so.
A few things turned me around, however. First,
understanding the Mac's method of interacting with windows
within windows or controls within a window helped as the
concepts, to me, were similar. And, while I don't want to
turn this into a JAWS vs NVDA debate, the fact is that
object navigation on the numeric keypad will allow you to
explore certain program windows that the JAWS cursor just
doesn't see, especially in Windows 10. When I was training
new users in how to use NVDA I know that some of them would
never have been able to deal with object navigation.
However, pressing insert-7 (on the number pad) to put NVDA
into flat review mode may work for a lot of people, even
though this mode may not work for all windows. Within this
mode and even in the standard review mode the number pad
commands may be more intuitive with 7, 8 and 9 for previous,
current and next line, 4, 5 and 6 for previous, current and
next word and 1, 2 and 3 for previous, current and next
character. This feels very comfortable for me since ASAP, a
screen reader I used in the DOS days, used the same commands
for its review capability.
On 12/23/2018 11:40 AM, Ann Byrne
difficult issue with NVDA is understanding object view. I
struggle to move freely around the screen the way the JAWS
cursor often does.