Re: Accessible Apps for Writers, Learning NVDA

Brian Moore

Hi.  I rarely use the spell check function in word but rather have the option turned on to identify misspellings as I type.  Wtih nvda, if I type a word which is not in the dictionary, I hear a sound from nvda.

If I am not sure how to spell the word in question, I can press the application key to get a list of suggestions.

It is also entierly possible to use the actual spell checker in word with nvda if you prefer that method.

I am using office 365 but unless you are on a really old version of word, this shouldn't matter much as this functionality hasn't changed in a long time.

If you really want to learn a lot about nvda, the training materials available for purchase from the nvda online store are well worth the money.

Happy to elaborate on any of this privately.


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On 6/18/2019 11:17 PM, Kendra Schafer wrote:

Hi all! I'm also trying to learn about NVDA. I'm hunting all over the map for efficent ways to check spelling with NVDA and Word on my Dell Pc laptop computer. I'm not having any luck. Does anyone know if there is any efficent way to check spelling with NVDA? Also, I saw your link for Pro Writer. I have never heard of it heard of it before. What is Pro Writer?     

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From: on behalf of Quentin Christensen <quentin@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 16:52
Subject: Re: [nvda] Accessible Apps for Writers, Learning NVDA
Hi Bob,

As well as Brian's suggestion re recycled Office licenses, for word processing, Jarte is a popular free option (there is a paid version with more features for $20):

Open Office and Libre Office are free, open source Office Suites.  I think from memory NVDA works better with Libre Office, although not as well as Microsoft Office.

Depending on your writing and how you want to check for errors, ProWritingAid is a checker, similar to Grammarly which goes beyond the spelling and grammar checker in Word.  ProWritingAid has an accessible interface here:

And finally beginner to advanced training materials for NVDA can be found in the NV Access shop.  I'd recommend starting with the "Basic Training for NVDA", which you can get in various formats either on its own, or in the "NVDA Productivity Bundle" which includes training material for Microsoft Office programs (worthwhile if you do get Microsoft Office rather than one of the other options) as well as telephone support:

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On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 3:56 AM Bob Cole <rkcole72984@...> wrote:
Hello, everyone.

I hope it's all right that this is a two-part question.

I'm finally taking some steps to become a more in-depth screen reader user, and I have NVDA installed and ready on my laptop.

I'm trying to get back into writing because it is something I've always enjoyed. I can't afford Microsoft Office. Which free, and even open source apps are the most accessible for this purpose?

Also, where can I find beginner to advanced training materials to learn NVDA in-depth?

Thank you for your help!

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