Re: NVDA adding and changing settings

Chris Mullins

Hi Quentin

Thanks for the tip re the asterisk in Notepad files.  I’d noticed it but didn’t know what it meant.





From: [] On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: 7 November 2019 22:40
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA adding and changing settings


Just chiming in to give the visual perspective:

In Notepad, when pressing control+s:

- If the document has not been saved before, the "Save as" dialog appears and NVDA reports that.

- If the document has been saved previously, Notepad saves it, and NVDA does not say anything (unless you have speak command keys on, in which case NVDA reports "control+s").  Notepad does put an asterisk at the start of the filename in the title bar when a document has been edited.  This disappears when the document is saved.  NVDA does read this asterisk when reading the title bar.


In Word 365, when pressing control+s:

- If the document has not been saved before, a "Save this file" window appears and NVDA reports that.

- If the document has been saved previously and "AutoSave" is enabled, nothing happens and NVDA does not report anything (again unless speak command keys is on to report "control+s").  With AutoSave on, the document is saved every time any key is pressed so control+s is not needed.

- If the document has been saved previously and "AutoSave" is not enabled, the visual response is again subtle.  When you open a document, or save it, the title bar notes "Filename - Saved".  Once you change it, the "Saved" disappears.  This gets reinstated when you save it.  There is currently a known issue, I believe with the way Office is exposing the title bar.  See:


Similar to announcing cut, copied or pasted, reporting when a document is saved is not something we would be inclined to add to NVDA UNLESS we could be sure a document had been saved.  I can see the usefulness of the functionality for some users (it reminds me of how when teaching email, people often want confirmation that the email has been sent, but many email clients don't give that).  For this reason, I would recommend it might be useful functionality for an add-on.  Possibly Damien Garwood, developer of the ClipSpeak add-on, might be interested in adding it.


Kind regards




On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 6:14 AM Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:

I checked, and the settings you are discussing are checked by default.  So people should hear this message in general.



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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2019 1:08 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA adding and changing settings


It should be spoken and if it isn't without changing NVDA settings, the problem should be corrected. 


Perhaps this is a problem using NVDA in Windows 10.  The message is spoken in Windows 7. 



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Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2019 1:02 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA adding and changing settings




If it is the message he wants to hear even though it is not spoken when in note pad and do the alt key + f4 key and get the message do you want to save which is not spoken.


he can do the following in nvdas settings under simple review cursor make sure it is checked and make sure simple review mode is checked.


If i want to hear the message when it comes up and says cancel save etc and it is not spoken out which does not worry me I can use object navigation to hear it in this case it is the nvda key + 6 on the numeric keypad then use nvda key + 4 tto go back to where the buttons are and save that way.


Some of the material that is not read out can be accessed with object navigation like this example.


If a document is already saved I do not need to hear it has been saved as I know it has been.


Gene nz


On 8/11/2019 7:40 am, Gene wrote:

Window-eyes says that because it is told by the developers, to say that word when that key combination is pressed.  it isn't analyzing an action by the word processor or text editor to know if a document was saved.  It is just saying the word.  That is bad design and Window-eyes probably says other things because the screen-reader is programmed to do so just because a certain key combination is pressed. 


Frankly, you are worrying excessively about almost nothing.  As I said, if you issue the save command twice, it is almost 100 percent certain that the document has been saved.  And to emphasize the point, all this time, you were saving documents and relying on Window-eyes to tell you that they were saved when actually, all it was doing was saying the word saved because it was programmed to when you pressed that combination.  But that shows how reliably your documents were being saved. 



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2019 12:23 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA adding and changing settings


FYI: In Window-Eyes when pressing the control-s command it does say “save”. In NVDA the alt-f4 command is helpful. Another thought that occured to me is to go to the file name in the subdirectory and check the date and time last saved, especially if i want to continue editing the document.


Listening for His shout!

Grant – A.K.A. Grandpa DOS


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