Problem with NVDA and single key navigation in Chrome


Hello NVDA community,


This is my first post here, and sadly it’s about a problem with NVDA I encountered today that I’d like to get some opinions about.


I’ve been an NVDA user for a couple of years mostly on an Apple MacBook Pro running Windows 10 on Bootcamp or on a Del XPS 13 and I have never experienced what I will describe below. Today I’ve got a brand new work computer – a Lenovo X1 Carbon with Windows 10, Lenovo drivers, Chrome, Slack, Webroot SecureAnywhere and Umbrella Roaming Client by Cisco already preinstalled.

I initially installed an older version of NVDA that I had lying around on a flash drive, which I immediately updated to the newest official version thereafter.

When opened Chrome, I noticed that it reads through the pages in browse mode, it can switch between Browse and Focus modes and it recognizes links, forms and other controls, but none of the single navigation keystrokes like H, E, N, NVDA+Space and other similar keys or key combinations work. Even the NVDA+1 key doesn’t want to turn help navigation on, same for the NVDA+N keystrokes combination.

Once I exit Chrome everything goes back to Normal and NVDA starts responding as it should.


I tried the same with Microsoft Edge and it works – NVDA can successfully intercept and process single navigation keys and key combinations without issues jumping through headings, focusing edit controls, etc.


What I tried so far:

  • Reinstalling NVDA a few times (both Version 2020.1, 2020.2 Beta 1 and snapshot builds),
  • Deleting the %appdata%\nvda directory after each uninstallation,
  • Reinstalling Chrome Version 83.0.4103.106 (Official Build) (64-bit),
  • Running the Windows 10 file check scanner through Powershell as described here:
  • Installing the latest update for Windows 10 Version 2004 (OS Build 19041.329) and all available security and driver updates through Windows update.
  • Running the Com Registration Fixing Tool a few times.


After one of the first NVDA or Chrome reinstallations, I managed to get it working somehow, but after I kept customising my NVDA the way I like it, after one of the subsequent reboots, the problem reappeared and no reinstallations of Chrome or NVDA managed to fix it ever since.

There is nothing in the log viewer, neither in normal, nor in debugging mode and I am out of ideas.


If you have any suggestions of things for me to try, please let me know.


Best Regards,


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