Haha, a fun one! First, and apologies to those who may disagree, but
it seems to me that currently, the Start menu on 10 with NVDA is
slightly less than pleasant to use. :)
I've changed mine up now, I got tired of how crappy it was working
for me so I took all the stuff out of the pinned apps area so it no
longer shows up, but this is what I was able to figure out.
When you first press the start button and it lands you in the search
box, you can press tab, either once or twice and it should take you
to a vertical list containing a fairly large number of apps and some
of their associated folders. As you arrow up and down here, NVDA
will first read the section you come to, so A, B, etc and then under
those, read you apps that fall under those sections. As you probably
already know, it's here that you can press the applications key and
pin said apps to the start menu.
As for the area where Apps actually get pinned, it looks like shift
tab is what you want, so doing it from the search box should land
you there. It's here that you should be able to use the arrow keys
to move up, down, left and right in the grid, but unfortunately,
NVDA seems to read things here all weird. As something that looks
similar to how IOS likes to create named directories based on the
names of the stuff you put in them, as you're moving around here,
you'll come to these named sections and can press enter to rename
them. As you're moving around here, you'll land on these sections,
lets say, Audio and Music just as an example and can sometimes press
down or wright and it will start reading you the pinned apps under
that section. If you happen to only have one or two things here
though, It's sometimes hard to get it to land where you want on the
icon or whatever.
I've wondered if it's possible to turn off the structuring of the
apps you pin here and just have them in a huge grid, but if so, I've
not figured it out.
I'm also not sure if this is something that NVDA just hasn't caught
up with and if there are things in the pipe down the road that will
make it more friendly, but so far, it is kind of a pain to use. haha
If you play with it though and figure out anything else, I'd
certainly be interested.
On 8/20/2016 10:17 AM, Brandon Keith
The reason why one uses the start menu is so you don't need to
open apps to do things like your calendar, whether, news and
stocks. you just arrow over those items and you hear what they