Re: Most Responsive and Accessible Version of Microsoft Word

David Goldfield

Bhavya, while I have experienced the delays you are referring to I found that the performance seemed to be linked more to the computer being used rather than a particular build of Microsoft Word, with performance being much better on faster machines. I'd be interested in the exact specs for your machine. Also, you didn't say which speech engine you are using. On a reasonably modern machine I find that Espeak gives me the best in overall performance and responsiveness although the Vocalizer voices from Code Factory are also quite good. Have you tried running the Com registration fixing tool from the NVDA Tools menu? In an instance where using an older Dell OptiPlex running this tool made a noticeable difference in Word's performance. On that same OptiPlex I also remember that performance was unacceptable at one point but running this tool along with later NVDA updates seemed to improve things.

David Goldfield,
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-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Bhavya shah
Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:43 AM
To: nvda <>
Subject: [nvda] Most Responsive and Accessible Version of Microsoft Word

Dear all,

I currently use NVDA 2020.4, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows 10 on a fairly high-spec machine. Within the Office suite, the bulk of my usage (and of my dissatisfaction) is with Microsoft Word. I find NVDA to be quite slow when navigating through any document in Word 365, particularly in terms of paragraph navigation in case of large paragraphs. The spelling and grammar check dialog is not as convenient as it used to be in the past. I should note that I have tried enabling Word UIA and it does substantially help with NVDA's responsiveness in Word 365, but introduces its own set of bugs. I can't recall exact versions, but in the past, I believeI have used versions such as 2007, 2010, and 2013, and I feel like all of them were much more conducive to a snappy NVDA performance. I understand that work on improving NVDA and Microsoft Office 365's interplay is on going, but from my perspective, I think it might not be at a point just yet such that it maximizes my productivity.

Having said all of that, I was wondering if you had thoughts on which of most recent versions of Word are most responsive. To be clear, what I mainly mean by responsiveness is just that when I navigate in a document, NVDA's latency is low and its speech feedback is almost immediate. For other software, I would just get trials of several past versions of the software, run them as something equivalent to a portable copy, and practically try and test each of them; I don't think that can be done for Microsoft Office though.

I would greatly appreciate all inputs and suggestions in this regard.


Best Regards
Bhavya Shah
Stanford University | Class of 2024
E-mail Address: bhavya.shah125@...

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