Re: faced 2 problems while using zoom with NVDA

Sharad Koirala

thank you.
the trick of saving the chats whenever one needs to open a link is useful.

On 5/15/21, Eilana Benish <benish.ilana@...> wrote:
Hello everybody

I don't think that we can change the option to enter slide shows or
websites that are shared with share screen on zoom. when someone shares a
screen it is like you are watching TV or other video content so you cannot
access the shared screen

The only way to interact with someone else is screen is if the other side
gives you remote control when sharing screen. in addition, in order to use
the other one computer with screen reader they will have to install screen
reader on their computer.

As far as the links on the chat panel - here's what I do with NVDA

· I open the chat panel with Alt + h - which is the default
keyboard shortcut inszoom

· the cursor is located at the message area where you can type a

· if you don't want to type a message you can press tab to move to
the messages list.

· keep pressing tab to move to the next message and Shift + TAB
go back to the previous message.

In the last version of zone that I have, moving between messages in the
list message cannot be achieved with the up and down arrow keys

· to open the link press enter when the URL receives focus.

‫בתאריך יום ה׳, 13 במאי 2021 ב-21:49 מאת ‪Scott Salzman‬‏ <‪

Here's some additional follow-up to Sarah's suggestions. Apologies for
all of this detail. I hope some of it may be helpful.

There's a "Save Chat" button, in the Chat window, under the "More Chat
Options" button. You can use this button to save the chat at any time,
many times as you like during a Zoom meeting. NVDA does not announce
anything when you press the "Save Chat" button, but if you tab backwards
few times, you'll land on a "Show in Folder" button, which will open a
Explorer window that has your saved chat text file.

It looks like this save chat function will save any updates to the same
file, so you'll only have one saved chat file, for each meeting. Even if
the function to automatically save chat at the end of the meeting has
enabled, it looks like that also updates the same file. So any time you
open this file, it should contain all of the chat messages, as of the
time chat was saved in that meeting.

Note that in Zoom versions 4.5.0 or later, there is a setting under the
"Meetings" tab, that would allow a host to "Prevent participants from
saving chat". This setting is different from, and independent of the
saving chats" setting, which only saves chat at the end of the meeting.
Not surprisingly, if I start a Zoom meeting with the "Prevent
from saving chat" setting enabled, I can't make it available during that
meeting, even if I change the setting.



Scott Salzman
Web Discovery Librarian
Furman University

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Subject: Re: [nvda] faced 2 problems while using zoom with NVDA

That's the problem I have with accessing things on Zoom, I can't seem to
access anything until the chat is saved at the end of the meeting.
I can read messages, but I can't seem to copy them to the clipboard until
the meeting is ended, when a text file pops up with the entire chat up to
the point you copied.

On 5/7/21, Sarah k Alawami <marrie12@...> wrote:
For your first question you won't be able to access the slides. They
images. For your second question I am able to tab to links, if not
access the text file that will be there at the end of your chat. Or
save the chat and the text file will update.


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On 7 May 2021, at 2:34, Sharad Koirala wrote:

hi group members,

I am facing two problems while using zoom with NVDA:
1. I am not able to access the screen someone has shared in a
meeting, for e.g. when I am attending a powerpoint presentation I
cannot access the slides the presenter has shared during the
presentation 2. I am not able to access a link shared in the chat box
(I even tried to copy it when I could not open the link with no

what could be the solutions to these problems?


Dr. Sharad Koirala
Department of Community Medicine
Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal


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