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It should be able to be done but is there a reason you don’t use read to
end in e-mails? Read to end doesn’t announce blank lines and starts
reading the text skipping all blank lines if there are any.
Also, what program are you using for e-mail and are you reading mail in
plain text or HTML?
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2021 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] How do I Stop NVDA from saying Blank when I
arrow down in a document or email
Thank you for bringing this up! It’s something that frequently
irritates me but because it tends to happen during the midst of my work day, I
forget to jot it down as a thing to explore here on the message board after
What would really be ideal is an option in NVDA settings that would
cause the NVDA cursor to simply bypass blank lines. Sometimes when trying to
read an email in outlook I have to press the down arrow well over a dozen times
just to get to the first non-blank text. Control down arrow is supposed to take
you to the next block but this doesn’t work, either. There’s no Practical reason
why a user would want to sit there pounding the down arrow like a trained monkey
just hearing the word ”blank” over and over and over LOL. it’s a mindless but
seemingly unavoidable waste of time.
On Oct 2, 2021, at 10:47 AM, JOHN RIEHL via groups.io
Very interesting. Where do I go in NVDA to do this? If this
is an elementary question I apologize; I'm a new user.
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Sent: Saturday, October 2, 2021 1:45 PM
Re: [nvda] How do I Stop NVDA from saying Blank when I arrow down in a
document or email
rather forcing blank to be changed in pronunciation using a
regular expression dictionary entry might be useful.
^ is the beginning of line in regular
$ is the end of line in regular
* in regular expressions means 0 or more of the previous
character or pattern
should match a line with just spaces in it. ( note
there is a space between the ^ and the * , also note you might want to turn on
all punctuation to read my descriptions above, I can't be sure on this
computer how much of NVDA reads of the above special
I don’t know what
accounts for the difference. While others may know of another
solution, you can use the speech dictionary so the word blank is never
spoken. But you may not want to do that in case you want to hear it
spoken in certain contexts.
Do you need to read
moving line by line or can you read whatever you are reading using read to
end. If you use read to end, blank lines aren’t spoken.
Saturday, October 02, 2021 10:00 AM
[nvda] How do I Stop NVDA from saying Blank when I arrow down in a document
I'm just getting started using NVDA at home and at work.
About the only issue I'm having so far is that, on my work computer, when
I'm arrowing down a document, either in Outlook 2016, Word, or in a web
application that uses Firefox or chrome, I can't get NVDA 2021-2 to stop
saying "blank" whenever I encounter a blank line. I have punctuation and
symbols set to none, and NVDA is set not to echo typed characters.
Strangely, this isn't happening on my home computer using Office 2019
programs and, as far as I know, I have NVDA configured the same way.
Anybody got any suggestions?