Re: experience sharing: Using NVDA's Gestures to Switch the Touchpad


Quentin Christensen
 

As others have hinted at, NVDA allows you to map ANY keystroke.  We covered the steps to do this using the input gestures dialog in In-Process a few weeks back: https://www.nvaccess.org/post/in-process-22nd-february-2022/#emulating  That would be the preferred method for most users, rather than editing files directly.

As to its relevance - one main use for the feature is to allow Braille device users to map system commands to various keys on the device.  But, if you need to toggle your trackpad on and off regularly, and your device doesn't provide a handy keystroke for that already - then this is also an option.

Kind regards

Quentin.

On Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 2:55 PM Sharad Koirala <shakoirala@...> wrote:
thanks Rowen.

On 3/15/22, Rowen Cary <manchen_0528@...> wrote:
> hello gene,
>
> I hope this method will allow me to quickly switch the touchpad on and off
> without resorting to additional software or complicated steps, and maybe
> other people just happen to want to do the same.
> Why is it relevant to NVDA?
> Because NVDA allows users to map keys, for me it solves a lot of problems,
> like mapping an Application key that might not exist on my laptop keyboard.
> Of course, using this rare method to be able to switch the touchpad on and
> off, I think it's useful to NVDA users, so it's relevant.
>
> Thanks
>
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2022 at 12:17 AM, Gene wrote:
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>> I don't understand the context of what is being discussed.  Why would
>> NVDA be able to turn on and off the touch pad?  I see no connection
>> between that setting and the functions of a screen-reader.
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>> Gene
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>> On 3/14/2022 11:08 AM, Luke Davis wrote:
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>> > Rowen Cary wrote:
>> >
>> >>     If nothing else you will open NVDA's gesture profile, The first
>> >> line of the file is: [globalCommands.GlobalCommands]
>> >
>> > No it isn't, not always.
>> >
>> > Please make sure, if you're trying this, that you do find that line,
>> > and enter your edit below it.
>> >
>> >>     Please try pressing ctrl+F4 to toggle the on/off state of the
>> >> touchpad.
>> >
>> > I have tried this on my MSI laptop, which already has a shortcut for
>> > this (FN+F3), and the effect is identical. The touchpad is turned off,
>> > and neither the left or right hard clicks at its bottom corners have
>> > any effect (to answer Brian's question).
>> > Win 10, 21H2.
>> >
>> > Next, I tried it where it really matters: on my HP Pavilion, which has
>> > a jumbo touchpad which has always been a pain while typing, and has no
>> > convenient way to disable it on the fly, that I have ever found.
>> > Sadly, on that machine, it has no effect.
>> > Win 10, 1909 (2018 laptop, can't be upgraded past 1909).
>> >
>> >> Off topic, I want NVDA's input gestures to distinguish between left
>> >> and right function keys.
>> >
>> > Which key do you mean exactly? The FN key? I was not aware that any
>> > laptop had two of those.
>> > Or the control key? Or something else?
>> >
>> > Luke
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Dr. Sharad Koirala
Lecturer
Department of Community Medicine
Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal







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Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

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