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Hi, if you have the Whatsapp desktop add-on installed, you will
be able to use the following hotkeys and shortcuts. Some of them
are already found in Whatsapp desktop itself. I hope it help.
Whatsapp Desktop with NVDA
Keyboard Shortcuts within Whatsapp Desktop:
Control + comma: Settings
Control + P: Profile and About
control + M: Open the chat menu
control + G: Open the general menu of WhatsApp
Control + Shift + M: Mute chat
Control + Shift + D: Delete Chat
Control + Shift + N : Add new group participant in chat.
Control + Shift + U: Mark as unread
Control + Shift + E: Archive Chat
Control + Shift + P: Pin and unpin Chat
Control + Shift + T: announce chat in focus
Control + F: Search chat
Control + N: New Chat
Control + shift + F: Enable chat message search
Control + 1 to 9 : Move to the corresponding chat group and place
the cursur on the text box
Alt + 1 to 9 : Move focus to the corresponding messages in a chat
group. Cursor need to be at edit box.
Page up: Go back 5 messages in the list
Page down: Advance 5 messages in the list
Control + Tab : move to the next chat and place the cursur on the
Control + Shift + Tab : move to the previous chat and place the
cursur on the text box
Control + Shift + A : Open attachment panel.
control + shift + C: Copy the text of the message with the focus
control + L : Open the link of the message with focus in the
Alt + Enter : Download the message file when it contains one
Alt + downm arrow : activate the read more button of text mesages.
Control + R : Start and send voice message.
Enter : Play or stop voice messages with focus
SPACEBAR : Switch between playback speeds of a voice message
control + T : Know how long the voice message with focus has been
Shift + fullstop : Increas speed of selected voice message
Shift + comma : Decrease speed of selected voice message
Alt + Control + Enter : Move focus to the message you reply to.
Right arrow : Open context menu of message with focus
Right arrow : Open context menu of chat with focus
Alt + control + L : Start and end a voice call to the chat contact
with the focus
Alt + control + V : Start and end a video call to the chat contact
with the focus
Selection mode instructions:
To activate the selection mode open the context menu of the
message with focus, either with control + M, or with the
Once the menu is opened, move with down arrows to the option
select messages, which must be activate with enter.
Press Alt + right arrow to bring focus on list of messages.
Selection mode shortcuts:
• mark and unmark the message with focus: SPACEBAR.
• Verbalize the number of selected messages: S.
• Forward the selected messages: R.
• Delete the selected messages: Delete
• Highlight the selected messages: D. Cannot work
• Exit selection mode: Q.
Depending on the selected function, the corresponding window will
be activated. The contact selection in the case of forwarding, the
confirmation window in the case of message deletion, etc.
• Instead of opening the emoji panel, you can search for emojis
directly using the colon shortcut. When
you type the colon : followed by the emoji name, WhatsApp will
show related emojis. All you need to do is press the Enter key to
insert it. You can navigate
between the emojis using the arrow keys on your keyboard. For
instance, if you want to add the mask emoji, type :mask. The
results will start showing when you enter two characters at least.
• You can change the font, make your text bold or italic using the
1. Put text in asterisks to bold it. For instance, *hello*
2. Place underscore on both sides to italicize the text. For
3. Use tilde on both ends to strikethrough your message. Example:
4. To change the font, place three backticks on both sides of the
text. Example: ```Hey```
On 21/5/2022 2:16 pm, Ravindran V.S.
Of course it seems to have many useful
Only issue is that, if it has an English
version or translation would have been more helpful.
But, here too the buttons are not labeled.
And the other process are also not straight forward. Have to
get things with a gamble.
That’s why I feel if someone could please
record an send it to the WA Support am, they might do better
to improve accessibility with this app.
Thanks again for sharing.
Thank you for sharing.
Let me go through it to see of the useful
The following 30 minute YouTube tutorial, How
to access whatsapp in laptop or desktop using NVDA
screen reader by Saagar SK, may prove
helpful to you. It dates from the end of 2021, so isn't very
The tutorial narration is not in English. I am not "good
enough" with the languages of India to say which one it
actually is. NVDA itself is announcing in English throughout.
Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2,
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