Re: Whether or not recommending new NVDA user to set Capslock as NVDA key

Tyler Wood

Personally, for me, I prefer capslock. This is mainly because I've trained myself to stop relying on the numpad in my daily use - with most laptops not offering it. Now I find it slightly convenient for desktop layout (which, by the way, can still be used for most navigation commands even if laptop mode is selected in NVDA's keyboard settings), but often times, even when it is available, I find myself reverting to alternative commands from muscle memory.
It's all personal preference - I personally am very adaptable teaching students but I also feel like it's important to offer any alternative available. The numpad insert key may not be there on a laptop, or like me, they may grow to feel more comfortable using capslock as a modifier key, so I think it's important to not only demonstrate desktop commands but laptop as well. I know far too many who rely on the numpad due to how they were initially taught - and at this point, I'm far more proficient using the top number row for data entry than I ever was using the number pad, so perhaps I'm biased.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of William
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:53 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Whether or not recommending new NVDA user to set Capslock as NVDA key

I do programming as well, many variables and function names include both
upper case and lower case.

and many of my passwords used in login in include upper and lower case.

So personally I do not use Capslock as NVDA key.

But for new NVDA users, I will try to explain to them the possible
benefits and problems of setting Capslock as NVDA key and let them choose.

But many of them are newly blind people, and they do not have the
knowledge to decide on themselves on whether they should set Capslock as
NVDA key or not.

Carlos Medrano 於 24/5/2022 01:55 寫道:
Hmm. I usually tell people to try it both ways. Keep in mind that I'm
considering this from the perspective of having key echo turned off
and being really aggravated to find out that I've been coding for the
last 5 to 10 minutes in upper case. Most programming languages are
case sensitive, and depending on the programming style used, it's rare
for me to write anything in upper case.

Having Capslock used as a modifier by NVDA makes it much harder for me
to accidentally enable it in this particular case.

Hope this is helpful.

On 5/23/2022 12:38 PM, Bob Cavanaugh wrote:
Does JAWS have this option? The only reason I ask is because JAWS was
the first screen reader I used, and this was not the modifier.
Therefore, I've found it quite strange to use that key, even though
NVDA has had it as an option ever since I've been using it. It's also
why I wasn't a fan of the revamped Narrator when it came out, because
that was its only modifier. That being said, it's really user
preference as has been stated before.

On 5/23/22, Chris Mullins <cjmullins29@...> wrote:

I always set Caps Lock as an NVDA modifier Because as a touch
typist, it is
more convenient to have a modifier key on each side of the keyboard to
facilitate command entry. For the same reason, I always get an
keyboard with 2 Windows keys.

I rarely type in all capitals so the double press of the Caps Lock
to engage
capital input is not an issue as using the shift key is not difficult.



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From: William
Sent: 23 May 2022 04:14
Subject: [nvda] Whether or not recommending new NVDA user to set
Capslock as
NVDA key

Hi all,

I would like to ask for your opinion.

Some new NVDA users, including desktop and laptop owners, will ask for

my opinion on whether they should set the Capslock as the NVDA key.

With regard to desktop and laptop environment, the logic that I have

provided them are as follows:

1. setting Capslock key as NVDA key, you have to press the key two

in order to input capital letters. But if you have to frequently press

the Capslock key to type capital letters, then setting Capslock key as

NVDA key will not be a good option.

2. setting Capslock key as NVDA key, you have one more option of NVDA

key, which you can choose from using the Capslock key or Insert key as

the NVDA key. But if you do not set Capslock as NVDA key, you will most

probably have to limit to pressing Insert key (laptop) or Insert key or

Numpad 0 (desktop).

How would you advice new NVDA users if they own a desktop or laptop

regarding this issue? thanks.

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