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Re: Focus Highlighter

Deborah Armstrong <debee@...>
 

Regarding the similar feature in JAWS; it was just released last week with the JAWS 18.0.2945 update which users were notified if they have updates turned on.

You can find it in the settings center but they say it's on by default.

The hitch is that it does not work everywhere; not with Windows 7 and only with certain programs, like browsers and tools that use the virtual cursor. The latest FS cast discusses it,but documentation hasn't caught up yet, so you won't find any references to it in help.

Call up Settings center and locate Visual tracking in the tree view. It can highlight the virtual cursor and the virtual ribbon. You can select the thickness, color and transparency of the highlight. For me only highlighting of virtual ribbons was actually on.

--Debee


Re: rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Gene
 

Most of the information in the tutorial applies to lap top and desktop users and the resource section has a lot of information that would be good for any new user to have.  I would suggest giving the desktop commands for screen review and not limiting the tutorial in its title or in discussions within it, to laptop users.  Aside from screen review commands, all commands you give apply to all users in both keyboard layouts.  There is no reason to have separate tutorials for desktop and laptop users. 
 
I plan to add the laptop commands for screen review to my tutorial so that both laptop users and desktop users can see the commands that apply to the keyboard layout they would likely use. 
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

The caps lock can't be used as an NVDA key unless you tell NVDA to use it in the keyboard layout dialog.  there is a check box for doing so and it is available in whatever keyboard layout you have selected.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:05 PM
Subject: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 


Re: rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Gene
 

You don't tell the user that to use the screen review commands you give, the user must switch to laptop layout first.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Gene
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

The caps lock can't be used as an NVDA key unless you tell NVDA to use it in the keyboard layout dialog.  there is a check box for doing so and it is available in whatever keyboard layout you have selected.
 
Gene
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:05 PM
Subject: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 


Re: rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Tony Ballou
 

Hi Gene,


Thanks for letting me know. Since I can't get the creators update on my desktop system, I don't know if they changed how it works in 10 either. Before I add anything correct me if I'm wrong here.  Is it windows-u that  turns it on  in windows 7 and 8. Or maybe I should just stick with typing the word in the search box. 


Tony


On 5/26/2017 1:24 PM, Gene wrote:
Windows enter doesn't wor in Windows 7.  I don't know if it does in Windows 8.  In Windows 10, the command has changed after the latest update.  I don't use Windows 10 but I think it now is control Windows enter. 
 
I haven't read the rest of the tutorial yet but that is what I've seen so far that requires comment.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:05 PM
Subject: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 



Re: rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Gene
 

The caps lock can't be used as an NVDA key unless you tell NVDA to use it in the keyboard layout dialog.  there is a check box for doing so and it is available in whatever keyboard layout you have selected.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:05 PM
Subject: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 


Re: IRC clients that work well with NVDA

 

I would like to know too!


Re: rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Gene
 

Windows enter doesn't wor in Windows 7.  I don't know if it does in Windows 8.  In Windows 10, the command has changed after the latest update.  I don't use Windows 10 but I think it now is control Windows enter. 
 
I haven't read the rest of the tutorial yet but that is what I've seen so far that requires comment.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 12:05 PM
Subject: [nvda] rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 


IRC clients that work well with NVDA

Deborah Armstrong <debee@...>
 

At NVDACon, we briefly discussed IRC clients and I'd like some more information.  Irc appeals to me over voice-chatting because I'm often at work and don't want to make it obvious that I'm not always working on what the boss would like me working on. It's also why I don't Skype that often.

I'd like to hang out on Irc with some NVDA users, but in the past, I haven't found clients that worked that great. Most of them did not make it easy to skim messages, and many repeated info I'd already heard because the screen reader had trouble tracking what I'd read already.  

I did use Talking Irc for a while, which I really liked but it has malware or something that Norton antivirus whined about and I didn't want to risk continuing to use it.
Also I see that the Irc link at the bottom of NVDA digest post is different than the link on the NVDA community page. Are there two different places where users hang out?their


Re: Focus Highlighter

 

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 09:56 am, Deborah Armstrong wrote:
It's worth noting that just last week, JAWS finally added visual tracking as a feature to their latest update.

Deborah,

           Is that under JAWS 18 or a test build?    If it's under JAWS 18 would you mind sharing what setting this is and where it's located in the JAWS settings hierarchy?  I'll be turning it on for every JAWS user I tutor, at least for the duration of tutoring and, if it has no negative impact on JAWS performance, leaving it on so that if they ask someone for sighted assistance it will be so much easier for that assistance to be given.

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     The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.  But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

            Niels Bohr

 

 


Lates Version of Spotify

kelby carlson
 

The lates Spotify update seems to have several issues:

- The album list has disappeared (it just says "table grid" when you
arrow to it)

- Often when tabbing back into spotify NVDA just says "window" and one
can't move around the screen

Are there any fixes for this? The program used to be really accessible.


Re: Focus Highlighter

 

Let me tell you, as a sighted person who tutors JAWS [mostly], that the Focus Highlight add-on is unbelievably helpful and one of the most appealing features available under NVDA for me.

It is very difficult for most folks, and particularly those of us with sight, to wrap our heads around the virtual cursor and the fact that, as a general rule [and for good reason from a practical standpoint], most screen reader software makes absolutely no effort to make the screen track with where the virtual cursor is located and match that up.  Even when you understand the virtual cursor and that what's in the window you're working on is buffered, if it's sufficiently complex it becomes well-nigh impossible for a sighted person to have any idea of "where you really are" once you've been working with things that are not visible on the screen.

Focus highlight makes it much easier for me as a tutor, and for any sighted assistant you might call upon, to know exactly what it is that currently has focus.  And for those who interact with it enough the various line colors and/or "squiggles" contained within those colored lines tell us exactly what screen reader state is currently active for that item with focus.

This add-on was, and remains, a functional stroke of brilliance for collaboration between screen reader users and the clueless or even clued in sighted folks who would like to help, but are hopelessly lost if they can't literally see what you're operating on.
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Re: Brltty with Windows 10 Creators update

 

Hi,

Did you happen to tell Narrator to turn on braille support (if you have Creators Update)?

Cheers,

Joseph

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Deborah Armstrong
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 10:07 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Brltty with Windows 10 Creators update

 

The reason using Brltty can be important is because it supports thos old, no longer produced, no longer documented Braille displays. And you can find them on Ebay for a song!


I still don't have Brltty working in Win10 but I was incorrect in my previous post. I can't actually find a brltty.conf file at all, so I'm guessing my settings for current display and interface port are stored elsewhere.  I was looking at my windows 7 machine where the brltty.conf is in C:\Program Files (x86)\BRLTTY\etc. In my Windows 10 machine, I have a brltty folder directly under the windows folder. Then there's an etc folder under that, and a brltty folder under that but no brltty.conf.

I'd really like to get this working, and am avoiding calling the Microsoft Disability Answer desk, because I bet they know less about Brltty than I do.  


Re: Brltty with Windows 10 Creators update

Deborah Armstrong <debee@...>
 

The reason using Brltty can be important is because it supports thos old, no longer produced, no longer documented Braille displays. And you can find them on Ebay for a song!


I still don't have Brltty working in Win10 but I was incorrect in my previous post. I can't actually find a brltty.conf file at all, so I'm guessing my settings for current display and interface port are stored elsewhere.  I was looking at my windows 7 machine where the brltty.conf is in C:\Program Files (x86)\BRLTTY\etc. In my Windows 10 machine, I have a brltty folder directly under the windows folder. Then there's an etc folder under that, and a brltty folder under that but no brltty.conf.

I'd really like to get this working, and am avoiding calling the Microsoft Disability Answer desk, because I bet they know less about Brltty than I do.  


rough draft of a laptop tutorial for migrating from window eyes to NVDA

Tony Ballou
 

    Hi folks,


someone asked for a followup piece covering migrating from window eyes to NVDA using a laptop. 


I've accepted the challenge and have prepared something that I think will work.  However, this is a rough draft, and I want to hear from you about it. You'll be able to read it after my signature. Hope this will help some of you out there.


Tony




Making the change


coming from window eyes to NVDA with a laptop


If you have decided that you're going to make the switch from Window eyes to NVDA and you're using a laptop, as with anything you may catch a case of the jitters. Hey, with something new, who doesn't? Here's a guide that hopefully will not only rest those jitters, but will have you working with NVDA.


Let's get things started:


Setting up NVDA:


The first thing you will want to do if you do not have screen reading software installed on your laptop is to start up narrator. To do this, press Windows+enter.

This is a toggle that turns narrator on and off.

To get NVDA, there are 2 places, that you can go. The first is the NV access website,

https://www.nvaccess.org once there you can get your copy of nvda from the downloads page.


Once you've downloaded the file from here, go to the location where you saved it, and hit enter on it. When prompted allow the program to run and in a few seconds you'll hear a musical chord. After this the E speak voice will welcome you to the NVDA installer program. At this point you will want to shut down the narrator so that only one voice will be speaking.


Follow the prompts until you have successfully installed NVDA and when the finish button comes up hit it. NVDA Will close out for a second or two then restart with the fully installed version that you put on your laptop.


If you have a bit of computer savvy, You can get an automatic installer for NVDA at WWW.ninite.com.

Once you have downloaded the file to your hard drive, go to the

location where you saved it, press enter and after allowing it to run, sit back relax, and let ninite do its thing. Once it's complete, NVDA will be installed and ready to go


Changing the voice


Before I go any further let me say that laptops come in various keyboard designs and layouts. Some of them have numeric keypads and some of them don't. However, with this section you shouldn't have any trouble with setting things up.


To get into the NVDA menu hit insert-n. You can use any one of three modifier keys: The capslock, and both insert keys can be used in combination with any letter that NVDA designates as a shortcut key.


Once the menu is up, arrow down to the preferences sub menu, hit the right arrow to open it and arrow down twice until NVDA says synthesizer and press enter on it. Once the dialog box comes up tab over to the synthesizer combo box and down arrow to choose microsoft Sapi version 5. then, when it begins to speak tab to the OK button and press enter. Once you have this done, you probably will want to keep the voice you have selected. To do this press the NVDA+Control+C keyboard shortcut. This will save the current configuration, so that when you restart your system, the voice you selected will always come on.

Navigating and creating documents


If you are familiar with the windows commands, then you have pretty much got the game won. Nothing has changed, the arrows do as they have always done, and when combined with the control and shift keys is still very much the same. However, there are some keyboard commands that you should be aware of in NVDA. Here are some of those:


NVDA Menu

NVDA+n

brings up the NVDA menu to allow you to access preferences, tools, help, etc.


Input Help Mode

NVDA+1

Pressing any key in this mode will report the key, and the description of any NVDA command associated with it


Pass next key through

NVDA+f2

Tells NVDA to pass the next key press straight through to the active application, even if it is normally treated as an NVDA key command


Report date/time

NVDA+f12

Pressing once reports the current time, pressing twice reports the date


Report battery status

NVDA+shift+b

Reports the battery status i.e. whether AC power is in use or the current charge percentage.


Report clipboard text

NVDA+c

Reports the Text in the clipboard if there is any.


Report current focus

NVDA+tab

announces the current object or control that has the System focus. Pressing twice will spell the information


Report title

NVDA+t

Reports the title of the currently active window. Pressing twice will spell the information. Pressing three times will copy it to the clipboard


Read active window

NVDA+b

reads all the controls in the currently active window (Very useful for working in dialog boxes)


Report Status Bar

NVDA+shift+end

Reports the Status Bar if NVDA finds one. It also moves the navigator object to this location. Pressing twice will spell the information


Say all

NVDA+a

Starts reading from the current position of the system caret, moving it along as it goes


Read current line

NVDA+l

Reads the line where the system caret is currently situated. Pressing twice spells the line.


Read current text selection

NVDA+shift+s

Reads any currently selected text


These are just a few of the keyboard shortcuts that are available to you. In the help menu of NVDA you can find a list of all of the NVDA keyboard shortcuts, and any other information that you may want to check out is in the user guide which is also in this menu.


Browse Mode


The commands for navigating the internet are universal, and everything that you could do with your original screen reader can be done with NVDA. Nearly all of the single letter navigation keys perform in the same manner with a couple of exceptions. Again, you can use the command reference and the NVDA user guide to find out more information on it.


Reviewing text


NVDA like window eyes does have a review cursor which you can use to navigate the screen. If you’re coming from window eyes, the PC cursor is called the system focus and the system caret. As for the window eyes cursor is a combination of things, 3 review modes which are document, object, and screen. The screen review part of this will probably be the mode you will be most comfortable with; and object navigation. The NVDA users guide explains all of this thoroughly. You can also find information on review and object navigation at the accessibility central and NVDA Korea-English websites. The web addresses will be posted in the NVDA resources section later on in this document.


Screen Review Commands


Move to previous line in review

NVDA+upArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous line of text

Report current line in review

NVDA+shift+period

Announces the current line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the line. Pressing three times spells the line using character descriptions.

Move to next line in review

NVDA+downArrow

Move the review cursor to the next line of text


Move to previous word in review

NVDA+control+leftArrow

Report current word in review

NVDA+control+period

Announces the current word in the text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice spells the word. Pressing three times spells the word using character descriptions.

Move to next word in review

NVDA+control+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next word in the text


Move to previous character in review

NVDA+leftArrow

Moves the review cursor to the previous character on the current line in the text

Report current character in review

NVDA+period

Announces the current character on the line of text where the review cursor is positioned. Pressing twice reports a description or example of that character. Pressing three times reports the numeric value of the character in decimal and hexadecimal.

Move to next character in review

NVDA+rightArrow

Move the review cursor to the next character on the current line of text


Observe the layout and patterns of the above keystrokes.

The arrow keys will give the previous and next characters, adding the control key to the arrow keys will give the previous and next words, and adding the shift key to the arrows will give the previous and next lines. This same concept hold strue for reading the current character word and line the only difference is that you’re using the period instead of the arrows.


Those are the main commands for reviewing text this next set however should be noted.


Move to top line in review

NVDA+control+home

Move to bottom line in review

NVDA+control+end

Move to start of line in review

NVDA+home

Move to end of line in review

NVDA+end


Observe the pattern of these shortcuts.


switch to next review mode

NVDA+pageUp

switches to the next available review mode

switch to previous review mode

NVDA+pageDown

switches to the previous available review mode


I believe that if you can Grasp these concepts, you will be well on your way to using NVDA with confidence, efficiently, and effectively. Good Luck!

NVDA Resources


Should you need any sort of help with NVDA there are loads of places on the internet to find it.


Accessibility Central


Perhaps the largest and most robust repository of information on the net about using NVDA. Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/


(Note: Though the information on this page is totally relevant, some of it goes back to earlier versions of NVDA and may not apply to what you are currently running) Keep in mind that as things in operating systems and programs change, things may have to change in NVDA also.) Here is what you'll find there.


For information regarding the NVDA screen reader itself


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20screen%20reader.html


Installing additional components for NVDA


Here's a link to a page with information on installing additional components for NVDA


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20install%20additional%20nvda%20components.html


NVDA Tutorials


This page has a wealth of information. There are tutorials covering everything from working with NVDA to using NVDA with the internet, Microsoft

word, and Microsoft

excel. Check it all out at


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials.html

Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird as your e-mail client, and you're looking for a tutorial for it? Well you can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/accessible%20email%20client%20mozilla%20thunderbird.html


If you can't afford the Microsoft office suite and need something to fill the bill, There are a couple of programs out there that will do it rather nicely; and they both support NVDA.

They are Open and Libre Office. For information on using these productivity suites with NVDA, Go to


http://accessibilitycentral.net/how%20to%20make%20open%20office%20and%20libre%20office%20accessible.html

Note: The versions covered here are for versions 4.10 of open office, and version 4.0 of libre office , and lots of things have been upgraded and fixed since 2014.

Sometimes you may need to grab a program and you are not exactly sure if it will work with NVDA. Here is a list of programs that are being road tested with nvda. Keep in mind here that nothing's guaranteed here and other factors such as which version of the windows operating system you are working with apply.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda_road_tested_programs.html


Windows 10 and NVDA

Looking for information about using windows 10 with NVDA? You can find it here.


http://accessibilitycentral.net/nvda%20tutorials%20for%20windows%2010.html


The NVDA Korea – English website, Here you can find audio tutorials covering the use of the NVDA Screen reader in either language. The link to the English version of the website is


http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/


The NVDA community add ons website


This site hosts information and links to add-ons, plug-ins, and enhancements for NVDA. Check it out at

https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html


The NV access websites

Home to the NVDA screen reader

https://www.nvaccess.org


The NVDA.groups.ioo Email list

If you wish to connect to a community loaded with NVDA users that will help you answer any queries about NVDA you may have, Look no further then the NVDA users e-mail list. To get started there,

send a message to

nvda+subscribe@nvda.groups.io

and we will be glad to assist.

 


Re: Focus Highlighter

 

Hi,

I’m working on a project that’ll take this experience to the next level.

Cheers,

Joseph

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Deborah Armstrong
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 9:56 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Focus Highlighter

 

I've been using the focus highlight now for several years with no issues. I am blind and my purpose is to show sighted people where I am when pointing out something on a web page or in an app, and to also show my focus when I'm doing object nav to click on something. Remember it's a completely visual feature.
It's worth noting that just last week, JAWS finally added visual tracking as a feature to their latest update.  


Re: Focus Highlighter

Deborah Armstrong <debee@...>
 

I've been using the focus highlight now for several years with no issues. I am blind and my purpose is to show sighted people where I am when pointing out something on a web page or in an app, and to also show my focus when I'm doing object nav to click on something. Remember it's a completely visual feature.
It's worth noting that just last week, JAWS finally added visual tracking as a feature to their latest update.  


Re: In-Process May 26

 

Is there an RSS feed for these blogs? The only one I see is the podcast RSS feed


Re: NVDA 2017 error

George McDermith - CDLE
 

                Thank you, Quentin for the additional suggestion. I *always* appreciate additional tools in my box for solving a problem. I have enjoyed working with NVDA on and off over the past couple of years, and hope to provide it to clients as a Jaws alternative. Appreciate the assistance.

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 1:23 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA 2017 error

 

Just a little follow up from me - instead of completely deleting NVDA and reinstalling, you should be able to press NVDA+CONTROL+R three times quickly to restore NVDA to factory settings (and the eSpeak NG voice, which at least won't give errors).

 

As others noted, it's almost certainly the case that the issue is caused by TrueVoice being licensed to Zoomtext or another program which does not allow it to be used outside that environment.  It's a little annoying when programs install a synthesizer as a standard SAPI 4 or 5 etc synthesizer, but then don't allow it to be used by any other program that can use a standard SAPI 4 or 5 synth.  Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to detect this before the synth is activated and causing problems.

 

Kind regards

 

Quentin.

 

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:59 AM, George McDermith - CDLE <george.mcdermith@...> wrote:

        Thanks all for your response.

  I found the run command suggestion below seems to have fixed it.
Appreciated the swift response.



-----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Tyler
Spivey
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:09 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA 2017 error

Uninstalling NVDA won't fix this, because it doesn't delete the user
configuration.
The easiest way to fix this is:
1. Press Windows+r to bring up the Run dialog.
2. Type: %appdata%\nvda
3. Press enter.
4. Find nvda.ini and delete it.

This won't remove your addons, just the configuration file which tells NVDA
which synthesizer is currently active.

On 5/24/2017 10:38 AM, George McDermith - CDLE wrote:
>                 Greetings all,
>
>
>
>                 I am an adaptive technology instructor in Colorado,
> and am attempting to use NVDA to meet client needs.
>
>
>
>                 While attempting to demonstrate NVDA on a PC with
> multiple accounts I was changing the built in voices and received an
> error message saying I needed to enter a password in order to use the
> True Voice selected. The dialog box continued to reappear despite
> trying to dismiss it, and NVDA was subsequently unresponsive. I have
> attempted removing NVDA from all the accounts on the computer,
> reinstalling it from the web site, and I continue to get the same error
> message.
>
>
>
>                 Anyone have any work arounds or ideas? My thanks for
> the assistance.
>
>
>
> George McDermith
>
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Training and Support Manager

 

Basic Training for NVDA & Microsoft Word with NVDA E-Books now available: http://www.nvaccess.org/shop/

 

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RE Using NVDA To Create a Digital Signature

David Russell
 

Hi Again,

I am the editor and publisher of a forthcoming anthology. Eight
authors need to grant permission by signing a publisher's agreement
once they receive it by email. This grants permission to publish their
story in an anthology. They will also date their signature and have a
30-day period to do so. Then, they will return the signed agreement to
me by email attachment.

My questions are these:
1. My research shows this can be done with MS Word or with online
aids like Docusign. However, as a blind user, accessibility is an
issue from what I read by a Blind Lawyer Advocacy Group in California.
The contributing authors are sighted; I am not.
2. I can send the authors the agreement as a doc file attached to
email. They will then scan, sign and return it to me. How would I as
the publisher and a blind person, scan and sign my portion of the
agreement?
'Or, can I just fill in the information on MS Word and leave a disclaimer?

I hope this is clearer than my original question.

--
David Russell
david.sonofhashem@gmail.com
Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.
James A. Michener


Re: uninstallingstascom

Jacob Kruger
 

You might need to download a later version if you have a prior install package?


Stay well


Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
"Resistance is futile, but, acceptance is versatile..."

On 2017-05-26 12:31, Brennen Kinch wrote:
i'll have to look at it again but when I was looking at it it didn't give me any radio buttons at all

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On May 26, 2017, at 4:22 AM, Brian's Mail list account <bglists@blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

Is there an echo in here?
I don't know what the program is, but one assumes that the vendors might be the best folk to ask.
Other than that depending on whether its modified systems files and registry or not, you might try revo uninstaller, the uninstaller in windows or similar ways. Be careful with any program if forcing an uninstall though as if it has modified system files and the registry, windows itself could be broken if you do not use the uninstaller which will replace the old registry values and files, hopefully.
Brian

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Brennen Kinch" <brennenkinch@gmail.com>
To: <nvda@nvda.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:20 PM
Subject: [nvda] uninstallingstascom


hi how do I uninstall stascom I tried doing what it said to do in the user guide but it just kept installing copies of it on my computer it didn't give me an option to uninstall it any help would be appreciated thanks

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