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NVDA and track changes in Microsoft word


Mary Otten
 

I am sending this on behalf of a friend, who is considering getting a Windows machine, but really wants to know how well he can do track changes with NVDA. He used to have a Windows machine along time ago, and window eyesworked really well with Microsoft Word and track changes. I assume that he would have to use the latest version of office 365 these days. So if track changes does not work really well, then this would be a major consideration for him. Any comments?

Mary


Leslie
 

Hi Mary, Did you go to Longden Ave. school? I know this is off topic, but I saw your name and I think I know you.  My name is Leslie Miller.  Do you remember me?

 

Now to topic.  NVDA. Is one of the best screen readers around.  It probably doesn’t have nearly all the tech things like JAWS and aI’m not sure about the track changes because when I listen to music I just listen to Pandora or Amazon Music like I’m listening to the radio.  I rhink this is the place to find people who know.  I just joined about four days ago.

 

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From: Mary Otten
Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:16 PM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] NVDA and track changes in Microsoft word

 

I am sending this on behalf of a friend, who is considering getting a Windows machine, but really wants to know how well he can do track changes with NVDA. He used to have a Windows machine along time ago, and window eyesworked really well with Microsoft Word and track changes. I assume that he would have to use the latest version of office 365 these days. So if track changes does not work really well, then this would be a major consideration for him. Any comments?

 

Mary

 

 

 


Amir
 

Salaam Mary,

First and foremost, so nice to hear from you after a long while!
Having come from the JAWS side, I've never been a dedicated WinEyes user, so can't tell how WinEyes handled track changes. NVDA does support track changes although one can't get the track-oriented comprehensiveness JAWS provides.
I also recommend the "Microsoft Word text editor:   accessibility enhancement" add-on which really enhances NVDA's MS Word support especially with Word 2013/2016/2019. It might not be listed on NVDA's official add-ons page, but it's one of the best add-ons I've encountered -- it comes with excellent documentation, too. The download URL is https://github.com/paulber007/AllMyNVDAAddons/raw/master/wordAccessEnhancement/wordAccessEnhancement-2.1.nvda-addon

Best,
Amir


Quentin Christensen
 

Hi Mary,

NVDA certainly works with Track Changes in Word.  NVDA sees track changes as "Annotations" similar to comments, and you can navigate between them with A and SHIFT+A in Browse mode.  We have a couple of topics on Track Changes in the "Microsoft Word with NVDA" training module which your friend might be interested in.  If they used Window-Eyes not too long ago, they might also find the guide we have for switching from Window-Eyes to NVDA useful: https://github.com/nvaccess/nvda-community/wiki/Switching-from-Window-Eyes-to-NVDA.  If they'd like to learn from scratch, we have the Basic Training for NVDA module, or for best value for that and the Office material, we have the NVDA Productivity Bundle which also includes telephone support.  All of those are in the shop: https://www.nvaccess.org/shop (no pressure to buy, just advising they are there - the switching from Window-Eyes to NVDA is completely free).

Leslie, it's a common misconception that NVDA doesn't have as many productivity features as Jaws, but looking at the Jaws keystrokes I can't see anything in there re track changes that NVDA can't do?

Kind regards

Quentin.

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 6:16 AM Amir <mobilespace08@...> wrote:
Salaam Mary,

First and foremost, so nice to hear from you after a long while!
Having come from the JAWS side, I've never been a dedicated WinEyes user, so can't tell how WinEyes handled track changes. NVDA does support track changes although one can't get the track-oriented comprehensiveness JAWS provides.
I also recommend the "Microsoft Word text editor:   accessibility enhancement" add-on which really enhances NVDA's MS Word support especially with Word 2013/2016/2019. It might not be listed on NVDA's official add-ons page, but it's one of the best add-ons I've encountered -- it comes with excellent documentation, too. The download URL is https://github.com/paulber007/AllMyNVDAAddons/raw/master/wordAccessEnhancement/wordAccessEnhancement-2.1.nvda-addon

Best,
Amir



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Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager