GTT Beginners National Conference Call
The NVDA Screen Reader, Session One
January 22, 2019
What is NVDA,
NVDA is a screen reader.
What does NVDA stand for.
Non visual desktop access.
Where do i get NVDA.
You can do a google search for NVDA free download or you can go to NVaccess.org and hit enter on the download which will take you to a donate page and if you hit the up arrow on the thirty dollar field you will see it change to not this time, now tab twice to download now.
Remember that NVDA relies on donations so if you can afford it send a donation to support and they also have a tutorial and language pack you can purchase.
During the install process you will get the option to select capslock as the NVDA modifier key; by default the insert key is the modifier key.
To get into the menu after completing the instal press the NVDA key and the letter n at the same time then down arrow which will be preference, then right arrow to settings and hit enter. You are now into a tree view of all your NVDA settings.
In the tree view the first item is general, use the tab key to go through the items for your general settings.
To move to different settings, ie from general to speech, use the down arrow.
Now lets talk a little about addons. An addon allows you to enhance NVDA. You can get add ons at the following link,
The first add on you should install is the windows 10 essential, after you have downloaded the add on just go to your download folder and install it as you would any program or app.
Now lets go back to the NVDA settings,
You will have tools and right arrow and up arrow to addons. There you will see all the addons you have installed and there you can uninstall or disable the ones you wish. We will expand on our next call.
Ok if you are not bored to death yet lets talk about shortcut keys, don’t run away just yet i will only give you a few and you can go to the user guide for specific ones.
To start NVDA, control+alt+N
To close NVDA, NVDA+Q
To learn what keys do what and learn your keyboard layout, NVDA+1.
To put NVDA in sleep mode, handy for applications with built inreaders, NVDA+S.
To wake up NVDA, NVDA+S twice.
To check battery level, NVDA+shift+B.
To check the time and date, NVDA+F12 will give you the time, press twice for the date.
I hope this was helpfull and join us February 26th for our NVDA beginners session part 2.
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