Jason: In order to start NVDA, you can either click the NVDA icon on the desktop or NVDA sets up a shortcut key for you to start it. That shortcut key is Ctrl + Alt + N. What you would do is hold down the Ctrl key and the Alt key at the same time. While you’re holding those keys down, press the letter N. If I do that now, uh, NVDA will start. [Musical alert plays]. Voiceover: Taskbar. Jason: And now NVDA is started. Alright. So now, what I’d like to do is demonstrate a little bit about how you would navigate around in Windows, uh, using NVDA. So, the first thing we’re going to talk about is the Windows desktop. The desktop is the initial screen that comes up when you start your computer, that has various icons on it to get to different programs and locations on your computer. So, if I hold down the Windows key on the keyboard, which, the Windows key is on most keyboards, is going to be directly or two keys to the left of the Spacebar. I hold that key down and I press the letter D. NVDA: Desktop List, Recycle Bin, 3 of 21. Jason: Ok. So now, it said Desktop List, Recycle Bin, 3 of 21. So, what this is telling me is that I’m currently on the Recycle Bin icon and that’s the third icon on the desktop and that there are 21 icons there. So, now what I can do is just use my arrow keys to move around and explore what’s on my desktop. So, the desktop is laid out in a grid pattern. So, you may end up using the up, down, left or right arrows. Uh, depending on how your desktop is laid out. So, I’m just going to start by pressing the, uh, the down arrow. Voiceover: Adobe Reader X, 4 of 21. ALT, 5 of 21. FS Reader, 6 of 21. JAWS 14. Jason: Ok, so that’s the bottom of that column. If I can move to the right now. Voiceover: Team Viewer, 8 of 21. Jason: And then, and then now I can go back up. Voiceover: Re-release Notes, 13 of 21. Open Office 4.1 12 of 21. NVDA, 11 of 21. Mozilla Thunderbird, 10 of 21. Mozilla Firefox, 9 of 21. Jason: So, these are all the icons on my desktop. Now, if I know which item on the desktop I’m looking for, we can use what’s called first letter navigation. So I can just – for example – if I want to go to the Recyle Bin icon, I can just press the letter R here. Voiceover: R. Re-release Notes, 13 of 21. Jason: That’s the first one with R. That’s not Recycle Bin, so I’m going to press R again. Voiceover: R. Recycle Bin, 3 of 21. Jason: Ok. So that’s Recycle Bin. And then, to activate one of these icons, you can just, once you’re highlighted on it, you can just press Enter. Voiceover: Recycle Bin. Items new list. IE 11 Windows 6 point 1. Jason: The next thing we’re going to talk about is the Windows Start menu. The Start menu is where you will find the most commonly used applications on your computer. To get to the Start menu, press the Windows key. On most keyboards, the Windows key is two keys to the left of the Spacebar. Voiceover: Start menu. Search box. Edit. Search programs and files. Blank. Jason: Ok. So, NVDA said, search box, search programs and files. You can either use the arrow keys to navigate through the Start menu. Or, if you know what program you’re looking for, you can just type it’s name. For example, if I want to open up the Windows Notepad program, I can just start typing Notepad. Voiceover: N-O-T. Items new list. Programs grouping expanded. Sticky Notes. E. Sticky Notes. P-A-D. Jason: So, I just type Notepad and then press Enter. Voiceover: Untitled Notepad. Edit. Multi-line. Blank. Jason: Ok. And then Notepad starts up. To close an application, you can press Alt + F4. So, you would hold down the Alt key, to the left of the Spacebar and press the F4 key. Voiceover: Taskbar. Jason: And that will now close Notepad. So, I’m now going to go back to the Start menu. Voiceover: Start menu. Search box. Edit. Search programs and files. Blank. Start menu. Jason: And then, I’m going to press the down arrow. And this will move me through my most recent, most recently used programs. Voiceover: JAWS 14.0 8, 1 of 10. The Razor’s Edge, T, 2 of 10. Getting Started, sub-menu, 3 of 10. Calculator, C, 4 of 10. Connect to a Projector, C, 5 of 10. Sticky Notes, S, 6 of 10. Snipping Tool, S, 7 of 10. Paint, P, 8 of 10. XPS Viewer, X, 9 of 10. NVDA, N, 10 of 10. All Programs, sub-menu, to move between sections, including the first and second panes and the power buttons. Use up and down arrows to move between list items. A. Jason: All Programs is where you’ll find any program that is installed on your computer. So, if I press the right arrow now, it will open all programs and then I can use the arrow keys to move through it. Voiceover: Back. Search. Blank. All programs renew. Level 1. Adobe Reader X, 1 of 38. Default Programs, 2 of 38. Desktop Gadget Gallery, 3 of 38. Internet Explorer, 4 of 38. Level 1. Jason: To move to the right hand side of the Start menu, which lists things like your Home folder, Documents, Pictures, et cetera – You can press the Tab key after you go to the Start menu. Voiceover: Start menu. Search box. Edit. Search Programs and Files. Blank. Jason: So, if I’m on the Start menu, I’m going to press Tab. Voiceover: Jason Fayre, J, 1 of 9. Jason: And then I can down arrow. Voiceover: Documents, D, 2 of 9. Pictures, P, 3 of 9. Music, M, 4 of 9. Computer, C, 5 of 9. Control Panel, C, 6 of 9. Devices and Printers, D, 7 of 9. Default Programs, D, 8 of 9. Help and Support, H, 9 of 9. Jason: So that’s going down the right hand column of the Start menu.

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3 thoughts on “NVDA – Using a computer with NVDA – CNIB

  • April 15, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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    What a nice easy NVDA explaination for a change x

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  • July 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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    I have one monitor and I like streaming gaming videos…BUT! I can't read chat messages on the youtube screen while I'm in a game, because I'll have to ALT + TAB to get out of the game to read the messages. Can NVDA read the youtube Live Stream messages for me, while I'm in a game?

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  • August 5, 2018 at 6:14 pm
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    how do i change the language damnet…

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