Practical guide to using Windows Microsoft applications with the NVDA screen reader


The aim of this training wiki is to provide an easy-to-understand resource relating to the use of a Windows-based computer with the free NVDA screen reader. The development of this wiki was initially created by Media Access Australia, with support from NV Access. Significant contributions were also made by Emmanuel Lee and Ian Blackburn. The idea for the wiki stemmed from a request made by itinerant teachers in Australia who were seeking additional information on how to use NVDA to better support the needs of blind and vision impaired primary and secondary school students. This training wiki will provide information on the various functions and applications that the NVDA screen reader is able to provide, with a simple step by step process on how to access these services. Training Links have been provided in the Resource section, providing helpful links for those requiring more training Gclub and information regarding the NVDA screen reader.

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NVDA Functions
This section includes getting started with NVDA, turning NVDA on and off, basic Windows navigation, folder interaction and enabling the Windows High Contrast feature.

Getting NVDA to read things out
This section includes the basic keyboard shortcuts that are specific to NVDA, such as getting it to read out all the text on a page.

This section contains Windows instructions and keyboard shortcuts for various applications that work with NVDA, including:

This section contains additional NVDA Gclub training links

NVDA License Agreement

NVDA is copyright ©2006-2011 NVDA contributors.
NVDA is covered by the GNU General Public License (Version 2). You are free to share or change this software in any way you like as long as it is accompanied by the license and you make all source code available to anyone who wants it. This applies to both original and modified copies of this software, plus any derivative works. NVDA can be downloaded from http://www.nvda-project.org.