How to install
for Windows 10
NVDA user statistics
The following commands are essential to
know in order to be able to start, exit and alter NVDA
Ctrl + Alt + N will start NVDA (installer version only)
Insert + N will get you into your preferences menu (where you can make changes or access the user manual)
Ins + Q will exit NVDA (this is for
both the installer and portable versions)
Please note: Where it refers to the NVDA
key in the user manual, this can be the Insert key, the
extended Insert key, or the Caps Lock key. It is also known
as a modifier key. (For example, if the Insert key is used
as the modifier key, then you press Insert + the letter Q to
quit NVDA. If however you chose your Caps Lock key to be
your modifier key, then it would be Caps Lock + the letter Q
This is another way of starting NVDA from a USB stick by interacting with the autoplay menu.
Have you noticed that after upgrading to a Windows 8 or 10 computer, that whenever you insert a USB stick, you get the above message and do not know how to interact with it? It wants you to tap on the screen, but if you do not have a touch screen device it will not happen that way. If I wanted to start a copy of NVDA from a USB stick, I would do the following. I would move a copy of NVDA 2017.2 (or higher) onto the USB stick, making sure it is the package you download from the NVACCESS website at http://www.nvaccess.org
You will need to move the file onto a USB stick. Once you have moved the file onto the USB stick, you will have to make sure that the security message does not come up when you go to click or press Enter on the file at startup. Do this by unchecking this option. When you press the Enter key or click on it, it should start automatically with the documentation screen and the three options that are available to you. They are: install NVDA, make a portable copy for a USB stick, or run as a temporary copy.
You can have other files and folders on your USB stick, but make sure they do not start with the letter N.
Insert the USB stick into the USB hole on your computer and you should hear two sounds. Just after the second sound, make sure you press the Windows key + letter V (for victory), then press the Enter key. A context menu will come up. Press the letter O to open the folder, then press the Enter key. You are now inside the USB stick. Now, press the letter N (so the focus ends up on the NVDA 2017.2.exe file) then press the Enter key. A couple of seconds later NVDA should start up. You should hear a musical tune, then after you have agreed to the documentation, you will be given three options (1 to install NVDA to the computer, 2 to make a USB copy onto a USB stick, and 3 to run as a temporary copy). If you choose the first option, just follow the directions to install the copy of NVDA. There will be a talking installer that will speak out the steps, or you can run NVDA as a temporary copy. Just minimize the screen and use NVDA as usual.
If you do the above process too slow after the second sound, the above process may not work and will have to be repeated until you get NVDA up and running this way. You will pick up pretty quickly when to do it. If you have a copy of NVDA running on your computer, you can still use the Windows key + V (for victory) after the second sound, then press the Enter key to bring up the context menu. You can then arrow down to make a choice.
To listen to an audio tutorial please go to the following link
How to install NVDA to your computer using Narrator from the NVACCESS website
This tutorial will cover using Windows Narrator on a Windows 10 computer where there is no copy of NVDA around anywhere. It will cover: starting up Narrator, locating the Microsoft Edge web browser, going to the location bar and entering in the web address for NV access. Then, we will look at how to locate the download link, download a copy of NVDA to your computer and how to set it up.
Since the tutorial was done I found out you could put Narrator into scan mode where some quick navigation keys can be used on a website. To put Narrator into scan mode, press the Caps lock key + Spacebar to turn it on and off. When it is in scan mode, you can use the Tab key, H for headings, I or K for links and the letter D and P. Also, there is an audio tutorial at the end of this written tutorial.
The easiest way is to follow the basic tutorial to obtain a copy of NVDA from the NV access website.
On your Windows 10 computer, start your copy of Narrator with the Windows key + the Enter key (or you could type in Narrator into the Windows run dialogue box by pressing the Windows key + letter R). After pressing the Enter key, a message will come up when it starts talking. Say yes to this message. Next, press the Windows key + the letter M to minimize everything on the screen.
You will need to use the Tab key to move around the Windows 10 desktop. When you start tabbing you will hear Narrator say start button (etcetera). You will need to tab 3 or 4 times so you can locate the Microsoft Edge browser. The left and right arrow keys might be needed after tabbing to locate it. When it is found, press the Enter key on it and the browser should open. After it has opened, press the Ctrl key + the letter L to get to the location bar. Backspace it then type in the following http://www.nvaccess.org then press the Enter key. When the NVACCESS webpage comes up, it would be a good idea to use the Ctrl + Home key to get to the top of the page. Next, you will need to use the Tab key (until you hear Narrator say downloads link) then press the Enter key.
After the downloads page comes up, you might need to go to the top of the page again with Ctrl key + the Home key. Next, you will need to use the Tab key until you hear Narrator say currency converter. When you hear it spoken, tab again and you will hear Narrator say radio button 30 dollars. Arrow up until you hear Narrator say skip donation this time. You should only have to arrow up once. Next, tab until you hear narrator say this is a required field (this is just past the privacy statement). You may have to arrow up and down to find this box.
Next, enter in your email address, then arrow to the download button, then press the Enter key. A notification screen will come up either to open it or download it to your computer. Use the Alt key + the letter N. This should hopefully focus it on the save button, which will download it to your computer. Press the Enter key or Spacebar to start the download. It will now download a copy of NVDA to your computer. NVDA should be downloaded to your Downloads folder on your computer. This is the default folder for saving downloaded files in Windows. Next, press the Windows key and when it comes up in the search box type Downloads, then press the Enter key. This should put you in the Downloads folder. Locate the file (for example NVDA 2016.4) then press the Enter key. There may be a dialogue screen that might come up, if this is the case tab to the run button then press the Enter key. You will hear a musical tune come up and NVDA will start talking as well along with Narrator. You do not have to read the documentation screen so you can tab to the check box and check it with the space bar to say you agree. Tab again and you will be given 3 options. These are: to install NVDA to your computer, to make a portable copy or to run as a temporary copy. Pick the first option then follow the directions to install NVDA to your computer. In the case where the UAC screen comes up, unless it is in focus it will not be spoken out. If NVDA seems like it is taking too long to install, use the Alt key + the Tab key to try and bring the UAC screen into focus. This might have to be done a couple of times (if more than 2 windows are open). When it does, tab to the yes button, then press the Enter key and you will then hear a message saying NVDA has been installed. Press the Enter key on the ok button then NVDA should start up. If it is a totally fresh copy of NVDA, you will also get a message asking you if you want to set the Caps Lock key as a modifier key; and also one asking you if you want the message box to show again. If you do not want it to show again, it will need to be unchecked. Next, tab to the ok button then press the Enter key and NVDA will be ready to go. You should also hear a startup sound and NVDA will start shortly after. You can then use the Alt + Tab keys to bring up Narrator, then use the Alt + F4 keys to close the copy of Narrator. Now, you will only hear the voice of NVDA and not the two of them like before.
You can focus NVDA to the desktop by pushing the following shortcut (which is the Windows key + the letter D).
If this is your first time using NVDA and if NVDA is not running, you can use the Alt + Ctrl key + the letter N to start your copy of NVDA.
To get into the preferences of NVDA (where you can make changes etcetera) you can use the NVDA key + the letter N. This is also where the user manual is located under the help section.
To quit your copy of NVDA use the NVDA key + the letter Q. Where I refer to the NVDA key this is a modifier key and can be the Insert key, the extended Insert key or the Caps Lock key. You will use one of these to quit your copy of NVDA (for example the Insert key + the letter Q).
If you have an earlier version of Windows, you could start up Windows Narrator by pressing the Windows key + the letter R (to bring up the Windows run dialogue box); then by typing in Narrator, and pressing the Enter key. Narrator should come up talking.
To obtain your copy of NVDA from the nvaccess website, it would be the same sort of process as above, but you will need to locate the Internet Explorer browser which is found on Windows computers.
To listen to an audio tutorial on how to install NVDA to your computer using Narrator from the NVaccess website, please visit the following link
This is a new feature that has been integrated into NVDA. When the NVDA key and the letter Q have been used to quit NVDA - it will give you 3 options before NVDA is turned off. These will be to quit NVDA, restart NVDA or to disable all add-ons in NVDA. Pick the option you want (by arrowing up or down the combo box), then tab to the ok button and that action will be performed.
This feature can be turned on or off through the general settings section in NVDA...Show exit options when exiting NVDA. To show the feature each time you want to close NVDA, simply leave it checked, or just uncheck this option so this feature is not shown when you exit NVDA.
If the disable NVDA addons option is chosen,
all add ons in NVDA will be disabled. To re-enable all of your
add ons again, simply restart NVDA.
tutorial will show you how to install a hard drive version of
NVDA onto your computer (from a portable version on a USB
stick). This can only be done from a portable version of NVDA.
The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijeohsgruhxwqta/creating%20a%20harddrive%20version%20of%20nvda%20from%20a%20portable%20version.MP3?dl=0
From NVDA 2016.1, there has been a new feature put into NVDA. This feature can be found under the synthesizer settings section in NVDA. To quickly get to this menu, press the Ctrl key + NVDA key + the letter S.
When this menu is first opened, NVDA will land on the supported synthesizers section. You can use your up or down arrow keys to change to another synthesizer. The same can be done for the other combo boxes below.
The next time you tab it will land you on the output section where you can output the audio to a headphone or speakers etc. The next time you tab, NVDA will land on the audio ducking mode section. It is a matter of changing the settings to how you would like to hear it.
Audio Ducking Mode
On Windows 8 and above, this option allows you to choose if NVDA should lower the volume of other applications while NVDA is speaking, or all the time while NVDA is running.
• No Ducking: NVDA will not lower the volume of other audio
• Duck when outputting speech and sounds: NVDA will only lower the volume of other audio when NVDA is speaking or playing sounds. (This may not work for all synthesizers)
• Always duck: NVDA will keep the volume of other audio lower the whole time NVDA is running
There is a shortcut to toggle between these modes (which is) the NVDA key + Shift + D.
Please note this feature is only available in the installer version of NVDA 2016.1 and onwards.
To listen to an audio tutorial on this new feature please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0iysj9dyat2vue/The%20new%20audio%20ducking%20feature%20in%20NVDA%202016.MP3?dl=0
Disabling and enabling of add-ons in NVDA (from version 2016.3 onwards)
Under the “manage add on” section (where you can see which add on/s you have installed) a new “disable/enable add on” button has been put in. If for any reason you have trouble with any of your add on/s, and you are trying to figure which one it might be, they can be disabled one by one. It is a matter of locating an add on, then tabbing to the disable button, then pushing the Enter key. You will then need to tab to the close button, and press the Enter key. NVDA will need to be restarted for the add on to be disabled. Say yes, and NVDA will be restarted with the add on disabled.
You can do this one by one to see which add on might be causing the problem.
If you have located the add on causing the problem, it can be removed. Any of the addons that were disabled can be re-enabled quickly by going to each add on, then tabbing to the enable addon button, then pressing the Enter key. Next, tab to the close button, then press the Enter key. NVDA will need to be restarted, so say yes and NVDA will be restarted and the add on will now be re-enabled.This applies from NVDA version 2016.3 onwards.
NVDA Remote Support is an add-on that allows another NVDA user to assist you (or allows you to assist another NVDA user) over the internet while you are both using NVDA. Both people will need a copy of NVDA installed on their computer. If they have not got a copy of NVDA a copy can be obtained from http://www.nvaccess.org
The reporting of formatting information in a supported document in browse mode
If the NVDA key + the letter F is only pressed once, it will quickly report the formatting information in a supported document.
If the NVDA key + the letter F is pressed twice, the formatting information will be brought up in a small window. This will put NVDA into browse mode; (this is where you can use the up and down arrow keys to review the formatting information line by line, word by word or character by character). When finished reviewing the formatting information, simply press the Escape key for the window to disappear and return to the document.
Please note: This
feature is available from 2016.2 onwards.
To listen to an audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/cgd1lp261bkr3va/Reporting%20of%20formatting%20information%20in%20a%20supported%20document%20in%20browse%20mode.MP3?dl=0
In Microsoft Excel, you can now use the Elements List (NVDA + F7) to allow listing of charts, comments and formulas. To use support for reading charts in Microsoft Excel, select the chart using the Elements List (NVDA + F7) and then use the arrow keys to move between the data points.
In this audio
tutorial, it will cover the basics of copying information,
saving that information to a file such as doc or mp3, then
moving that file to a digital talking book machine or another
portable device (such as an mp3 player). The
file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/phh8cu2n3ivf89i/how%20to%20copy%20a%20file%20to%20another%20device.MP3?dl=0
Once it has been downloaded and opened, there will be 2 folders and 1 readme file. One folder is for a 64bit version of GlassBrick for Windows, and the other is for a 32bit version of GlassBrick for Windows. When you go to extract it, it will create its own directory called GlassBrick 1.1 You can put it anywhere on the PC, but to keep it tidy you can have it come off your C:\ drive, so that when it is extracted, it will look like this (for example C:\glassbrick1.1). Then from the Desktop, make a shortcut to the glassbrick.exe file. Make sure you put in a shortcut key to start it. (For example Alt and Ctrl and the letter G). To turn off the GlassBrick magnifier, it must be done down on the bottom right of the Desktop in the notification area. This is also where you can change settings for the GlassBrick program.
The following steps
must be done first for NVDA to start from a USB stick. The
USB stick must be labelled. To make it easier to find, the
USB stick was labelled QQQ. Next a copy of NVDA 2015.3 was
put onto the USB stick (for example 2015.3.exe). Make sure
the checkbox that comes up when you click on the file is
unticked. This is the one with the security warning when
you click on the file. When this is unticked, NVDA will
start automatically when the file is clicked on. This will
also give you 3 options (for example: 1 to install a copy
of NVDA to your machine, 2 to make a portable copy for a
USB stick, or 3 to run as a temporary copy).
Next, insert your USB stick. The autoplay menu will not usually come up, so don’t count on it. Press the Windows key + the letter E to bring up file explorer in Windows 10. You cannot access your USB stick from this section. Shift/tab once. This will put you into a tree view.
Press the letter Q once, this will land you on your USB stick. This will not matter what drive letter it comes up with as you will land in the right place when you press the letter Q. You will then have to press the Enter key once. Next, tab once and you will land inside of your USB stick where your copy of NVDA is. Press the letter N, so it lands on your copy of NVDA (for example 2015.3). Press the Enter key, and your copy of NVDA will start up on the new computer.
Make sure you have no other files/folders starting with the letter N in the main root directory of the USB stick as you may not be able to start your copy of NVDA.
If NVDA does not start up, some of the reasons could be: There is exe blocking software on that computer, or you may not have unticked the security box on your copy of NVDA.
To listen to an
audio tutorial on how to start NVDA (via a USB stick) on a
Windows 10 machine, please go to
NVDA can run from a CD on a Windows 10 machine. You must have NVDA 2015.3 and above for NVDA to work.
If you do decide to make a CD version of NVDA you will need to do the following:
Create a folder/directory to put your files into (for example you could name it CD version of NVDA). While NVDA is running, make a portable copy of NVDA, and place it into the folder you have just made. Make sure within the folder you create a directory/folder called NVDA and have all of NVDA’s files go into that folder/directory.
Please note: They need to be unzipped into the folder called CD version of NVDA – and NOT into the NVDA folder).
Download the zip file from the dropbox account and unzip the contents of the file into your newly created folder/directory that you named CD version of NVDA. These files can be obtained from the following dropbox account link:
Now when you look at the newly created directory/folder (called CD version of NVDA), you should see the following: an NVDA folder with files in it, an autorun.inf file and a start.bat file.
Select the files and burn them to your CD. After your CD has been burnt, it should be a matter of putting your newly created NVDA CD into the DVD drive and shortly after NVDA should start up on your Windows 10 machine.
Please note: If NVDA doesn’t start up, it may be because the auto play menu is disabled in Windows 10. You may need to go into the auto play section and set it to run or install under the software section. If this is the case, NVDA can still be started by doing the following: Press the Windows key + the letter R. This will bring up the Windows run dialogue box and is only used if the auto play menu has not been enabled. Next, type in the following... E:\start.bat then press the Enter key. NVDA should start up shortly after that.
You might have to try another drive letter if E:\ doesn’t work. For example D:\start.bat or another drive letter (for example F:\start.bat).
If you would like to update your version of NVDA at
a later date, just redo the process with the updated
version of NVDA (for example using NVDA 2016.1, then you
can burn a new disk).
To listen to an audio tutorial on starting
NVDA from a CD on a Windows 10 computer please visit the
following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahq9vmlg99ad0f5/starting%20nvda%20from%20a%20cd%20on%20a%20windows%2010%20computer.MP3?dl=0
The zip file that you will need to do this
can be found here https://www.dropbox.com/s/j266lcy5ipyqpvn/Files%20needed%20to%20auto%20run%20nvda%20from%20a%20cd.zip?dl=0
This same idea can be used for a USB stick as mentioned above for Windows 10. The autorun.inf file will be of no use though. Make sure the USB stick is labelled qqq. Next, make a folder called NVDA on the USB stick and have all of NVDA’s contents put into it. Make sure the start.bat file is in the root directory/folder of the USB drive. So, when you look at your USB stick contents, you will see an NVDA folder with files in it and a start.bat file. When the USB stick is inserted into your Windows 10 machine, you will need to press the Windows key + the letter E. This will bring up file explorer in Windows 10. Shift/tab once. This will land you in a tree view, then press the letter q. This will land you on your USB stick. Press the Enter key, then tab once. This will put you inside your USB stick. Press the letter S, so NVDA lands on the start.bat file, then press the Enter key, then NVDA will start up for you. The same idea can be done through the “this PC” section on the tree view (except, this will mean more steps in order to be able to do the same thing).
As an example, when you shift/tab once and land in the tree view, press the letter T to take you to “this PC”. Press the Enter key, then tab once. Press the letter Q, this will land you on your USB stick. Press the Enter key again, then press the tab key. You will now be inside your USB stick. Press the letter S, so you land on the start.bat file, then press the Enter key and NVDA will start up for you.
The following audio tutorial is a
demonstration of what some of the Vocaliser voices sound
like. In particular, the following sound samples are English
voices that you can use with NVDA. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8hr27l372tpxhm1/Vocaliser%20english%20sound%20samples%20for%20nvda.MP3?dl=0
For the most up to date link for Nuance
Vocaliser voices, please refer to the section called
Supported Speech Synthesisers in the NVDA user manual.
Please note, unless things change, if you download it on the
1st day of the month you will have about 2 weeks to trial
the voices. After this time (around the 14th or 16th of the
month), the voices will not work until you download them
again on the 1st of the following month.