Re: NVDA Help Please.
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Just as with Jaws, NVDA has a desktop keyboard layout (which uses the number pad for some functions) and a laptop keyboard layout (which reassigns those functions elsewhere, bumping some other keystrokes around in the process). Different to Jaws, the NVDA key can be set to INSERT or CAPS LOCK independently of the keyboard layout - you can use laptop keyboard layout with the INSERT key as your NVDA modifier if you like.
Re the 2021.1 beta and Release Candidate versions - yes we are a week or so away from that version coming out so have been encouraging people to test out the pre-release versions. While you will find those downloads on their release announcements, you can always find the current stable version of NVDA on the main download page: https://www.nvaccess.org/download/ - so the version on that page is currently NVDA 2020.4 and will be until we release the final NVDA 2021.1. (By default NVDA will check for updates, but you can turn that off if you prefer).
The installed version of NVDA can do a couple of things a portable version can't - such as running on the Windows logon screen and other secure screens. And for various reasons, you can't interact with NVDA via a touch screen using the portable version either. The full list is here: https://www.nvaccess.org/files/nvda/documentation/userGuide.html#PortableAndTemporaryCopyRestrictions
With running NVDA and Jaws on the one system - they should work fine together - with the obvious caveat not to have both of them running and speaking at once. To start NVDA once you've installed it, press CONTROL+ALT+N, and to exit it, press NVDA+Q, then enter.
On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 8:44 AM Janet <janet.harvard@...> wrote: