Re: NVDA, read current line and read all

Walter Ramage

Hi.  I am using desktop layout and the numpad lock is off.  Things are looking a little better since I've had help from this list.  It has confirmed things I suspected and informed me of things I was unaware of.


One thing I'm not sure of is reading by word.  In Jaws insert/right arrow will read forward word by word and insert/left arrow will read word by word backwards.  just pressing left arrow will move forward character by character and left arrow the same but backwards.


In NVDA I can move forward or back character by character by pressing the left or right arrows but I can't read word by word by pressing insert/left or right arrow.  I'm not sure if NNVDA does this.  I've pressed insert/right arrow or left arrow but nothing is spoken.  Is this feature absent from NVDA?  If NVDA does have this feature then where do I go to find it.  I don't want to spend a long frustrating period of time looking for a feature that doesn't exist.  With thanks.  Walter.


From: [] On Behalf Of Quentin Christensen
Sent: 16 April 2020 00:36
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] NVDA, read current line and read all


Hi Walter,


There are a couple of options for keystrokes depending on how you have NVDA setup.  So first:


- You can have INSERT (either the numpad 0 or the extended insert) or CAPS LOCK (or all three) set as your NVDA modifier key.  Note if you use the numpad insert, you need to have numlock OFF for it to work.


- You can use "Desktop keyboard layout" or "Laptop keyboard layout".  Desktop layout assumes you have a number pad which can be used for NVDA commands.  Laptop keyboard layout reassigns those commands to other keys and so ends up remapping quite a lot of keystrokes.


So, to read the current line is NVDA+up arrow in desktop layout, or NVDA+L in laptop layout.


To read from the current point onwards in NVDA+down arrow in desktop layout or NVDA+A in laptop layout.


As previously noted, the arrows in this case are the dedicated arrow keys (often found in set out in an upside down T shape) not the number pad.


Also another thing you will likely be interested in, is the guide to switching from Jaws to NVDA, which you can find here:


Kind regards




On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 8:46 AM Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:

If you use read to end, blank lines won’t be announced. 



----- Oribginal Message -----

From: Gene

Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:43 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] NVDA, read current line and read all


You can’t use insert numpad down arrow.  NVDA reserves the numpad for screen review.  Use insert with the main keyboard down arrow. 


I’m assuming you are using the default desktop layout.  If you changed it, let us know.


Also, you can have the caps lock function as an NVDA key.  If you do, you will have insert and caps lock function as NVDA keys if you are using the desktop layout.  I don’t use the laptop layout and I’m not sure.


But I find it much mpore pleasant to use caps lock down arrow for read to end.  If you want to know how to make the caps lock key an NVDA key, let us know.



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:07 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] NVDA, read current line and read all


Hi folks.  I've decided to dip my toe in the NVDA world but only a little bit at the moment but before I submerge my big toe I'd like some help with something.


In Jaws to read the current line I press insert plus up arrow.  To read all, insert and down arrow.


Now I tried the same in NVDA but although insert up arrow read current line, insert down arrow also read current line, it didn't read all.


I got more if I scrolled down but NVDA repeated every blank line with the announcement "blank."


How can I correct this so insert up arrow reads current line, insert down arrow reads all and every blank line is silent.  Help appreciated, thank you.  Walter.



Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager


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