With the application cursor, just press control + left or right
arrow to rread by word. NVDA will voice the highlighted word.
Also, if you route review cursor to application cursor, you can use
the numpad keys to move by line top row 7, 8,9, by word middle row,
4, 5, 6, and by character bottom row, 1, 2, 3.
On 4/16/2020 5:56 AM, Walter Ramage via
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
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.
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
Note if you use the numpad insert, you need to have
numlock OFF for it to
- You can use "Desktop keyboard layout"
"Laptop keyboard layout". Desktop layout assumes you have
number pad which can be used for NVDA commands. Laptop
reassigns those commands to other keys and so ends up
remapping quite a lot of
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
On Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 8:46 AM Gene
If you use read to end,
blank lines won’t be announced.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 5:43 PM
[TechTalk] NVDA, read current line and
You can’t use
insert numpad down arrow. NVDA reserves
numpad for screen review. Use insert with
the main keyboard down
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
read to end. If you want to know how to
make the caps lock key an NVDA
key, let us know.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 3:07 PM
[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
like some help with something.
In Jaws to read
the current line I press insert plus up
arrow. To read all, insert and down
Now I tried the
same in NVDA but although insert up
read current line, insert down arrow
also read current line, it didn't read
I got more if I
scrolled down but NVDA repeated every
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.
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