How to use the Windows 10 store with the NVDA screen reader


The Windows 10 store is a metro app. This means it does not have the classic style menu that people liked (which went from left to right within your program).

Locating the Windows store app


There are a couple of ways you can get to it. The first is to type in the search box (when the Windows key is pressed) the letters st. One of the results will be for the Windows store app (for example Store, Trusted Windows Store app).  When it appears, you can press the Enter key on it and the Windows store will then be opened. The other way is to locate the Windows store app on the task bar.

Navigating the Windows 10 store with NVDA


When the Windows 10 store app has been opened NVDA should land on the home tab. You should be able to use the right and left arrow keys to navigate the tabs there. You should hear NVDA (starting from the left) say Home tab. As you arrow to the right you should hear NVDA say Apps tab, Games tab, Music tab, Films and TV tab. Using the left arrow key you should hear them in the reverse order.

To get to any of these tabs quickly (within the app) you can use the Ctrl key + Tab key.

Using the Ctrl key + Tab key it should read them from left to right. Adding the Shift key (along with the other two keys) will do it in reverse.

Keys that you can use in the Windows store


In most cases, you will be using the Tab key to navigate around. The Shift/Tab key will take you back in a reverse direction. Pressing the Spacebar (when on a button) activates the button. Pressing the Enter key (on a button) brings up a popup Window or will activate it. Pressing the Enter key (on a link) will activate it. The arrow keys are used to navigate some menus (such as under the user profile section). The Escape key is used to dismiss a window. In some cases, you will also have to use object navigation to get to some parts of the metro app.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not use the Backspace key when you go to purchase something (especially when going to purchase an app) otherwise it might act as an Enter key and purchase something you do not want. It is alright to use in an editable box (such as a search box). Remember this is an app not a web page.

User profile button

When you press the Spacebar on the User profile button, a pop up window will appear giving you some options. These will be: sign in, add work or school account, downloads and updates, settings and feedback.

Searching for an app in the store

There are many apps that you can buy or download for free, and you can also buy music and films etcetera. You can download these apps from the Store. The quickest way to find something is to do a search. You can use the Ctrl key + E to jump you to the search box quickly. It is a matter of typing in what you want to search for in the store (for example Pink Floyd Money). It should then do a search after you have pressed the Enter key on the search button.

When it has compiled a list of results, you can then use the Tab key to get to those results. When you tab, the first thing you will hear is list. You cannot interact with it. Tab again and there will be a button. The name of the button will change each time. In this case, it says Pink Floyd. Press the Spacebar on it, and it will give you a description of the item that you have selected. NVDA will land on the share link. Tab again and NVDA should start reading the description given. You can only use the review text commands if you want to re-read the results. You will need to Tab between the different sections and use the review text commands to read what is there. After you have finished, press the Escape key and that screen will disappear.

There may be another button you can interact with depending upon the results.

Tab again, and it will show a link saying show all songs link. Tab again, and it will give you a list of songs that you can arrow through. It will give the name of the song and the price of it. There are a couple of other links that you can interact with for more results  If you keep on tabbing it will take you back to where you started (for example home 1 of 5).

You will notice that when you are on any of the 5 tabs mentioned, if you wanted to look for an app for example, you would press the Spacebar on the Apps tab. You would then tab to the search box, enter in your search criteria, then press the Enter key on the search button. So, if the words KNFB reader were typed in, it would do a search for that app and then hopefully give you some results. It is then just a matter of interacting with the buttons, links or lists.

The suggestions list


You can (when searching in the Windows store) and the suggestions list results come up, arrow down the results, then press the Enter key on the one that you want.

NVDA should tell you how many items meet your search criteria when the list comes up, then it is a matter of interacting with the results as mentioned above.

The first suggestion you come to in the results list could change each time you do a search. For example KNFB Reader Average rating of 3.3 out of five stars. Price $154.90.

Press the Spacebar on it and a screen will open. You can tab through the section there and have them read out. You cannot interact with the arrow keys on this screen, but you can interact with it with the review text commands in NVDA. You will be given the option to buy the app or Redeem a code, but you must have money in your account. With free apps this is not necessary.

You can tab through the different sections there. It will show sections like ratings, screen shots, developer’s web sites, reviews and other related apps etcetera.  It will ask for permission to use certain parts of your computer. If you keep on tabbing it will take you back to where you started at the apps tab.

If you decide to click on an app, another popup type screen will come up. It will give you the option to download it and install it, cancel it or pause it.

After it has been installed it will give you the option to update your apps or tab to see what apps you have in the list below.

When you close the above screen you can go back at any time to see what metro apps have been installed. When you go back to the store, it comes up and you will need to tab to the user profile button, then press the Enter key. A pop up window will come up where you can arrow down to locate the downloads and updates section. When located, press the Enter key on it and the list of metro apps will come up. You can arrow up or down the list to see what is there.

After you have finished, you can close out of that section by pressing the Escape key.

To uninstall a metro app from your computer

If you want to uninstall any of the metro apps from your computer, you will need to locate them under the all apps list. When you have located the app you want to uninstall, press the applications key on your keyboard. If there is none, you can use the Shift/F10 key to get the same result. When the context menu comes up, arrow down until you hear NVDA say more submenu, then it will say uninstall. Press the Enter key on it and a message will come up saying Confirm Uninstall – This app and its related info will be uninstalled. Press the Spacebar on the menu and it will then be uninstalled from your computer.

Please note - regarding payments in the Windows store

You can buy apps from the store. You will need to be signed in with your user name/email address and password that you used to sign up to Windows. This can be a Microsoft account or a Skype one. You can pay for items with either a credit/debit card, PayPal or a gift card. These accounts will need to be added first before you can buy apps from the store.