On this page, there will be information on how
to install and remove addons from the NVDA screen reader. This
will be in both written and audio formats. There is a link to a
Dropbox folder (at the end of this page) with a variety of addons
that people may want to use while using NVDA.
There will also be other information relating to addons below.
button for addons (if the author of the add on has given
the extra information)
From NVDA 2015.1 onwards, there has been a help
button put into the NVDA Manage add-ons section. After you have
installed your add on locate the add on you want (for example
remote support add on). Next, tab to the add on help button, then
press the Enter key. Your web browser will open to a help page
about that add on, so that you can find out more about how to use
that add on. The help button will not show if the extra
information is not there.
Some add ons will also install a menu where you can make changes
(for example remote, which will have sub menus come off it such as
connect, disconnect and so on).
Disabling and enabling of addons in NVDA
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.
To listen to an audio tutorial on disabling and enabling addons in
NVDA 2016.3 onwards please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/8nqlyyi5mwup6cx/disabling%20and%20enabling%20of%20addons%20in%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0
and phone support for NVDA from the NV Access online shop
Are you aware that NV Access
have put together an online Shop where you can buy training material for the NVDA screen reader?
You can also get phone support.
Please stay tuned for more training material as
it becomes available.
For more information please visit the NV Access
Online Shop at the following link https://www.nvaccess.org/shop/
To find an NVDA certified expert near you,
please visit the following link https://certification.nvaccess.org/.
The certification page contains the official list of NVDA
certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and
successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.
Have you got a good grasp on the NVDA screen
reader? Have you got what it takes to sit the NVDA expert exam?
You can test your knowledge for free. If you pass the exam in
the required time frame, then you can purchase an official
certificate and be acknowledged on the above webpage under the
list of worldwide NVDA experts.
about NVDA progress via the nvaccess In Process blog
To find out what is happening
within the NVDA project, visit “In-Process” - the new NV
Access blog, where you can be
informed of happenings within the organisation, staff and of
Click on any of the links in the table
below, to visit other NVDA related webpages that may be of
interest to you.
NVDA screen reader
For a variety of NVDA related resources from
around the world, please visit the NVDA screen reader related resources page
at the following link
NVDA screen reader related
video on the NVDA screen reader
If you are unsure what a screen reader is,
please click on the following link to listen to a promotional
video on the NVDA screen reader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7AwV_uxO0&feature=youtu.be
Please feel free to pass this information onto others that you
think may be interested or who may want to find out more.
the latest copy of the free NVDA screen reader
There is no use getting addons for the NVDA
screen reader if you haven't got a copy already. To get a copy of
the NVDA screen reader please go to http://www.nvaccess.org and
grab a copy from the downloads section. If you already have a copy
of NVDA, just look below.
If you would like to know when
there is a release of NVDA (or just to keep up to date with what
is happening with the project from time to time), you can join
the NVDA announcement email list. It can be found on the
NVaccess website at http://www.nvaccess.org/news/
When you are there, jump down by headings (by pressing the
letter H) to a heading called News by email, and sign your self
up to keep up to date with what is happening.
an NVDA addon?
NVDA addons are additional packages that can be
downloaded and installed into your copy of NVDA; to enhance
existing functionality, or to add additional features to your
screen reader. (Just like scripts that may give extra
functionality to the Jaws screen reader for a variety of tasks).
On this page, you will find addons that have been created
and publicly reviewed by members of the community. Please note
that many of these addons are not provided by NV Access, so NV
Access cannot be held responsible for these addons.
NVDA addons not compatible
with NVDA 2019.3
The below addons will only work up to NVDA
2019.2.1 and are not Python 3 compatible. When you go to install
them on NVDA 2019.3 you will get the following message below.
Add-on not compatible Installation of Driver for the braillenote
classic 0.2 has been blocked. An updated version of this add-on is
required, the minimum add-on API supported by this version of NVDA
You will then need to contact the author of the addon to see if
they can make it Python 3 compatible. Please also note, some
addons will be end of life and may have been integrated into NVDA
(for example screen curtain).
community addons website for stable release addons
The NVDA community has put together an official
NVDA addons page. These addons have been reviewed or checked by
the community. The link to this page is https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html
Make sure to add the web page to your bookmarks or your favourites
in your browser.
NVDA addons website
for addons under development
Keep up to date with the development of
NVDA addons at the following site https://addons.nvda-project.org/dev.en.html
addon subscription and announcement page
For NVDA addon suggestions, reviews and
announcements visit the nvda-addons list at https://addons.nvda-project.org/announcements.en.html
Add-on Development Guide
If you have a little bit of knowledge to do with
Python and would like to help out with making add ons for NVDA
please go to https://github.com/nvdaaddons/DevGuide/wiki/NVDA-Add-on-Development-Guide
If you would like to submit an addon to the
NVDA community, please see the paragraph above for the link to
their addons page.
tutorial on how to install and remove addons
If you are using an earlier version than
2013.2 you will need to follow these instructions on
installing and removing addons. In the 2013.2 version there has
been a "get addons" button put in to make it easier for the user
to get addons. This button is not present in earlier versions of
NVDA. To get this functionality (where you can be taken to the
website) you will need 2013.2 and beyond. To listen to
this tutorial (which has directions on how to install and remove
addons), please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/8593m44ekwjq8fo/how%20to%20install%20and%20remove%20addons%20with%20NVDA%202013.2%20and%20beyond.MP3?dl=0
to install or remove an addon
In the latest version of NVDA 2013.2 and beyond
there has been a button put into the manage addons section
which will take you straight to the NVDA community addons webpage.
To access this webpage from within the NVDA screen reader, you
will need to do the following. Press the Insert key and
the letter N. This will bring up the NVDA
menu. Next, arrow down to the tools menu. Arrow right then
down to the manage addons menu and press Enter.
Tab until you hear the get addons button, then press Enter.
When the webpage loads, it will give you a list of addons that
have been reviewed so far by the community.
To install an addon when NVDA is running, press the Insert
key and the letter N until the NVDA menu comes up. Arrow
down to the tools menu, then arrow right and then down to
the manage addons menu, and press Enter. It should
default to the addons list that you have installed. Tab to the install
button and press Enter. Next, locate the addon
you want to install, and press Enter and follow the directions.
It will ask you if you want to install the addon, say yes
to this and press Enter and it will be installed. Now, tab
to the close button, and press Enter and then it
will ask you to restart NVDA. Say yes to this and the add
on will be installed. Later versions of NVDA will let you install
from your desktop etcetera just by pressing Enter on it.
To remove an addon, repeat the process above, but
instead of installing an addon, this time you will go to the remove
addon button. Locate an addon you want to remove,
then Tab to the remove button and press Enter. It
will ask you if you want to remove this addon. Say yes to
this and it will be removed. Now, tab to the close button
and press Enter, and it will ask you to restart NVDA. Say
yes to this and NVDA will be restarted. Now the addon is removed.
Please note this addon will be part of NVDA at a
later date and this addon will not be required.
This addon has the ability to check for, download, and apply addon
To check for updates after installing this addon, go to NVDA
menu/Tools/Check for addon updates. If updates are available, a
list of addon updates will be shown, with each entry consisting of
description, current version, and the new version. Select Update,
and NVDA will download and apply updates in sequence, with a
prompt to restart your copy of NVDA shown afterwards.
The addon updater will only work with compatible addons from the
NVDA community addon website.
For more information on where to get it from, please go to the
following link at https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/addonUpdater.en.html
You can also go to the addons community website at https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/addonUpdater.en.html
If you have not installed an addon into NVDA, please see the
section in the user manual called Addons Manager.
If down the track you get a message saying your addon is
incompatible, please see the section called incompatible Addons.
on how to script
To get you started, please visit the following
website for more information about scripting. It can be
found at http://www.webbie.org.uk/nvda/
containing a variety of earlier addons before NVDA 2019.2
After you have installed the addon, press
Enter on the help button, and it should give you a list
of shortcuts for that addon. With newer addons, check under
tools...manage addons...and press Enter on the help button.
For a link to the Dropbox folder containing the addons please
go to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t19xq968asv8ktg/AACm-19Vev6JqsnUtaydgpg-a?dl=0