NVDA Audio Tutorials

This page contains audio tutorials which are linked to a dropbox account (available either to listen to, or to download). Some may be about how to use certain new features of the NVDA screen reader, while others may be more generic.
Please feel free to visit some of my other pages for more tutorials.

The following tutorials have been made with various versions of NVDA (starting with 2012.3 and onwards) as it develops and new features come in. These were also made on a Windows 7 (64 bit) machine. If you are running another version of Windows, the locations may be similar.

The tutorials are aimed at helping users who are new to using the NVDA screen reader with the most commonly used functions.
For more indepth information, please refer to the user manual.

Training material 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/

Find out 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 course, NVDA.
http://www.nvaccess.org/category/in-process/

Click on any of the links in the table below, to visit other NVDA related webpages that may be of interest to you.

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NVDA promotional video

To listen to an NVDA promotional video online, please click on the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qOQ7zELFmLE Please also feel free to pass this link onto others who may wish to know more about the project.

Before listening to/or reading the following tutorials, please make sure you get your copy of NVDA

Before looking at the following tutorials, make sure you have downloaded a copy of the NVDA screen reader. To get the latest copy, please visit http://www.nvaccess.org/ and go to the downloads link. Download the programme and set it up. Down the track, if you feel you have benefited from NVDA, then donations (no matter how big or small) are always welcome to keep the project free for everyone!

Announcement email list

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.

Commonly used key combinations to start, exit and alter NVDA settings

The following commands are essential to know in order to be able to start, exit and alter NVDA settings.
Ctrl + Alt + N will start NVDA (installer version only)

Insert + N will get you into your preferences menu (where you can make changes or access the user manual)

Ins + Q will exit NVDA (this is for both the installer and portable versions)

Please note: Where it refers to the NVDA key in the user manual, this can be the Insert key, the extended Insert key, or the Caps Lock key. It is also known as a modifier key. (For example, if the Insert key is used as the modifier key, then you press Insert + the letter Q to quit NVDA. If however you chose your Caps Lock key to be your modifier key, then it would be Caps Lock + the letter Q to quit).

How to install NVDA to your computer using Narrator from the NVACCESS website

This tutorial will cover using Windows Narrator on a Windows 10 computer where there is no copy of NVDA around anywhere. It will cover: starting up Narrator, locating the Microsoft Edge web browser, going to the location bar and entering in the web address for NV access. Then, we will look at how to locate the download link, download a copy of NVDA to your computer and how to set it up.

Please note

Since the tutorial was done I found out you could put Narrator into scan mode where some quick navigation keys can be used on a website. To put Narrator into scan mode, press the Caps lock key + Spacebar to turn it on and off. When it is in scan mode, you can use the Tab key, H for headings, I or K for links and the letter D and P. Also, there is an audio tutorial at the end of this written tutorial.

The easiest way is to follow the basic tutorial to obtain a copy of NVDA from the NV access website.

On your Windows 10 computer, start your copy of Narrator with the Windows key + the Enter key (or you could type in Narrator into the Windows run dialogue box by pressing the Windows key + letter R). After pressing the Enter key, a message will come up when it starts talking. Say yes to this message. Next, press the Windows key + the letter M to minimize everything on the screen.

You will need to use the Tab key to move around the Windows 10 desktop. When you start tabbing you will hear Narrator say start button (etcetera). You will need to tab 3 or 4 times so you can locate the Microsoft Edge browser. The left and right arrow keys might be needed after tabbing to locate it. When it is found, press the Enter key on it and the browser should open. After it has opened, press the Ctrl key + the letter L to get to the location bar. Backspace it then type in the following http://www.nvaccess.org then press the Enter key. When the NVACCESS webpage comes up, it would be a good idea to use the Ctrl + Home key to get to the top of the page.  Next, you will need to use the Tab key (until you hear Narrator say downloads link) then press the Enter key.

After the downloads page comes up, you might need to go to the top of the page again with Ctrl key + the Home key. Next, you will need to use the Tab key until you hear Narrator say currency converter. When you hear it spoken, tab again and you will hear Narrator say radio button 30 dollars. Arrow up until you hear Narrator say skip donation this time. You should only have to arrow up once. Next, tab until you hear narrator say this is a required field (this is just past the privacy statement). You may have to arrow up and down to find this box.

Next, enter in your email address, then arrow to the download button, then press the Enter key. A notification screen will come up either to open it or download it to your computer. Use the Alt key + the letter N. This should hopefully focus it on the save button, which will download it to your computer.  Press the Enter key or Spacebar to start the download. It will now download a copy of NVDA to your computer. NVDA should be downloaded to your Downloads folder on your computer. This is the default folder for saving downloaded files in Windows.  Next, press the Windows key and when it comes up in the search box type Downloads, then press the Enter key. This should put you in the Downloads folder. Locate the file (for example NVDA 2016.4) then press the Enter key. There may be a dialogue screen that might come up, if this is the case tab to the run button then press the Enter key. You will hear a musical tune come up and NVDA will start talking as well along with Narrator. You do not have to read the documentation screen so you can tab to the check box and check it with the space bar to say you agree. Tab again and you will be given 3 options. These are: to install NVDA to your computer, to make a portable copy or to run as a temporary copy. Pick the first option then follow the directions to install NVDA to your computer. In the case where the UAC screen comes up, unless it is in focus it will not be spoken out. If NVDA seems like it is taking too long to install, use the Alt key + the Tab key to try and bring the UAC screen into focus. This might have to be done a couple of times (if more than 2 windows are open). When it does, tab to the yes button, then press the Enter key and you will then hear a message saying NVDA has been installed. Press the Enter key on the ok button then NVDA should start up. If it is a totally fresh copy of NVDA, you will also get a message asking you if you want to set the Caps Lock key as a modifier key; and also one asking you if you want the message box to show again. If you do not want it to show again, it will need to be unchecked. Next, tab to the ok button then press the Enter key and NVDA will be ready to go. You should also hear a startup sound and NVDA will start shortly after. You can then use the Alt + Tab keys to bring up Narrator, then use the Alt + F4 keys to close the copy of Narrator. Now, you will only hear the voice of NVDA and not the two of them like before.

You can focus NVDA to the desktop by pushing the following shortcut (which is the Windows key + the letter D).

If this is your first time using NVDA  and if NVDA is not running, you can use the Alt + Ctrl key + the letter N to start your copy of NVDA.

To get into the preferences of NVDA (where you can make changes etcetera) you can use the NVDA key + the letter N. This is also where the user manual is located under the help section.

To quit your copy of NVDA use the NVDA key + the letter Q. Where I refer to the NVDA key this is a modifier key and can be the Insert key, the extended Insert key or the Caps Lock key. You will use one of these to quit your copy of NVDA (for example the Insert key + the letter Q).

If you have an earlier version of Windows, you could start up Windows Narrator by pressing the Windows key + the letter R (to bring up the Windows run dialogue box); then by typing in Narrator, and pressing the Enter key. Narrator should come up talking.

To obtain your copy of NVDA from the nvaccess website, it would be the same sort of process as above, but you will need to locate the Internet Explorer browser which is found on Windows computers.

To listen to an audio tutorial on how to install NVDA to your computer using Narrator from the NVaccess website, please visit the following link

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b2rhw0hoijrbvaf/How%20to%20install%20%20NVDA%20to%20your%20computer%20using%20narrator%20from%20the%20NVACCESS%20website.MP3?dl=0


How to install a new copy of NVDA

This audio tutorial will demonstrate how to install NVDA for the first time (on your pc). The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/63x58uhgmw2wbe8/installing%20nvda%20for%20the%20first%20time%20to%20your%20pc.MP3?dl=0


How to tailor your copy of NVDA before it is installed

The following tutorial will cover obtaining a copy of NVDA from the NVAccess website, downloading it to your computer and adjusting the settings before it is installed to your computer.  This might be in the case of the voice rate being too quick, or you cannot understand the default voice.

After a copy of NVDA has been installed to your computer, you can use the NVDA key + the letter N to get into the preferences of NVDA where you can adjust your settings. The NVDA key + the letter Q will quit your copy of NVDA. Once your copy of NVDA has been installed to your computer, press the Alt key + the Ctrl key + the letter N to start your copy of NVDA (if it is not running).

To listen to an audio tutorial on adjusting your settings before installation of NVDA please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/g9xmi03i3885tq0/How%20to%20tailor%20your%20copy%20of%20NVDA%20before%20it%20is%20installed.MP3?dl=0

The new show exit options when exiting NVDA

This is a new feature that has been integrated into NVDA. When the NVDA key and the letter Q have been used to quit NVDA - it will give you 3 options before NVDA is turned off. These will be to quit NVDA, restart NVDA or to disable all add-ons in NVDA. Pick the option you want (by arrowing up or down the combo box), then tab to the ok button and that action will be performed.

This feature can be turned on or off through the general settings section in NVDA...Show exit options when exiting NVDA. To show the feature each time you want to close NVDA, simply leave it checked, or just uncheck this option so this feature is not shown when you exit NVDA.

If the disable NVDA addons option is chosen, all add ons in NVDA will be disabled. To re-enable all of your add ons again, simply restart NVDA.

To listen to an audio tutorial on the show exit options when exiting NVDA, please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/vir1a4vj9yamob0/the%20new%20show%20exit%20options%20when%20exiting%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Making a hard drive version of NVDA from a portable version

This audio tutorial will show you how to install a hard drive version of NVDA onto your computer (from a portable version on a USB stick). This can only be done from a portable version of NVDA. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ijeohsgruhxwqta/creating%20a%20harddrive%20version%20of%20nvda%20from%20a%20portable%20version.MP3?dl=0

How to make a portable version from an installer version of NVDA that can then be burnt onto a CD

This audio tutorial will cover how to make a portable version from the installer version that can then be burnt onto a CD. The link can be found at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ztp191doco7abti/how%20to%20make%20a%20portable%20version%20from%20a%20installer%20version%20that%20can%20be%20burnt%20onto%20a%20cd.MP3?dl=0
The autorun file can be downloaded from the following link. For an autorun zip file, please click on the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/nfb6d6elgoxogt5/autorun.zip?dl=0

If you are unsure about how to route your mouse to an object then right click, please visit the section navigating with a mouse in the user manual. For example, to route your mouse to the object highlighted, press the Insert key and the divide key (the divide key is above the number 8 on a numeric keypad), this will route it to the area highlighted, then right click with the multiply key on the numeric keypad (which is above the numeric keypad number 9).

The NVDA restart feature

This audio tutorial will briefly cover the NVDA restart feature and where it could be used. This feature is used when NVDA loses speech (for example, in cases where the PC used to have to be rebooted to get speech back). Now, you no longer need to reboot. The audio tutorial can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/sqenvrbfhvpwpp7/the%20nvda%20restart%20feature.MP3?dl=0

Troubleshooting

In some cases, when you go to use either a USB stick or a CD with NVDA on it, NVDA may not start. Here are some things you can check:

Troubleshooting - Using Narrator to get NVDA up and running when autoplay menus are not enabled

An audio tutorial on How to start NVDA using Narrator in Windows 7 can be found at the following link
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dtgu7trb47x2e0t/how%20to%20start%20nvda%20using%20narrator%20in%20windows%207.MP3?dl=0
An audio tutorial on How to start NVDA using Narrator in Windows 8 can be found at the following link
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6wr0iytcxpjbfqs/how%20to%20start%20nvda%20using%20narrator%20in%20windows%208.MP3?dl=0
If for some reason NVDA doesn't start from your USB stick (or run automatically from your CD) as mentioned in the audio tutorials, you can also try starting NVDA with narrator (which comes with Windows).

Windows Narrator can be launched when the autoplay menu (needed to run NVDA from a CD) is not enabled in Windows. This could be from either a CD or a USB stick. You may find it a lot easier to get your copy of NVDA up and running this way. Even though Windows Narrator is a very basic screen reader, it is however useful in some cases. One of these cases is starting Windows Narrator so you can get a copy of NVDA running from a USB stick or CD. Launching Windows Narrator is also a good way to see what is happening on your computer screen via audible feedback, until you get NVDA up and running from whichever media you are using.

There are a couple of different ways to start a copy of Windows Narrator. One of these ways is to start Windows Narrator through the ease of access centre. The ease of access centre is found on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 computers. To launch the ease of access centre in Windows (once Windows has started up fully), and the desktop is showing; Press the Windows key and the letter U. This will bring up the ease of access centre. Arrow down once to the first option. This is the Windows Narrator option. Press the Enter key and Windows Narrator will begin talking. You may like to make some adjustments if they are needed (such as the speed of the voice).

The other alternatives on a Windows 7 machine, are when you press the Windows key (to bring up the start menu);  in the search box type in the word Narrator, then press the Enter key. A couple of seconds later Windows Narrator should come up running.

You can also get Windows Narrator up and running on a Windows 8 and 8.1 machine as well. When you press the Windows key (to bring up the Windows 8 metro screen), type in the word Narrator, then press the Enter key. This will bring up a copy of Windows Narrator as well.  Again, if you need to make any adjustments to Windows narrator, you can do this at this point (for example the speed of the voice etcetera).

Next, minimize Windows Narrator (with the Windows key and the letter M). This will minimize all windows on the computer. Next, insert either your USB stick (with a copy of NVDA on it), or your CD (that didn't autorun when inserted). If there are no autoplay menus that come up, you will need to navigate to the section where your drives are. For example C: drive D: drive and so on. The naming of this section may vary from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. (For example it is called "computer" on Windows 7, and " this pc" on Windows 8.1). On most computers, there is a shortcut to the relevant section.  The Windows key and the letter E should quickly get you into this section on your computer as well.

Once you have located this section, arrow down to the "devices with removable storage" section and locate your drive. (For example the D:\ could be your CD/DVD rom if you inserted a disc, or the E:\ , F:\ , or G:\ drive etcetera might be your USB stick. Once it is found, press the Enter key. This will take you inside the drive. Remember to label your USB stick or CD something relevant, so that it is easy to find when you need it.

If for example you only had the one file on your USB stick, and it was called NVDA 2014.3.exe, then it would be a matter of finding it (making sure it is highlighted) and pressing the Enter key on it to start a copy of NVDA; (where it gives you the 3 options as follows: 1 to install to your computer, 2 to make a portable copy or 3 to run as a temporary copy).

Depending upon which media you use, and which way you set up your USB stick or CD, will depend on which way you start it. (For example if only the NVDA_2014.3.exe file was used, then you would click on that file. If a folder was used called NVDA, then it would be the nvda.exe file you would click on). It may depend if a start.bat file was used and so on, and how it was set up either on your USB stick or CD.

Once NVDA is up and running , then just do a quick Alt/Tab to bring up the Windows Narrator programme and turn it off.

Please also see my other NVDA tutorials on starting NVDA from a USB stick or CD to discover other ways of getting NVDA to start.

Troubleshooting - How to revert changes in NVDA

From time to time you might get yourself into trouble. This may be something as simple as accidentally changing your language from your preferred language to another one you don't understand (for example changing it from English to a foreign language). The menus may still be in English but you will hear NVDA speak in the other language.

This tutorial will cover (using a couple of different ways) the basics of changing the voice back to your default language (for example back to English from the other language). It will also cover going back a configuration or 2, as well as resetting NVDA to the factory default (should you need to do this). To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/u00624n22hlfxwu/How%20to%20revert%20changes%20in%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0

Troubleshooting - How to reset your language settings in NVDA

Once in a blue moon you may accidentally change your default language to another that you don't understand. When this happens and the language is changed from English to another (under the language settings in the general settings section in NVDA) this will also change the menus from English to that language. It is hard enough hearing another language you do not understand, but also having the menus in that language makes it even harder to work out what to do.

If this ever happens to you, you could always try the following. While NVDA is running, press the Insert key + Ctrl key + the letter G (altogether). This will bring up the general settings section in NVDA. NVDA will default to the language combo box. Press the letter U (until you hopefully hear the words User defaults), and once you do, tab down to the OK button, and press the Enter key. A dialogue box will appear. You need to tab to the OK button, and press Enter again on this and NVDA will  restart (so that the language reverts back to your user default language).

If you do not hear the words "user defaults" (because they are being spoken in a foreign language) there are only 2 other languages starting with the letter U and user defaults makes it 3. Press the letter U until it lands on one starting with the letter U. One of them will be the user defaults one. You may have to repeat the process up to 3 times before you find the user defaults language, Tab to the OK button, and then press the Enter key to revert it back. This may not be spoken in English when you are doing this. NVDA will have to be restarted. Just say yes to this (by pressing the OK button and pressing Enter) and you should be good to go again.

This is the easiest way to do it (via the general settings/language combo box). The same idea could be used to find your preferred language (for example English). You would simply press the first letter of your language (for example E for English,  F for French, D for Dutch and so on).

Please note, that once you have changed the language to another, the user default may appear as an option in the other language (but you may not be able to locate if you are not fluent in that other language). To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/ldayzqv8qiqsdte/How%20to%20reset%20your%20language%20settings%20in%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0

Some things to try if you have no speech from NVDA in Windows

In some cases, you might ask someone to do some work on your computer. In a lot of cases, the person helping might mute the sound coming out of the computer. This is usually done through the notification area under the speaker volume section (by checking the checkbox to mute the master volume sound). Some multimedia keyboards also have a mute button on the keyboard, and when pressed will mute the sound. Pressing this button again will unmute the sound, so it may be a good idea to mark the button just in case it is also accidently hit.

In some cases, they might simply turn off the speakers, or turn down the volume on the speakers. Check the on/off button first to see if they are turned off; next adjust the volume by turning it to the right to try and get sound out of them.

Try also the mute button on the keyboard if you are aware of it.

If for any reason NVDA starts up without speech, it may be because a trial version of a synthesiser package has ended, and may have put NVDA into a no speech mode. If this happens, press the NVDA key + Ctrl key + the letter S. This will bring up the synthesiser settings menu. Next, press the letter E, so NVDA lands on the E speak synthesiser package. Tab twice to the ok button, then press the Enter key and NVDA should change to that package. You could also try toggling NVDA, just in case the person set NVDA to speech mode off. Use the NVDA key + the letter S to try and toggle it back until you hear NVDA say speech mode talk. If for any reason NVDA crashes and you find NVDA is no longer talking, press the Alt key + Ctrl key + the letter N. This will restart NVDA from the crash.

You could even ask the person helping you to just turn off NVDA (with the NVDA key + the letter Q), so all you have to do is start NVDA again when he/she is finished.

If the steps above don’t work, then try using the step below to see if it works.

Press the Windows key + the letter R to bring up the Windows run dialogue box.

Next, type in sndvol, then press the Enter key.

This will bring up the volume control speakers panel. For example: Volume Mixer - Speakers (High Definition Audio Device).

NVDA will land on the volume slider. Tab once; this should land NVDA on the mute check box. Press the space bar once, and the checkbox should be unmuted. You should hear NVDA start speaking again.

Unmuting the speakers in the last step worked on a Windows 7 machine, as well as a Windows 10 machine. This might work on other versions of Windows.

To listen to a brief audio tutorial on some things to try if you have no speech from NVDA please go to the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwstpzu7jjz8ygg/Some%20things%20to%20try%20if%20you%20have%20no%20speech%20from%20NVDA%20in%20Windows.MP3?dl=0


Speeding up and slowing down voices within NVDA

This audio tutorial will show you how to speed up (and slow down) voices within NVDA. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/690q9y3hd0oh6xm/How%20to%20speed%20up%20and%20slow%20down%20voices.MP3?dl=0

How to change synthesisers and voices within NVDA

This audio tutorial will show you how to change between various synthesisers (and their respective voices) within NVDA. These could be synthesisers such as Espeak, Microsoft, Pico etcetera and may be male or female and in various accents. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/tyydfsigtz711fl/how%20to%20change%20synthesisers%20and%20voices.MP3?dl=0


The new audio ducking feature in NVDA 2016.1

From NVDA 2016.1, there has been a new feature put into NVDA. This feature can be found under the synthesizer settings section in NVDA.  To quickly get to this menu, press the Ctrl key + NVDA key + the letter S.

When this menu is first opened, NVDA will land on the supported synthesizers section. You can use your up or down arrow keys to change to another synthesizer. The same can be done for the other combo boxes below.

The next time you tab it will land you on the output section where you can output the audio to a headphone or speakers etc. The next time you tab, NVDA will land on the audio ducking mode section. It is a matter of changing the settings to how you would like to hear it.

Audio Ducking Mode

On Windows 8 and above, this option allows you to choose if NVDA should lower the volume of other applications while NVDA is speaking, or all the time while NVDA is running.

• No Ducking: NVDA will not lower the volume of other audio

• Duck when outputting speech and sounds: NVDA will only lower the volume of other audio when NVDA is speaking or playing sounds. (This may not work for all synthesizers)

• Always duck: NVDA will keep the volume of other audio lower the whole time NVDA is running

There is a shortcut to toggle between these modes (which is) the NVDA key + Shift + D.

Please note this feature is only available in the installer version of NVDA 2016.1 and onwards.

To listen to an audio tutorial on this new feature please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/c0iysj9dyat2vue/The%20new%20audio%20ducking%20feature%20in%20NVDA%202016.MP3?dl=0

Navigating with a mouse

This audio tutorial will cover the basics of using a mouse, as well as using the same commands via the numeric keypad. Make sure your numlock key is turned off if using the numeric keypad. The file can be found at  https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ozw0h1oehgfxga/navigating%20with%20a%20mouse.MP3?dl=0

Using the physical mouse features

Most screen reader users don't use a mouse. They usually rely on other ways of getting to certain areas of a programme (for example object navigation or the new review modes in NVDA).

Being able to move a physical mouse around the screen, will let you get to parts of the screen a lot easier, rather than using other ways of getting to the same place. For example clicking on the close window with a mouse (compared to using object navigation).

People who have low vision may want to use a physical mouse to click on different things on the screen. NVDA may have some features that may be of interest to you when using a physical mouse (for example mouse tracking). When mouse tracking is turned on in NVDA, as the physical mouse is moved around the screen, NVDA will read what is under the mouse. For example Computer, Internet Explorer and so on. To turn on mouse tracking in NVDA, you can use the Insert key and the letter M.

To turn off mouse tracking,  just repeat the process. You will notice the difference between what is spoken when mouse tracking is enabled, and when mouse tracking is turned off. This can also be checked under the mouse settings section in NVDA. To quickly get to the mouse settings section in NVDA, press the Ctrl key + the Insert key + the letter M. This will bring up the mouse settings menu  for you to make these changes.

When "enable mouse tracking" is turned on under this section, it will give you the following options:

Text unit resolution
The unit of text spoken depends on which text unit resolution it is set to. Text unit resolution has 4 options available. If the text unit resolution is set to "character", it will only read a character. If the text unit resolution is set to "word" it will read out a word at a time. Again, if the text unit resolution is set to "sentence" it will read out a sentence at a time. Lastly, if the text unit resolution is set to "paragraph", it will read out a paragraph at a time. This may also depend how a page or web page is set out as to what is spoken out.

Play audio coordinates
When "play audio coordinates when  mouse moves" is enabled (along with "enable mouse tracking") will give out audible tones. As you move the mouse around the screen, you will hear the tones go higher as you go up the screen, and lower as you go down the page. When you move the mouse to the left, you will hear these tones more out of the left speaker, and when the mouse is moved to the right, the tones will come out of the right speaker. This feature may help people who rely more on sound to hear where they are moving the mouse on the screen. This can be enabled under the mouse settings menu in NVDA. You will need to check the checkbox that says play audio cordinates when mouse moves.

Brightness controls audio coordinates volume
If the checkbox "brightness controls audio coordinates volume" is checked, (along with "enable mouse tracking" and "play audio coordinates when  mouse moves") then the volume of the audio coordinate beeps is controlled by how bright the screen colour is under the mouse. For example, if your mouse moves over black then the volume is low, and if it moves over a lighter colour such as white, then the volume increases. This setting is unchecked by default.

Exercise: Try changing the above features such as text unit resolution, audio co-ordinates, brightness controls volume and mouse tracking and see if you can hear the difference within the same document.

To listen to an audio tutorial on using the physical mouse and some of its features, please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/z7916q3teyamxqv/using%20the%20physical%20mouse%20features.MP3?dl=0

How to make a portable copy of NVDA

This audio tutorial covers how to make a portable copy of NVDA from inside the installer. This can be put onto a USB stick, or saved later onto a CD. The link for this file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/mw5cyzxdx8p2kmj/how%20to%20make%20a%20portable%20copy%20of%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

How to create different configuration profiles using NVDA

The following audio tutorial will cover the steps required to create different configuration profiles. This means you can assign different voices and synths to each application you use. This also includes formatting and so on. Only the automatic configuration profiles part was used for this tutorial. Please refer back to the user manual for more information.
To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/qdcupooeszdrd8r/how%20to%20create%20different%20configuration%20profiles.MP3?dl=0

The new auto update feature in NVDA

This audio tutorial is for the new auto update feature in NVDA. This file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/8dys16rpugecfin/the%20new%20auto%20update%20feature%20in%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Using the add on manager

This audio tutorial will show you how to use the new add on manager (which has been included in the upcoming release). The file can be found at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64177841/How%20to%20use%20the%20new%20add%20on%20manager%20to%20install%20new%20add%20ons.mp3

For those who want to try out the new repackaged add-ons for NVDA 2012.2 and beyond, please visit the following page at https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html There will be more add-ons coming as they get converted across to the new format.

Audio tutorial on how to install and remove addons (from version 2013.2 onwards)

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

Disabling and enabling of addons in NVDA (from version 2016.3 onwards)

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

How to provide assistance to another NVDA user (using the NVDA Remote Support add-on)

NVDA Remote Support is an add-on that allows another NVDA user to assist you (or allows you to assist another NVDA user) over the internet while you are both using NVDA.  Both people will need a copy of NVDA installed on their computer. If they have not got a copy of NVDA a copy can be obtained from http://www.nvaccess.org

Both people using NVDA will also need to ensure that the Remote Support add-on for NVDA is installed. You can obtain the add-on from the following web page http://nvdaremote.com/download/

The add-on must be installed on both people’s copies of NVDA, otherwise they will not be able to remote into one another’s computers.

You will of course also need internet access, so no matter where in the world they are, you will be able to provide assistance to them (or them to you).

To receive assistance from another person using NVDA (via the Remote Support add-on)

On the remote computer - the person needing assistance – you will need to allow your machine to be controlled by doing the following:
When NVDA is running and the NVDA remote support add-on is installed, press the NVDA key and the letter N until you hear the NVDA menu. Arrow down to tools (you will hear sub menu). Next arrow right, then down to the NVDA remote support add-on (you will hear NVDA say remote sub menu), then press the Enter key. A sub menu will come up. Locate the Connect menu, then press the Enter key again. When the next screen comes up, you will need to do the following. NVDA should default to the Client radio button. It will say checked button. Leave it on this setting. Next, tab once. Here it should give you some options. For example, Control another machine. You will need to arrow down until you hear NVDA say Allow this machine to be controlled. Tab again until you hear NVDA say Host. In this editable box type the following server name nvdaremote.com

Tab again and you will hear NVDA say Key. Here you can make up a unique key. It is wise to at least have 7 digits in it. This key that you are entering will need to be given to the person who is going to help you. This can be done via phone, text, email and so on. If you don’t want to make a key, one can be generated for you. Just tab once more until you hear generate key button. Press the Enter key on this button and a 7 digit number will be generated for you. As mentioned above, this same key must be sent to the person helping you (so that they enter that exact same number on their end). Tab down to the ok button and press the Enter key. This will connect your copy of NVDA to the server. You should hear a beep.

To provide assistance to another person using NVDA (via the Remote Support add-on)

The person providing assistance to you on the controlling computer will need to do the following on his/her end:

With their copy of NVDA running and the add-on installed, they will need to press the NVDA key + the letter N. When the NVDA menu comes up, arrow down until you hear NVDA say tools sub menu. Next arrow right, then down until you hear NVDA say remote. Press the Enter key and a sub menu will come up. Locate the connect menu, then press the Enter key. When the next screen comes up, they will need to do the following. NVDA should default to the client radio button. You should hear NVDA say it is checked. Leave it on this setting. Next, tab once until you hear NVDA say Control another machine radio button checked. Leave it on this setting. If it is not on this setting use the up or down arrow keys to change it to this setting. Tab again until you hear NVDA say host. This is an editable box and the following will have to be typed in nvdaremote.com

Tab once more and you will hear NVDA say key. The key the other person has sent you will need to be put into this editable box (for example, they may give you the following 7 digit number 4321234).

They will then need to tab down to the ok button and press the Enter key. You should hear a beep when it is connected to the server.

When both sides are connected you should hear some beeps. The person who is trying to help you is on the controlling computer. He will need to use the F11 key to remote into your computer. (It should say sending keys). There are no visuals to rely on, only what is said by the remote screen reader. You should be able to move around the remote desktop. To go back to your own desktop, press the F11 key again and it will put you back onto your own desktop. (It should state stop sending keys).

Ending your NVDA Remote Support add-on session

When you have finished the session with the person you have helped, both of you will need to disconnect from the server. Press the NVDA key + the letter N. When the NVDA menu comes up, arrow down to tools (it should say tools sub menu), then right arrow, then down arrow to the remote support menu (it should say remote submenu). Press the right arrow key, then down arrow to disconnect. Press the Enter key on both sides and you will be disconnected from each other.

For help on the NVDA Remote Support add-on

Please note. This add-on is under review by the community and once approved will be located easier under the NVDA add-ons website. For more information on how to use this add-on locate the NVDA remote support add-on under the NVDA add-ons manager, then tab until you hear help button. Press the Enter key on this button, and it will give you more information about this add-on.

To listen to a step by step audio tutorial on how to use the NVDA Remote Support add on please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/7gxkyt7v6l49g9w/How%20to%20provide%20assistance%20to%20another%20NVDA%20user%20using%20NVDA%20remote%20support.MP3?dl=0

How to use the OCR addon for NVDA

This audio tutorial will show you the basics of how to use the OCR addon with NVDA. For better results, the screen must be maximized and in focus. For much better results you can use the OCR function with your scanner if you have one to convert it to text. Another alternative is sending the blank pdf or jpeg to a website to be converted. For example http://www.sensusaccess.com/
 
To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/5po36nf95xidqx7/how%20to%20use%20the%20ocr%20addon%20for%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Using the review cursor to review documents

This audio tutorial is about how to use the review cursor in NVDA to review documents. Make sure your numlock key is turned off for this. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/uaeggpz6q5nrpuw/How%20to%20use%20the%20review%20cursor%20in%20nvda.mp3?dl=0

Basic overview of NVDA

This audio tutorial gives a brief overview of the NVDA screen reader, and covers how to start and stop it, who made it, and where it can be found in New Zealand. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/gnq1xllzx3tvn9q/Introduction%20to%20nvda%20and%20places%20where%20it%20can%20be%20used.mp3?dl=0

NVDA basics for navigation (and some handy to know Windows commands)

This audio tutorial covers the basics on how to use the NVDA screen reader, plus some handy to know Windows commands. This will be within the Windows 7 operating system.  The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/wucauks00n34bl3/Navigating%20with%20the%20nvda%20screen%20reader%20basics.mp3?dl=0

Some commonly used NVDA system commands from the user manual

This audio tutorial covers some of the NVDA functions (such as finding out the time, or accessing the input help mode). The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhl9ozmspre6qnc/useful%20nvda%20basics%20.MP3?dl=0

Learning about some useful Windows shortcut keys to speed up navigation

This audio tutorial is for learning the basics about shortcut keys (such as how to use them, and how to find them on your operating system). Shortcut key combinations and their functions are covered. Once you have mastered some of these shortcut key combinations, you will find that it actually speeds up your navigation and completion time of tasks. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/xhxc7c0j91pzbbk/useful%20windows%20shortcut%20keys.MP3?dl=0

Single letter navigation within a browser

This audio tutorial is on how to use single letter navigation within your browser with NVDA. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfier4biyxbj4em/Single%20letter%20navigation%20using%20a%20browser.mp3?dl=0

Tab browsing with NVDA

Most modern browsers now have tab browsing as a feature in them. Tab browsing allows you to have up to 9 different websites open in tabs. This allows you to compare prices on items in different websites that are selling the same product. (For example comparing the price or specifications of a new computer at up to 9 different retailers).

To do tab browsing in your browser (if supported like Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer) once the browser is open, press the Ctrl key and the letter T. This will bring up a new tab and in the location bar (once cleared), you can type the new web address. You can have up to 9 tabs open.

To swap between the tabs in the browser, press the Ctrl key and the number 1 on the main keyboard to return to the first tab that you opened. If 5 tabs are open, repeat the process, but instead this time, press the Ctrl key and the number 2.  This will take you to the second tab. Repeat the process again to go to the third tab - but this time with the Ctrl key and the number 3. You can jump between tabs in any order for example Ctrl + 2 followed by Ctrl + 4 and so on. It will remember the order in which you opened the tabs.

To go back and forth between pages on each website (once you have selected a tab, clicked on a link and gone into a page), the Alt key and the left arrow key will take you back a page. To return to the page you were previously on (which is the second page), the Alt key and the right arrow key will do this. Please note, if you have gone in 5 pages on the website by clicking on various links, you will need to use the Alt key and the left arrow key to take you back to the first page that you were on in that website. If a page doesn't load, use the F5 key to reload the page.

To listen to the audio tutorial on tab browsing with NVDA please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/qqjsw53u7jl9nu1/Tab%20browsing%20with%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

How to download a file with NVDA

This tutorial will cover a couple of different ways of downloading a file using the NVDA screen reader. The link can be found at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3pbniws8nico4up/how%20to%20download%20a%20file%20with%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0

How to fill in a basic application form on the internet

This tutorial will cover filling out a basic application form online so that a person can join an association.
To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/6q2t8vnc01osj64/how%20to%20fill%20in%20a%20basic%20application%20form%20on%20the%20internet.MP3?dl=0
Please note: radio buttons are not multi choice. Press the spacebar to highlight your choice (for example Mr, Mrs, Miss etcetera).
An edit box is where information can be entered and edited.

Using the elements list within NVDA

This little audio tutorial is on how to use the elements list within NVDA. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nq0zyby7e44k2s/Using%20the%20elements%20list.mp3?dl=0

Interacting with embedded objects

This audio tutorial will show you how to interact with embedded objects (such as flash) if they are accessible. Not all flash is accessible. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/0lc3ipml4g6zeqa/How%20to%20interact%20with%20embeded%20objects%20as%20in%20utube%20videos.mp3?dl=0

The reporting of formatting information in a supported document in browse mode

If the NVDA key + the letter F is only pressed once, it will quickly report the formatting information in a supported document.

If the NVDA key + the letter F is pressed twice, the formatting information will be brought up in a small window. This will put NVDA into browse mode; (this is where you can use the up and down arrow keys to review the formatting information line by line, word by word or character by character). When finished reviewing the formatting information, simply press the Escape key for the window to disappear and return to the document.

Please note: This feature is available from 2016.2 onwards.

To listen to an audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/cgd1lp261bkr3va/Reporting%20of%20formatting%20information%20in%20a%20supported%20document%20in%20browse%20mode.MP3?dl=0

Using NVDA's browse mode, focus mode and elements list with Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Office packages 2007 and onwards, there is a new feature that NVDA can use in Microsoft Word. It allows you to use browse mode in Microsoft Word. In short, it will let you use browse mode in an editable document. When a word document has been typed up and formatted correctly, NVDA can either interact with the document using focus mode (for example delete words or make changes within the document); or it can be changed from focus mode to the browse mode. If the editable document has been done correctly, while in browse mode it will let you jump down the pages with supported single letter navigation keys (for example, H for headings, K for links, T for tables and so on).

To change to browse mode from focus mode simply use the Insert key and the spacebar. When it changes to browse mode the single letter navigation keys can be used. If the single letter navigation keys are not supported, you will hear this spoken out (for example these keys are not supported).

When you go back into the editable mode, you will hear NVDA say it has gone into focus mode. This is where you can make changes in the document that need to be done. To go back to browse mode, simply use the Insert key and the spacebar again.

NVDA also allows you to bring up the elements list while in browse mode using the Insert + F7 keys. If there are links, headings or annotations on that page, then these will be listed if formatted correctly. Once you have pressed Insert + F7 you will hear elements list dialogue. It will default to a tree view list of links. It will list all links in that document if any. You can also then shift tab once which will take you to type. Then either arrow up and down to get to headings or annotations or links. Once you have selected which item you wish to look at, you can tab and it will put you into the tree view list for that item (for example headings) if any are available. Simply press the Enter key on the one that you want and it will take you straight to that section.

Single letter navigation and the elements list will only work in browse mode, and only in supported documents (for example a doc file).

To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/vb0dlpym9rdfrjj/Using%20NVDAs%20browse%20mode%20focus%20mode%20and%20elements%20list%20with%20Microsoft%20Word.MP3?dl=0

Using the NVDA elements list with Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, you can now use the Elements List (NVDA + F7) to allow listing of charts, comments and formulas. To use support for reading charts in Microsoft Excel, select the chart using the Elements List (NVDA + F7) and then use the arrow keys to move between the data points.

Putting newly made E speak voices into the right folder

This audio tutorial is on how to put a new Espeak voice (that people have made) into the right location within NVDA . The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/i3wk1zejcfxhbui/putting%20a%20new%20e%20speak%20voice%20into%20the%20right%20directory%20within%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Adding extra voices to NVDA

This audio tutorial will show you the basics on how to add extra voices to NVDA. How they are added will depend on how each one needs to be installed. This is the manual way. Some can be clicked on and automatically set up, while others need to be put into the correct folders manually (such as the Pico and Festival voices). The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ndlop6ko5nob570/adding%20extra%20voices%20to%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

How to install plugins and app modules within NVDA

This audio tutorial teaches you how to put plugins and app modules etcetera into the right place. When plugging in extra little functions (such as a weather report), it is essential that they are put in the right place. This manual process will eventually be replaced with automatic processes (under the add ons manager) in future releases of NVDA from 2012.2 onwards. This file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/n78i5jw0o9t8grt/putting%20plugins%20and%20app%20modules%20in%20the%20right%20place.MP3?dl=0

Adding abbreviations and meanings

This audio tutorial will show you how to add abbreviations and their meanings to the speech dictionary (which people can use later on while in a chat programme). The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/f6lh9sw5i1pgpwq/adding%20abbreviations%20to%20speech%20dictionary.MP3?dl=0

Renaming punctuation symbols

When you are having information read back to you, you may have different preferences in terms of how you would like those punctuation symbols announced. For example, a dot may be read as dot, period, or fullstop; and a hash symbol may also be known as a number symbol. This will depend on which country you come from.  NVDA allows you to choose terms that you are familiar with. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/znyjqz4rhgl1xr4/renaming%20punctuation%20symbols.MP3?dl=0

How to add and remove an input gesture (also known as a shortcut combination)

Please note, that after listening to this audio tutorial and when you go to add input gesture commands, you can not change the default shortcut combinations keys. You can however, add and remove newer input gestures. To listen to an audio tutorial on how to add or remove an input gesture in NVDA please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/t9vz34r93faydwk/how%20to%20add%20and%20remove%20input%20gestures%20in%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Filter by input gestures

From NVDA 2015.1 onwards, under the input gestures menu, there is a new search feature. This will allow you to search for specific commands that NVDA uses, for example: how to quit NVDA, or how to find out how much battery power you have left on your laptop, and so on. It may also be useful if you can't think of what the command was to do that task.

When you have navigated to the input gestures menu, then pressed the Enter key, all of the commands that are available to NVDA can be found here . To quickly find a command in this section, just use the Shift/Tab key once. This will put you into the "filter by" section. Next, type in what you want to look for (as in a command). For example, the word battery, quit, profiles, sleep etcetera.
Next, tab the once, and it will come up with all results that meet the search criteria.

There may be no results for your search, or there could be a couple of them. Your search results will depend on what you type in initially. Use your arrow keys to navigate the list of returned results in the tree view, until you find the command you are after. The results will come up with all commands that meet that criteria. This feature helps you find commands quickly that you might not use that often.

To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/74x94eefx5qvu3n/How_to_use_the_filter_by_feature_in_the_NVDA_gesture_section.MP3?dl=0

Using the basics of object navigation

This audio tutorial will show you how to use the basics of object navigation to look around within a programme. The link can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/p0gfwsl8pxqt61x/How%20to%20use%20object%20navigation.mp3?dl=0

How to use the new review modes in NVDA

To listen to an audio tutorial on how to use the new review modes in NVDA, please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/ee8spisa0yuz8no/how%20to%20use%20the%20new%20review%20modes%20in%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

Locating your user configuration files, and then deleting them or backing them up

This audio tutorial will cover locating your user configuration files (in both the portable version, as well as the hard drive version), and then tell you how to either delete them or back them up.  This should only be used if you are having problems with your NVDA.ini file,  if you want to back up your user configuration files/directory, or if you want to do a complete reinstall. The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8zd00k3vbm1zoo/locating%20your%20user%20configuration%20files%20and%20deleting%20them%20or%20backing%20them%20up.MP3?dl=0

How to copy a file to another device

In this audio tutorial, it will cover the basics of copying information, saving that information to a file such as doc or mp3, then moving that file to a digital talking book machine or another portable device (such as an mp3 player). The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/phh8cu2n3ivf89i/how%20to%20copy%20a%20file%20to%20another%20device.MP3?dl=0

Making a portable copy of NVDA from the new NVDA package

This audio tutorial will cover downloading the new NVDA package, then making a portable copy of NVDA to go onto a USB stick.
The file can be found at the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/lvvmo0sgq9y3reb/making%20a%20portable%20copy%20of%20nvda%20from%20the%20new%20nvda%20package.MP3?dl=0

  How to make a portable copy of  NVDA on a USB stick using a batch file to start it - Option 1

This audio tutorial will explain how to make a portable USB version of NVDA and put it onto a USB stick, how to put a batch file in the correct place, and how to start NVDA this way. It is similar to using a shortcut on the USB stick to start NVDA.  The link to the batch file can be found here. For a zip file click on the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/grz9lennz6vxw7t/start%20nvda.zip?dl=0 The audio file can be found at the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/z02kwvk5m3g9cy6/How%20to%20make%20a%20portable%20copy%20of%20%20NVDA%20on%20a%20USB%20stick%20using%20a%20batch%20file%20to%20start%20it.MP3?dl=0

How to make a portable copy of NVDA on a USB stick using a shortcut to start it - Option 2

This audio tutorial will explain how to make a portable USB version of NVDA, as well as how to make a shortcut on the USB stick to start NVDA, and how to start NVDA this way. This will cut it down from 3 steps to start NVDA, to only 2 steps. The audio file can be found at the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/v1qo8jnzx1kfnnv/How%20to%20make%20a%20portable%20copy%20of%20NVDA%20on%20a%20USB%20stick%20using%20a%20shortcut%20to%20start%20it.MP3?dl=0

Starting NVDA via the desktop from a USB stick 

This is another way of starting NVDA via the desktop. This will also give you 3 options (for example: install NVDA to your computer, make a portable copy of NVDA or simply run NVDA as a temporary copy).

Step 1:
In some cases, when you insert your USB stick into the USB hole, the autoplay menu will be activated and NVDA can be started that way. If the autoplay menu comes up, it will assign a letter (for example the G drive). Press the Escape key to make that autoplay menu disappear.

Step 2:
Where there are cases where the autoplay menu doesn't come up on  your computer (when your USB stick is inserted), locate the Computer icon/shortcut on your desktop, then press the Enter key. When the next screen comes up, locate the drive that was specified (for example the G drive). If the autoplay menu doesn't come up and assign a drive letter, you should be able to locate it under this section (for example C:\ drive D:\ drive and so on).  Your USB stick will be found under the removable media section.

Step 3:
Once the removable media has been located, the USB stick should be labelled (so that it can be started easily via the desktop at a later date). Route your mouse to the USB stick. Use the Insert key and the divide key to do this. (The divide key is on your numeric keypad). Next, you will have to right click the mouse.  This is done by pressing the multiply key (also found on the numeric keypad). A context menu will come up, and when it does, arrow down to the format menu and press the Enter key. The next screen that comes up will give you some of the following options. (Only a couple of these will be used). You will need to tab to the section that says volume label. If there is nothing, type in the following letters qqq. This will assign a label to the USB stick (which will be qqq). Under one of the sections here, you can also assign the type of file system that you want ( for example Fat 32, NTFS and so on). You will also need to format your USB stick after you have done the label.  This will help keep the settings you have made on it.

Once done, tab to the close button.

Step 4:
Next, a start.bat file will need to be created (so when the start.bat file is pressed, it will start a copy of NVDA for you). This, (once it has been created) will also need to be put onto the USB stick. You will need to bring up a programme like notepad, and once opened, paste in the following line of information:

start nvda_2014.2.exe

Once done, save it as a start.bat file. Rename this file to qqq.bat, then press the Enter key for it to be saved as that filename. Next, move that file onto your USB stick ( for example the G:\ drive).

For those of you who are not confident enough to make your own bat file, or who would prefer to use one that has already been made for this version (2014.2 only), please click on the following file https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqvh2kqi1vejtfb/qqq.zip?dl=0
You will need to click on this link to download the qqq.zip file. Once you have done that, unzip it and save it to your USB stick. Please see the section below about updating this file as needed at a later date.

Step 5:
Next, download a copy of NVDA 2014.2 (and when it is clicked on for the first time a security warning will come up). Untick the check box with the spacebar, then tab to the run button and press the Enter key. When the next screen comes up and you have agreed to the documentation (using the space bar to check the check box), when you next Tab it will take you to the section of that programme (which gives you the three options). Make any changes you wish to, and save your settings. Use the Alt + F4 key to close that screen. Move the file to your USB stick. (For example the NVDA 2014.2 file will have to be moved to your USB stick). Make sure that before you do this, the security warning dialogue doesn't come up, otherwise this will not work.

Step 6:
Next, unplug your USB stick, and if the autoplay menu comes up, just press the Escape key for it to disappear. This is more based as a tutorial when this menu doesn't come up. You can jump to the desktop using a shortcut key. For example the Windows key and the letter D. Once there, press the letter C and hopefully the computer icon/shortcut will be the only one there. Press the Enter key, and when the next screen comes up (which will show the drives on your computer), press the letter Q. This will jump straight to the removable drive which you had labelled earlier. It doesn't matter what drive letter it comes up as (on another computer) as when you press the letter Q it will go straight to that drive letter you had labelled before hand (that is qqq). Press the Enter key, and the drive will be opened. Press the letter Q again and this will land on the file you had renamed beforehand (for example from start.bat to qqq.bat). Press the enter key and NVDA will start for you.It will now give you those 3 options as mentioned beforehand ( for example install NVDA to your computer and so on).

To listen to an audio tutorial on starting NVDA via the desktop from a USB stick, please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/s3kbluqd5f43ig6/starting%20nvda%20via%20the%20desktop%20from%20a%20usb%20stick%20.MP3?dl=0

Starting NVDA via the Desktop using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

After you have labeled your USB stick qqq and followed the directions to put both the start.bat file and NVDA onto a USB stick, it is slightly different to start NVDA on a Windows 8 machine. After the USB stick has been plugged in (and if no autoplay menu comes up), you will need to do the following.

Press the Windows key. This should bring up the new metro menu in Windows 8. Next, type the word computer into the metro screen, then press the Enter key. This will take you to the computer section of your computer. For example c: drive, d: drive and so on.
Next, press the letter Q on your keyboard. This will take you straight to the drive you had labled beforehand. It doesn't matter what drive it assigns it, when the letter Q is pressed, it will take you to that labled drive. Press the Enter key. This will take you inside of the USB stick.

If the start.bat file was used, without it having been renamed to qqq.bat, (that is if it was left as the start.bat file) then press the letter S. This will land you on the start.bat file. Next, press the Enter key and NVDA will start up. If you renamed the start.bat file to qqq.bat, then the letter q would be used instead. Once the Enter key is pushed then NVDA will start up for you.

If you are using a Windows 8.1 computer when the Windows key is pushed and the metro screen comes up, you can either type computer or this pc, and when the Enter key is pushed it will bring up the screen that has your drives on your pc. (For example C: drive, d: drive and so on). The title of this page will be this pc instead of computer as in Windows 8, as mentioned above.
Just repeat the process as in earlier versions to start your copy of NVDA from the USB stick. The Windows key and the letter E should also get you into the same place where your drives are located. Note this is a Windows shortcut. This should also work on earlier versions of Windows.

Updating your start.bat file to a later version of NVDA

Simply redo the process again (as mentioned in the section on how to make a start.bat file) except this time change the line (in the start.bat file which you renamed to qqq.bat) that refers to the version of NVDA that you want to start. So, instead of it saying start nvda_2014.2.exe change that line to start nvda_2014.3.exe and save the file as described in the steps given.  The start.bat version number must match the NVDA version number (otherwise this will not work).

The other way to start the copy of NVDA (from off the USB stick) if the desktop way doesn't work, is to press the Start button. When the Start menu comes up, it will automatically default to the search box. In there, type Computer and press the Enter key. This will take you to where your drives are located under the computer section.  For example C:\ drive, D:\ drive and so on. Press the letter Q on your keyboard and the focus will change to the removable media section and land on the USB stick (which you labeled with qqq). Press the Enter key and that will take you inside the USB drive. Press the letter q again and that will land on the qqq.bat file. Press the Enter key and NVDA will start up for you with the same 3 options mentioned before.

Even though this tutorial is another way of starting NVDA via the desktop NVDA can also be started via the autoplay menu. For example when it comes up, press the letter O to open the folder. You may need to push the Enter key to do this depending how it is set. Next, press the letter Q on the keyboard and the focus will go to the qqq.bat file. Press the Enter key and NVDA will start up for you.

How to run NVDA with magnification from a USB stick

In this audio tutorial, we will look at starting NVDA from a usb stick with magnification. The QZoom magnifier will be used for this demonstration. QZoom is a full screen magnifier, however it doesn't make the mouse larger - only the screen. The magnification will only work with Windows XP and Vista computers. Once it has been started, you should be able to use NVDA with magnification on those operating systems. The files you will need can be found using the following links. For a zip file please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/cg41e356ll8qqdh/nvda%20with%20magnification.zip?dl=0
To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/ej2oqa911yabp3h/starting%20nvda%20with%20magnification.MP3?dl=0
If the autoplay menu comes up, you should be able to start both NVDA and the magnification this way. If it doesn't, press the Windows key and the letter R to bring up the run dialogue box. Then, type in (for example) E:\start.bat and press Enter. If your portable drive is not your E: then try another drive letter as it will depend on how many drives your computer has on it as to which one your USB drive is!

Running GlassBrick magnifier from a hard drive or taking it portable with NVDA

If you would like to use the GlassBrick magnifier by itself, you can grab a copy of it from http://www.glassbrick.org  You will need to go to the downloads section and download a copy of it. You will need a programme like Winzip or Winrar to unzip it. Windows can also unzip zip files.

Once it has been downloaded and opened, there will be 2 folders and 1 readme file. One folder is for a 64bit version of GlassBrick for Windows, and the other is for a 32bit version of GlassBrick for Windows. When you go to extract it, it will create its own directory called GlassBrick 1.1 You can put it anywhere on the PC, but to keep it tidy you can have it come off your C:\ drive, so that when it is extracted, it will look like this (for example C:\glassbrick1.1). Then from the Desktop, make a shortcut to the glassbrick.exe file. Make sure you put in a shortcut key to start it. (For example Alt and Ctrl and the letter G). To turn off the GlassBrick magnifier, it must be done down on the bottom right of the Desktop in the notification area. This is also where you can change settings for the GlassBrick program.

To make it a lot easier, the files have been zipped up (for both the magnifier and NVDA) to go portable on a USB stick. There will be a 64 bit version as well as a 32 bit version.
The 64 bit version should only be used on a 64 bit machine and the 32 bit version on a 32 bit machine.  This may not matter for a USB version.
To download a copy of the 64 bit version of GlassBrick with NVDA please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/4moav347ldjot9o/run%20glass%20brick%20with%20nvda%2064bit.zip?dl=0
To download a copy of the 32 bit version of GlassBrick with NVDA please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/br0xjv5pgw1qca8/run%20glassbrick%20with%20nvda%2032bit.zip?dl=0

To listen to an audio tutorial on either of the following topics relating to the GlassBrick magnifier:
  1. Unzipping and installing the GlassBrick magnifier from off your hard drive, and the steps needed to do so. (I am using NVDA to demonstrate this).
  2. Making GlassBrick go portable on either a USB stick or a CD with NVDA, and the steps needed to do this.
Please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/dqwwxzrxwblplth/running%20glassbrick%20magnifier%20from%20a%20hard%20drive%20or%20taking%20it%20portable%20with%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

To start the 2 programmes at once (either from your USB stick or off your hard drive), the runman64.bat or runman32.bat file is used (as described in the audio tutorial). If you have any troubles starting the 2 programmes once the USB stick is inserted, you can try the following combinations. For example, press the Windows key and the letter R to bring up the run dialog box. Once it appears, type in e:\runman32.bat and press enter. If a 64 bit version is used then type in e:\runman64.bat and if yours is not the e:\ drive, change the drive letter until it starts up.

Auto running the new NVDA package from a CD - giving you three options

This audio tutorial will cover how to burn the NVDA package to a CD, so it can automatically start when a CD is inserted. This will give you 3 options. These options are: installing NVDA to the PC, making a portable copy for a USB stick or running it as a temporary copy.
The file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfgv35xd6stimeq/autorunning%20the%20nvda%20package%20from%20a%20cd.MP3?dl=0
The autorun NVDA package file can be found at the following links. For a zip file please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/8dnyrrpqiu3hoaq/autorun%20nvda%20package.zip?dl=0 Please follow the audio tutorial for directions.

How to install NVDA onto your computer from a CD

The following instructions will show you how to install NVDA onto your computer, using the new NVDA package (where it gives you 3 options to choose from). The first option is to install NVDA to your computer, the second option is to make a portable copy of NVDA for a USB stick or CD, and the third option allows you to run NVDA as a temporary copy.

This audio tutorial will cover the steps of installing NVDA to your computer from a CD (if for example someone has given you a CD with it on it). If for some reason NVDA doesn't start automatically on your computer, it may be to do with the following. In the Control Panel (under the autoplay menu) it may be disabled from starting automatically from a CD or DVD. This will need to be enabled to work.  If for some reason NVDA doesn't start, you can usually start it in the following way. Press the Windows key and the letter R together.  This will bring up the run dialogue box. Next, type in the following d:\start.bat (this is assuming that your CD/DVD drive is the d drive), then press Enter and NVDA should start up. If your CD/DVD drive is another letter (for example e:) then you would type in e:\start.bat Otherwise, it should load automatically if the CD has been done correctly.

The audio tutorial for installing NVDA onto your computer (from a CD) can be found at the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/4bdfg1am8fcvdpx/how%20to%20install%20nvda%20to%20your%20computer%20from%20a%20cd.MP3?dl=0

Starting NVDA with the NVDA screen reader webpage from a CD

The idea of this tutorial, is to promote the NVDA screen reader to users who are new to NVDA. Once the audio instructions below have been followed, and a CD is made, inserting the CD into a computer should pop up a webpage. This webpage will be the NVDA screen reader webpage (off the Accessibility Central website). This is so that people can learn more about NVDA (such as who made it etcetera). It also provides links to other useful pages on NVDA to help people along their way.  The CD should also give you three options. These are to install a copy of NVDA to the computer, the option to make a portable copy of NVDA on a USB stick, or the option to simply just run as a temporary copy on that machine. This CD may give you the three options before bringing up the webpage. If this is the case, simply press Alt Tab to get to the NVDA screen reader page (unless of course people wish to install a copy to their computer first).

This package will be updated on the next release, so all you have to do is download a copy and burn it from now on.

What to try if the autoplay menu is not enabled when using the NVDA package

If you are using a computer which has the autoplay menu disabled for security reasons, you can try the following with the NVDA package you have created. Press the Windows key and the letter R to bring up the run dialogue, then type in d:\nvda_2012.3.1.exe and press enter and NVDA will start. When the next version of NVDA comes out  and there is no autoplay menu enabled, do the same as mentioned before, but change the version number (for example to nvda_2013.1.exe).

How to start NVDA from the new package using a USB stick

Below are the steps needed to start NVDA (using the new package) from a USB stick. This will allow you to launch the new package from a USB stick if the directions are followed correctly.
The first step is to make a start.bat file. To do this, open notepad and when it has loaded, type in the following:  start nvda_2012.3.1.exe then press Enter.  The next step is to save the file and call it start.bat and save it somewhere easy to find (for example the desktop).  Next, download the latest copy of nvda2012.3.1 and save that to your desktop or somewhere easy to find. On the nvda2012.3.1 file once located, press Enter and a security warning message will come up. The message will tell you who it is from with a run button at the end when you tab to it.

There will be a little tick box that will need to be unticked so the message doesn't come up again next time when the file is opened. Make sure you tab to the run button and press Enter to go to the next screen.  Here you will see a document you can read. You can read it and then tab to the Agree tick box. Once you have agreed to it, tab to where it gives you the 3 options (1 to install to your pc, 2 to make a portable copy and 3 to run as a temporary copy). If you press the Insert key and the letter N, you can make some changes to the preferences before saving them. If the third options is used, you can make changes to your settings. Once done, use the Alt and F4 keys to close that page.

It is a lot easier to create a folder on your desktop that is easy to find and put the files into that folder. That way, it is a matter of highlighting the files and sending them to your USB stick.

The next step is to move the 2 files to your USB stick. Make sure the USB stick is blank. Then, it is simply a matter of unplugging the USB stick, then plugging it back into the USB hole. An autorun menu will come up. Press the letter O to open the folder, then press Enter to confirm it. Once the folder is open, press the letter S to start the start.bat file, then press Enter again to confirm it.  Shortly after, NVDA should start up giving you the 3 options as mentioned above.  Please note, when the next version of NVDA comes out and you would like it to work with that version as well, just repeat the process to make the start.bat file. Only this time, instead of it saying nvda_2012.3.1, you will need to change the line to start nvda_2013.1.exe and save that again as a start.bat.  When the next release of NVDA comes out (for example nvda2013.1), you will need to download the new package and repeat the process to do with the nvda_2013.1 file again, so it works correctly. Make sure that you click on the new file and when the security warning comes up, tab to the tick box "Do not show this message again" and then tab to the run button and press Enter. Just repeat the process for the new NVDA package as mentioned above.  If not done correctly it may not work.

To listen to the audio tutorial on how to do this please visit https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bdudz2bj9b7h7o/how%20to%20start%20nvda%20from%20the%20new%20package%20using%20a%20usb%20stick.MP3?dl=0

If the autorun menu does not come up, press the Windows key and the letter R, and type in e:\nvda_2012.3.1.exe and press Enter. NVDA should now start up.

Upgrading to Windows 10 Using NVDA (courtesy of Shaun Preece and Cool Blind Tech)

If you are considering upgrading from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10, Shaun Preece (from Cool Blind Tech) has released a podcast on how to update your version of Windows. This podcast is done using Windows 8.1 and is a step by step audio guide as to what you can expect when using NVDA to upgrade to Windows 10.

To listen to Shaun's podcast, please go to the following link https://www.coolblindtech.com/upgrading-to-windows-10-using-nvda/

A glance at Windows 10 with NVDA

The following tutorial takes a glance at Windows 10 with NVDA. If you are considering upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the tutorial takes a brief look at Windows 10 so that you know what to expect when (or if) you do finally upgrade.

To listen to the audio tutorial please visit the following link
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ll73f1obde6qgk9/A%20glance%20at%20Windows%2010%20with%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0

Please note: The free upgrade to Windows 10 is only available until July 29th 2016.

How to start NVDA 2015.3 from a USB stick on a Windows 10 machine

The following steps must be done first for NVDA to start from a USB stick. The USB stick must be labelled. To make it easier to find, the USB stick was labelled QQQ. Next a copy of NVDA 2015.3 was put onto the USB stick (for example 2015.3.exe). Make sure the checkbox that comes up when you click on the file is unticked. This is the one with the security warning when you click on the file. When this is unticked, NVDA will start automatically when the file is clicked on. This will also give you 3 options (for example: 1 to install a copy of NVDA to your machine, 2 to make a portable copy for a USB stick, or 3 to run as a temporary copy).

Next, insert your USB stick. The autoplay menu will not usually come up, so don’t count on it. Press the Windows key + the letter E to bring up file explorer in Windows 10. You cannot access your USB stick from this section. Shift/tab once. This will put you into a tree view.

Press the letter Q once, this will land you on your USB stick. This will not matter what drive letter it comes up with  as you will land in the right place when you press the letter Q. You will then have to press the Enter key once. Next, tab once and you will land inside of your USB stick where your copy of NVDA is. Press the letter N, so it lands on your copy of NVDA (for example 2015.3). Press the Enter key, and your copy of NVDA will start up on the new computer.

Please note

Make sure you have no other files/folders starting with the letter N in the main root directory of the USB stick as you may not be able to start your copy of NVDA.

If NVDA does not start up, some of the reasons could be: There is exe blocking software on that computer, or you may not have unticked the security box on your copy of NVDA.

To listen to an audio tutorial on how to start NVDA (via a USB stick) on a Windows 10 machine, please go to

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q8y0ic2b2q1mys6/how%20to%20start%20nvda%202015.3%20from%20a%20usb%20stick%20on%20a%20windows%2010%20machine.MP3?dl=0 

Starting NVDA from a CD on a Windows 10 computer

NVDA can run from a CD on a Windows 10 machine. You must have NVDA 2015.3 and above for NVDA to work.

If you do decide to make a CD version of NVDA you will need to do the following:

Create a folder/directory to put your files into (for example you could name it CD version of NVDA).  While NVDA is running, make a portable copy of NVDA, and place it into the folder you have just made. Make sure within the folder you create a directory/folder called NVDA and have all of NVDA’s files go into that folder/directory.

Please note: They need to be unzipped into the folder called CD version of NVDA – and NOT into the NVDA folder).

Download the zip file from the dropbox account and unzip the contents of the file into your newly created folder/directory that you named CD version of NVDA. These files can be obtained from the following dropbox account link:

Now when you look at the newly created directory/folder (called CD version of NVDA), you should see the following: an NVDA folder with files in it, an autorun.inf file and a start.bat file.

Select the files and burn them to your CD. After your CD has been burnt, it should be a matter of putting your newly created NVDA CD into the DVD drive and shortly after NVDA should start up on your Windows 10 machine.

Please note: If NVDA doesn’t start up, it may be because the auto play menu is disabled in Windows 10. You may need to go into the auto play section and set it to run or install under the software section. If this is the case, NVDA can still be started by doing the following: Press the Windows key + the letter R. This will bring up the Windows run dialogue box and is only used if the auto play menu has not been enabled. Next, type in the following... E:\start.bat then press the Enter key. NVDA should start up shortly after that.

You might have to try another drive letter if E:\ doesn’t work. For example D:\start.bat or another drive letter (for example F:\start.bat).

If you would like to update your version of NVDA at a later date, just redo the process with the updated version of NVDA (for example using NVDA 2016.1, then you can burn a new disk).

To listen to an audio tutorial on starting NVDA from a CD on a Windows 10 computer please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahq9vmlg99ad0f5/starting%20nvda%20from%20a%20cd%20on%20a%20windows%2010%20computer.MP3?dl=0

The zip file that you will need to do this can be found here https://www.dropbox.com/s/j266lcy5ipyqpvn/Files%20needed%20to%20auto%20run%20nvda%20from%20a%20cd.zip?dl=0

Starting NVDA from a USB stick on a Windows 10 computer

This same idea can be used for a USB stick as mentioned above for Windows 10. The autorun.inf file will be of no use though. Make sure the USB stick is labelled qqq. Next, make a folder called NVDA on the USB stick and have all of NVDA’s contents put into it. Make sure the start.bat file is in the root directory/folder of the USB drive. So, when you look at your USB stick contents, you will see an NVDA folder with files in it and a start.bat file. When the USB stick is inserted into your Windows 10 machine, you will need to press the Windows key + the letter E. This will bring up file explorer in Windows 10. Shift/tab once. This will land you in a tree view, then press the letter q. This will land you on your USB stick. Press the Enter key, then tab once. This will put you inside your USB stick. Press the letter S, so NVDA lands on the start.bat file, then press the Enter key, then NVDA will start up for you. The same idea can be done through the “this PC” section on the tree view (except, this will mean more steps in order to be able to do the same thing).

As an example, when you shift/tab once and land in the tree view, press the letter T to take you to “this PC”. Press the Enter key, then tab once. Press the letter Q, this will land you on your USB stick. Press the Enter key again, then press the tab key. You will now be inside your USB stick. Press the letter S, so you land on the start.bat file, then press the Enter key and NVDA will start up for you.

Updating the version number of NVDA so your file can still autorun using the above package

Please note:
If you would like the autorun.inf file to work with the 2013.1 release and beyond, you will need to open the autorun.inf file with notepad and make a small change (that is you will need to change the version number) so it works in later versions. Remember to save it once changed.

For example, if you are running version 2012.3.1 and you update to 2013.1 when it comes out, where it says:
[AUTORUN]
open=nvda_2012.3.1.exe

Simply change the version number... That is, change 2012.3.1 to 2013.1 and leave the rest the same!
It should now look something like this:
[AUTORUN]
open=nvda_2013.1.exe

In this example we have only used the stable release versions.

Using the Thunderbird email client with NVDA

This audio tutorial will cover the basics of using the Thunderbird email client with NVDA. This will include sending and receiving emails, adding people to your address book, adding attachments to outgoing emails, opening and saving incoming attachments, moving emails from one folder to another and so on. You can grab a copy of the Thunderbird email client from http://www.mozilla.org and then just look for the Mozilla Thunderbird download. While you are there, also grab a copy of their browser and some of their other products.
The audio file can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/svsecootg4fmp9y/using%20the%20thunderbird%20email%20client%20with%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

How to install the SpeechHub synthesiser package for NVDA onto your computer

If you would like to try out the SpeechHub synthesiser package, you can obtain a copy from http://www.speakon.org.uk/
To listen to the audio tutorial on what to do, please go to the following link at https://www.dropbox.com/s/n17dk0li6c1ell1/how%20to%20install%20the%20speech%20hub%20synth%20package.MP3?dl=0

How to make the SpeechHub synthesiser package go portable with NVDA

You will need to download the latest copy of SpeechHub and install it to your PC. Please make sure to also install the required add on, so it will work with NVDA.  If you don't have a copy already, you can grab a copy from http://www.speakon.org.uk/ You can also refer to an earlier audio tutorial on how to install SpeechHub to your PC (if required) above. While there, you can read the what's new section on the work that has been done so far, or you can check out the website in general.

For written instructions on downloading and installing the SpeechHub package to go portable on a USB stick, please go to the following link at http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeechHub/public/docs/

To listen to an audio tutorial on how to make SpeechHub go portable on a USB stick with NVDA, please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ad3osxnpq6g9ls/how%20to%20make%20the%20speech%20hub%20synthesiser%20package%20go%20portable%20with%20NVDA.MP3?dl=0

Java 8 users please note: Even though these audio tutorials have been done for Windows 7 users using Java 7 with SpeechHub; if you would like to use Java 8 with SpeechHub instead, please take note of the following information. (This information is ONLY for users of the portable version of SpeechHub and Java 8).

How to make the Speechhub package go portable on a CD with 3 options

Below will be the steps needed to allow the Speechhub package to go portable on a CD. It will allow you to have the following 3 options which are: 1. Installing NVDA to a PC; 2. Allowing you to make a portable copy of NVDA and save it to a USB stick; or 3. Simply just running NVDA as a temporary copy. It will also allow you to use the Speechhub package while on the move with your chosen voice from that package.

Step 1
Make a directory (also known as a folder) and call it something easy to remember which relates to speechhub going portable. For example, you could make a new folder on your C:\ and call it something like "speechhub portable".

Step 2
1. Next, create a folder called 'Applications' within the root directory of the folder you have just created in the step above. For example, make sure the 'applications' folder is within the 'speechhub portable' folder. It should look like this C:\ speechhub portable\Applications
Note that it is very important that you spell the folder name Applications correctly - otherwise SpeechHub will not work.
2. Copy the SpeechHub folder installed on your computer to the latest folder you have just created in Step 2 number 1 (that is the Application folder).
For example you will need to copy it into C:\ speechhub portable\Applications
 
You will need to copy the SpeechHub folder from one of the following directories on your computer.  This will depend if you are running a 32 bit machine or a 64 bit machine.

From:
32-bit:
C:\Program Files\SpeechHub
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\SpeechHub
To:
C:\ speechhub portable\Applications
Resulting in:
C:\ speechhub portable\Applications\SpeechHub

Step 3
Optionally copy the Java folder installed on your computer to the Applications folder you just made beforehand. It should look like this C:\ speechhub portable\Applications\Java if you have copied it properly.

SpeechHub needs Java to work. If you are sure that all the computers used with the portable drive have Java installed, there is no need for you to perform this step. Otherwise, for maximum portability, copy the Java folder to the folder you had made beforehand. For example C:\speechhub portable\Applications folder. Make sure you copy the 32-bit version of Java, as 32-bit Java can work with 64-bit computers but 64-bit Java cannot work with 32-bit computers.

To ensure this, copy from:
32-bit:
C:\Program Files\Java
64-bit:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java
To:
C:\ speechhub portable\Applications
Resulting in:
C:\ speechhub portable\Applications\Java
Note that some computers have both Java 6 and Java 7 installed; you don't need both on your portable drive as SpeechHub can work with either.

Step 4
Download a copy of NVDA and then put it into the main folder that you created in the first place. For example C:\ speechhub portable. Please note: it must be in the root directory of this folder. That is C:\ speechhub portable. For example the NVDA_2014.2.exe file will have to be clicked on, and then a check box will appear (like a security dialog) that says show this at Startup. Uncheck this, then tab to the run button and press Enter. When the next screen comes up, you should get a licence agreement screen. Tick the checkbox with the spacebar, then tab to the next screen where it gives you the three options. Make any changes to NVDA that you would like using the temporary copy and then save the changes. Finally close the screen altogether with Alt + F4.

Step 5
Download the 2 files required (which make the NVDA package and the SpeechHub package work together) by getting the zip file called "how to make the speechhub package go portable on a cd with options of 3.zip". It can be downloaded from the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/jzemy57jkgnea3r/how%20to%20make%20the%20speechhub%20package%20go%20portable%20on%20a%20cd%20with%20options%20of%203.zip?dl=0

This zip file contains both the files that are needed. Unzip these files and put them into the directory you had first created for this project. For example C:\ speechhub portable. One file will be an autorun.inf file and the other will be a start.bat file.

Now, when you look at the directory you created in the first place you should see the following: C:\ speechhub portable\Applications with both the SpeechHub folder in it, as well as the Java folder. You will see the other 3 files there in the main folder as well. For example C:\ autorun.inf file, the start.bat file and also the NVDA_2014.2.exe file. Any NVDA version can be used for this purpose. This however will have to be modified in the start.bat file. Don't worry, directions will be given for this purpose!

Step 6
Highlight the files and folders within the speechhub portable folder For example C:\ speechhub portable and then send them to your DVD burner and follow the steps until the CD is burnt or the files are sent to the CD-RW disk. If you would like to make changes on the CD, make sure you use a CD-RW (compact disk re-writable) disk and this will allow you to do this at any time. It will not allow you to do this if a CDR is used.

Once the CD has been created, it is simply a matter of just putting back in the CD and NVDA and the SpeechHub package should work. If not, you may need to check your autoplay settings in the control panel. You should be able to use NVDA as usual along with the SpeechHub package while on the move.

To listen to the audio tutorial on how this is done please go to the following link (care: the link for the SpeechHub audio tutorial is coming soon)

The files needed to make NVDA and SpeechHub work using an auto run file from a CD are available in Step 5 above.
(In the zip file are an autorun.inf file as well as a start.bat file). These will need to be pasted into the following directory (as an example C:\ speechhub portable).

Updating your start.bat file to run a later version of NVDA

Please note, if you would like a later version of NVDA to work along with the SpeechHub package, the start.bat file will need to be modified. You will need a programme like notepad that comes with all Windows machines. Assume that your current start.bat relates to start nvda_2014.2.exe

Locate Notepad, open it up and put in the following information:

start nvda_2014.3.exe

Once modified, save this file as start.bat (Basically, you are modifying the start.bat file and telling it to look to a later version of NVDA).

Copy this modified bat file into the main root directory/folder. For example C:\ speechhub portable

At a later date if you want to update your version of NVDA say to an even newer release, the start.bat file will have to be modified again. This is so the new version works with the NVDA package as well as the SpeechHub package on CD.

To listen to the audio tutorial on how this is done please go to the following link (care: the link to the files required is coming soon). Also, the start.bat file will relate to NVDA 2014.2 and will have to be updated as needed to work on later versions as explained above).

Vocaliser English sound samples for NVDA

The following audio tutorial is a demonstration of what some of the Vocaliser voices sound like. In particular, the following sound samples are English voices that you can use with NVDA. https://www.dropbox.com/s/8hr27l372tpxhm1/Vocaliser%20english%20sound%20samples%20for%20nvda.MP3?dl=0

For the most up to date link for Nuance Vocaliser voices, please refer to the section called Supported Speech Synthesisers in the NVDA user manual. Please note, unless things change, if you download it on the 1st day of the month you will have about 2 weeks to trial the voices. After this time (around the 14th or 16th of the month), the voices will not work until you download them again on the 1st of the following month.

How to turn off the user account control settings (also known as UAC) in Windows 7

The following audio tutorial will cover locating the user account control settings, a brief look at the different levels of security that you can have with it on, and also turning it off altogether.
To listen to this tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/w93ba9qyfjy8j2h/how%20to%20turn%20off%20the%20user%20account%20control%20settings%20in%20windows%207.MP3?dl=0

How to turn off the user account control settings (also known as UAC) in Windows 8

The following audio tutorial will cover locating the user account control settings, a brief look at the different levels of security that you can have with it on, and also turning it off altogether. To listen to this tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/m1i8agdqjrf2yi8/how%20to%20turn%20off%20the%20user%20account%20control%20settings%20in%20windows%208.MP3?dl=0

How to remove the Windows 8 logon screen

The following audio tutorial will cover the steps needed to remove the logon screen that appears each time you start up Windows 8. To listen to this tutorial please visit the following link https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwsefqnd757iagi/how%20to%20remove%20the%20windows%208%20logon%20screen.MP3?dl=0

How to use Windows Defender

Most people are unaware that Windows Defender comes with their operating system. It was introduced into the Vista operating system and thereafter (for example Windows 7 and 8). Windows Defender can be found under the Control Panel section in Windows.

Once located, you can send a shortcut to your Desktop. You will need to route the mouse to this shortcut. Use the Insert key and the divide key on the numeric keypad to do this. Once the mouse has been routed to the Windows Defender shortcut, you will need to right click the mouse so a context menu comes up. This is done with the multiply key on the numeric keypad (that is the * key). You will then need to arrow down to "create shortcut menu" and press the Enter key. This will put a shortcut called Windows Defender on your desktop. This way (by having a shortcut on your desktop) it will make it a lot easier to scan for viruses etcetera on your computer.

Windows Defender may have to be turned on so you will need to enable it when you first go into the Windows Defender screen (once the shortcut has been located). When Windows defender has been enabled (in most cases) you will be using the Tab key to go between sections. Also, the arrow keys will be used to go between sections of each page. You may have to experiment with navigating around the different screens available to you there. The home button will get you back to the main page.

While you are there, check out all of the different sections of Windows Defender and customize it to your liking. To listen to an audio tutorial on the basics of using this programme (called navigating windows defender basics) please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/7z8luc8395rcg3y/navigating%20windows%20defender%20basics.MP3?dl=0

How to clean up your computer with Windows Disk Cleanup utility

It is a good idea to have a little bit of a clean up now and again on a computer. Windows provides its own disk clean up utility. It is worth going through it now and again to see what temp files and so on can be removed from your computer (that are just sitting there and taking up space).  The disk clean up utility can be found under the accessories/system tools section in Windows. To locate this quickly, you may also enter the words disk cleanup in the search box under the Start menu in Windows 7.  The tab key and arrow keys will be used in this programme to move around it. To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/hop0esvr92jvj3w/how%20to%20clean%20up%20your%20computer%20with%20windows%20disk%20cleanup%20utility.MP3?dl=0

How to remove a programme from your computer

There are times when you have downloaded programmes off the internet only to find they don't work with your screen reader, or there are programmes on your computer that you don't use any more. If these programmes are of no use any more, you might as well remove them (so you can free up more disk space on your computer).

To remove a programme from your computer, you will need to go to the control panel. Next, you will need to locate a section called programmes and features. Press the Enter key to open it. You will need to let the list populate with all of the programmes on your computer. Next, you will need to locate the programme you want to uninstall from your computer (for example Google chrome). You can quickly jump down to this programme you want to uninstall by pressing the letter G. Keep doing this until you have located the Google chrome programme or whichever programme you want to uninstall. If this is the case then another letter will be used (for example press O for Open Office or whatever the programme name begins with). Next, route your mouse to the programme you want to uninstall from the list. To do this use the Insert key and the divide key which can be found on the numeric keypad. You should hear the name of the programme being spoken out to you. Next, you will have to right click the mouse. To simulate this with NVDA you use the multiply key on the numeric keypad (this is the * above the number 9). A context menu will come up, then arrow down to uninstall and press the Enter key  and simply follow the directions until it is uninstalled.

Sometimes programmes will leave folders/settings behind on your computer. To remove these from your computer as well, locate your computer icon on your desktop and press the Enter key. It will give you a selection of the drives on your computer. Locate the C:\ drive and press the Enter key again. When the next screen comes up, press the letter P to either jump down to programme files if you are using a 32 bit machine, or programme files x86 if you are using a 64 bit machine. Locate the folder name if any (for example Google chrome) then delete it from your computer. Once done, close this screen with the Alt + F4 keys.

You can also check under the following area as well. Press the Windows key and the letter R to bring up the Windows Run dialog box, or alternatively you can  press the Windows key and enter the following into the search box when it comes up instead to get the same results... Type in the following %appdata% Next, press the Enter key.  It will give you a list of folders and their settings in this section. Locate the folder (if it is there) and delete it.  If none can be found, then you are right to go. Close this screen with the Alt key and the F4 key. This is a Windows command.

To listen to the audio tutorial please go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/t1pmtnmct636o3v/how%20to%20remove%20a%20programme%20from%20your%20computer.MP3?dl=0

Other audio tutorials that you may be interested in

Below are some links to other audio tutorials that have been made by NVDA users, for other NVDA users to listen to:

Joseph Lee has done some audio tutorials using Windows 8 and NVDA. You can listen to his pod casts at http://www.nvda-kr.org/en/

If you are aware of other NVDA audio tutorials (or audio tutorials for other programs using NVDA) and would like to share the links, please email me so that others can listen to them as well.







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