Using the new Chromium powered Microsoft Edge browser with the NVDA screen reader

There is a saying out with the old and in with the new. You would've seen that the earlier version of Microsoft Edge was an app on the Windows 10 operating system. The new Microsoft Edge will be a chromium based browser. You can download a desktop version of the browser from the following web page at
Your device has to meet the specifications for it to work.There will be more versions of it for other operating systems later on.

After you have downloaded it and set it up, when you go to open it, you should notice some of the following: In the title bar of the page it will say Microsoft Edge dev. (this is the  developers channel which gets updated once a week). Down the track, it is believed to be going into Windows, so the dev should disappear.
When you press the Alt key, you will notice that it will have a drop down menu similar to the Google Chrome browser.
You will need to arrow down the main menus, and if there is a sub menu, NVDA will mention it. Then, it is a matter of using the right arrow key (to open the sub menu), then arrow down to see what is there. Use the left arrow key to close the menu or the Enter key to open that menu.

There is also a read aloud menu, so the web page can be read out to you. If you are dyslexic or simply just want it (the web page) read out to you, the feature will cut out unneccessary information and read out the story only. When the story starts, you can adjust the speed it is reading it out to you, change to another voice if you do not like the default voice, or simply just have it read a paragraph.

Cast to another device

Under the more tools menu, you can also cast to another device.
You will need a compatible device to cast it to. If one is shown (like a Google Chromecast for video or a Google smart speaker for audio) select it, then you can cast to it.

Shortcut keys

All menus are read out by NVDA. You can also use NVDA's quick navigation keys on web pages within the browser.  
This also includes (under the settings menu) the ability to jump down by headings to each section. Only certain quick navigation keys are supported in this section. Some examples are as follows: C for combo boxes, D for land marks, E for editable fields, F for form fields, K for links, R for radio buttons, U for unvisited links, H for headings, and B for buttons.

The NVDA keys you might  also use are NVDA key + T to read the title bar of the web page, NVDA key + F7 key to bring up the elements list, the NVDA key + down arrow key to read the web page, along with NVDA's quick navigation keys.
Some shortcut keys that may be of use to you in the browser. These are:
Alt + left arrow key to go back a page
Alt + right arrow key to go forwards a page. This is only if you open a new page each time when you have been to it first.
If you use tab browsing, where each new page is a tab, use the Ctrl key + 1 to 9.
Ctrl + D Bookmark this page
Ctrl + J to get to your download manager
Ctrl + T New tab
Ctrl + N New window
Ctrl + P Print
Ctrl + L or Alt + D to go to the location bar where you can type in a web address.
Alt + F then U to go to the read aloud menu, then it will start reading.
Alt + F then S to go to the settings menu
Alt + F then L then C to go to the cast menu

Sending feedback to Microsoft

Under the help section, there is a menu called send feedback to Microsoft. When you go into this section, it will ask you what is happening. It will ask for the URL that you were having the problem with. It will also ask you for your email address. Send the information and include a screen shot if possible.  There should be a send button to send the information that you filled out or checked. They will need as much information as possible and the steps that you took, in order to attempt to recreate the problem.
The problem could be on the website end, in the browser, or a problem with your adaptive technology software.

Searching for settings in the browser under settings

You can also search for different sections from the top of the page.
Locate the search box, then type in what you want to search for. It will then come up with some results. Then, it is a matter of seeing which one/s suit your needs.

Changing your search engine

Locate the settings menu, then press the Enter key. On the next screen (where your settings are), locate the search engine section. (If this does not appear, you may need to search for it in the search box at the top of the settings screen). Next, arrow down and you should hear NVDA say Search engine used in the address bar. Just under it will be a combo box. It should say the name of the search engine being used. Press the Enter key on it, then use the Alt key + down arrow key to open it. Then, arrow down to the search engine you want, then press the Enter key on it. Now, your search engine should be changed.
Under the manage search engine section, is where you can change search engines, add more of them, or remove them from the browser.
You will need to choose the more actions button, then it will give you the option to make default or remove it.

Setting a Homepage

To put in your home page, open Microsoft Edge, then use the Alt key to open the file menu. Next, arrow down to settings, then press the Enter key. When the next screen comes up, jump down to the on start up link section. Press the Enter key. You will then need to use the letter H to jump down by headings, to see what is in that section.  
Next, arrow down until you hear NVDA say the following: Open a specific page or pages. Press the spacebar to highlight the radio button. Just under it will be a button to open a new page. Press the Enter key or Spacebar on it. In the edit box, type in your home page you want to open.

After you have entered in the new home page, arrow to the add button, then press either the Spacebar or Enter key to save your homepage.

Checking your download status and where to find your download

When you have clicked  on a file to download it, you can check its status by pressing the Ctrl key + the letter J. This will bring up the download manager and will also show the files you have downloaded. You can change back from this tab with the Ctrl key + 1 on the qwerty keyboard. To quickly get back to it, while it is open, use the Ctrl key + 2 on the main qwerty keyboard.

Under the downloads section, you can also decide where you want the files to go. The default is the downloads folder. If you want to change it, locate the settings menu, then press the Enter key. When the next page comes up with all the settings, navigate to the advanced button. Press the Spacebar or Enter key on it, then locate the downloads section. Next, arrow down and you will hear the name of the downloads folder being read out. Arrow to the change button, then press the Spacebar or Enter key on it. It is a lot easier (when the next section comes up) to Shift/Tab a few times until you hear tree view. Then, use the arrow keys to navigate to where you want them to go.
Just below that section is a button that says the following: Ask where to save each file before downloading. If this is pressed, it will ask you every time where you want the file to go to instead of just downloading it to a specified folder or place.