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Intro: The American Foundation for the Blind in Association with NVAccess presents: Learn NVDA: An introduction to using your computer and getting online

Installing NVDA

Narrator: In this tutorial, we will install NVDA from its installer file downloaded from the web. The file can be downloaded from This is the only step in these tutorials that you may need to ask for help getting started, but once we run the installer, we can use NVDA totally independently. Let's start the installer now. If were running another screen reader, it's probably best to stop it after NVDA begins speaking

Screen Reader: (Installer music) NVDA dialog. License Agreement Grouping. License Agreement edit multiline read only. NVDA License.

Narrator: We are now in the license agreement. Press the down arrow to move line by line through it. When finished, press the TAB key to navigate to the "I agree" checkbox. I'll press TAB now.

Screen Reader: I agree check box not checked Alt+a

Narrator: Press the space key to check the ?I agree? checkbox to agree to the terms

Screen Reader: Space checked

Narrator: Now, Press tab again to navigate to the "Install NVDA on this computer" button.

Screen Reader: Install NVDA on this computer button Alt+i

Narrator: Press ENTER to activate it.

Screen Reader: Install NVDA dialog. To install NVDA to your hard drive, please press the Continue button. Use NVDA on the Windows logon screen check box checked Alt+l

Narrator: The installer will instruct you to activate the continue button to install. Press the tab key to navigate to continue button. You will pass over two checkboxes that you can toggle with the spacebar if you want, but we recommend leaving both options checked.

Screen Reader: Create desktop icon and shortcut key control+alt+n check box checked Alt+d. Continue button Alt+c

Narrator: Now press ENTER to start the install. Depending how your computer is configured, you may be presented with a dialog box that NVDA cannot read. You will know if this dialog is open because you will hear NVDA speak "Secure Desktop" and hear this sound:

Screen Reader: (Chime) Secure Desktop

Narrator: This dialog is asking for permission to make changes. Hold alt and press y to allow the changes and dismiss the dialog. You will hear a beeping sound while NVDA is being installed, and it may take a few minutes to complete depending on your computer.

Screen Reader: (Beeping) Installing NVDA dialog. Please wait while NVDA is being installed. (Beeping). Success dialog. Successfully installed NVDA. Please press OK to start the installed copy. OK button

Narrator: Press enter to relaunch NVDA. You will hear NVDA close and then start back up, and then immediately start speaking the welcome dialog.

Screen Reader: (Closing chime) (Opening chime) Welcome to NVDA dialog. Welcome to NVDA! Most commands for controlling NVDA require you to hold down the NVDA key while pressing other keys. By Default, the numpad insert and main insert keys may both be used as the NVDA key. You can also configure NVDA to use the CapsLock as the NVDA key. You can press NVDA+n at any time to activate the NVDA menu. From this menu, you can configure NVDA, get help and access other NVDA functions. Options Grouping. User CapsLock as an NVDA modifier key check box not checked.

Narrator: These options can all be changed in the settings menu, which we will cover in a later tutorial. Press the TAB key to move through these options

Screen Reader: Automatically start NVDA after I log on to Windows check box checked Alt+a

Narrator: If you plan on using NVDA exclusively, you may want to check this option to automatically start when you start Windows.

Screen Reader: Show this dialog when NVDA starts check box checked

Narrator: We will uncheck this option so this dialog will not show every time we start NVDA.

Screen Reader: Space not checked

Narrator: We will close this dialog by activating the okay button with the Spacebar.

Screen Reader: OK button. Downloads window

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This tutorial was presented with support from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation