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Hi. I was a JAWS and PC user for over 15 years; However, within the past week I switched to using NVDA on my PC for reasons I'd rather not disclose. Now I'm struggling to master its usage quickly so I could resume my studies and my work as a full-time minister of the Gospel ASAP. Can other new NVDA users please share your experiences? I'm feeling very discouraged? Thank you so much.


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When I started using NVDA I listened to a couple of videos on Youtube, and there are some sites on the net that offer video instruction. The ones that I saw, introduced the proceedures, hotkeys and whent through the setting prefferences and options in the NVDA menu. The videos can be played without the video and only the voice and the instructor describes the actions well enough that just by listening you can learn how to use the screen reader.

The videos are broken down into chapters on specific functions, tables, net screens, navigation and such.

As a bigginer it gave me the confidence to try and with a little suse it became 2nd nature.

It works great in my email and writing in Microsoft Word.

I will have to look for the links again, and I will come back and post them here.

Good luck, and I see no reason that you could not continue your minister duties with this aid.

Adapt and overcome!


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I am a long-term JAWS user, but out of curiosity, I downloaded NVDA. I find it quite adequate. I had a question, though. When on a Website, NVDA tends to announce things like "table with 3 lines and 4 rows". That's not a direct quote as I cannot recall exactly what it says, but how can I make it stop doing that? It is very distracting and interferes with browsing a page. I have looked through the user's guide, but have not found an answer. Much thanks for any help you might provide.


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Hi, new NVDA user. I'm also a NVDA user from quite some time now. I would suggest be patient and go through the NVDA user guide and you'll be fine. One important thing, don't compare NVDA with JAWS or any other screen reader. I personally use three different screen readers. Like JAWS, System Access and NVDA. One thing for sure none of them is perfect. Sometime one works better than the other.
Good luck


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Hi. I use NVDA regularly and am aware of its similarities as well as its differences to JAWS. Please feel free to ask specific questions about issues you're running into and I'll be glad to assist. When you're reading Web pages, NVDA uses nearly all of the one-letter navigation keys you may be used to with JAWS. However, use the standard arrow keys for navigation and not the numeric keypad. NVDA uses the numeric keypad for other reviewing functions which are very different from JAWS. Again, ask about what problems you're experiencing and we'll try to help.


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Hello new NVDA User,
I hope this may help dispel your discouragement as a new NVDA user. First, I would suggest that you google NVDA tutorial, or NVDA shortcut key commands, and go through those line by line, chapter by chapter as the info builds on what is presented. If memory serves me, the URL is or was www.nvaccess.org.
-There is an NVDA user group you can sign up with that has multiple postings most days by folk like us.
You can find it by googling
nvda freelists.org.
Be patient with yourself as you use the arrow keys or tab keys to get to the appropriate links either for the archive, or to sign up to join.
I too am a believer in Jesus the Messiah, and have been using NVDA for over a year and am no expert but happy to have this as a screen reader.
You can do all things through Him who strengthens you.
That is in the Bible, Philippians 4 verse 13.
David


Re: new NVDA user



Hello new NVDA User,
I hope this may help dispel your discouragement as a new NVDA user. First, I would suggest that you google NVDA tutorial, or NVDA shortcut key commands, and go through those line by line, chapter by chapter as the info builds on what is presented. If memory serves me, the URL is or was www.nvaccess.org.
-There is an NVDA user group you can sign up with that has multiple postings most days by folk like us.
You can find it by googling
nvda freelists.org.
Be patient with yourself as you use the arrow keys or tab keys to get to the appropriate links either for the archive, or to sign up to join.
I too am a believer in Jesus the Messiah, and have been using NVDA for over a year and am no expert but happy to have this as a screen reader.
You can do all things through Him who strengthens you.
That is in the Bible, Philippians 4 verse 13.
David


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