Monday, 22 February 2016

NVDA: Setting It Up on a Desktop or Laptop

Hello. In this video which is just over 3 minutes long, I show you how to set up NVDA to work on either your laptop or desktop.

It is important to configure your NVDA settings to either work with a desktop or laptop because the layout of the keyboards are very different.

The video comes complete with a full list of subtitles but if you want to read a full transcript instead then please find it below.

Start of video transcript

Hello and welcome to this video.

In this video I want to demonstrate how to set up NVDA to work on a desktop PC as opposed to a laptop.

NVDA is a free screen reader.

A screen reader is a great piece of software that gives computers, smartphones and tablets a voice in order to help people who have a visual impairment or who are blind access these devices more independently.

I have created other videos about the screen reader NVDA and I have grouped them together in a playlist which I will link to below.

As I said, in this video I will show you how to set up NVDA to work with either your desktop PC or your laptop.

Now, the reason why this set up is important is because of the differences between the layout of a keyboard on a desktop PC and the layout of a keyboard on a laptop.

There are quite a few differences between the two and these differences are important when you are using NVDA because it relies so heavily on being controlled by the keyboard.

NVDA needs to know if we are using it on a desktop PC or a laptop so that you can use NVDA as flawlessly as possible.

The good news is that this set up will take you less than a minute!

So, let’s dive right in and start NVDA.

Your copy might start as soon as you log onto your PC but mine is set to start manually.

So to start mine, I press the Windows Key and D to focus on the desktop.

Now press the N key once and then press the Enter key.

With NVDA started press the NVDA key (mine is the insert key) and the n key together.

The NVDA menu is displayed.

Press P for Preferences and then press K to get into the keyboard settings.

Now just use your down arrow to toggle between either the laptop keyboard setting or the desktop keyboard setting.

Once you have selected the right option, press Enter.

Your copy of NVDA is configured to work perfectly with your desktop PC or your laptop.

And there you have it. My quick and easy guide to setting up NVDA.

If you have any questions or difficulties or want to join in with the discussion please do so below.

Do you use NVDA on a desktop PC or a laptop? Let me know…

Thanks for watching.

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