News Archive

  1. NVDA Certified Expert Accreditation Now Available

    NV Access is very pleased to offer NVDA Certified Expert accreditation. The certification tests your knowledge of all aspects of the free NVDA screen reader. The exam is online and available now at https://certification.nvaccess.org/. Free for anyone to sit, the test is time limited and takes less than an hour.

    Once you pass the exam, you have the opportunity to become an NVDA Certified Expert. For $100 AUD (approximately $75 USD), you receive:

    • An individual certificate in an accessible PDF, suitable for printing.
    • An “NVDA Certified Expert” logo, which advertises your accreditation. Some ideas for using this are your website, e-mail signature, business card or fliers.
    • Listing on the official certification webpage.
    • The knowledge that your support helps to make computers accessible all over the world.

    We love hearing from our users! We have already received some great feedback about the accreditation. Users have asked to opt-in to add contact details to their listing as an NVDA Certified Expert. Listings with contact information would enable users to search the list for a local NVDA Certified Expert. The desire to help others is so typical of our fabulous community! We agree that this is a fantastic way to get more users helping each other. We are not quite ready to roll out a more detailed certified experts page yet, but rest assured we are working on it.

    So, what should you study to prepare to become an NVDA Certified Expert? If you have the “Basic Training for NVDA” module, then that is a great place to start. Note that purchasing that module is NOT required to sit the exam or become accredited. Some of the key elements you should be familiar with include:


    • Starting, basic setting up and use of NVDA
    • Getting around Windows and reporting the current focus or window title
    • Switching between programs, accessing the Start menu, taskbar and system tray
    • Navigating the NVDA menu and familiarity with the menu items available
    • Understanding settings, where to find them and how to change them
    • Changing settings with desktop or laptop keystrokes
    • Reading, writing, editing and navigating documents
    • Selecting, copying and pasting, and reading the clipboard
    • Reporting text formatting and formatting changes
    • File management with File Explorer / Windows Explorer
    • Browsing the web filling in forms and problem solving navigating tricky sites
    • Understanding focus and browse modes and how to switch between them
    • Using the review cursor to read, navigate and copy text
    • Using object navigation and changing review modes
    • Understanding how to use, create and trigger configuration profiles
    • Installing and setting up NVDA and creating a portable copy of it
    • Changing Braille settings, using add-ons, speech dictionaries and input gestures

    While that may seem a lot, your diligence and hard work are worth it. Your users, employer, friends and the wider NVDA community will all thank you. Plus, with that knowledge, you will be able to use the PC faster and with less frustration than ever before!

    Need one last little reason to go for it? Become an NVDA Certified Expert today, and be one of the first to experience NV Access’ new branding. The new logo is on the certificate and described. It is not on the website or social media yet; we saved it just for you! The exam and the list of certified users are now online at https://certification.nvaccess.org/.

  2. NVDA 2017.1 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2017.1 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include reporting of sections and text columns in Microsoft Word; Support for reading, navigating and annotating books in Kindle for PC; and improved support for Microsoft Edge.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. Please consider helping NV Access to continue this important work by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    To find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2017.1.

  3. NVDA 2016.4 Now Available

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2016.4 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released.

    Highlights of this release include improved support for Microsoft Edge; browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail app; and significant improvements to NVDA’s dialogs.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.4.

  4. Microsoft Word with NVDA EBook now available for Purchase

    Microsoft Word with NVDA is the second module in the official set of training materials for learning to use the free NVDA screen reader.

    The book can be purchased from our Microsoft Word with NVDA product page.

    Suitable for the new and existing user of Microsoft Word wishing to improve proficiency, this module assumes that the user has completed the “Basic Training for NVDA” module, or has equivalent knowledge.

    Topics covered include: Getting started with Microsoft Word, proofreading, styles, tables, page layout, referencing, inserting, collaboration and sharing and customising Word options.

    The purchase price of this product supports the work of NV Access and our ability to provide the NVDA screen reading software free of charge. If you would like to sample the style of the material prior to purchasing, we have made an extract of the Basic Training for NVDA module freely available on our website.

  5. What does NVDA mean to you: Take our NV Access Branding Survey

    NV Access is currently undergoing a rebranding effort so that we can better communicate what we do and what we believe in. As a part of this effort, we are inviting those in the NVDA community to provide feedback on both NVDA and NV Access by answering a short survey.

    Providing your feedback will allow us to better understand the needs of users, but also to better tell our story to existing and future funders, thus ensuring that we can continue creating and delivering a high-quality free screen reading solution.

    Go to the NV Access Branding Survey to provide your feedback.

    If filling in our branding survey with Firefox 48 and a screen reader, you may need to refresh the page once if you first see no content.

  6. Announcing NVDA 2016.3 Release

    Version 2016.3 of the free NVDA screen Reader from NV Access is now available for download. Highlights of this release include the ability to disable individual add-ons; support for form fields in Microsoft Excel; significant improvements to reporting of colors; fixes and improvements related to several braille displays; and fixes and improvements to support for Microsoft Word.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. All of this would otherwise have been impossible due to the high cost of existing commercial software.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  7. NVDA 2016.2.1 Update now available

    NVDA 2016.2.1 is now available. This update to 2016.2 fixes some significant crashes experienced with Microsoft Word. However, as a part of these fixes, support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word (added in 2016.2) has been removed.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.2.1.

  8. NVDA 2016.2 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2016.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include the ability to indicate spelling errors while typing; support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word; and improvements and fixes to Microsoft Office support.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.2.

  9. Basic Training for NVDA eBook Now Available for Purchase

    NV Access is very pleased to announce the release of “Basic Training for NVDA”, the first module in the official set of training materials for learning to use the free NVDA screen reader.

    This eBook is suitable for the new and existing user wishing to improve proficiency.

    No existing knowledge is assumed.  For those starting out with NVDA, the book takes you from starting NVDA for the first time as a new user and getting familiar with the NVDA key, to finding your way around Windows and typing your first text.  A setup guide is included to assist those setting up NVDA for someone else.

    For the advanced user, the text is a concise and valuable refresher of skills you may know as well as presenting some more efficient methods of common tasks.  The later chapters cover topics including using the review cursor and object navigation efficiently, using configuration profiles and a timely walkthrough of some of the advanced settings you may wish to revisit now that you are a more proficient user yourself.

    The module consists of the following sections with activities for each topic and review activities at the end of each section:

    • Getting started with NVDA
    • Getting started with Windows
    • Basic NVDA configuration
    • Writing text and saving files
    • Editing documents
    • Document formatting
    • Basic file management
    • Multi-tasking
    • Browsing the web
    • NVDA review cursor basics
    • Object navigation
    • Configuring NVDA
    • Advanced topics
    • NVDA setup guide

    The purchase price of this product supports the work of NV Access and our ability to provide the NVDA screen reading software free of charge.

    Initially the material is available as downloadable electronic text. Audio and braille formats will be available in due course.

    This book can be purchased from our Basic Training for NVDA eBook product page.

    A sample of the eBook, including the introduction and Review Cursor chapters, is available to view before purchasing.

  10. NVDA 2016.1 Now Available

    NV Access is pleased to announce the availability of NVDA 2016.1, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software.

    Highlights of this release include the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds; improvements to braille output and braille display support; several significant fixes to Microsoft Office support; and fixes to browse mode in iTunes.

    With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy, please visit our Download page.
    to find out what’s changed in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.1.