How is everyone finding NVDA 2021.2? All reports we’ve got so far are positive! For that, we’d like to thank all those who tested alpha, beta, and importantly, the release candidate builds! Let’s start this week by looking at another new feature in 2021.2:
New feature spotlight: Reporting indent in Word
In Microsoft Word, you can adjust the indent of a paragraph in several ways:
- Press CONTROL+M to increase the indent of the whole paragraph
- Press SHIFT+CONTROL+M to decrease the indent of the whole paragraph
- Press CONTROL+T to increase the hanging indent of the whole paragraph, this indents every line of a paragraph except the first one
- Press SHIFT+CONTROL+T to decrease the hanging indent of the whole paragraph
The commands to decrease indent will not decrease further than no indent. You can have the first line of the paragraph indented by using both commands. First, press CONTROL+M to indent the whole paragraph. Next, press SHIFT+CONTROL+T to decrease the indent of every line except the first line.
When any of these commands are pressed, NVDA reports the new indent level. The measurement unit can be set in Word’s advanced options, as “Show measurement units in”. Press alt+f, then t for options, then control+tab to “Advanced” and press alt+m until the focus is on that option.
Note that the distance indicated is from the edge of the page, not the margin. So the way Word is setup on my PC, My margin is set at 2.54cm. If I press control+m, NVDA reports 3.81cm.
As a bonus command, how can you find out the current distance from the left and top edges of the page at any time? Press NVDA+numpad delete (desktop keyboard layout) or NVDA+delete (laptop keyboard layout). These report the location of the review cursor rather than the caret. If you have moved the review cursor, the location reported may be different to the location of the caret.
Training the key to success for Kartik
Recently one of our users contacted us to thank us for our training material. They explained what they had been able to do with the knowledge gained from the material. It is such a wonderful example of why we do what we do that we were thrilled Kartik gave us permission to share it with you.
Please do check out Kartik’s story.
If you are interested in the training material which was so beneficial for Kartik, you can find them in The NV Access Shop
Update to Outlook module
One of those modules available in the shop, covers Microsoft Outlook. The material works with versions from Outlook 2010 through to the latest Outlook 365.
A few weeks ago, we highlighted a problem Microsoft introduced with recent updates to Outlook.
Following on from that, this week we released an update to our Outlook training material. This update fits in with our recommendation to use the “Classic ribbon”. The instructions for this are now included in the material. Users, trainers and organisations can follow the material, even with newer builds of Outlook.
The update to the material is free for anyone who has purchased the Outlook with NVDA module.
NV Access on the air
The team have done a couple of interviews this week. Our founder Michael Curran features on Accessibility Matters™ Episode 12. The mission of Accessibility.com’s is to create objective and trustworthy information and resources to become a catalyst for equal access to the physical and digital worlds. Their AccessibilityPlus global conference is coming up October 12 – 14.
Quentin can also be heard this week. He chatted with Peter Greco from Vision Australia Radio to talk about some of the new features in NVDA 2021.2. You can hear that interview about 15 mins in to this week’s Leisure Link program. If you enjoy Leisure Link you can follow along each week at the Leisure Link site.