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Common NVDA keyboard shortcuts for web developers

July 27, 2014

nvda, accessibility

NVDA is a solid tool for testing that your web applications are accessible to blind and vision-impaired users. (If you find it useful, make sure you donate here!)

As a non-vision impaired person, these are the keyboard shortcuts I find most useful for building accessible web applications. I keep NumLock off and use Insert as my NVDA modifier key.

Shortcut

Purpose

Numpad +

Read starting at current position

Next/down

Previous/up

Tab

Next control

Shift + Tab

Previous control

NVDA + Tab

Announce control that has focus

Shift + ,

Start of container (e.g. list, table)

,

End of container

Spacebar

Check/uncheck

Alt + ↓

Open combo box

NVDA + Space

Enter forms mode (to edit text)

NVDA + Numpad 7

Next review mode (object/document/screen)

NVDA + Numpad 1

Previous review mode

NVDA + F7

Elements list

NVDA + S

Toggle speech mode

NVDA + 1

Toggle help mode (press a key for info about its NVDA command)

Last but not least, the handy grid of review commands adapted from the user guide! Imagine your number pad like this…

Prev

Curr

Next

Line

7

8

9

Word

4

5

6

Char

1

2

3