New Features in NVDA 2022.4

New Features in NVDA 2022.4

The below list of features is a subset of the full list of new features for NVDA. I am simplifying and explaining the feature set in an attempt to help nontechnical people appreciate what’s new for NVDA. This list was retrieved from NvAccess and edited here.

 

What’s New in NVDA2022.4

This release includes several new key commands, including table say all commands. A “Quick Start Guide” section has been added to the User Guide. There are also several bug fixes.

eSpeak has been updated and LibLouis has been updated. There are new Chinese, Swedish, Luganda and Kinyarwanda braille tables.

New Features

  • Added a “Quick Start Guide” section to the User Guide.
  • Introduced a new command to check the keyboard shortcut of the current focus.
    • Desktop: shift+numpad2.
    • Laptop: NVDA+ctrl+shift+..
  • Introduced new commands to move the review cursor by page where supported by the application.
    • Move to previous page:
      • Desktop: NVDA+pageUp.
      • Laptop: NVDA+shift+pageUp.
    • Move to next page:
      • Desktop: NVDA+pageDown.
      • Laptop: NVDA+shift+pageDown.
  • Added the following table commands.
    • Say all in column: NVDA+control+alt+downArrow
    • Say all in row: NVDA+control+alt+rightArrow
    • Read entire column: NVDA+control+alt+upArrow
    • Read entire row: NVDA+control+alt+leftArrow
  • Microsoft Excel via UI Automation: NVDA now announces when moving out of a table within a spreadsheet.
  • Reporting table headers can now be configured separately for rows and columns.

Changes

  • eSpeak NG has been updated
    • Fixed reporting of Latin characters when using Mandarin.
  • Updated LibLouis braille translator to 3.23.0.
    • Added braille tables:
      • Chinese common braille
      • Kinyarwanda literary braille
      • Luganda literary braille
      • Swedish uncontracted braille
      • Swedish partially contracted braille
      • Swedish contracted braille
      • Chinese  Current Braille System
  • NVDA now includes the architecture of the operating system as part of user statistics tracking.

Bug Fixes

  • When updating NVDA using the Windows Package Manager CLI , a released version of NVDA is no longer always treated as newer than whatever alpha version is installed.
  • NVDA will now correctly announce Group boxes in Java applications.
  • Caret properly follows spoken text during “say all” in applications such as Bookworm, WordPad, or the NVDA log viewer.
  • In programs using UI Automation, partially checked checkboxes will be reported correctly.
  • Improved performance and stability in Microsoft Visual Studio, Windows Terminal, and other UI Automation based applications.
    • These fixes apply to Windows 11 Sun Valley 2  and later.
    • Selective registration for UI Automation events and property changes now enabled by default.
  • Text reporting, Braille output, and password suppression now work as expected in the embedded Windows Terminal control in Visual Studio 2022.
  • NVDA is now DPI aware when using multiple monitors. There are several fixes for using a DPI setting higher than 100% or multiple monitors. Issues may still exist with versions of Windows older than Windows 10 1809. For these fixes to work, applications which NVDA interacts with also need to be DPI aware. Note there are still known issues with Chrome and Edge.
    • Visual highlighting frames should now be correctly placed in most applications.
    • Touch screen interaction should now be accurate for most applications.
    • Mouse tracking should now work for most applications.
  • Orientation state  changes are now correctly ignored when there is no change .
  • NVDA will announce dragging items on screen in places such as rearranging Windows 10 Start menu tiles and virtual desktops in Windows 11.
  • In advanced settings, “Play a sound for logged errors” option is now correctly restored to its default value when pressing the “Restore defaults” button.
  • NVDA can now select text using the NVDA+f10 keyboard shortcut on Java applications.
  • NVDA will no longer get stuck in a menu when arrowing up and down threaded conversations in Microsoft Teams.

Start Your Update

If you’re running NVDA while reading this, perform the following steps to update it right now!

  1. Press NVDA+N.
  2. Press the letter H, or arrow down to Help.
  3. Press the letter C, or arrow down to Check for update…

Enjoy your new NVDA!

Qapla!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: