New Features in NVDA

New Features in NVDA

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

The find dialog now includes a history of the last 20 searches

Now, when you perform an NVDA find, CONTROL+NVDA+F, a history of prior searches will be kept for your later use. When you bring up the find dialog, either press Enter on the first available search, or arrow up/down through the list, and press Enter on the term you want to find. Note that the find history is cleared whenever you restart NVDA.

Rate Boost

This checkbox, found by pressing CONTROL+NVDA+V, THEN TABBING TO THE CHANGE BUTTON,  allows you to listen to speech at a much faster rate when it is checked. You will instantly notice the change to your speech rate. You may need to hit your Down Arrow or Page Down key to quickly slow your rate back to a more comfortable setting after checking this option. Note that this option is currently only available to OneCore and eSpeak-NG voices. This option can also be configured via the Synth Settings Ring.


  • For braille display drivers that support it, driver settings can now be changed from the braille settings category in NVDA’s settings dialog.
  • Freedom Scientific braille displays are now supported by braille display auto detection.
  • Synthesizer volume is now increased and decreased by 5 instead of 10 when using the settings ring.
  • When an auto detected braille display is connected via Bluetooth, NVDA will keep searching for USB displays supported by the same driver and switch to a USB connection if it becomes available.
  • NVDA will now report the word ‘selected’ after reporting the text a user has just selected.
  • When jumping to form fields with Browse Mode quick navigation, the entire form field is now announced rather than just the first line.
  • NVDA will no longer become silent after exiting the Windows 10 Mail app.
  • In the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, NVDA no longer speaks many volume notifications if changing the volume with hardware buttons when File Explorer has focus.
  • Loading the punctuation/symbol pronunciation dialog is now much faster when using symbol dictionaries containing over 1000 entries.
  • For Windows OneCore voices, the rate set in NVDA is no longer affected by the rate set in Windows 10 Speech Settings.
  • It is again possible to use NVDA’s table navigation commands in Google Docs, in Firefox and Chrome.
  • The bumper keys now work correctly on Freedom Scientific braille displays.
  • When reading the first character of a document in Notepad++ 7.7 X64, NVDA no longer freezes for up to ten seconds.

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!


One Comment

  1. this article makes me want to explore NVDA more. I have it installed mainly for those situations that Jaws does not accomplish the tasks I need it too. I’ve been using jaws off and on since 96 though, so am very comfortable with this screen reader, but I think it’s well time I give NVDA a good look!

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