NVDA screen reader

Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free screen reader for Windows computers. It speaks on-screen information using a synthetic voice, and can also be used with an (optional) braille display.

NVDA works with Windows XP and all later versions of Windows. It supports many popular applications including the IBM Lotus Symphony suite, the Microsoft Office suite and browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox.

NVDA comes with voices from the eSpeak synthesizer. It also works with the synthetic voices that come with Windows. You can also buy voices from the Nuance Vocalizer range that will work with NVDA.

  • Manufacturer: NV Access
  • Price: Free
  • Platform: Windows

Getting started with NVDA


p>You can download a full version of NVDA from the NV Access website. If you need help, you can listen to the NVDA installation tutorial from Gene NZ to help you get started.

NVDA has a built-in user guide, you’ll find it in the Help menu. The NVDA User Guide is also available online.

Training and tutorials for NVDA

The NV Access website has links to different NVDA Guides in text and audio.

Getting help with NVDA

You can connect with the NVDA Community to talk to other NVDA users.

BCAB runs an email discussion forum. The BCAB forum is for discussion about all kinds of technology, so it’s a great place to get help from NVDA users in the UK. It's free to join, just create an account.