NVDA for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • V 2016.2.1
  • 3.6
  • (124)
  • Security Status

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NVDS is a Screen Reader for the Visually Impaired

NVDS is a free screen reader designed to help visually impaired people to use computers. It supports a range of applications, and offers multiple ways for making text-based digital content available to people who ordinarily have trouble reading screens.

Navigate your Computer while Visually Impaired

NVDA understands that visually impaired people have a range of different skills and needs, and so aims to cater to as wide a spectrum of users as possible. It contains a speech synthesiser that can read out text-based content; this feature supports over 50 languages, and the pre-included synthetic voice can be replaced using downloadable add-ons. It also supports refreshable braille displays, and is compatible with braille keyboards. With NVDA, you can hear text announced as you place your mouse over it, and if necessary also receive audio indication of the mouse's present position. Whether you use a mouse, a keyboard or a touch screen, NVDA will use audio information to help you to navigate with ease and accuracy.

Easy to Get Running

NVDA is designed to be an easy app to get up and running. It has an intuitive talking installer, and can also run directly from a flash drive without being installed. As NVDA is open-source, its userbase is regularly coming up with updates and additions.


  • Easy to set up.
  • Has a large voice library.
  • Compatible with a range of input.
  • Will help users with visual impairment.


  • Sometimes struggles with table-based content.
  • Can take too long reading unnecessary information.
  • Has compatibility issues with certain applications.
  • Pre-included voice can be annoying.

Program available in other languages


  • Free
  • In English
  • V 2016.2.1
  • 3.6
  • (124)
  • Security Status

User reviews about NVDA

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    brilient open source tool.
    it was a very good tool for using accessibility testing in project like ours.
    Pros: navigation kyes
    Cons: better to have proper guidline document


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