Tech Treasures – Tutorial on Google Chrome

Today I am sharing a podcast that was done by David Moore on the accessibility and basic operation of Google Chrome.
If, like me, you have been wondering about the accessibility of Google Chrome, feel free to have a listen by going to
Here is what David wrote in a recent post about the abovementioned tutorial.

“It is a MP3 file that lasts about an hour. I go over how to brows with Chrome, I go through all of the settings, and I show you how to download files using Chrome. It is accessible. There is only one vertical menu called the Chrome menu that you get to by pressing the alt key. Everything you need is in just one menu instead of many.”

Credit: With special thanks and acknowledgement to David Moore.

Tech Treasures – Setting a Shortcut in Windows

This is a tip to help you create a shortcut in Windows, for opening any program that is not on the desktop or pinned to the start area.

Here is what you do.
First, press the Windows key to open the start area.
Up arrow once and press enter on all apps.
Arrow to the program that you want to set the shortcut for.
If it says “collapsed”, press enter to open it.
Now, arrow down to the program and press the applications key.
Next, arrow down to open file location and press enter.
Press the applications key once more.
Up arrow once and enter on properties.
Then tab to the shortcut field and put in a letter. The alt and ctrl keys are automatically added to the shortcut.
Lastly, tab to okay and press enter.
Now, you can open that program with alt plus ctrl plus the letter you have chosen, without that program being pinned anywhere.

Credit: With special thanks and acknowledgement to David Moore

About NVDA Add-Ons

NVDA is a very flexible and extensible screen reader. NVDA add-ons are additional packages that can be downloaded and installed into your copy of NVDA to enhance existing functionality or add additional features. On these pages, you will find add-ons that have been created and publicly reviewed by members of the community.

Please note that many of these add-ons are not provided by NV Access, so NV Access cannot be held responsible for these add-ons,

To install an add-on, go to the NVDA tools menu, then select manage add-ons. Then select install, navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded add-on and choose the add-on package you wish to install. Alternatively, since version 2012.3, using file manager of your choice, navigate to the location where you stored the add-on, then press ENTER on the nvda-addon file you wish to install. Once you press Open or press ENTER on the add-on file, NVDA will ask if you really wish to install the add-on.

As the functionality of add-ons is unrestricted inside NVDA, which in theory could include accessing your personal data or even the entire system if NVDA is an installed copy, it is very important to only install add-ons from sources you trust.
Once the add-on is installed, NVDA must be restarted for the add-on to start running.

For more information and to download add-ons for NVDA, visit

These are by no means the only add-ons available for NVDA, but There were more than twenty listed on this page the last time I visited, so feel free to check them out.