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Screen Reader Testing Cheat Sheet by

jaws     nvda

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This document attempts to highlight the most important keyboard shortcuts for use with testing Web Access­ibi­lity.
Portions of this document were adopted from WebAIM's Keyboard Shortcuts for JAWS, and NDVA and from Deque Univer­sity's Screen Reader Keyboard Shortcuts
NVDA Keyboard Helper by Stamford Intera­ctive

Impo­rtant Notice

All keystrokes and key combin­ations can be modified in the config­uration of the Screen Readers. JAWS uses Insert as it's default key. NVDA uses the concept of the NVDA key, which is Insert by default but can be changed to CapsLock during start up.

State

JAWS
NVDA
 
Control + Alt + N
On / Enable
 
NVDA + Q
Off / Disable

Reading Text

JAWS
NVDA
Say:
Ctrl
Ctrl
Stop Reading
Character
or
Numpad 1
Prior Character
or
Numpad 3
Next Character
Numpad 5
Numpad 2
Current Character
Numpad 5 (twice)
 
Character Phoneticly
Word
Insert +
Ctrl + or
Numpad 4
Prior Word
Insert +
Ctrl + or
Numpad 6
Next Word
Insert + Numpad 5
Numpad 5
Current Word
Insert + Numpad 5 (twice)
Numpad 5 (twice)
Spell Word
Line
or
Numpad 7
Prior Line
or
Numpad 9
Next Line
Insert +
NVDA + or
Numpad 8
Current Line
Insert + (twice)
NVDA + (twice)
Spell Current Line
 
Shift + 7
Top Line
 
Shift + 9
Bottom Line
 
Shift + 1
Start of Line
 
Shift + 3
End of Line
Sentence
Alt +
 
Prior Sentence
Alt +
 
Next Sentence
Alt + Numpad 5
 
Current Sentence
Cursor
Insert + Home
 
Say to Cursor
Insert + Page Up
 
Say from Cursor
Insert + Home (twice)
 
Spell to Cursor
Insert + Page Up (twice)
 
Spell from Cursor
Insert +
NVDA + or
Numpad '+'
Say All
 
Fast Forward during a Say All
 
Rewind during a Say All
Insert + 5
 
Say Color
Numpad 5 (thrice)
 
Say ASCII or Hex Value
Insert + F (twice)
 
Say Font
Ctrl + Insert +
 
Start Skim Reading
Ctrl + Insert + Shift +
 
Skim Reading dialog box
Insert + +
 
Display Skim Reading Summary

Voice Rate

JAWS
NVDA
Ctrl + Alt + Page Down
Ctrl + NVDA +
Decrease Voice Rate
Ctrl + Alt + Page Up
Ctrl + NVDA +
Increase Voice Rate
Page Down
 
Decrease Voice Rate (during SayAll)
Page Up
 
Increase Voice Rate (during SayAll)
 
Ctrl + NVDA + /
Change Voice Settings (Infle­ction, Pitch, etc.)

Regions, Headings, and Lists

JAWS
NVDA
R
D
Region­s/L­and­marks Quick Key
H
H
Headings Quick Key
1-6
1-6
Heading Level 1-6
Shift + (Keys above)
Shift + (Keys above)
Previous Element
Q
 
Main Content Quick Key
Insert + F6
 
List of Headings
 
NVDA + F7
List of Elements (Headings, Links and Landmarks)
L
L
List Quick Key
I
I
List Item Quick Key
 

Links

JAWS
NVDA
Tab
Tab
Next Form\Link Element
Shift + Tab
Shift + Tab
Previous Form\Link Element
 
K
Next Link
Insert + F7
NVDA + F7
Links­\Ele­ments List
U
U
Unvisted Link Quick Key
V
V
Visited Link Quick Key
Enter
Enter
Activate Link
Enter or Space
Enter or Space
Activate Button

Tables

JAWS
NVDA
Moving within Tables
T
T
Table Quick Key
Ctrl + Alt +
Ctrl + Alt +
Cell to Right
Ctrl + Alt +
Ctrl + Alt +
Cell to Left
Ctrl + Alt +
Ctrl + Alt +
Cell Below
Ctrl + Alt +
Ctrl + Alt +
Cell Above
Ctrl + Alt + Home
 
First Cell
Ctrl + Alt + End
 
Last Cell
Ctrl + Alt + Shift +
 
First Cell in Column
Ctrl + Alt + Shift +
 
Last Cell in Column
Ctrl + Alt + Shift +
 
First Cell in Row
Ctrl + Alt + Shift +
 
Last Cell in Row
Table Reading
Ctrl + Alt + Numpad 5
 
Say Current Cell
Insert + Shift +
 
Read Current Cell
Insert + Shift + Home
 
Read from Start of Row
Insert + Shift + Page Up
 
Read to End of Row
Insert + Shift + Numpad 5
 
Read Current Column
Insert + Shift + End
 
Read from Top of Column
Insert + Shift + Page Down
 
Read to Bottom of Column

Forms

JAWS
NVDA
F
F
Form Quick Key
B
B
Button Quick Key
Enter
Enter or
NVDA + Space
Enter Forms Mode (while in a form element)
'+'
NVDA + Space
Exit Forms Mode
Insert + F5
 
List of Form Elements
Tab
Tab
Navigate to Next form Control
Shift + Tab
Shift + Tab
Navigate to Previous Form Control
Ctrl + Shift or
Ctrl + Space
 
Select Multiple List Items
Ctrl + \
 
Unselect All but Current
Space
 
Select and Deselect Checkboxes
Alt +
Alt +
Open Control with Dropdown (Combo Box, Auto-C­omp­lete, etc)
\ or
First letter of item
\ or
First letter of item
Select Element in Combo Box
\
\
Select Radio Button
 
X
Checkbox
 
C
Combobox
 
R
Radio Button
Enter
Enter
Submit Form (while in Forms Mode)

Frames

JAWS
NVDA
Ctrl + Tab
 
Move from one frame to the next frame within the page.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
 
Move from one frame to the previous frame within the page.
Insert + F9
 
Bring up a list of frames that are present within the page

Other Commands

JAWS
NVDA
Ctrl + F
Ctrl + F
Search for a word or a phrase
Insert + Esc
 
Refresh Screen
Insert + F5
 
Reformat Document for better readab­ility
Insert + F1
 
Help with Current Element
 
NVDA + 1
Keyboard Help
G
G
Next Image
 
Ctrl + /
Previo­us/Next Paragraph
 
Q
Blockquote
 
NVDA + F2
Ignore Next Key and Send to Windows
 
NVDA + 2
Speaks Characters Typed
 
NVDA + 3
Speaks Words Types
 
NVDA + B
Read All Foreground Window
 
NVDA + T
Current Foreground Window Title

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