Application Support

This article provides information about NVDA's support for specific applications, including answers to common questions, tips and potential issues. Unless otherwise specified, information on this page refers to the latest stable version of NVDA.


  1. Mozilla Firefox (recommended web browser)
  2. Mozilla Thunderbird (recommended email client)
  3. Adobe Flash Player
  4. Microsoft Internet Explorer
  5. IBM Lotus Symphony
  6. Microsoft Office (recomended office suite
  7. Skype
  8. OpenOffice.org
    1. I can't read the OpenOffice.org help or other read-only documents.


Mozilla Firefox (recommended web browser)

Mozilla Firefox provides the best overall browsing experience with NVDA. Latest stable version is recommended.

Mozilla Thunderbird (recommended email client)

Mozilla Thunderbird provides the best overall email experience with NVDA. Latest stable version is recommended.

Adobe Flash Player

NVDA supports accessible Flash content on the web. The latest version of Flash Player is recommended.

Even if you aren't using Internet Explorer, you must install the Internet Explorer version of Flash Player as well.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

NVDA supports Microsoft Internet Explorer. The latest version is recommended. The minimum supported version is 6.

IBM Lotus Symphony

This office suite provides a good accessibility with NVDA. Documents and Spreadsheets work very well in most cases. Presentations does not work overly well and requires improvements to both Symphony and NVDA. Version 3.0 or later is required.

Microsoft Office (recomended office suite

NVDA provides a good support for Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, which are part of Microsoft Office. PowerPoint is currently supported, although this support was not completed. Access are not yet supported. The minimum supported version is 2003.

Skype

Skype works quite well with NVDA. The latest version (6.11) is recommended.

OpenOffice.org

While OpenOffice.org is accessible to some extent, it requires extra set up in order for accessibility to work. This is tedious and can be difficult for users without technical knowledge. In addition, there are significant bugs in its accessibility. It is recommended that most users use Microsoft Office instead.

OpenOffice.org currently requires the Java Access Bridge in order to be accessible under Windows. Once OpenOffice.org is installed, you will need to:

  • Download and install Java.
  • Download and install the Java Access Bridge.
  • Enable assistive technology support in OpenOffice.org.
    • You can do this from the Accessibility page of the Options dialog. Unfortunately, before you enable this, OpenOffice.org is inaccessible, which makes this task extremely difficult for a screen reader user.
    • Alternatively, download and run this registry patch.

In future, OpenOffice.org will implement the IAccessible2 accessibility API, which means that the Java Access Bridge will no longer be required. This work is not yet complete. See this page for the current status of this work.

I can't read the OpenOffice.org help or other read-only documents.

To enable accessibility of read-only documents:

  1. From the Tools menu, select Options.
  2. Select Accessibility in the list of pages.
  3. Move to the "Use text selection cursor in read-only text documents" checkbox and check it.
  4. Press the OK button.