NVDA 2017.1


Highlights of this release include reporting of sections and text columns in Microsoft Word; Support for reading, navigating and annotating books in Kindle for PC; and improved support for Microsoft Edge.

New Features

  • In Microsoft Word, the types of section breaks and section numbers can now be reported. This is enabled with the "Report page numbers" option in the Document Formatting dialog.
  • In Microsoft Word, text columns can now be reported. This is enabled with the "Report page numbers" option in the document formatting dialog.
  • Automatic language switching is now supported in WordPad.
  • The NVDA find command (NVDA+control+f) is now supported in browse mode in Microsoft Edge.
  • Quick navigation for buttons in browse mode (b and shift+b) is now supported in Microsoft Edge.
  • When copying a sheet in Microsoft Excel, column and row headers are remembered.
  • Support for reading and navigating books in Kindle for PC version 1.19, including access to links, footnotes, graphics, highlighted text and user notes. Please see the Kindle for PC section of the NVDA User Guide for further information.
  • Browse mode table navigation is now supported in Microsoft Edge.
  • In Microsoft Excel, the report review cursor location command (desktop: NVDA+numpadDelete, laptop: NVDA+delete) now reports the name of the worksheet and the cell location.
  • Added an option to the exit dialog to restart with debug level logging.


  • The minimum braille cursor blink rate is now 200 ms. If this was previously set lower, it will be increased to 200 ms.
  • A check box has been added to the braille settings dialog to allow enabling/disabling braille cursor blinking. Previously a value of zero was used to achieve this.
  • Updated eSpeak NG (commit e095f008, 10 January 2017).
  • Due to changes In the Windows 10 Creators Update, the "Always duck" mode is no longer available in NVDA's Audio ducking settings. It is still available on older windows 10 releases.
  • Due to changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update, the "Duck when outputting speech and sounds" mode can no longer ensure audio has ducked fully before starting to speak, nor will it keep audio ducked long enough after speaking to stop rappid bouncing in volume. These changes do not affect older windows 10 releases.
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