Screenshot of NVDA 2021.3, a screen reading app for the Windows operating system.
Free Freeware
NV Access
Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7
PC Type:
32-bit, 64-bit · x86_x64
Dec 22, 2021


Tina de Pierre

A screen reader app for assisting the visually disabled.

A review by Tina de Pierre

NVDA is a free screen reader application and voice synthesis tool designed for people that are visually impaired.

The general idea of this program is to offer solutions to users who are unable to read text on the screen.

With the idea that visually impaired people have different needs, NVDA was designed with a number of features to help out in day-to-day usage of a Windows PC. Namely, the text reader text-to-speech tool with a synthetic voice to read out what's on the screen. Just place your mouse over the text and it will read back what it says. Included with the setup is a large library of different voices to customize the experience.

The installer is also intuitive in that you can use the TTS features of the application during installation because it talks back to you.

Apart from reading back text, NVDA supports braille displays and works fine with braille keyboards.

The application is compatible with all types of keyboards, mice, touch pads and touch screens.

All in all, we're happy to report that this application does offer some benefits for people with vision issues and it may even come in handy for people with perfect vision.

Features and highlights

  • Support for popular applications including web browsers, email, internet chatting, and office programs including Word and Excel
  • Can be installed directly on to your computer, but it has the ability to run entirely from a USB stick or other portable media
  • Built-in speech synthesizer for English and more than 43 other languages
  • Reporting of textual formatting where available, such as font name and size, style and spelling errors
  • Automatic announcement of text under the mouse and optional audible indication of the mouse position
  • Support for many refreshable braille displays
  • Easy to use talking installer

NVDA 2021.3.1 on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs

This download is licensed as freeware for the Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system on a laptop or desktop PC from text to speech software without restrictions. NVDA 2021.3.1 is available to all software users as a free download for Windows.

The program was created by the developer as a freeware product, but donations for the continued development are highly appreciated. You may generally make a donation via the developer's main web site.

Filed under:
  1. NVDA Download
  2. Freeware Text to Speech Software
  3. Major release: NVDA 2021.3
  4. Screen Reading Software
NVDA has been picked by our editors as good software.
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