Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

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Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all Microsoft devices. Internet Explorer was released with Windows 95 and has been Microsoft's browser for two decades. Edge is a smaller, more streamlined browser.

Accessibility: Microsoft Edge and JAWS?

According to Freedom Scientific, JAWS 2018 beta is working hard to be fully compatible with Edge. Keep up-to-date on the progress of JAWS' accessibility with Edge and/or become a JAWS beta tester and provide feedback through Freedom Scientific's blog.  Here is their first blog post, Inside the JAWS 2018 betas: Living on the Edge.

Accessibility:  Microsoft Edge and NVDA?

NV Access is also committed to ensuring that NVDA will be fully compatible with Edge. The NV Access article, Microsoft Edge 2 years in: Where are we at for accessibility?  Provides detailed background information about the accessibility of Edge, current accessibility and tips for the best user experience.

Accessibility Central provides instruction on how to use the Microsoft Edge browser with the NVDA screen reader.  Organized by tasks, step-by-step instructions are provided along with useful shortcut keys.

Microsoft Edge Resource

Information on how to use Microsoft Edge can be found here.


Posted by Diane BraunerFeb 05, 2018

Sorry to hear that you are having trouble trying to download. Are you running Windows 10? To confirm, you have JAWS and NVDA and are trying to use the Microsoft Edge browser? Or are you trying to install NVDA?


Posted by Verlyn BaldwinOct 15, 2018

I am using Windows 10 with JAWS 2018. I have a PDF attachment that I am not sure how to convert within Edge so that JAWS can read it to me.
Also, will the JAWS commands for reading a graph still work within this EDGE process?

Posted by Allen HuangOct 17, 2018

Hi Verlyn,
JAWS 2018 theoretically should provide functional access to Edge, but I am not confident in its ability to provide a smooth Screen Reader experience to PDFs. I would highly recommend using a dedicated PDF reader like Adobe Reader (free) to access your PDF, as it has a number of accessibility settings designed to help screen readers out. Opening with Chrome would likely be even more accessible for you.

Furthermore, do you know if your PDF is "high-quality" and accessible, or is it an image? If it is high-quality, you should be able to read it well within Adobe Reader. If it is an image, then JAWS has an OCR function that you can use to recognize the text in the file. You can find some instructions on these steps at the link here:

As far as your last question about reading graphs using JAWS, I am not familiar with using JAWS for this purpose so I am sorry I can't help you here. In general, if you find that commands you are familiar with do not work in Edge, or the experience is poor, your best bet is to switch internet browsers to Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.

Hope this helps!