Audacity for blind users

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This page contains information for blind or visually impaired users of Audacity. It includes tips that make it easier to use the current stable Audacity 1.2.x version without a mouse.

However we strongly recommend the visually impaired to use instead the current 1.3.x Beta series of Audacity until its much improved screenreader and other accessibility features are incorporated into the next stable release (1.4).


Tips for 1.2.x versions


Beta 1.3.x series

The Audacity developers have been working on better keyboard and screen-reader access in the Beta 1.3.x versions of the program. A very important feature of the Beta (1.3.2 and later) versions is the ability to fully manipulate the track selection using the keyboard . The improvements for the visually impaired are not yet fully documented, but there is useful information in the external links section below.


Mailing List

You can join the audacity-users mailing list , where other blind users are helping find ways to use and improve Audacity


External links

Audacity4blind website and mailing list 

A Guide to using Audacity 1.3.3  with the commercial JAWS screenreader for Windows, by David Bailes. It includes tips for navigating 1.3.3 without the mouse which should be helpful to users on all operating systems.

NVDA free screen reader  for Windows. This is said to work quite well with Audacity.

VoiceOver built-in screen reader for OS X . Note that Audacity does not work especially well at the moment with VoiceOver. This is because there is no current support for it in the wxWidgets  GUI library which Audacity uses.