How to use CCleaner with a screen reader

This page explains how to get the best CCleaner experience while using a screen reader.

We have tested CCleaner using various screen readers, and we recommend using NVDA and VoiceOver. For more information about these, please skip to the section of this page called Which screen readers do we recommend?.

Which screen readers do we recommend?

Operating system

Screen reader

Windows, latest version

NVDA (latest version)

macOS, latest version


Understanding your screen reader's different modes:

It’s useful to know your screen reader’s different modes and how you can switch between them before using CCleaner. Most screen readers for Windows have multiple modes.

When you use CCleaner, your screen reader must switch modes to navigate different sections of the product and interact with them correctly. Sometimes a screen reader automatically switches to the appropriate mode if it correctly interprets elements within the CCleaner app. Other times you must switch modes manually to get the behavior you want.

Different screen reader modes explained:

1. Navigation mode (NVDA browse mode)

This mode is the default mode for most screen readers. Use your screen reader’s cursor keys to navigate through CCleaner element by element, and use screen reader shortcuts to jump between different types of elements. The keys you press are sent to the screen reader rather than the underlying page.

For example:

In NVDA’s browse mode, pressing the h key navigates to the next heading.

2. Interaction mode (NVDA focus mode)

This mode is for interacting with controls within the CCleaner app, such as form fields, tabs, list boxes, trees, and combo boxes. In this mode, the keys you press are sent to the part of the app you're o rather than the screen reader.

For example:

Pressing the h key while on a text input in NVDA’s focus mode types h in the text input. Pressing the Escape (Esc) key returns you to navigation mode.

  • Listen for a click sound in NVDA to inform you of mode changes.

Check your screen reader’s documentation to learn more about its different modes.

Helpful screen reader navigation tips when you use CCleaner:

  • With NVDA, you sometimes have to enable focus mode to navigate a menu or a picklist inside a form.
  • After you open a dialog, interact with it, and close it, the focus is placed on the button that launched the dialog.
  • When you type in edit fields or combo boxes (that perform as type-ahead or auto-complete fields), your screen reader reads the lists. To navigate to an item, use the arrow keys.

Five examples of keyboard navigation techniques:

1. Tab key moves to links and controls.

2. Spacebar switches the state of buttons.

3. Spacebar opens menus.

4. Arrow keys move between menu items.

5. Arrow keys move between tabs in a tab set.

Getting in touch with us

The above information should help you to get the best screen reader experience when using CCleaner. If you have any questions about CCleaner's screen reader support or would like to tell us anything that could make the product easier for you to use, please let us know by contacting us on; thank you.

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