Windows App Essentials

  • Authors: Joseph Lee, Derek Riemer and others

Note: Originally called Windows 10 App Essentials, it was renamed to Windows App Essentials in 2021 to support Windows 10 and future releases such as Windows 11. Parts of this add-on will still refer to the original add-on name.

This add-on is a collection of app modules for various modern Windows apps, as well as enhancements and fixes for certain controls found in Windows 10 and later.

The following app modules or support modules for some apps are included (see each app section for details on what is included):

  • Settings (Windows+I)


  • This add-on requires 64-bit Windows 10 22H2 (build 19045), 11 22H2 (build 22621), or later releases.
  • Feature update support duration is tied to consumer support duration (Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations editions) and the add-on may end support for a feature update prior to end of consumer support. See for more information and support dates.
  • Although installation is possible, this add-on does not support Windows Enterprise LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) and Windows Server releases.
  • Not all features from Windows Insider Preview builds will be supported, more so for features introduced to a subset of Windows Insiders in canary and dev channels.
  • Add-on dev channel will include changes including experimental content that may or may not be included in beta and stable releases, and beta channel will come with changes planned for future stable releases.
  • Some add-on features are or will be part of NVDA screen reader.

For a list of changes made between each add-on releases, refer to changelogs for add-on releases document.


  • In Windows 11 24H2, quick settings (shellhost.exe) interface elements can be navigated using mouse and/or touch interaction. This is now part of NVDA 2024.2.
  • In Windows 11, NVDA will announce suggested actions when compatible data such as phone numbers is copied to the clipboard. This is now part of NVDA 2024.2.

Settings (Windows+I)

  • NVDA will report updates to Windows Update status as download and install progresses. In Windows 10, this may result in speech interruption when navigating Settings app while updates are being downloaded and installed. In Windows 11, object navigation can be used in updates list to review update status for individual entries.