For the last few days I’ve been researching a way to utilize Windows 10 toasts to notify you of NVDA add-on updates, and today, it will make its debut via Add-on Updater 19.07.1. Note that this is an experimental feature and is disabled by default, and if this experiment is a success (with refinements), it’ll show up enabled in the next add-on release, scheduled the day after NVDA 2019.2 stable is released.
How does it work: until now when Add-on Updater detects new add-on updates, it’ll present a dialog box, sometimes interrupting your tasks. Instead of this approach, the new experimental feature will present a toast message when updates are available, directing you to open NVDA menu/Tools/Check for add-on updates to review add-on updates. When toasts appear, depending on which Windows 10 release you are using, press Windows+V on Version 1803 and earlier and Windows+Shift+V in Version 1809 and later. In case you miss this, the notification will show up in Action Center.
To configure this behavior, go to NVDA menu/Preferences/Settings/Add-on Updater. You may see an experiment checkbox about toasts. Checking this means toasts will be used, otherwise current behavior (displaying the update results dialog) will be used.
Things to note: