1. JAWS Keystrokes Checklist. Action (What). Shortcut (How). Learning Knows. Open JAWS menu / Quit JAWS. JAWS+J / JAWS+F4 JAWS key default is INSERT . List Links: JAWS+F7 Prior rather than Next: SHIFT with the below keystrokes. Next Visited Link: V Next Unvisited Link: U Next Heading: H List Headings: JAWS +. JAWS Keyboard Commands / Shortcuts in any control in a dialog box for context sensitive help on the type of control and keystrokes that work in that control.

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The numeric keypad is located on the right hand side of your keyboard. To write numbers with the Numeric pad, you will need to turn Num Loc on; the Keyetrokes Lock key is located on the upper left-hand corner of the numeric keypad.

The insert key is located on the upper left row of the six-pack of keys between the normal keyboard and the numeric pad on desktop computers. On the laptop computers that are loaned out to students, usually Dell, the Insert key is the third key from the right on the top row of keys.

On desktop and laptop computers, functions keys F1 through F12 are located on the top row of your normal keyboard. From left to right, the keys are: The function keys are used quite frequently; for example, pressing F1 will open the Help file for the currently-open application.

When you press the Windows Logo key, JAWS will say, “start menu” and, depending on which programs you have installed on your computer, might say, “programs, submenu.

The six-pack of keys, located above your arrow keys between the numeric keypad and the normal keyboard, is very useful for navigating. And is also where the Insert key is located. Starting at the top left, the keys are Insert, Home and Page Up. On the bottom left is Delete, End, and Page Down. There are four cursors in JAWS: Activating the PC cursor is the same as turning off Forms Mode in an internet browser.

Please see the paragraph about the virtual PC cursor below. The Num Pad Minus key is located on the upper right corner of the numeric keypad. The JAWS cursor is used for mouse simulations. The Virtual PC cursor is only visible when using the internet. The Virtual PC cursor is activated when you press Enter to fill out a form on a website or search for something on Google, for example. The Braille cursor is the blinking cursor that appears if 8 dot Braille is activated on a refreshable Braille display.

You can control the movement of the Braille cursor with your Braille display.

JAWS Keystrokes Checklist

keywtrokes In the JAWS Configuration Manager, the Voice Aliases option allows you to choose different voices for certain instances of text, such as bold or quoted text; you can also use the “Web Rentacrowd” option, and JAWS will use different voices to denote links. To choose one of these aliases:.

This setting has three levels: The beginner level provides the most amount of spoken, detailed information, while intermediate and advanced provides less detail. There are two levels of verbosity for this setting. You can choose whether to have the progress bar announcement on or off. This setting is useful to have on when surfing the web, because it tells you how much of a web page is loaded. There are four levels of verbosity for this setting.


If you choose the setting for no typing echo, JAWS won’t begin to speak until you use the arrow keys to read the line of text where your cursor is located. There are three levels of verbosity for this option: None, Highlighted, and All. If you choose Highlighted, only highlighted text changes on your computer screen will be spoken.

If you choose not to have any screen echo, JAWS will not speak any text changes on your screen that might occur.

All, Labeled and None. You can either turn this setting on or off. If you choose By Lines with Pauses, JAWS will pause for a moment at the end of the line of text it has just finished reading before moving to the next line. If you choose By Paragraph, JAWS will pause momentarily at the end of the paragraph that has just been read before proceeding to the next paragraph. Announce Caps During Say All: You can turn this setting on or off. There are four levels of verbosity for this setting, which is used to tell JAWS when you want to know about capitalized letters in the text you are reading.

You can choose when reading by word, line, by character, or never.

If you choose most, the majority of punctuation marks will be announced by JAWS. If you choose None, JAWS won’t announce any punctuation, but the voice inflection will indicate when a sentence starts, ends, when there is a question mark or an exclamation point. This setting, which you can turn on or off, will announce indentation according to the rules you set in the Speech and Sounds Manager. When this setting is turned on, JAWS will use the speech synthesizer; if you have a Braille display, you can follow along as the text is being read aloud.

If you have this setting turned off, you will not hear any speech; JAWS will be functioning, but you will need to use your Braille display instead of listening. When you are using applications such as Windows Media Player or an internet browser, you may notice that JAWS will say “graphic” followed by a random number. You can use the graphics labeler to label these graphics so they make sense. You can either label a graphic manually or use the auto-labeler.

You might need sighted assistance to determine how to label graphics properly.

JAWS Keyboard Shortcuts | Screen Reader Keyboard Shortcuts and Gestures

Then, you will want to practice labeling a graphic. To go to HJ-Pad to practice labeling a graphic:.

Once you feel comfortable labeling graphics, you can find a graphic to label by first activating the JAWS cursor and then going to the toolbar in HJ-Pad, where there are quite a few unlabeled graphics. To do this, press Page-Up to move to the top of the window, and then the Home key to move to the top-left portion of the toolbar. When you use your arrow keys, you will hear JAWS say “graphic,” followed by a number.


Search this Guide Search. This function identifies the active window in addition to providing keyboard commands specific to the currently opened program. The key describer identifies the key or key combinations that you press.

This function describes JAWS keystrokes specific to the active application. Press the Alt key. Options, Utilities, Language, Help. Basics, dot, dot, dot.

There are two options in this menu: Global Adjustment and Individual Voices Adjustment. If you choose the Individual Voice Adjustment option, you can change the pitch of the voice you are currently using to read this document. Press Enter on the Global Voice Settings option. Use your Up- or Down-arrow keys to increase or decrease the rate of speech.

Press Enter to save your changes and exit, or Escape to cancel the changes. JAWS says “dot, dot, dot” instead of ellipses. Choose the Individual Voice Adjustment option from the Voices menu. Tab to the pitch scroll bar, where you will hear JAWS announce “pitch,” followed by a number. Use the up- or down-arrow keys to change the pitch. Press Enter to save your settings or Escape to cancel. To choose one of these aliases: Press down-arrow twice or the letter c.

Press the Alt key again and right-arrow to Set Options. Press Enter and then the letter e.

JAWS Shortcut Keys

You will hear JAWS say “voice aliases. Browse through the twenty different options and listen carefully to the descriptions. You may hear something like, “All caps voice: Press Enter again to save your new voice alias settings and close the dialog box, or press Escape to cancel. JAWS opens the verbosity menu. Use your down-arrow key to navigate through the list of settings you can alter. Press Spacebar to toggle between the choices. For example, you can adjust the amount of punctuation you want spoken by scrolling down to punctuation and pressing spacebar.

Each time you press the spacebar, you will hear JAWS say, “all, most, some, or one. Here is a list of all the verbosity settings, along with brief descriptions: Back to top of page Graphics Labeler When you are using applications such as Windows Media Player or an internet browser, you may notice that JAWS will say “graphic” followed by a random number.

To go to HJ-Pad to practice labeling a graphic: Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows Logo key. Press the letter r. To manually label the graphic: Find the graphic you want to label. You will then be able to type the label of your graphic in the edit field. Tab to the next edit field to enter the graphic label you’d like to view on your Braille display.

When you press the Tab key again, you meystrokes see three radio buttons that indicate where you keysttokes to save your newly-labeled graphic. Choose where you want to save it, and then press Enter to activate your label. Right Arrow Say Prior Character: