JAWS for Windows

JAWS for Windows is a screen reader for blind and low-vision individuals. It uses an integrated voice synthesizer and your computer's sound card to output the content of your computer screen to speakers. JAWS installs an enhanced, multi-lingual software speech synthesizer, "Eloquence for JFW", that works with today's standard sound cards.

JAWS supports popular applications such as e-mail programs, word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, project management and research tools, contact management software, presentation software, web development tools, software development tools, database management software, sound editing software, and much more.

When using Internet Explorer, JAWS allows you to read complex web pages as if they were a word processing document. Additionally, JAWS has special Internet features such as links lists, frames lists, forms mode and reading HTML tables. JAWS is easily customized to your preference and needs. Adjustments can be made to voices through setting the person, pitch, rate, and typing echo. Verbosity settings can me made to specify how much screen information is actually heard. Specifications can be made to the dictionary utility, defining exactly how certain words are spoken.

In JAWS, every task is accomplished by performing certain keystrokes. These keystrokes will do almost everything that can possibly be done on the computer. Some of these keystrokes are standard Windows keystrokes, and some of them are specific to the JAWS program itself. For example, pressing the Windows Logo key will automatically open the Start Menu, whether JAWS is running or not. Some other keystrokes, such as those listed below, will only work properly when JAWS is active.

JAWS Keystrokes

Just to provide an example of what JAWS keystrokes are like, here are some JAWS keystrokes for reading text:

Say Character

NUM PAD 5

Say Prior Character

LEFT ARROW

Say Next Character 

RIGHT ARROW

Say Character Phonetically

NUM PAD 5 pressed twice quickly

Say Word

INSERT+NUM PAD 5

Say Prior Word 

INSERT+LEFT ARROW

Say Next Word 

INSERT+RIGHT ARROW

Select Prior Word

SHIFT+INSERT+RIGHT ARROW

Select Word

SHIFT+INSERT+LEFT ARROW

Spell Word

INSERT+NUM PAD 5 pressed twice quickly

Say Line

INSERT+UP ARROW

Say Prior Line 

UP ARROW

Say Next Line

ALT+DOWN ARROW

Say Sentence

ALT+NUM PAD 5

Say Prior Sentence

ALT+UP ARROW

Say Next Sentence

ALT+DOWN ARROW

Say to Cursor

INSERT+HOME

Say from Cursor 

INSERT+PAGE UP

Say All      

INSERT+DOWN ARROW

Say Color

INSERT+5

Say Font 

INSERT+f


For a demonstration or training on this technology, please arrange at the Tutoring Desk on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center/Library, 405-733-7417.

Anyone with disabilities interested in more information concerning services for students with disabilities may call 405-733-7407 or come by the Learning Resources Center/Library, Room 125.

Rose State College
6420 S.E. 15th Street.
Midwest City, OK 73110-2704
Phone: 405-733-ROSE (7673)
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