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Accessibility and the Adaptive Technology Centre

Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC), located in room 120, Stauffer Library, offering a range of services, computers, assistive devices, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to read, write, research and study more effectively.

About JAWS

Welcome to JAWS:

Access a whole world of information, education, and applications for browsing the Web, reading or writing working with spreadsheets, or accessing information in a database.

JAWS commands

Quick and Easy Navigation

JAWS provides easy to use and remember commands to move through Web pages. You can press a single letter on your keyboard to move to an item. For example, you can press T for table, F for form control, V for visited link, H for heading, and so on. Add SHIFT to move to the previous element of that type. For a complete listing of these commands, refer to the JAWS help system.

Displaying Lists of Information

JAWS can compile lists of frames, links, headings, or form fields on a Web page so you can quickly find what you need. Press INSERT+F9 to display a list of all frames on the current page. Press INSERT+F7 to display a list of all links on the current page. Press INSERT+F6 to display a list of all headings on the current page. Press INSERT+F5 to display a list of all form fields on the current page. Use the arrow keys to select an item and press ENTER to move to it. In addition, if you hold down CTRL+INSERT and press one of several Navigation Quick Keys, JAWS displays a list of those elements on the current page. You can then select an item using the arrow keys and press ENTER to move to it. For example, to display a list of check boxes on the current page, press CTRL+INSERT+X.


Pressing INSERT+F3 allows you to view any of the lists of information that are available for Web pages.

JAWS Screenreader

   JAWS Screenreader

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Used with the Permission of Freedom Scientific.

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JAWS and the Web

Getting Started with the Internet

Internet Explorer allows you to view pages on the World Wide Web as well as interact with other people in several ways. JAWS uses the Virtual Cursor in Web pages, letting you read as you would in a word processing document. The Virtual Cursor is also available in other applications, such as HTML-based help systems, PDF files, and HTML e-mail. Many of the features discussed in this section are also available wherever the Virtual Cursor is used. For specific information on which features are available, refer to the JAWS help topic for the application you are using.

New JAWS users

If you are new to JAWS, there are numerous ways for you to get helpful information that will familiarize you with JAWS and its many features. Use the following to guide you to this subject matter:

 JAWS Help File.

For a quick overview of JAWS, start with the About JAWS for Windows topic in the Introduction book of the JAWS Help file. After opening Help, use the DOWN ARROW and ENTER keys to navigate to and select this topic. Next, press F6 to move to the topic pane and begin reading. Read the remaining topics in this book to start using JAWS in just a few minutes.

To start JAWS reading the screen, press the key combination INSERT+DOWN ARROW. This is the Say All command. While using the Say All command, you can press the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys to rewind or fast forward through the text. You can also press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to increase or decrease the speech rate. To halt speech, press the CTRL key.

More Reading Commands

There are more reading commands in addition to those listed previously. You can use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys to move to and read the next or previous character. The UP and DOWN ARROW keys allow you to move to and read the previous or next line. Hold down the ALT key and press the UP or DOWN ARROW key to move through a document by sentence. Similarly, hold down CTRL and use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to move through a document by paragraph.