Picture Smart Improvements
Introduced in JAWS and Fusion 2019, Picture Smart allows
you to choose a photo and submit it to be analyzed. A description of the image
is then displayed in the Results Viewer. To use Picture Smart, press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by P to activate the Picture Smart layer. You can then
press A to describe a photo acquired from the PEARL camera or a flatbed scanner,
F to describe a selected image file in Windows Explorer, C to describe the
current control, or B to describe an image on the Windows Clipboard.
JAWS and Fusion 2021 continues to expand this feature by
offering several improvements including:
- Describing images on web pages: If focused on an
image that is part of a web page, such as a photo on Facebook, pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, P followed by
C now describes the photo.
- Submitting images to multiple services to help
improve accuracy: By default, images are submitted to Microsoft for
analyzing. However, the Results Viewer now contains a More Results link
which submits the image again to additional services for analyzing and
displays an updated description. You can also add SHIFT to a Picture
Smart command to use multiple services. For example, INSERT+SPACEBAR, P
followed by SHIFT+F, SHIFT+C, or SHIFT+B.
- Using Picture Smart in multiple languages: If you are
using JAWS or Fusion in a language other than English and you attempt to use
Picture Smart, JAWS and Fusion will use machine translation to display
descriptions in the particular language. You can also manually choose from
38 languages for displaying results, configurable using the new Picture
Smart Language option in Settings Center.
Please note that these changes, especially the machine translation for
other languages, is still experimental, so things may not always work as
expected. Results will improve as we continue refining this functionality.
For more information on Picture Smart, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, P followed
by QUESTION MARK or refer to the Picture Smart topic in the JAWS help.
OCR Text Directly into a Word Document
The Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature
has been enhanced to support sending recognized text directly to Word.
Convenient OCR enables you to access images containing text that is part of the
image and displays this information in the Results Viewer. This includes
onscreen images such as the graphical setup screen for an application, an
inaccessible PDF opened in Adobe Reader, a currently selected image file in
Windows Explorer, or a document acquired by the PEARL camera or a flatbed
If Microsoft Office is installed on your system, you can now:
- Use the new command INSERT+SPACEBAR, O
followed by R to perform OCR on a selected image file in File
Explorer or the Desktop and place the recognized text directly into a Word
document. You can also press the APPLICATIONS key and choose
Convenient OCR to Word with JAWS or Fusion from the context menu.
- Use the new Open in Word link that appears at the
bottom of the Results Viewer once the OCR process is complete.
For more information about using Convenient OCR, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O
followed by QUESTION MARK or refer to the Convenient OCR topic in the
New Voice Assistant to Help with Various JAWS Commands and Features
The new Voice Assistant provides a way to interact with
JAWS in Windows 10 using speech input. Supported languages include English,
Dutch, German, Spanish, and French. Ask it to help you out with various JAWS
features using natural speech. This means that the same action can be performed
by more than one similar phrase instead of a single predefined voice command.
For instance, to launch JAWS Settings Center, you could say "Settings Center" or
"change settings." Unlike keyboard shortcuts, which can be hard to remember,
natural voice commands are an easier way to interact with the JAWS software.
Using voice input to control JAWS can also benefit users with certain conditions
which prevent them from using a keyboard effectively.
The JAWS Voice Assistant uses your computer's internal microphone or you can
talk to it using an external microphone or headset. To tell the Voice Assistant
to begin listening for a specific command, there are three options:
• Press the key combination, INSERT+ALT+SPACEBAR.
• Speak a specific wake word which alerts the software to begin listening for a
voice command, similar to using an Alexa or Google Home device. The wake word is
"Sharky." Speak this word followed by a specific JAWS command, such as, "Sharky,
Note: The wake word is not available if you are using a Bluetooth
microphone. In this case, you must use the keystroke before speaking the voice
• From the JAWS main window, press ALT+U to open the Utilities menu,
expand the Voice Assistant submenu, and then select Talk to JAWS.
When the Voice Assistant starts listening for a voice command, a short audio
indicator plays, and a visual indicator is displayed. After hearing a voice
command, a different audio indicator plays until the command is processed. After
processing, the visual indicator is removed, a different, short, audio indicator
plays, and the desired JAWS action is performed.
If the Voice Assistant does not hear anything, the message, "Sorry, I didn’t
hear anything" is spoken. If the Voice Assistant does not understand or if the
voice command is not supported, the message, "Sorry, I didn’t catch that" is
Note: Since all voice recognition processing is performed over the
Internet using Microsoft Services in the cloud, there will be a slight delay
depending on your connection. Be patient and experiment with different commands.
This is a new technology being added to our software products and will continue
to change and evolve over time. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.
To turn off the Voice Assistant or change other options, such as whether or not
JAWS listens for the wake word or to turn off the sounds, open the JAWS
Utilities menu, expand the Voice Assistant submenu, and then select Settings.
You can also press INSERT+ALT+SPACEBAR twice quickly to immediately
toggle the wake word on or off. When the wake word is off, you must always press
INSERT+ALT+SPACEBAR first to tell JAWS to begin listening for a command.
To learn more and to view a full list of voice commands for specific actions,
say "Sharky, help." You can also select Getting Started from the Voice Assistant
Here are a few commands you can try to help you get started. Remember to say "Sharky"
or press INSERT+ALT+SPACEBAR before speaking each command.
- Talk faster
- Talk slower
- Change settings
- Command search
- What time is it
- List links
- List headings
- List spelling errors
- Tell me a joke
Improved Microsoft Teams Support
- If you press ENTER on a document in the Files
list which opens the inaccessible document viewer, you can now press ESC
to return to the files list. You are also prompted to use the SHIFT+F10
context menu and open the document in the desktop application, which is the
- You can now press ALT+1 through 5 to go
directly to the first five tab pages.
- Pressing ALT+LEFT ARROW now automatically
activates the back button from anywhere in Teams.
- You can now press ALT+H to hang up a call in
- You can now press ALT+T to set focus to the
Teams tree view, if visible. Note that it is usually only visible if
CTRL+3 has been pressed to show the teams and channels list. The screen
should also be maximized to ensure this control is visible.
- Pressing ALT+R now raises or lowers your hand
in a meeting.
Teams also allows you to show meetings and calls in separate windows with
fewer controls. To do this, press CTRL+COMMA to open Preferences and
select the check box labeled: "Turn on new meeting experience (New meetings
and calls will open in separate windows. Requires restarting Teams.)" While
JAWS specific keystrokes for meetings and calls will not work in this split
mode, Microsoft has their own set of keystrokes you can review by pressing
New Keystroke for Setting Punctuation Level
You can now press INSERT+SHIFT+2 on the number row
(CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+2 in the Laptop keyboard layout) to cycle through the
four punctuation levels which controls how much punctuation JAWS and Fusion
speak while reading. The available levels are None, Some, Most, and All. Similar
to toggling Screen Echo (INSERT+S) or Typing Echo (INSERT+2), the
punctuation level will revert back to the previous setting when JAWS or Fusion
is restarted. To permanently set a punctuation level, use the JAWS Startup
Wizard or Settings Center.
Note: Due to issues with some Dell keyboards when using the Laptop
layout, you may need to use the RIGHT SHIFT key to perform this keystroke.
Announce Most Recent Windows Notification
You can now perform the new layered command
INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by N to have JAWS repeat the last notification that
was spoken. Notifications include an incoming Teams or Skype call, a recent Zoom
message, a new email in Outlook, and more. If you use a Focus braille display,
you can also press RIGHT SHIFT+N (DOTS 1-3-4-5). To view and manage all
your Windows notifications, use the Microsoft keystroke WINDOWS Key+A.
FS Support Tool for Gathering System Information
The FS Support Tool is a new utility that collects
information about your computer and sends a report to our Technical Support and
Software Development teams to help us troubleshoot any issues you may be
experiencing while running JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion. You will typically be
asked to run this utility during a technical support session if it is determined
that additional details about your system are needed. Some information that is
- System information such as processor, RAM, operating
system, architecture, and more
- Event logs
- Version of Adobe Reader (if installed)
- Versions of all installed web browsers
- Information on installed Microsoft Office
- Crash dumps
- Installation logs
- Currently running system processes
- User settings
The FS Support Tool can be started from the Help menu in
JAWS, or the Support menu in ZoomText or Fusion and guides you through
collecting and submitting a report.
Announce Accessible Notification Events
By default, JAWS now automatically announces Windows
generated accessible event notifications in both speech and braille. These types
of notifications are found in a variety of places including business bars in
Microsoft Office. If you do not want to hear these announcements, open Settings
Center and clear the Enable Accessible Notification Events check box.
Automatic Message Reading in Outlook 365
When you open a message from the Inbox in Outlook 365,
JAWS and Fusion will now immediately begin reading the message contents without
reading the title or header information. Currently, messages are not
automatically read if you ALT+TAB to an open message, or you press
ENTER on a message in the Inbox that is already open.
To further customize how messages are read, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V)
while in Outlook, search for "message," and configure any of the resulting
options. A few items you might want to change include:
- Message Header Field with Message Announcement:
Turn this option on if you want JAWS and Fusion to announce the sender's
email address and the subject of the message when a message opens or gains
- Messages Automatically Read: Turn this option
off if you do not want JAWS and Fusion to automatically read messages when
they are opened.
- Speak Window Titles For Read-only Messages
Automatically: Turn this option on if you want JAWS and Fusion to
announce the title of the message window when a message opens or gains focus.
- JAWS now properly reads as expected in Skype when
moving focus back to the app withouth the need to first press ALT and
- Added a new Settings Center and Quick Settings option
called "Pan Text by Paragraph" which is off by default. When enabled, JAWS
sends an entire paragraph to the braille display instead of only the current
line as you navigate web pages and documents. This can help improve the flow
of reading when panning through text as you are less likely to encounter
large amounts of empty space on the display when you reach the end of a line.
You should now only encounter blank space if you reach the end of a
paragraph, and you would move to the start of the next paragraph when
- While in a Zoom meeting, you can now press
CTRL+SHIFT+T to find out who is currently talking. Zoom recently added
this option with CTRL+2 but we were previously using it for a JAWS
- The default graphics verbosity for JAWS is now to
read only labeled graphics as it is no longer as important for JAWS to read
graphics that are not labeled. If you encounter a situation where you need
to read unlabeled graphics, or you do not want to hear graphics at all, open
Settings Center and search for Graphics Verbosity.
- When using certain keyboard or headsets with
multimedia controls, you can now press the layered command
INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by the GRAVE ACCENT key to toggle
volume notification announcements. These announcements are off by default.
- Removed the announcement of Tutor Messages in
Microsoft Office Ribbons as they were very verbose when attempting to
- Increased the size of the Speech History Buffer to
allow for 500 strings rather than just 50 when you press INSERT+SPACE, H
to review the most recent strings sent to the synthesizer.
- Updated braille drivers provided by Papenmeire.
Enhancements in JAWS and Fusion (April 2021)
- By default, Voice Assistant listens for the word "sharky"
before accepting any commands. However, to help decrease the possibility of
starting Voice Assistant when you didn't intend to, you now have the option
to change the wake up phrase to "hey sharky" instead. You can change this
from the JAWS Utility Menu by choosing Voice Assistant, and then selecting
Settings. We strongly recommend changing the wake word to “Hey Sharky.”
- It is no longer necessary to say the word "toggle"
when turning on or off features including Audio Ducking, Screen Shade,
Speech On Demand, or the Virtual Cursor. For example, saying "Sharky, Audio
Ducking" now turns this feature on or off depending on the current state.
- When changing the speech rate, you now only need to
say "Sharky, Voice Rate" followed by a number. For example, "Sharky, Voice
Rate 50" sets the speech rate to 50 percent. You can even just say “Sharky,
50”, and the speech rate will change appropriately.
- To launch the JAWS Dictionary Manager, you now only
need to say "Sharky, Dictionary."
- Voice Assistant stops listening much sooner, once you
have spoken a command. This helps in situations where someone else may begin
talking which could cause Voice Assistant to not process the command
- Voice commands that generate speech output now work
as expected even if JAWS and Fusion are set to Speech On Demand.
PlaceMarkers in Excel Workbooks
You can now use Placemarkers to mark cells in an Excel workbook similar to how
they are used in Word documents. The following commands are now supported:
Set a PlaceMarker on the current cell, press CTRL+WINDOWS+K. Only one
PlaceMarker can be set per worksheet.
- Move to the cell PlaceMarker on the current worksheet,
press ALT+WINDOWS+K. To move to a cell PlaceMarker on another worksheet,
first press CTRL+PAGE UP or CTRL+PAGE DOWN to move to the
- List all cell PlaceMarkers in the workbook, press
- Select all cells between the cell PlaceMarker and
your current location, press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by M.
- Updated the JAWS INSERT+W help to now include
all currently available Teams keystrokes.
- Resolved an issue in Teams where messages were double
speaking in chat pop out windows.
- If you press CTRL+PERIOD to display all Teams
commands, JAWS now also reminds you about using INSERT+W as an easier
way to access this information.
- Removed the ALT+T command as you can now use
the Teams keystroke, CTRL+3, to move focus to the Teams and Channels
Support for Reading Comments and Other Revision Types in
In Google Docs, JAWS and Fusion now indicate the following as you navigate
- Text that includes comments. When JAWS indicates you
are in a section of text that has a comment, press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE
to read the associated comment including any replies. Press
ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE twice quickly to activate the Virtual Cursor and
move focus to the comment details page. Press ESC to return to the
- Text that has been inserted or deleted.
- Text that is highlighted or has been called out for
some reason, such as a section of text in a document currently being edited
by another user. JAWS says "mark" and "end mark" as you move in and out of
this highlighted text.
If you prefer to not receive announcements for one or more
of these items, open Settings Center and turn off Comment announcement, Inserted
text announcement, Deleted text announcement, or Marked text announcement. All
of these options are located in the Proofing group under Text Processing.
New Installation Command Line Option for Disabling External Services
Starting with the April 2021 releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion, when
performing a full install, IT professionals and network administrators can add
the /DisableExternalServices command line option to turn off all product
features that reach out to the internet. For example:
Once JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion is installed after using this command line
option, features that are no longer available for use include Research It, FS
Support Tool, Voice Assistant, Error Reporting, JAWS Tandem, Picture Smart, and
Anonymous Usage Data Collection. Note that using the software in a remote access
environment will still be available. Turning off features that connect to the
internet is especially important for installs in secure locations such as banks,
hospitals, and government agencies.
For more information, run the setup package with the /Help command line option.
- When joining a Zoom meeting and you are prompted to
enter your name, addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading the name
already in the edit field if the screen resolution was set higher than 100
percent, which is common on most modern laptops. This caused users to enter
their name again which in turn caused it to be read multiple times in
- In Excel, resolved a reported issue where JAWS was
saying "entering table" when pressing F2 to edit a cell's contents.
- When navigating a worksheet in Excel using the mouse
in JAWS or Fusion, cell contents are now read first followed by the cell
- In Microsoft Word, when encountering text in a
document that is both a heading and a link, resolved a reported issue where
JAWS was not indicating the link.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was
unexpectedly displaying an error message in Outlook when pressing
ALT+SHIFT+L from the body of a new message to list misspelled words.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading
as expected when reviewing a message in GMail and focus landed on text that
was part of a link.
- Starting with the April 2021 updates of JAWS and
Fusion, Grammar detection in Settings Center is on by default for all
application except Word and Outlook. This enabled JAWS and Fusion to
automatically announce grammatical errors in web-based editors like Google
Docs. See the following TSN for more details.
- Updated the descriptions in JAWS Commands Search (INSERT+SPACEBAR,
J) for the Append Selected Text to Clipboard (INSERT+WINDOWS+C)
and View Clipboard Text (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C) commands to help clarify
that these features are especially useful when you only want to copy and
paste text without extra formatting.
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not
indicating the state of check boxes in the BARD Express app in braille.
- Resolved an issue with selecting text in console
windows at high resolution settings.
- Removed the Business Search Research It lookup source
due to changes to the website which no longer allows us to retrieve
- Removed the ability to use JAWS to customize message
lists in Mozilla Thunderbird based on changes in the way list views are
presented which caused this feature to no longer work as expected in this
- Turkish is now included as an available language
option during a full install.
Enhancements in JAWS and Fusion (February 2021)
Virtual Cursor Support Now Available in Windows 10
The Virtual PC Cursor, used to read web pages, PDF documents, and emails in JAWS
and Fusion, has been extended to work in Windows universal applications.
Universal apps are usually obtained from the Microsoft Store, however some apps,
such as Weather or the Calculator, are pre-installed as part of Windows.
Once the Virtual Cursor is enabled in a universal app, it greatly improves the
reading experience by allowing you to:
- Use the ARROW keys to navigate the app's
contents just like a web page.
- Use Navigation Quick Keys to quickly move to specific
elements like Regions, Headings, lists, tables, form fields, and more.
- Display a list of links (INSERT+F7), headings
(INSERT+F6), and form controls (INSERT+F5).
- Use Forms Mode to type text or interact with other
Currently, Weather is the only app where the Virtual
Cursor is on by default. As you use other universal apps, press INSERT+Z
to manually activate the Virtual Cursor and try navigating to see if you notice
any improvements with how JAWS reads.
Pressing INSERT+Z is used to toggle the Virtual Cursor in HTML
applications. However, if focus is in a universal app, pressing INSERT+Z
results in JAWS announcing that the Virtual Cursor is toggled for UWP (Universal
Windows Platform) apps and the UWP virtual cursor is temporarily toggled for the
current UWP app. If you decide you want the UWP Virtual Cursor enabled by
default for a particular app, open Settings Center (INSERT+6 on the
number row) from the app and select the Enable Virtual Cursor for Windows
Universal Apps check box.
Note: While the Virtual Cursor may greatly improve the experience when
using certain universal apps, there will be many of these apps where there is
really no need for the Virtual Cursor. A great example where users will not need
to use the Virtual Cursor is the Windows Calculator as it works well using the
default cursor and you can easily navigate using the TAB Key and ARROW
keys to find all controls. The Calculator doesn’t have static text like in
the Weather app that you would need to read.
- When focused in a Teams chat, pressing INSERT+T
now indicates the current status of the other participant along with the
- If focused on a link and you press INSERT+F1
for screen-sensitive help, the link address is displayed at the top of the
help window. This enables you to quickly verify the source of a link in an
email message or on a web page if there is concern that it could be a
- You can now type text from a braille display into a
Microsoft Teams chat using contracted braille input.
- Added a new JAWS Dictionary entry for "QA."
- In Google Docs, resolved an issue where an extra
"blank" announcement was heard when reading by word.
- Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not
automatically reading the state of check boxes in the Grammar Settings
dialog box of the Proofing options for Word.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading
as expected when attempting to search for special characters in Word, such
as a manual page break.
- If a graphic in a Word document is selected and the
document contains multiple graphics, when the TAB key is used to move
through the different graphics, JAWS now announces the kind of image and its
text alignment. Additionally, the type of image is indicated when reading
the current line, and reading by word or character indicates the alignment
and dimensions of the image. If you prefer not to hear the alignment and
dimentions of graphics, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) and clear the
Include Graphical Dimensions and Include Graphic Alignment
Description check boxes.
- Addressed issues with JAWS sometimes double speaking
in Microsoft Office when toggling bold, italics, or underline.
- Resolved an issue where the Avoid Speech Cut Off
feature stopped working when using the Sound Cards option in the JAWS
Utilities menu to switch to another sound device.
- For users experiencing issues with JAWS not reading
as expected in the Windows 10 Start Menu, as well as in Universal apps
including Weather or Calculator, open JAWS Settings Center (INSERT+6),
press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the Default File, search for "start", and
select the Start menu: Access-Out-of-Process check box.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS language
detection on web pages was not working as expected for Mandarin text, even
if the page used the correct language tags and a Mandarin Vocalizer
Expressive voice was installed. Note that this change only affects the
default Vocalizer Expressive voice profile for each language. Refer to this
Technical Support Notice for details on applying this change to any custom
Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2012.57 and Fusion
This update addresses a few key issues that were reported shortly after the
January 5, 2021 release.
- A new feature was released earlier this month,
designed to let a user change the volume of JAWS speaking or the System
volume itself, using a Layer Keystroke: INSERT + SPACE, V followed by
J for JAWS or S for System. A side effect of that change, lead to
Eloquence having some issues. Users reported hearing Ticks when reading and
typing, especially around the letter O. We also had reports of the volume
randomly changing when reading documents or web pages. These issues are now
- Resolved an issue where pressing
INSERT+ALT+SPACEBAR was not starting the Voice Assistant in JAWS or
- The JAWS voice commands to speak faster or slower now
adjusts the speech in larger increments.
- Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading table
headings in Excel.
- Added a new JAWS Dictionary entry for "DocuSign."
- When spell checking a document in Word, resolved an
issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating by word through
the text containing the error.
- Resolved an issue where attachments were not being
reported correctly in the Danish version of Outlook 2019.
- In the Italian version of JAWS, addressed an issue
where the keystrokes to access the Braille and Text Viewer layer, as well as
the Volume layer, were not working as expected.
Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2012.48 and Fusion 2021.2012.8 (January 2021)
The following is a list of improvements made between the
initial 2021 release and the January 2021 update.
New Layered Keystrokes for Adjusting JAWS and System Volume
Many users working with conferencing applications like Zoom and Teams have
raised the issue of JAWS volume blocking their ability to hear a meeting or
webinar while trying to navigate in other applications. To solve this issue, we
have introduced a new feature that lets you easily adjust the volume of JAWS
independently from the volume in other applications, such as Zoom, Teams, Skype,
YouTube, or other apps that play audio.
JAWS and Fusion now offer a set of layered keystrokes for quickly adjusting
volume. To access this layer, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by V.
Next, press J to control the volume of JAWS speech or S to control
the main system volume. After pressing J or S, use the ARROW
keys to raise or lower the volume in small increments, or PAGE UP or
PAGE DOWN to raise or lower the volume in larger increments. Press ESC
to exit the layer when finished. Volume changes remain in effect until you later
adjust them using the same commands.
Note: When adjusting volume with the ARROW keys
or PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN, the lowest level that can be set is 10
New Voice Assistant Option for Selecting the Microphone
You now have the option to choose which microphone the Voice Assistant uses when
listening for commands. By designating a different microphone for this feature
than what is being used for other applications such as Teams or Zoom, it allows
you to mute those applications during meetings and still use the Voice Assistant
with JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion. You can find the Microphone input device combo
box under the Voice Assistant group in Settings Center.
Support for Native Math Equations in Microsoft Word JAWS and Fusion now supports
reading math content in Word documents inserted through the Office ribbon
without the need for additional extensions. While you can still use the MathType
extension from Design Science to create math content, you now have the option to
also use the built-in math creation functionality in Word. Whether math content
was inserted in a document using the MathType extension or directly through the
Insert tab of the ribbon, when you encounter a math equation or formula, JAWS
reads the problem and then says "Math Content." You can then press
INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by EQUALS to open the JAWS Math Viewer so
you can study the equation in greater detail.
Once the Math Viewer is opened, you can navigate individual parts of an equation,
such as variables, terms, coefficients, or exponents. As you navigate to the
various components, pressing DOWN ARROW lets you drill down into and
navigate within that level of the equation using LEFT and RIGHT ARROW.
Pressing UP ARROW moves you back to the prior level. In addition, if you
have a Braille display and JAWS is set to United States English or Unified
English Braille Grade 1 or Grade 2, math equations or formulas are displayed in
Nemeth Braille. Pressing ESC closes the Math Viewer and return to the
- To accommodate the new Volume layer keystrokes, the
layered command to access the Braille and Text Viewer layer is now
- When using the Convenient OCR feature to recognize
the current control, screen, or window, you now have the option to use the
Microsoft OCR engine as this may provide better OCR results for onscreen
images than OmniPage, which is the default. For example, if you press
INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by W to recognize the graphical window in an
application and you find the results less than satisfactory, open Settings
Center, select the Use Microsoft OCR For Screen Recognitions check box, and
then try the OCR again.
- You can now have both the Avoid speech cut off when
using Bluetooth headphones or some sound cards and Lower audio volume of
programs while JAWS speaks options enabled at the same time in Settings
Center. Previously, these two features could not be used together.
- When using the mouse to select text in Outlook
messages, resolved a long standing issue where pressing CTRL+C was
not copying the selected text to the Clipboard as expected. This only worked
if text was selected using the keyboard.
- Resolved issues where JAWS and Fusion were not
reading as expected when tabbing through links in Outlook messages.
- In response to customer feedback, improved the
description of the Speak Window Titles for Read-Only Messages Automatically
Quick Settings option.
- JAWS no longer says "no selection" while navigating
through slides while editing a PowerPoint presentation.
- In Excel, you can now select a range of cells on the
current worksheet similar to how you select a block of text using a
PlaceMarker in Word. To do this in Excel, press INSERT+WINDOWS+K to
set a cell marker on the cell where you want to begin the selection, move to
another location on the same worksheet, and then press INSERT+SPACEBAR
followed by M to select the cells between the mark and the current
- Resolved an issue where the Windows 10 Mail app would
close unexpectedly when replying to a forwarded message and you navigate the
message contents using JAWS.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not always
correctly reading content inside of an HTML span tag in some situations.
- JAWS now continuously announces autocomplete
information in the web browser address bar as you type.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading
properly in the edit window of the TextPad application on certain systems
with higher DPI display settings.
- Addressed an issue with Libre Office Writer where
JAWS focus was not in the document when the application was first opened.
- Added an updated 64-bit braille display driver from
Handy Tech and also added a new driver from Eurobraille for their Esys and
Iris braille displays.
- Resolved an intermittent issue where JAWS would
unexpectedly close when attempting to connect to a braille display over
- Improved the user experience when using JAWS with the
Visual Studio Code application. This includes turning off the Virtual PC
Cursor by default, eliminating the announcement of ARIA regions, and
removing the announcement of a long URL when the program is launched.
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