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JAWS 2019 Features
Faster JAWS Startup with Grace Period Authorization
JAWS 2019 introduces a new concept to help ease the delay in response when JAWS first launches and looks for authorization.In prior versions, JAWS would not fully start until proper authorization was found. Since Authorization can include searching for a network license, the amount of time before JAWS started speaking could be significant. While it is not possible to speed up this period directly, the authorization process will now be completed simultaneously to startup. As JAWS searches for authorization, it enters a new "grace period" authorization state which provides limited functionality, similar to what is available on the logon screen, so you can use speech and braille while authorization discovery takes place. Once the authorization check has finished, JAWS then uses the correct feature set based on the license.
Separation of Office Scripts
JAWS Microsoft Office support for Word, Outlook, and Excel has been separated into different script sets which now load depending on the version of Office currently running. This makes it much easier to make continued improvements to Office 365 support going forward without the risk of breaking JAWS functionality in previous versions of Office for users who still rely on these older versions. If you are running Office 2016 or Office 365, and the version number includes a build number of build 10000 or higher, the newly created Office settings for Word, Outlook, and Excel should be loaded when you run those applications. If you are running earlier Office versions, JAWS should load the Word Classic, Outlook Classic, or Excel Classic settings.
To verify the version and build number of office you are using, press CTRL+INSERT+V. This command will also indicate if you are running a retail or subscription version of Office. To verify which JAWS settings are loaded, press INSERT+Q.
Improved Performance in Office 365 Applications
With the changes made to separate the Office 365 support from the scripts for previous Office versions, we are now able to take advantage of more UIA functionality provided by Microsoft. There is also much less decision making that needs to be done in the scripts since there are no longer other office versions to be considered. As a result, users should notice greatly improved performance and responsiveness when using current versions of Word, Excel, and Outlook. A few areas where users may notice increased responsiveness include:
- Navigating large documents in Word that contain a lot of markup such as footnotes, endnotes, comments, tables, and so on.
- Editing data and formulas in Excel.
- Navigating large message folders in Outlook.
For braille users, document spacing an formatting are now more accurately indicated on the braille display. This includes indents, outdents, and tab stops. We have also addressed several issues with the braille cursor not always being positioned where expected, which made it difficult to sometimes edit using braille.
If you are using a braille display with status cells, it will now also be easier to tell if text is centered or right justified by displaying "cj" or "rj" in the first two cells when focused on the line containing the centered or right justified content.
Notification of Spelling Errors in Word 365
JAWS was the first screen reader to introduce Spelling error detection in Microsoft Word around 1998. This feature indicated when the cursor moved into or out of a spelling or grammatical error while navigating and was also able to count the errors on the current line. These errors could also be marked in Braille with dots 7 and 8. However, the ability to count the errors and mark them in braille adversely affected the responsiveness of navigating the document and was turned off by default.
The improvements to this feature in JAWS 2019 now offer the following above and beyond the prior functionality:
- Play a buzzer sound during typing, when you press SPACEBAR after entering a misspelled word.
- Reliably underline errors in braille or count the errors on the line navigated to without any decrease in responsiveness.
- Detect advanced proofing issues, not just spelling and grammar errors.
- Read the error inline with the text as you navigate by line, similar to how JAWS indicates other text attributes such as bolded text, indicating the error with speech, sound or voice change (using the Speech and Sounds Manager).
To configure whether or not the buzzer sound is heard when SPACEBAR is pressed after mistyping a word, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) from Word or Outlook and select or clear the "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" check box. This option is available when using JAWS with Office 365 versions higher than 16.0.10000.
The other Spelling options in the Microsoft Word Quick Settings, "Spelling error detection" and "Grammatical error detection," currently remain the same. They allow you to cycle Spelling and Grammar options between off, hearing spelling/Grammar errors as you navigate by character, word, line, or Say All, or hearing spelling/Grammar errors plus count.
Speak Character Phonetically After Pause During Character Navigation
As you navigate by character, JAWS will now speak the phonetic representation of letters if you pause for a brief period of time. This enables you to immediately hear a letter spoken phonetically without the need to perform an additional command.
By default, JAWS speaks the character phonetically after a one and a half second pause. To change the amount of time JAWS waits before the phonetic announcement, or to completely turn off this feature, do the following:
- Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center.
- If you want changes to only apply to a particular application, select it from the Application list. Otherwise, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default settings file.
- Type "Phonetic."
- Press DOWN ARROW to move to "When pausing after character navigation, speak character phonetically," then press SPACEBAR to cycle through the available options.
- Select OK to exit Settings Center.
JAWS also offers a manual option to speak phonetics continuously as you navigate by character. Pressing the Say Character Keystroke (NUM PAD 5) twice quickly toggles this feature on and off. If you are using the manual option for all letters, the pause announcement will not occur.
Prompt to Confirm when Exiting JAWS Now Optional
When you perform one of the commands to exit JAWS including INSERT+F4, a prompt displays asking if you are sure you want to quit JAWS. You can then press ENTER to quit or ESC to cancel. JAWS 2019 now allows you to disable this prompt so that JAWS immediately exits. To disable the shutdown prompt, open the Basics dialog box located in the JAWS Options menu, and clear the "Prompt to Confirm when Exiting JAWS" check box.
New Consolidated Setup Package
Starting with JAWS 2019, there is now one link to download and install JAWS for all supported operating systems and languages. You no longer have to choose the correct setup executable based on your system as well as which language you need. When you begin the setup, the installer automatically detects whether you are using 32 or 64-bit and installs the correct components. If you are doing a new install and you want to use a different language other than the default for your operating system, select the Options button on the first installation screen and then choose a language. If you are updating an existing installation, the Options button is not available as JAWS detects the language already installed and updates using the same language.
Audio Ducking Support for Windows 10 version 1803 and Higher
The JAWS Audio Ducking feature is now supported in the Windows 10 Spring 2018 Creators update (version 1803) and higher. Audio Ducking causes the volume of other programs to be lowered while JAWS is speaking. For example, if you are listening to music and JAWS begins talking, the volume of the music will be slightly lowered so you can comfortably hear JAWS and then raised back to its current level when JAWS stops talking.
By default, audio remains at the same level as JAWS speech. To enable Audio Ducking, open the Startup Wizard from the JAWS Help menu and select the "Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" checkbox located on the Speech Settings page. Alternatively, Audio Ducking can be turned on through Settings center by doing the following:
- Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
- Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
- In the Search edit box, type "volume" without the quotes.
- Press DOWN ARROW to move to "Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" in the filtered search results in the tree view.
- Press SPACEBAR to toggle this option.
You can also press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by D to quickly toggle Audio Ducking on or off. The current setting will remain in effect until you press the layered keystroke again or restart JAWS.
TAB Key No Longer Echoed
For users who leave Typing Echo enabled, JAWS will no longer announce the TAB key by default. This means you will not constantly hear "ALT+TAB" while switching between applications or hear "TAB" spoken each time as you move through links on web pages.
Note: If you prefer to have the TAB key spoken, or you would like to mute other keys such as SPACEBAR, ENTER, or ESC, open Settings Center and search for "manage key labels". For more details, refer to this support article on using the Manage Key Labels feature.
Announce Multi-line Edit Fields
JAWS 2019 can now indicate when focus moves into a multi-line edit field. To enable this announcement, select the new "Announce multi-line edit" option located in the Miscellaneous group in Settings Center.
New Support for Grade 1 Braille Input
JAWS now supports grade 1 literary braille input for languages such as English that offer more than one type of braille output. For example, if you open the Braille Translation group in Settings Center and set the output to Unified English Braille Grade 1, you will now be able to choose between computer braille or Unified English Braille Grade 1 for input.
Skype now offers three options on Windows 10.
- You can continue using Skype Classic which is version 7 and works very well with JAWS. Note that support for Skype Classic has ended as of November 2018, so you will eventually be required to update. Visit the Skype website for more details.
- You can download and install the new Desktop version 8, which is now supported in JAWS. See details below.
- You can install the Universal App from the Microsoft Store. However, this is the least accessible at this time and we recommend you install Skype 8 for the best support.
For users moving to Skype 8, please be certain to download the version referred to as "Skype for Windows" which works well on Windows 10. Note that the Universal App we are not recommending is referred to as "Skype for Windows 10".
For those using Skype version 8, we have added some additional keystrokes to help with navigation since these options are not offered in Skype. These commands are:
- Move to the chat entry field: CTRL+INSERT+E
- Move to the chat history list: CTRL+INSERT+Y
- Move to the conversations list: CTRL+INSERT+N
You can also use the JAWS commands INSERT+W and INSERT+H while focused on Skype for a list of most of the keyboard commands you would want to know when using Skype. For a full list from Microsoft, please visit the Skype Hotkeys Web Page.
Tip: You can assign a keystroke such as ALT+CTRL+S to the Skype icon on the Desktop to quickly open Skype to answer an incoming call. If you are in another application and you receive an incoming call alert, you can press your shortcut keystroke to open Skype, press INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+TAB to read the caller information, and then press CTRL+SHIFT+P or use TAB to choose Answer or Decline.
Help Improve Freedom Scientific Products
JAWS 2019 includes a new option which allows us to collect anonymous usage information that is generated as you use the software for your daily tasks. This data helps us continue to make improvements as well as more easily locate and address problems. Collected data includes JAWS version, operating system version, language, country, as well as information on various JAWS settings such as the current synthesizer, braille display, and braille table.
If you choose to participate, no spoken or braille content is collected and no data is shared with any parties outside of Freedom Scientific. The data we collect strictly helps us better understand how our software is being used in the field so we can quickly make enhancements to features being used the most by our customers. If you choose not to participate, then no usage data is collected and transmitted.
You can change your selection at any time by doing the following:
- Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center and press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default settings file.
- Navigate to Miscellaneous in the tree view and press RIGHT ARROW to expand the group.
- Use the SPACEBAR to select or clear the "Submit Anonymous Usage Data" check box.
- Press ENTER to save your change and close Settings Center.
You can also choose whether or not to participate in this program through the Startup Wizard located in the JAWS Help menu.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1909.28 (September 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the August 2019 update and the September 2019 update.
For single-user perpetual licenses, JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText 2019 now check to see if an update to your license is available when the software first starts. For instance, you recently purchased or renewed a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). You will then have the option to update the license on your local computer. This allows you to install major releases in the future you are licensed to run without having to go through the authorization process after the install.
While browsing the internet, JAWS will no longer announce "Clickable" by default as you move to various content.
You should no longer hear the message "Press JAWS Key+ALT+R to hear descriptive text" as you navigate form controls and certain other elements on the web.
Resolved a reported issue where JAWS and Word would become unresponsive when attempting to edit a long comment.
By default in Word and Outlook, JAWS will no longer announce "Alt SHIFT F10 to adjust Auto Correction" when you move to something that was auto corrected previously.
The AutoCorrect Detection option, previously only available in the Quick Settings for Word, can now also be changed in the Quick Settings for Outlook (INSERT+V).
JAWS and Fusion will no longer gather and announce the count of all the objects, misspellings, grammatical errors, and so on when a document is opened in Word. This will enable documents to load much faster, including very large documents containing a lot of these items. You can always press INSERT+F1 for an overview of what the document contains.
If the Table Display option located under the Braille group in Quick Settings is set to Current Row or Current Column, addressed a reported issue where the current row or column was not being shown on the braille display as expected while navigating tables in Java applications.
Resolved translation issues with the Hungarian Liblouis braille table.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1907.42 (August 2019)
This update to the August 2019 release addresses a recently discovered issue where JAWS application scripts failed to load in the latest Skype for Desktop update (version 8.51) released the week of August 12, 2019. There are other possible applications where this could have resulted in scripts not loading also such as the Desktop version of Slack.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1907.31 (August 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the June 2019 update and the August 2019 update.
- This update fixes an issue encountered by some users where JAWS was not reading as expected in the Windows 10 Start menu. If you are experiencing this problem, open JAWS Settings Center, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the Default File, type "start" into the search edit box, and then toggle the control called: "Start menu: Access-Out-of-Process" so that it is checked.
- In response to customer feedback, JAWS sounds such as when INSERT+SPACEBAR is pressed to enter Layered Keys mode are no longer muted when Speech On Demand is active.
- Addressed an issue where the Text Analyzer keystrokes were not being found when using the JAWS Commands Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J).
- When creating meeting requests using the Outlook calendar, resolved an issue where new attendee information was not being reliably indicated in either speech or braille.
- Resolved a reported issue where the keystrokes to read message headers in Outlook, ALT+1 through 4 on the number row, were not working in Windows 7.
- Resolved an issue where returning to an open Outlook email after exiting a Word Document would result in your cursor landing at the top of the email rather than the previous location where you were reading.
- Resolved an issue in Microsoft Office where JAWS was not reporting if an endnote or footnote had been inserted with speech even though Braille was correctly identifying the information.
- Addressed an issue in Word 2016 reported by SSA where JAWS would repeat the last line of the document after completing a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW).
- Addressed a reported issue where the spelling buzzer to indicate a misspelled word was still being heard even when the "Detect spelling while typing" option in setting Center was disabled.
- In Microsoft Teams, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking incoming message and call notifications multiple times.
- When navigating by character in secure password fields in Chrome and Firefox, resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "star" multiple times for each character.
- Addressed a reported issue in Chrome where typing in contracted Braille was not working as expected.
- Resolved a customer reported issue with SQL Server Management Studio where JAWS was not properly navigating and reading a results Data grid.
- Resolved an issue reported by international Braille users where incorrect Unicode characters were being entered using computer braille under certain circumstances.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1906.10 (June 2019)
following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between
the April 2019 update and the June 2019 update.
To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.
Enhance Support for Accessing Comments and Revisions in Braille
For users who primarily use braille when navigating Word documents, the following changes greatly improve the experience when attempting to access various document features like comments, revisions, footnotes, and endnotes from the braille display.
When the cursor is on a comment, the letter C is now displayed in the last status cell. In addition, as with previous versions, R is still displayed to indicate revised text, and if Track Changes in Word is configured to display all markup, the letters i and r will be displayed to indicate inserted text and the letters d and r will be displayed to show deleted text.
As you read a document, text to which a comment has been applied, text revisions, and footnote and endnote references are underlined using dots 7 and 8 in the main document pane. Pressing a cursor router twice quickly on the underlined text displays a flash message containing details about the comment, revision, footnote or endnote. For example, if you press a cursor router on a revision that includes deleted text, JAWS and Fusion displays a message telling you that the following text has been deleted, and shows the deleted text. Pressing INSERT+TAB while the cursor is on commented text, text revision, footnote or endnote reference will speak this information as well.
If you press a cursor router twice quickly on any text in the document not underlined in braille, then only font and attribute information such as bold, italic, and underline is displayed. This is similar info to what is spoken when pressing INSERT+F.
Support for Reading Math Content in Kindle Books
You can now use JAWS and Fusion to study math equations included in Kindle books opened in the Amazon Kindle for PC app using both speech and braille. For braille users, math expressions are shown using the Nemeth braille code, which is a system exclusive to English.
Reading math in the Kindle app works very similar to accessing math on web pages. When you encounter Math content in a Kindle book, JAWS describes the expression, followed by the message "math content." If you are using a braille display and JAWS is configured for one of the English Contracted Braille modes, the message "Math" is displayed followed by the expression.
Pressing ENTER while focused on the math content opens the Math Viewer where you can explore the expression in greater detail in both speech and braille by doing the following:
To move between parts of the expression, use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys.
To focus in on a partial expression, press DOWN ARROW.
To return to the whole expression, press UP ARROW.
To read all the partial expressions at the current nesting level, press INSERT+UP ARROW.
To read the current partial expression, press NUM PAD 5 or INSERT+NUM PAD 5.
From within the Math Viewer, press ESC or ALT+F4 to exit.
Changed How JAWS works with the Access Bridge for Java Applications
Now that Oracle has changed the licensing terms for the Standard Edition of the Java Platform, many customers are looking for alternatives. One of these alternatives is the AdoptOpenJDK.
Previously, JAWS would only load the WindowsAccessBridge DLL from the Windows System32 directory. This worked with the Oracle Java Runtime Environment because it always installed the WindowsAccessBridge DLL in that location. The alternative Java Runtime Environments do not install the WindowsAccessBridge DLL in that location.
JAWS has been modified so that it uses three different strategies for locating the WindowsAccessBridge DLL.
1. The path to the WindowsAccessBridge DLL can be specified by the Windows Registry. It looks for a registry entry named WindowsAccessBridgeDllPath in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\Common and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\Common. If the registry entry exists and the file indicated by the registry entry exists, JAWS will load the WindowsAccessBridge DLL from that location.
2. If strategy 1 did not succeed, JAWS will search for the WindowsAccessBridge DLL in the Windows System32 directory.
3. If strategy 2 did not succeed, JAWS will search for the WindowsAccessBridge DLL in the directories listed in the PATH environment variable.
In Adobe Acrobat Reader, resolved a reported issue where the virtual buffer was empty after opening a PDF document and the Adobe options to "Enable Protected Mode at startup" and "Run in AppContainer" were selected.
Resolved issues where Fusion and ZoomText (Utilities Shortcuts) would remain in Start Menu searches, even after uninstalling the software.
Addressed known issues where it was sometimes necessary to configure JAWS to use the classic settings for some retail versions of Office 2016 and 2019 in order for certain features like spellcheck and autocomplete to work as expected.
When the cursor is on a revision in a document such as inserted or deleted text as well as a comment, pressing INSERT+TAB now speaks additional details about the revised text.
Similar to Word, if you move the cursor to AutoCorrected text in an editable message in Outlook, JAWS now speaks the message about pressing the Office command, ALT+SHIFT+F10, to open the menu of AutoCorrect options.
In the Outlook Calendar, addressed issues using JAWS with the Schedule View.
In the most recent updates to Outlook 365, resolved issues where the ALT+1 through 4 commands were not reading message headers and braille was not working as expected in the To, CC, and BCC fields.
In applications such as Microsoft Office or the Windows Mail app, when pressing INSERT+5 on the numbers row to check the foreground and background colors, JAWS now says "default" if no explicit text or background colors are set.
Resolved a reported issue where the setting to allow web application reserved keystrokes was not working in Chrome. When this option is enabled in Settings Center or Quick Settings, JAWS keystrokes that are also defined as keyboard shortcuts on certain websites like Facebook are passed directly to the web application instead of performing the JAWS command.
When composing a message in Gmail using Chrome, addressed an issue where a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) was not working.
Removed extraneous "clickable" announcements when reading various web pages in Chrome.
Updated the Keyboard Help and Commands Search descriptions for the INSERT+A keystroke to correctly state that when pressed twice quickly in Chrome or Firefox, the address of the current web page is displayed in the Virtual Viewer. Note that you can press ALT+D in all browsers to move focus to the address bar to enter a website address.
If you encounter an element on a web page with a defined ARIA controls relationship, JAWS will no longer say "use JAWSKEY+ALT+M to move to controlled element" by default. In most cases, the target of the controls relationship is adjacent to the element or does not provide any useful information.
When domain-specific scripts such as Google Docs are loaded and INSERT+Q is pressed twice quickly to display information in the Virtual Viewer, resolved a reported issue where the wrong configuration information was displayed.
If focus is in a web dialog box in Chrome and you perform an action that opens a second dialog box, resolved an issue where focus was not automatically placed into the new dialog box.
Resolved several issues using JAWS with the Notepad++ text editor. Some key improvements include: reading selected text using INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW, indicating autocomplete suggestions in speech and braille, correctly reading line numbers, and correctly reading spaces and tabs when navigating by character.
Improved how JAWS works with the PuTTY and SecureCRT SSH and Telnet applications. Command output is now properly echoed and caret tracking is much more accurate.
Resolved an issue introduced with a change in the April Update, where group names in the Windows Start menu and Windows Explorer were not being shown correctly in braille.
The Liblouis braille translator used by JAWS and Fusion has been updated to version 3.9.0.
Addressed a reported issue in Thunderbird 60 where JAWS was skipping text in some messages.
Added a new Dictionary entry for "S M E) without the spaces so that JAWS and Fusion will correctly pronounce "Subject Matter Expert."
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1904.60 (April 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the March 2019 update and the April 2019 update.
To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.
Improved Heading Navigation When Using the Numbers
For years, users have been able to use 1 through
6 on the numbers row to move to specific heading levels on web
pages. For instance, 1 for level 1 headings, 2 for level 2
headings, 3 for level 3 headings, and so on. However, this type
of navigation only allowed you to move to headings equal or
lower than the level you were trying to move by. For example, if
you attempted to move to a level 3 heading, but the very next
heading was a level 2, JAWS would announce: "No more headings at
level 3 in this section," and would not move past the level 2
Beginning with the April 2019 update, you can now
move to any given heading level on a page and if it is under a
different higher precedence heading, the immediately higher
precedence heading will be read so you know that the new heading
belongs to a different section. For example, if you attempt to
move to a level 3 heading which causes you to jump past a level
2 heading, JAWS will announce the level 2 heading prior to
announcing the level 3 heading so you know you have moved into a
new section. You can also choose to have JAWS play a sound to
indicate when you move into a new section or you can switch back
to the prior behavior which restricted heading navigation to the
To configure how JAWS navigates
headings when using the numbers 1 through 6, open Settings
on the numbers row), type "heading" into the Search edit box,
select the "Heading Navigation Using 1-6" option, and then use
to choose the setting you want. Alternatively, open Quick
from your browser and configure the "Heading Navigation" setting.
Support for MathType Content When Reading in Office 365 Word Documents
You can now use JAWS or Fusion to read and study math problems in Word documents created using the MathType software from Design Science. To use this feature, you must do the following:
Make sure you are running the April 2019 release of JAWS or Fusion along with Microsoft Word from Office 365.
Install MathType from Wiris.com and activate the software as a trial or actual license.
In Settings Center, make sure the "Use Accessibility Driver for Screen Capture" check box is selected.
When you encounter a math equation or formula in a document, 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 like variables, terms, coefficients, exponents, etc. As you navigate to the various components, pressing DOWN ARROW will let you drill down into and navigate within that level of the equation using LEFT and RIGHT ARROW. Pressing UP ARROW will move 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, the math equation or formula will be displayed in Nemeth Braille. Pressing ESC will close the Math Viewer and return to the document.
See our MathType Sample Demonstration document for examples of how JAWS and Fusion can enable students to access math content.
Visit the Design Science website for more details about MathType.
Easy Access to Answer or Disconnect From a Skype
Call Using the Desktop Application Version 8.42 or Higher
In Skype for Desktop 8.42 and later, JAWS or Fusion now provides keystrokes for answering or disconnecting a call from any application as well as moving focus into the Skype main window. Note that these keystrokes are only available in the Skype for Desktop application. They will not work in the Skype for Windows 10 universal app from the Microsoft store or the Skype for Business app.
To answer an incoming call, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, y followed by UP ARROW. To disconnect from a call, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, y followed by DOWN ARROW. To move focus directly into the Skype window, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, Y followed by S.
When performing the monthly updates of JAWS, ZoomText, and
Fusion, the shortcut keystroke on the Desktop Icon used to
launch the application, will no longer be removed during the
JAWS now offers localizations for Swedish and Italian when
performing a full install.
In the Amazon Kindle app, JAWS and Fusion now supports reading
and navigating inside tables.
Resolved an issue where you could not use the keyboard to
interact with the controls in the Display Options dialog box in
the Amazon Kindle app.
If Track Changes is turned on in a Word document, you can now
use INSERT+SHIFT+R to list
revisions in footnotes, endnotes, and comments in addition to
the main document. Note that this command only lists revisions
in the currently active pane. For example, pressing
INSERT+SHIFT+R from the Document
pane will list revisions in the main document while pressing
this keystroke from within a footnote will only list revisions
found in footnotes.
If a word document contained more than 150 revisions, resolved
an issue where the number of revisions was not being reported
correctly when using INSERT+SHIFT+R.
The "Document and Web Pages Automatically Read When Loaded"
option in Settings Center is now enabled by default in
PowerPoint. When you start a presentation and move to the next
or previous slide, JAWS automatically begins reading the current
In Excel, JAWS and Fusion now indicates in both speech and
Braille if a cell contains a data type.
Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+E
was not announcing the default button in a Chrome dialog box.
Addressed a reported issue where the aria-required attribute
was not being indicated as expected in Internet Explorer while
navigating with the Virtual Cursor.
Addressed reported issues where JAWS and Fusion was not
consistently reading elements that use the aria-describedby" or
title attributes while tabbing through a page.
If you are inside a table in a Google Docs document and you
press INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q
to activate the Quick Nav mode, you can now use the ARROW
keys to move to each cell. You can also use CTRL+UP/DOWN
ARROW to move to the top or
bottom of the current column, CTRL+LEFT/RIGHT ARROW
to move to the beginning or end of the current row, and
CTRL+HOME/END to move to the
beginning or end of the table.
For users of the Focus Blue Braille Display, you can now press
a Selector button along with the Left or Right NAV Mode button
to toggle speech on or off for the corresponding NAV Rocker.
When enabled, JAWS will speak as you scroll by line, sentence,
or paragraph. This setting is off by default for both NAV
Added additional information to installer error messages such
as when you include an invalid language code when using the /language
command line argument.
You can now press INSERT+F8
in the Skype for Desktop application to display a list of JAWS
keystrokes specific to Skype. You can then select the action you
want to perform and press ENTER.
The "Prompt to Confirm when Exiting JAWS" option has been
added to the Run JAWS Settings page of the Startup Wizard.
When using Braille in a WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)
app, JAWS now includes the name and type of the current window
on the braille display to make it easier for Braille users to
know when a new window opens.
In Microsoft Teams, addressed issues with reading chat
messages as well as removed extra speech that was heard when
attempting to join a meeting.
Added necessary changes to JAWS to support Gaaiho Doc, Nuance
Power PDF, and Nuance Power PDF Reader once these products are
released by Nuance.
Improved how JAWS reads incoming text when connected to remote
sites using SecureCRT or other SSH software such as Windows
Added support for the latest Remote Desktop Terminal Services
client from Microsoft.
Due to issues with the Weather Research It lookup source, it
will no longer appear in the Research It dialog box (INSERT+SPACEBAR,
R) by default until a solution is
found. In addition, the Amazon Product Search lookup source has
also been removed due to ongoing issues which we are continuing
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1903.9 (March 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made
in JAWS 2019 between the January 2019 update and the March 2019
To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.
Picture Smart for Describing Images with JAWS and Fusion
Picture Smart allows you to choose a photo
and submit it to be analyzed. A description of the image is then
displayed in the JAWS Results Viewer window. Descriptions might
include details such as the number of people in the photo,
recognizable landmarks, landscape details such as "outdoors with
a blue sky and green grass," if there are vehicles such as
automobiles or trains, and more. If there is text in the picture,
it will OCR the text and provide that as well.
To use Picture Smart, press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by P. Once the Picture Smart layer is active, the following keystrokes are available:
A - Open the Picture Smart dialog box where you can acquire an image from a flatbed scanner or the Freedom Scientific PEARL camera.
F - Describes the currently selected image in File Explorer. Supported images include BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIF, or PNG.
C - Describes an image associated with the current control. For instance, a graphic on a web page or in an email message.
B - Describes the contents of the Windows Clipboard if it contains an image.
QUESTION MARK - Displays help for the Picture Smart layer.
JAWS now also creates a new PictureSmart folder which is located in your user documents folder under My Pictures. If a single image is saved to this folder, JAWS will automatically submit it for analyzing and display the resulting description.
To use Picture Smart, the "submit annonymous usage data" option must be enabled in Settings Center. This sends encrypted information to Freedom Scientific. The images from Picture Smart are then submitted to the various services (such as Microsoft and Google) which analyze the images and returns the descriptions back to us. These descriptions are then displayed in the Results Viewer. If you attempt to use Picture Smart and this setting is off, a message displays prompting you to turn it on.
Note: Picture Smart is currently only available while in the English Language UI of JAWS and Fusion as the services that perform the image analysis do not currently support international languages for descriptions of images. For users of localized versions of JAWS running in versions of Windows other than English, you must switch the JAWS UI language to English to try out this feature. We plan to make Picture Smart available in more languages in the future as these services continue to expand to include additional languages.
Improvements With Selecting and Copying Content in Chrome
After working closely with developers at
Google, we are pleased to announce that starting with Chrome
version 74.0.3717, an update scheduled for release by April
2019, selecting and copying text using the keyboard will now
include the HTML markup as we have done in Internet Explorer for
years. The functionality is included for all users of JAWS and
Fusion 2019, providing the ability to copy live links, lists of
items, and even tables from the Chrome browser and pasting them
into Email messages or Documents without losing the formatting.
Virtual Cursor Support in PowerPoint Presentations
When you press F5 to start a slide
show in PowerPoint, you can now use the Virtual Cursor to
navigate slide content just like a web page. This enables you to
do the following:
Navigate the slide show and read all content, including text, labeled graphics, and other objects.
Use TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to links and activate them with ENTER or SPACEBAR.
Use Navigation Quick Keys to move to various object types such as headings.
Use the JAWS table reading keystrokes (ALT+CTRL+ARROW keys) to navigate in tables.
Obtain lists of objects including links, headings, tables, graphics from a running slide-show and be able to activate or move to the desired item in the list.
Use the INSERT+F or INSERT+5 (on the number row) commands to check the format and color info of text on a slide.
Filter Consecutive Duplicate Links Now Off in Chrome and Firefox
Frequently, web page authors will create a
graphical link and a text link that appears to look the same.
Visually, sighted users think of this as one link, but it is
really two different links that point to the same location on
the web. For screen reader users, you end up having to read the
link twice with no real benefit. For years, to help stream line
the reading experience, JAWS has offered a feature in Settings
Center called "Filter Consecutive Duplicate Links," which is
enabled by default. As a result, when reading web pages with the
Virtual Cursor and you encounter consecutive links that point to
the same location, one graphical and one text, only the text
link is announced.
Beginning wit the March 2019 update, this setting is now off by default in Chrome and Firefox due to visual tracking issues when using TAB or SHIFT+TAB on a page. The visual PC focus that moves as you TAB can get out of sync with the virtual focus that is following, especially in Chrome and Firefox. This could cause confusion for anyone looking at the screen or using JAWS in conjunction with screen magnification software like Fusion. For users of Chrome or Firefox who are willing to accept the possible confusion because of the visual aspect described above, you can always open Settings Center (INSERT+6 on the number row), search for "Duplicate", and reenable this feature. This setting is still on by default in Internet Explorer.
In Speech On Demand (INSERT+SPACEBAR, S),
all sounds played by JAWS are now muted. This includes the sound
you hear when pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR to enter Layered
Keys mode as well as the sound heard when completing an address
The options for configuring spelling and grammar error detection have been expanded and are now available in Settings Center. You can find these settings under the new Proofing group in Text Processing.
JAWS spelling error detection now works when editing slides in PowerPoint.
Resolved a reported issue with Braille where the display was blank when first starting a PowerPoint slide show.
Resolved a reported issue where Track Changes was not working correctly with JAWS in the retail version of Word 2016.
In Word, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not announcing the word count in a document when pressing the Word keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+G.
Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would close unexpectedly when sscanning a document with Adobe DC Pro.
It is no longer necessary to restart JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion when installing or removing voices through the Add/Remove Voices utility. Voices are immediately available when installed and no longer displayed when removed.
A description of the layered keystroke to copy the speech history to the clipboard (INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+H) has been added to the layered help (INSERT+SPACEBAR, QUESTION MARK).
Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not saying "Not Selected" when using CTRL+SPACEBAR to unselect an item.
JAWS now reads subtitle information for items in Windows Settings (WINDOWS Key+I). This information is automatically spoken for the Beginner verbosity level and is off by default for the Intermediate and Advanced verbosity levels.
The "Use Accessibility Driver for Screen Capture" option in Settings Center is now unavailable when running as Fusion.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1901.66 (January 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the December 2018 update and the January 2019 update.
Add/Remove Vocalizer Expressive Voices
This new utility included in the latest releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion provides a solution to seamlessly sample and install or remove the Vocalizer Expressive 2 voices used by all three products. This avoids the need to download anything from external pages and makes the entire process much easier across all products. And remember, once voices are set up for one product, there is no need to install them again for the other products.
From the JAWS main window, press ALT+O to open the Options menu, expand the Voices submenu, and then select Add/Remove Voices to open the Add/Remove Vocalizer Expressive Voices utility.
This dialog includes:
- Language specific list of currently available Vocalizer Expressive 2 Premium voices.
- Ability to select and Install as many voices as you would like right from the list.
- See what voices are already installed as you review the list.
- Hear a sample of the currently focused voice in the list before deciding if you want to select it to be installed. To play a sample, just press ALT+P while focused on the voice name in the list.
- Option to uninstall one or more voices.
- Option to uninstall all voices.
- Option to uninstall only the compact voices that had been previously installed.
Note: If you remove a voice that is currently in use, your JAWS, Fusion, or ZoomText will continue to speak using that voice until you restart the software or reboot the computer. Once you restart, it will default to the next profile available. If there are no more Vocalizer Expressive Voices available, JAWS and Fusion will default back to Eloquence.
In JAWS and Fusion, after installing a premium voice, a profile is created for each of those new individual voices which can be further customized using the Voice Adjustment dialog box. You can also easily switch between all the new voices by pressing CTRL+INSERT+S to open the Select a Voice Profile dialog box, pressing the first letter of the voice you want to use, and then pressing ENTER. If you prefer not to have a profile generated for each installed voice, open the Voice Adjustment dialog box and clear the "Enable Additional Voice Profiles for installed Vocalizer Expressive 2 voices" check box so that only the standard Vocalizer Expressive factory and user profiles are listed.
If you find that compact voice collections had previously been installed, there is also an option to remove all compact voices. This is especially beneficial for users of Fusion or ZoomText 2018 or later which installs dozens of the compact voices by default. If you do not need all of these voices and languages, this makes it easy to remove all compact voices at once.
Improved Kindle Support
We have made several improvements to performance when using JAWS with the Kindle for PC app from Amazon. In particular, you can now do the following while reading a book:
- Use U or SHIFT+U to move to the next or prior link in a book.
- Use N or SHIFT+N to move to the next or prior block of text that is not a link.
- Use INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+NUM PAD 5 twice quickly to spell the current line or word just like in other applications.
- Press INSERT+PAGE DOWN to read the Kindle status bar.
In addition, JAWS now announces when you move to a new page while reading.
- In a Remote Desktop or Citrix connection, resolved an issue with speech not being interrupted as expected when pressing CTRL or when typing.
- JAWS now correctly reads emojis in messages you receive in Outlook.
- Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected when attempting to select an address from the Autocomplete list in an Outlook message.
- When switching views in the Outlook calendar, removed extraneous speech so that only details for the current view are announced.
- You can now configure whether or not levels are announced when navigating Word documents or Outlook emails, such as when moving in and out of lists. To toggle this feature, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) and navigate to "Outline Level Indication."
- If you hear the buzzer sound while typing in Word or Outlook to indicate a misspelled word, when you manually correct or delete the word, JAWS now plays a ding sound to indicate the error has been corrected. With this feature enabled, JAWS also indicates spelling errors in documents as you navigate. If you prefer not to have JAWS indicate misspellings as you navigate, or you want to know about spelling errors, but you do not want to be alerted as you type and make a correction, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V), turn off the "Spelling Buzzer on mistyped words" option, and then you will be able to configure the "Spelling Error Detection" setting.
- When attempting to insert a symbol in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected while navigating the available symbols.
- Resolved issues with table navigation as well as columns not being reported correctly in certain non-uniform tables in Word.
- When doing a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) in Word 2013, addressed a customer reported issue where text was being skipped if a page break was encountered.
- Links selected in Research It results now open in the user's default web browser.
- Resolved a reported issue where position information in lists was not being announced as expected when the "Announce Position and Count when navigating in lists" option in the Configure Verbosity Levels section of Settings Center was disabled. When this option is off, JAWS should only announces position information when the list first gains focus or when pressing INSERT+UP ARROW or INSERT+TAB.
- Resolved customer reported issues in Adobe Reader where JAWS was repeating table column titles multiple times and was not always reading the first line of a new page if the previous page ended with a list.
- Addressed a reported issue in Adobe Reader where keystrokes such as CTRL+PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to move by page were not working in certain PDF documents.
- Addressed a reported issue where JAWS language auto detection was not working in PDF documents.
- Addressed an issue in Chrome where bulleted list items were being shown with the bullet on a separate line from the content.
- When you activate the JAWS Quick Keys mode in Google Docs (INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q), you can now press M or SHIFT+M to move to the next or previous spelling error. In addition, you can now press QUESTION MARK to display help for this layer.
- Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "0 of minus 1" while navigating combo boxes in Internet Explorer or when using Virtual Ribbons in Office.
- Resolved reported issues using JAWS with the iManage desksite software.
- JAWS now includes a Czech language braille table which can be selected in the Computer Braille Tables dialog box in Settings Center.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1812.49 (December 2018)
The following is a list of improvements made
between the initial JAWS 2019 release and the December 2018
Improved AutoCorrect Detection in Word and Outlook
With the improvements to UIA support in
Office 365 versions higher than 16.0.10400, JAWS can now
immediately alert you when text is AutoCorrected as you edit
documents in Word or when composing emails in Outlook. By
default, when you are typing in word or the body of an email and
you press the SPACEBAR after a word that is AutoCorrected,
JAWS plays a pop sound. In addition, if you stop typing, so that
speech is not interrupted, JAWS says "Auto Correct" followed by
the corrected word including the spelling.
As you navigate a document, JAWS can also announce if Word has automatically corrected the current text. You can then press ALT+SHIFT+F10 to open a context menu that allows you to undo the correction, stop automatically correcting that word, or change your AutoCorrect options. For instance, if JAWS alerts you that a word you just typed was corrected but you prefer to use the word as you originally typed it, you can navigate back to the item, press ALT+SHIFT+F10, and choose "Change back."
Note: When typing in the body of a new message in Outlook, JAWS can alert you when text is AutoCorrected, however, the context menu for changing AutoCorrect options is only accessible using a mouse. Microsoft currently only allows the ALT+SHIFT+F10 command to be used in Word.
If you do not want to be notified when text is AutoCorrected when you press the SPACEBAR, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) from Word and turn off the "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" option. Note that this will also turn off the buzzer sound that is heard to indicate a misspelled word.
If you do not want to have JAWS alert you to corrected words as you navigate a document, open Quick Settings from Word and turn off the AutoCorrect Detection option.
Support for Co-Authoring Documents in Word 365
If a shared document is opened by multiple
users, JAWS can now do the following:
Indicate who has the document opened using a notification message.
When another co-author navigates to the same line as the JAWS user, JAWS will indicate who is editing the same line. Pressing INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line will also announce who is reading or editing at that location.
When a co-author actually edits the same line you are on, JAWS indicates that the text is locked for editing. If you press INSERT+UP ARROW, you will hear "Editing locked." You will also be alerted that the line is locked if you begin typing.
Navigation Quick Keys Now Available in Google Docs
Google Docs provides a number of keystrokes
to help users navigate through documents more efficiently.
However, these commands are difficult for users to discover and
use repeatedly. For example, you can press ALT+CTRL+N
followed by ALT+CTRL+H to move to the next heading which
could be difficult to press multiple times for some users.
To improve document navigation, you can now press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by Q in Google Docs to activate a Quick Keys layer. Braille support must also be turned on in Google Docs for this to work correctly. Even if you do not use a braille display, Braille support provides the most accessibility information to JAWS so you have the best experience when navigating and editing documents. If Braille support is not already enabled, press ALT+SHIFT+A for the Accessibility menu, open the Settings submenu, and press ENTER on Enable
Braille Support. Once the Quick Keys layer is
active, the following navigation commands are available:
Move to the next or prior heading: H or SHIFT+H
Move to the next or prior list: L or SHIFT+L
Move to the next or prior table: T or SHIFT+T
While this layer is active, you can continue
to use the ARROW keys to review text. For example, you
could press INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q, H to move to a heading,
press DOWN ARROW to read a couple lines, and then press
H to jump to the next heading without having to press
INSERT+SPACEBAR, Q again. This layer remains active until
you press ESC or any key that is not one of the supported
navigation keys described above.
Resolved an issue with JAWS double speaking
links in PDF documents.
The Liblouis braille translator used in JAWS has been updated to version 3.7 offering improved Unified English Braille (UEB) tables, back translation improvements, and new Chinese language tables.
JAWS now reads as expected in the Clipboard history window accessed by pressing WINDOWS Key+V, introduced in the Windows 10 Fall 2018 update.
Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Windows 10 Emoji panel accessed by pressing WINDOWS Key+SEMICOLON. Note that there is still a known issue where emojis will not read correctly in emails opened in Outlook 365.
Due to major changes with the UPS website, the UPS Tracking Research It lookup source has been removed as it can no longer search and retrieve results from this service.
JAWS now supports reading PDF documents in Edge. This includes navigating documents using standard reading commands, using Navigation Quick Keys such as H to move by headings, and entering Forms Mode in edit fields.
JAWS can now indicate if a form field is marked as "required" in Edge.
Addressed a reported issue where the Announce Multiline Edit option in Setting Center would not remain active in the Default settings file.
Resolved a reported issue in Notepad where JAWS was not automatically reading the prompts for the edit fields in the Find and Replace dialog box.
The JAWS setup program now displays a splash screen when it first starts and before the main installation screen appears.
Pressing INSERT+F1 twice quickly in Chrome now displays a JAWS help topic.
In addition to pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by H to display the speech history in the Results Viewer, you can now press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by CTRL+H to copy the speech history to the Clipboard for pasting into an application. The speech history includes the last 50 announcements spoken by the synthesizer.
In Winamp, you can now perform single-letter commands directly from a braille display's keyboard including the Focus Blue such as X to play, V to stop, C to pause, and B and Z to move to the next or previous item in a playlist.
When accessing documents in the online version of Word 365 using Chrome or Firefox, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating by line.
Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing autocomplete addresses in Outlook 365.
Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would not read bulleted lists in Word formatted using Hollow Arrow bullets.
When moving in and out of lists in Word 2013 or later, JAWS now announces list level nesting, for instance, "level 1." In addition, if you press INSERT+UP ARROW to read the current line on a list item, JAWS now announces position information, for example, "2 of 5."
If an Excel spread sheet contains multiple regions, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading row and column totals.
Addressed an issue with the background color not being reported correctly in Excel when using the INSERT+F keystroke.
Added a new JAWS keystroke, CTRL+INSERT+B, for use in an upcoming release of Skype. Once your version of Skype updates, performing this command activates the Back button in the active conversation so you can return to the Home screen. If this keystroke is not yet working for you, then your version of Skype has not yet updated.
The "Spelling buzzer on mistyped words" option is now available in the Quick Settings for the Windows 10 Mail app.
Resolved instances where JAWS would randomly say "JAWS visual tracking window."
Addressed a reported issue where the Language combo box in the Dictionary Manager was not showing all available languages.
Added support for Google Slides film strip tree views.