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Vad är nytt i JAWS 2022

Publicerad: 23/6, 2022

Automatic Settings Import from Previous Releases

When upgrading to a new version of JAWS, any custom settings from a previous release are now automatically imported. This includes features such as speech and braille display settings, custom scripts, dictionary entries, labeled graphics, and any custom settings you created for applications. Unlike previous releases, the migration process is now silent (no messages or dialog boxes appear) and begins the first time you start the new version. Custom settings older than the two previous versions will not be imported. If the import is successful, you will only be prompted to configure JAWS startup options.
If you do not want settings from a prior version to be migrated to the new version, when performing a new install, there is now a check box on the initial setup screen where you can choose whether or not to silently migrate settings from the prior version. Clear this check box if you do not want to migrate settings.

New Option to Restore Factory Settings

Use the Restore to factory settings item, located in the Options menu of the main JAWS application window, to clear all custom settings that were imported from a previous release or manually configured. Once all settings are removed, JAWS restarts as if it was a brand-new installation.

JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion Discontinues Windows 7 and 8.1 Support

In order to keep pace with continued advancements in Microsoft Windows technology, JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText 2022 will no longer install and run on versions of Windows earlier than Windows 10. We also continue improving support for Windows 11. Versions of our software will continue to be available for users of older Windows versions from our Previous Downloads web pages.

Improved Performance in Microsoft Office Apps

JAWS 2022 offers a number of general improvements when working in Office 365 applications. In particular, users should notice increased responsiveness when navigating Outlook message lists and working with emails, as well as when editing Word documents.

Sound Splitter

Earlier in JAWS and Fusion 2021, we introduced a way for users to lower the volume of JAWS speech independently of system audio to help make it easier to hear audio from other applications. Version 2022 takes this a step further by now allowing those using stereo headsets or speakers to route all JAWS or Fusion speech to one ear while routing audio from all other applications to the other ear. This helps make it easier to continue getting work done with JAWS while following along during a Zoom or Teams meeting, a Skype call, or a YouTube video.
To split audio:
1. Press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by V to activate the Volume layer.
2. Press B for Balance, and then do one of the following:
o Press LEFT ARROW to route JAWS Speech to the left and audio from all other applications to the right.
o Press RIGHT ARROW to route JAWS speech to the right and audio from all other applications to the left.
o Press UP ARROW to restore both JAWS speech and application audio to both channels.
Note: Before attempting to split your audio, make sure your headset or speakers are properly oriented. For instance, if you route JAWS speech to the left and instead hear it in your right ear, your headset is most likely reversed.
Once you split your JAWS speech and application audio, it remains in effect until you restart JAWS, or use the command to restore the audio balance.
You can also wake up the Voice Assistant and say "Sound Left,” "Sound Right," or "Sound Balance." Make sure your microphone is not muted before speaking these commands. You also may not want to use these commands in apps like Teams or Zoom as other meeting participants will hear you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I use a stereo Bluetooth headset that includes a microphone for participating in Teams and Zoom calls. Can I split the audio in this situation?
Answer: No, splitting the audio will not work in a call when using a Bluetooth headset. This is not a JAWS issue. When connecting to a call in Teams or Zoom, it switches from a headphone device to a headset device. By design, the headset device works as a mono device, so sound splitting does not work. If you want to split your audio during a call, we recommend using a wired headset.
Q: Can I split my audio if I'm using a stereo Bluetooth headset to just listen to music?
Answer: Yes. If you are playing audio from another source such as a YouTube video, the sound splitter works as expected even if you are using a Bluetooth headset. You will only experience issues with splitting audio when connecting to a Teams or Zoom call using a Bluetooth headset as it changes from a stereo headphone device to a mono headset device.
Q: Does the sound splitter work with external speakers?
Answer: Yes, JAWS speech and application audio will split as expected if you are using your computer's internal speakers, or you have external speakers connected.
Q: I currently have JAWS configured to use a different sound device instead of the Windows default sound card. Will I still be able to split the audio?
Answer: As long as both JAWS and the other applications playing sound are all routed through the same sound card, the audio will split as expected. If you use the Sound Cards option under the JAWS Utilities menu to configure JAWS to use a different sound card, JAWS remains routed, but audio from other apps will be restored to both speakers.

New Layered Keystrokes for Selecting a Sound Card for Speech Output

In some instances, Windows may switch to a different sound device, causing you to lose speech from JAWS or Fusion. A couple examples of this could be when you plug in another sound device which becomes the new default or when you are using a Bluetooth headset and you start a call on Teams or Zoom, causing Windows to switch the sound device.
If these situations occur, you can now press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by V, and then C to access the new Sound Cards layer. Once in this layer, use UP or DOWN ARROW to cycle through all sound cards available on your system. JAWS attempts to announce each sound card as you move to it. Once you find the sound card you want to use for speech, press ESC to exit the layer. Note that the list of available devices does wrap, so continuing to press DOWN ARROW, cycles through them all.

Voice Assistant Improvements

• The default wake word for JAWS is now "Hey Sharky."
• When running Fusion, you can now say either "Hey Sharky" or "Hey Zoomy" and the voice assistant knows which features are for JAWS or ZoomText and will do the appropriate action depending on what you asked. Previously, Fusion users could only access ZoomText features using the voice assistant.
• After selecting text with JAWS or Fusion, you can now say "Hey Sharky, Read Selection" to read the selected content, or "Hey Sharky, Append" to append the selected text to the clipboard.
• Selecting the Settings option from the Voice Assistant submenu in the JAWS Utilities menu now opens a dedicated Voice Assistant Settings dialog box instead of taking you to Settings Center.

Faster Braille Language Switching for Multi-lingual Users

For users who speak multiple languages as well as students who are learning another language, JAWS has supported manual and automatic speech synthesizer language switching for years. For braille display users needing to switch between languages regularly, the process was not as straight forward., You had to open Settings Center, and select a specific language and translation options each time you wanted to read or enter text using a different language.
To help make this easier for multi-lingual braille users, JAWS and Fusion 2022 introduces braille profiles. A braille profile consists of a translator mode and associated braille tables for input and output in a specific language. This now allows you to switch the braille language on-the-fly from the main keyboard, braille display, or using automatic language switching in documents or web pages, as we do with speech. You can also link the braille input language to the keyboard input language so when you press ALT+SHIFT on your computer's keyboard to switch the language used for typing, the Braille input language switches with it.
To configure profile options, a new Language Profiles dialog box has been added to Settings Center under the Braille > General > Translation group. For users who only use one language, there is no need to use this dialog box as you can still set your input and output translation settings as you always have in the main Translation group or the Startup Wizard.
Setting Up Preferred Profiles
To choose your preferred profiles that you can quickly switch between using a keystroke, do the following:
1. Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center.
2. To apply changes to all applications, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. Type "profiles" without the quotes into the search edit field.
4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to Language Profiles in the search results in the tree view and press SPACEBAR to open the dialog box. You are placed in a list of profiles that correspond to all braille languages installed with JAWS.
5. Press SPACEBAR on each profile that you want to select as a preferred profile.
6. Select OK to close the dialog box and once more to close Settings Center.
After setting up preferred profiles, you can then use the CTRL+SHIFT+WINDOWS+L keystroke, or DOTS 2-3-4-5-7 CHORD on a Focus braille display, to quickly switch between profiles if you need to read or type text in different languages.
You can also set a primary language profile which is always used when JAWS starts. By default, the primary profile always matches the JAWS language. For instance, English – United States is always used when running the English version of JAWS. To change the primary profile, open the Language Profiles dialog box, choose the language profile you want from the list, and then select the Set Primary button.
Configuring Translation Options for a Specific Profile
To configure braille translation input and output settings for a specific language profile, do the following:
1. Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center.
2. To apply changes to all applications, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. Type "profiles" without the quotes into the search edit field.
4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to Language Profiles in the search results in the tree view and press SPACEBAR to open the dialog box. You are placed in a list of profiles that correspond to all braille languages installed with JAWS.
5. Select the profile you want to configure translation options for and then choose the Details button to open the Profile Details dialog box. Here, you can:
o Choose the grade of braille to use when reading and typing contracted braille. The available options depend on the currently selected profile. For instance, Unified English Braille (UEB) Grade 1 or Grade 2 are not available when configuring the Spanish language profile.
o Choose which translation mode to use. The available choices are to use Computer Braille for both input and output, Computer Braille for input and Contracted Braille for Output, or Contracted Braille for both input and output. You can also quickly toggle between translation modes for the active profile by using DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD on a Focus braille display.
o Select which tables to use if Computer Braille is selected for input or output. This enables you to use different languages for reading and typing text if needed.
o Choose whether or not capital signs are shown on the braille display when viewing Contracted Braille.
o Choose whether or not the Liblouis computer braille tables are used when reading or typing in Computer Braille.
6. After making your changes, select OK to close the Profile Details dialog box and continue selecting OK to close the Language Profiles dialog box and Settings Center.

Configuring Braille Language Auto Detection

If you want JAWS to automatically switch to the appropriate braille language when reading or entering text, do the following:
1. Press INSERT+6 on the number row to open Settings Center.
2. To apply changes to all applications, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. Type "profiles" without the quotes into the search edit field.
4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to Language Profiles in the search results in the tree view and press SPACEBAR to open the dialog box.
5. Select the Link braille input language to keyboard language check box to have JAWS use the appropriate braille input language that matches the currently active keyboard language. For example, if you switch the keyboard language to Spanish (ALT+SHIFT), JAWS automatically switches to Spanish braille, so you can continue entering text from your display in the correct language.
6. Select the Automatic language detection check box to have JAWS use the appropriate braille language that matches the current language of text in a document or web page. For example, if JAWS detects text in a document written in Spanish, JAWS automatically switches to displaying the text in Spanish braille using the translation mode settings configured in the Profile Details dialog box for the Spanish profile.
7. Select OK to close the dialog box and once more to close Settings Center.

Additional Changes

• In JAWS and Fusion, added new Quick Settings options for Outlook 365 that let you turn off the announcements for unread, replied, or forwarded. While in Outlook 365, press INSERT+V for Quick Settings, and then search for "Indicate" to find the 3 options.
• When focused in an Outlook message list, such as the Inbox, the Customize Outlook Message List option is no longer available in the Run JAWS Manager dialog box (INSERT+F2). This is by design as this feature no longer applies to these types of Outlook 365 lists.
• JAWS 2022 includes updated scripts from Corel for WordPerfect 2021.
• For those who create JAWS scripts, added comments at the top of default.jss, so users know how to save a modified copy of this file to their user folder.
• In the Braille and Text Viewer, changed the default font size to 20. The previous font size of 40 was too large for most users. Additionally, it is now possible to set the font size as low as 16 if needed.
• Added a new option to toggle the announcement of text marked as a suggestion in Google Docs. To change this, open Settings Center and locate the Suggested text announcement check box.
• When navigating a table in Google Docs, JAWS now announces the current row or column after reading the cell contents. Additionally, if you have turned off the announcement of table cell coordinates in Quick Settings, JAWS now only reads the cell contents as expected when using the table reading commands (ALT+CTRL+ARROW Keys).
• Addressed an issue where JAWS was not indicating the start of commented text in Google Docs when navigating by word.
• Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading as expected while navigating by line in Google Docs and you encountered a link spanning multiple lines.
• When moving to a new slide in PowerPoint, JAWS no longer says "no selection" prior to speaking the slide info, which was unnecessary speech. Now, JAWS only announces the slide title and number.
• Addressed many reported issues with reading messages in Outlook 365.
• Addressed a reported issue in Outlook 365 where JAWS was not announcing autocomplete results when typing names into the address fields of a new message.
• Added the CTRL+U keystroke to Windows Keys help (INSERT+W) for Outlook. This command marks the current message as unread.
• If Show as Conversations is enabled in Outlook, addressed a reported issue where the current message or conversation was not displayed in braille while navigating the list.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the Date picker button when creating a meeting request in Outlook.
• Added the ALT+Q command to the Windows Keys Help (INSERT+W) which opens the Quick Search feature in Microsoft Office apps.
• JAWS now properly reads the title of the current page in Chrome or Edge when using CTRL+TAB to move between open pages.
• Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, X to launch the Flexible Web wizard was not working as expected in Edge Chromium.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading search results on the Windows 11 Start Screen.
• Resolved an issue reported by several international users where Settings Center and Quick Settings were displaying in English instead of the user's specific language.
• Addressed a reported issue where Settings Center would become unresponsive if you typed a quotation mark in the Search edit box.
• When using INSERT+WINDOWS+F4 to manually close JAWS in situations where it has stopped working correctly, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically restarting and creating the memory dump file that contains diagnostic information for Freedom Scientific.
• Added support for Azure Virtual Desktop.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2112.24 (December 2021)

Show the Clock Right On Your Braille Display

If you use a braille display that offers status cells, JAWS and Fusion can now show the time from the system clock in the status cells of your braille display. You can even choose between 12 or 24 hour time as well as display either hours and minutes or minutes and seconds and the time will automatically update. Having a running clock right on the braille display can be helpful when you are giving a presentation or you need to talk until you reach a specific time, enabling you to quickly check the time like a user glancing at the on-screen clock.
To toggle the clock display in the status cells on or off, press INSERT+SHIFT+F12, or if using a Focus braille display, LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3. You can also use the Show time in status cells check box in Settings Center to toggle this feature. If your status cells are disabled, turning this feature on also temporarily enables them until you turn it off. Turning on or off the clock display affects all applications.
To change how the time is displayed, open Settings Center, search for "clock," and use the following options:
• Select or clear the 24-Hour Format check box to display the clock using either 24 hour or 12 hour time. For English, the default is to show 12 hour time, however, this may vary depending on the active JAWS language.
• Use the Time Format group of radio buttons to change the clock display between hours and minutes or minutes and seconds. The default is hours and minutes.
Both settings can be configured for specific applications. For example, you might want to change the time format to minutes and seconds in one application, but leave it on hours and minutes everywhere else.
If you prefer not to continuously show the clock, pressing a Cursor Router over the status cells area on most displays will briefly show the time as a flash message and then return to what is currently being displayed. Alternatively, if the clock is currently being shown, pressing a Cursor Router over a status cell causes what would normally be displayed to be briefly shown as a flash message.
Note: On certain braille displays, the cursor routers and status cells may have a unique function, which could impact this feature working completely on that display.

Other Changes

• When launching Teams, Zoom, or Skype, where it is beneficial to separate JAWS speech and audio in a call or meeting, JAWS or Fusion now displays a dialog box offering a quick tip on using the Sound Splitter feature. There is a check box in that dialog you can select to avoid seeing this reminder in the future.
• The Audio Ducking feature, , which lowers the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking, is now unavailable if JAWS has been routed to the left or right speaker using Sound Splitter.
• If you are focused on a link in an email message or web page that you are not sure about, you can now say a command like "Hey Sharky, Tell Me the Address" to quickly find out where the link is going.
• Addressed a reported issue in Word where JAWS was not indicating the word count status in a document when pressing INSERT+PAGE DOWN.
• Addressed reported issues where JAWS was not reading the Clipboard History (WINDOWS+V) or the Emoji panel (WINDOWS+PERIOD) in Windows 11.
• In Google Sheets, resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing the previous cell along with the current cell when using table navigation commands (ALT+CTRL+ARROW keys).
• Added a new Quick Settings option for Outlook 365 for toggling the sounds heard when the auto-complete list opens or closes when typing in message header fields like To or CC.
• When using JAWS on Citrix, improved performance with navigating Excel spreadsheets, and resolved an issue with Say All not working correctly in long documents.
• JAWS now says "selection deleted" when pressing DELETE on a selected block of text.
• After deleting a line in Word, resolved a reported issue where JAWS would only read the first letter of each line while navigating.
• Resolved an issue in Firefox where JAWS was announcing an extra item when tabbing into a radio button group.
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would continue to say "star" when pressing BACKSPACE in an empty login password field.
• When entering text into Word or an Outlook message in a language other than English, addressed an issue where JAWS was reading as if there were no spaces between words. This was observed with several international languages.
• When pressing CTRL+ENTER in Chrome to open a link in a new tab and you then used CTRL+TAB to switch to it, resolved an issue where JAWS would continue reading the previous page instead of the new page that gained focus.
• In Google Chat, added the ability to press CTRL+UP ARROW to display the most recent message from the chat history in the Chat edit field. This functionality will be available in an update to Google Chat coming soon.
• Added some early support for Windows Terminal/PowerShell in Windows 10 and 11. Note that we are still having some support issues, especially if you Alt Tab away and back. We are continuing to work on this for later updates.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2202.38 (and Fusion) for February 2022

The following is a list of improvements made between the December 2021 release and the February 2022 update.

Changes to Sentence Navigation Keystrokes in Desktop Layout

When using the JAWS Desktop keyboard layout, you can now press ALT+NUM PAD PLUS or ALT+NUM PAD MINUS to read the next or prior sentence in a document. This allows ALT+UP or ALT+DOWN ARROW, previously used for sentence navigation, to work as intended by specific applications. For instance, using ALT+UP or ALT+DOWN ARROW in Teams moves between open chats. The command to read the current sentence, ALT+NUM PAD 5, is still the same.

New Vocalizer Expressive Voices and Languages Now Available

The Add/Remove Voices utility in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion now offers 27 new voices and 6 new languages. The new languages include:
• Belgian French - Aude
• Farsi - Dariush
• Malay - Amira
• Slovenian - Tina
• Ukrainian - Lesya
• Vietnamese - Linh
The new voices for existing languages are:
• Arabic - Mariam
• Cantonese - Sin Ji
• English British - Stephanie
• English United States - Evan
• English United States - Noelle
• Hindi - Kiyara
• Japanese - Koharu
• Japanese - Nozomi
• Japanese - Seiji
• Korean - Minsu
• Korean - Nuri
• Mandarin Chinese - Bo Bo
• Mandarin Chinese - Lan Lan
• Mandarin Chinese - Lilian
• Mandarin Chinese - Lisheng
• Mandarin Chinese - Sha Sha
• Mandarin Chinese - Shan Shan
• Mandarin Chinese - Tao Tao
• Mandarin Chinese - Ting Ting
• Spanish Argentinian - Isabela
• Spanish Columbian - Ximena

These new voices will only be listed in the Add/Remove Voices utility for version 2022 or higher. Existing voices that worked in version 2021 of our products will continue to be available for use. If you look at the Add/Remove Programs list in Windows, you will notice that previous Vocalizer Expressive voices are listed with a version 2.2 while the new voices are listed with a version 21. Note that some of the new voices include an "ML" description as part of the name. This was done by Cerance, but can be ignored, and has no impact on how the voice sounds.

Other Changes

• In response to customer feedback, you can now quickly restart JAWS or fusion using the new layered command INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by F4. You can also speak a voice command like "Hey Sharky, Restart Program" at any time to restart JAWS or Fusion.
• When pressing ALT+WINDOWS+S in Zoom to silence alerts during webinars or meetings, they now only remain silent for the current JAWS session. The next time you restart JAWS, you will once again receive alerts. To permanently turn off Zoom alerts, press INSERT+V while focused in Zoom to open Quick Settings, and then toggle the Announce alerts option.
• Pressing INSERT+TAB in a Windows Save or Open file dialog box now announces the current file save location.
• If you choose to show the clock in the status cells of your braille display, dots 7 and 8 are no longer displayed to help make it easier to read the time.
• In addition to improved navigation in Word documents and Outlook messages introduced in the initial 2022 release, JAWS and Fusion users should now also experience improved performance when navigating Excel spreadsheets.
• When composing a message in Gmail using the Basic HTML view, resolved a reported issue where JAWS would constantly say "message body" while reviewing with the ARROW keys.
• Resolved an issue in Google Docs where JAWS was not indicating tables when navigating by paragraphs (CTRL+UP ARROW or CTRL+DOWN ARROW) with Braille Support enabled.
• When using Google Docs with Braille Support enabled, resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating a new line while navigating by character.
• In Google Docs, as well as Word and editable messages in Outlook, JAWS no longer reads the entire contents of a table cell when navigating with the ARROW keys. For example, if you are moving through a table using DOWN ARROW and you move to a different cell, JAWS now only reads the current line with focus instead of the entire cell. JAWS only reads the entire cell when using the table reading commands (ALT+CTRL+ARROW keys).
• When navigating dialogs in certain web-based applications, resolved an issue where JAWS would sometimes read the dialog title instead of the label for the current control.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly indicating indeterminate progress bars on web pages, which indicates that an operation is occurring, but specific progress time is not available.
• Resolved an issue where using first letter navigation to move to specific items in the Links List (INSERT+F7) was not working as expected in some situations.
• Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close if ALT+TAB was pressed while focused in the Search field of the Windows 11 Start menu.
• Added support for the Orbit Reader 40 braille display from Orbit Research.
• When using Mouse Echo, JAWS and Fusion no longer announces blank spaces as you move the mouse around the Desktop and only announces each icon as you move to it. Additionally, while JAWS and Fusion will speak the first time the mouse moves to an element such as a control in a dialog box or ribbon, Mouse Echo now remains silent until you move away from the current element to a different one.
• Improved support for Windows 11 SE, a simplified version of Windows installed on specific devices and intended for use in the classroom.
• Addressed issues with the Italian version of JAWS where certain keystrokes entered from a braille display such as the Focus were being incorrectly treated as English keystrokes.
• Updated many emoji names for several languages and added new ones.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2204.20 (and Fusion) for April 2022

The following is a list of improvements made between the February 2022 release and the April 2022 update.
JAWS April Update Fixes
• Added a new keystroke, INSERT+SHIFT+Z, to Temporarily suspend Navigation Quick Keys. This is useful if you need to use conflicting keystrokes provided by a website, but you do not want to completely turn off the Virtual Cursor. Navigation Quick Keys resume when you move focus away from the current browser window or navigate to a new page. While this new keystroke is the primary way to access this feature and is referenced in Command Search, the old command, CTRL+INSERT+N, still works for those users who may still press it out of habit.
• When Speech-On-Demand is active (INSERT+SPACEBAR, S) and you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, V, C to activate the Sound Cards layer, you will now hear speech as you use UP or DOWN ARROW to select a different sound device.
• Addressed an issue reported by some users where speech would unexpectedly be lost after starting JAWS.
• Addressed a reported issue where capitalized words were not being read correctly when JAWS was configured to indicate capitalization when reading by word. This only occurred when using Eloquence.
• Improved JAWS support for tables on web pages that scroll to visually show additional rows as you navigate with the ARROW keys.
• Addressed a reported issue where pressing CTRL+INSERT+R to list all regions on web pages was not working in Forms Mode.
• When switching between open document tabs in Google docs, resolved a reported issue where the name of the current tab was not announced if multiple tabs had the same name.
• In Google Docs, removed the JAWS commands for moving to the start or end of a table row (ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT or RIGHT ARROW) so Google can make use of these keystrokes in an upcoming release.
• Added a new Quick Settings option to help improve JAWS performance when navigating large spreadsheets in Excel for Office 365. If JAWS appears to be sluggish as you navigate a particular spreadsheet, open Quick Settings (INSERT+V) and turn off Allow performance impacting features. This turns off features known to impact performance including named title regions, multiple region detection on worksheets, and auto detection of row or column totals on spreadsheets where no formulas exist for totals calculation. These features tend to result in a slower response time with very large spreadsheets.
• In Office 365, JAWS now correctly indicates when a cell in an Excel workbook contains a note or comment. You can then press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE to read the note or comment for the current cell. Note that if a comment contains a thread of replies, this keystroke only reads the initial comment in the thread. To review the entire comment thread for a cell, or see all cells with comments, use F6 or SHIFT+F6 to cycle to the Comments pane. If this pane is not currently visible, press ALT+R to access the Review tab and select Show Comments. To list all cells with notes, press CTRL+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE.
• When opening the Outlook Scheduling Assistant, the JAWS Virtual Viewer no longer appears as it interfered with a sighted ZoomText or Fusion User's view of the window. JAWS users can still navigate the contents of the Scheduling Assistant using the ARROW keys.
• Resolved an issue where group headers in menus were not being announced in Microsoft Office apps.
• Updated the help text for the Announce alerts option in the JAWS Quick Settings for Zoom to mention the ALT+WINDOWSKey+S keystroke for temporarily toggling alerts.
• The Convert Currency lookup source is once again available for Research It.
• When focused on ARIA content and ALT+INSERT+M is pressed to move to a target element, JAWS now reads the current line that gains focus.
• The Liblouis braille translator used by JAWS and Fusion has been updated to version 3.21.0.
• Resolved an issue with the Italian version of JAWS where various emoji symbols were not being announced as expected.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2206.9 (and Fusion) for June 2022

The following is a list of improvements made between the April 2022 release and the June 2022 update.

Notification History

In JAWS 2021, we introduced a keystroke for quickly announcing the most recent notification. However, due to the sheer volume of notifications that can potentially be received on a daily basis depending on the applications in use, there was no easy way to review prior notifications you may have missed.

JAWS and Fusion 2022 now allows you to display a history of recently received notifications and gives you more control over which notifications you hear or whether they are displayed in braille. For example, you may want JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message. You can even choose to exclude specific notifications from appearing in the recent notifications list. For instance, there may be certain repetitive messages you may want to hear, such as notifications from Edge confirming the loading status of a page, but you may not want these messages cluttering up your history.

To open the Notification History dialog box, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N. This feature can also be accessed from the Utilities menu in the JAWS main window, or through the Run JAWS Manager dialog box (INSERT+F2). Once open, focus is placed in a list containing notifications received from Windows and applications during the past 24 hours if JAWS or Fusion were running. Use the ARROW keys to navigate and review items in the list. Pressing the APPLICATIONS key on the selected notification opens a context menu where you can choose to create a rule to customize how it is spoken or shown in braille , or don't show the selected notification at all in the history. When you are finished reviewing notifications, press ESC to close the Notification History.

You can also access the Notification History using the Voice Assistant by saying "Hey Sharky, Notification History," or "Hey Sharky, Notifications."

If you only want to hear the most recent notification without opening a dialog box, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by SHIFT+N.

For more details on creating and managing your own notification rules, refer to the Notification History topic in the JAWS Help.

Other Changes

• You can now say "Hey Sharky, Say Version" or "Hey Sharky, What Version," to get the version of the current application. This is the same as pressing CTRL+INSERT+V.
• Addressed reported issues where JAWS was not working reliably with iTunes.
• Resolved a reported issue where a script load error was displayed when attempting to open the Math Viewer or Math Editor to view or edit an equation.
• When activating a button on a web page that opens a modal dialog, such as a calendar, resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the entire contents of the dialog all at once as soon as it gained focus.
• Added a new Quick Settings option, indicate text inside INS and DEL Elements, which is on by default. When enabled, JAWS or Fusion indicates inserted or deleted text on web pages as you navigate with the Virtual Cursor.
• In addition to web browsers, JAWS and Fusion now announce live region updates in all applications where they are supported. In situations where you need to turn off these announcements, open Settings Center and search for "Announce live region updates." This option can be configured for all applications, or for a specific app or website domain.
• If Forms Mode is set to Manual, addressed a reported issue where Forms Mode was turning off automatically instead of remaining active when moving away from edit fields.
• Resolved issues navigating tables on web pages containing multiple header rows.
• Added Keyboard Help (INSERT+1) for the commands to move to a prior heading level (SHIFT+1 through 6).
• When using the mouse to visually select text in Outlook messages while running JAWS or Fusion, resolved an issue where pressing CTRL+C was not copying the selected text to the Clipboard as expected unless text was selected using the keyboard.
• Resolved a reported issue in Outlook where JAWS was saying "read only edit" when opening a message. You now only hear "read only edit" if the Messages Automatically Read Quick Settings option is turned off, so you know when you move into the message.
• When typing in the body of a new message in Outlook and you type the @ symbol followed by part of a user's name to open the @Mentions menu, JAWS now reads the position and total number of names in the list of suggestions.
• After using the JAWS Math Editor to insert an equation into a Word document, addressed a reported issue where the application window was no longer maximized.
• When inserting a text box into a Word document, addressed an issue where JAWS was not displaying descriptions of the different text box types in braille.
• In response to customer feedback, the INSERT+C command is now available in the Office 365 spell checker to read the current spelling error in context.
• Addressed an issue with the Playback tab of the Change System Sounds dialog box where JAWS was not correctly reading the list of devices.
• Resolved an issue with Thorian Reader, an app for reading ePub books, where JAWS was not able to focus on descriptions of images when selecting the link to view the description.
• Resolved an issue where the feature to help Avoid speech cut off when using Bluetooth headphones or some sound cards, accessed from Setting Center, was not working as expected over a remote Citrix connection.
• Resolved a reported issue with navigating ribbon controls in a specific application used by several customers in France.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2207.25 (and Fusion) for July 2022

The following is a list of improvements made between the June 2022 release and the July 2022 update.

• The Liblouis braille translator used by JAWS and Fusion has been updated to version 3.22.0.
• When pressing ENTER on a link that moves focus to another location on the current web page, resolved a reported issue where the Virtual Cursor was not getting moved to the new location even though the page visually scrolled.
• Resolved an issue where pressing ENTER in a multiline edit box in Chrome or Edge was unexpectedly moving focus back to the top.
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading the Note pad status bar in Windows 11 when pressing INSERT+PAGE DOWN.
• Resolved issues navigating the Address List dialog box in Word, which is accessed through the Mailings tab (ALT+M).
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not detecting the clickable graphics on Rumble.com for starting video playback.
• JAWS now announces the lock status of the FN key when pressing FN+ESC. Note that this primarily works with the Microsoft Surface laptop, Surface tablet, or Surface Keyboard and may not work with other vendors such as Dell at this time. When the FN key is locked, you can press the function keys to adjust settings like volume or screen brightness without first needing to hold down the FN key.
• When searching for text in a Word document, resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading the selected item as you navigated the list of results.
• Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+CTRL+1 through 8 was not reading the associated column in the list of files in File Explorer or the message list in Outlook.
• In response to a customer request, added several international symbols to the Select a Symbol to Print dialog box (INSERT+4) which allows you to quickly choose a symbol and insert it into the current document.

Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2211.7 (November 2022)

The following is a list of improvements made between the July 2022 release and the November 2022 update.

To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.

  • Changes were made in the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizer drivers to fix increased memory usage issues caused by Waves MaxxAudio. This application is often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves MaxxAudio application to resolve these performance issues, you can now reenable it. This is only necessary if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device as soon as you connect it, such as headphones.
  • The Italian and Portuguese versions of JAWS now support the Voice Assistant feature.


Enhancements in JAWS 2022.2307.1 (Juli 2023)

The following is a list of improvements made between the November 2022 release and the July 2023 update.

To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.

  • Addressed an issue with multiple ARIA live region updates that use the aria-atomic attribute where JAWS was announcing all updates instead of the most recent one.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not reading in context menus for links in Google Chrome.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS not properly announcing updates for live regions that use aria-atomic=false.
  • Addressed an issue in Gmail where JAWS was not speaking live region updates with the Virtual Cursor off.
  • Resolved an issue on certain web pages where text was being truncated when read by JAWS.
  • Addressed an issue where not all alerts were being announced on some web pages.


Senast uppdaterat Juli 2023

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