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Working with JAWS: Keystroke Quick Reference Chart

Using the JAWS screen reading software requires that the user know a large set of keystroke combinations to get the most from the application.

For Web Browsing Using Internet Explorer:

While JAWS works with all Windows applications, the power of JAWS is that it relies on scripts associated with individual applications, allowing the association of keystroke combinations to specific functions within each application. The following associations then have been developed specifically for Internet Explorer.

Back a PageALT + LEFT ARROW or Backspace
Forward a PageALT + RIGHT ARROW
Move to Address BarALT + D
List LinksINSERT + F7
Next LinkTAB
Prior LinkSHIFT + TAB
Next Visited LinkV
Prior Visited LinkSHIFT + V
Open LinkENTER
Next Non Link TextN or INSERT + ENTER
Prior Non Link TextSHIFT + N or INSERT + SHIFT +ENTER
Skip past element E
Next same element S
Next different elementD
Next listL
Next tableT
List HeadingsINSERT + F6
Next Heading H
Prior HeadingSHIFT + H
Enter Forms ModeENTER or NUM PAD SLASH
Move to First Form FieldCTRL + INSERT + HOME
Move to Next Form FieldF
Exit Forms ModeNUM PAD PLUS
To get information on the current elementINSERT + F1
Next FrameCTRL + TAB
List FramesINSERT + F9
Reload Web PageF5
Refresh JAWSINSERT + ESC

Reading Tables:

JAWS automatically reformats tables so that the information is easier to read. JAWS will indicate when a table is present by indicating the number of columns and rows in the current table; it will also read the summary attribute if present. JAWS will also announce, "Table End", when it reaches the end of the table. In properly developed tables, JAWS users can also get the "cross reference" or cell association information (the associated <th> information), essential in comprehending large or complicated tables. Tables are always read in a linear fashion, from top left cell to bottom right cell, row by row, using normal JAWS reading keystrokes (Up Arrow, Down Arrow, Insert-Down Arrow, etc.) JAWS also offers these keystrokes to read information in a table:

Read the current cellALT - CTRL - CENTER
Table Cell AssociationCONTROL - ALT - NUMPAD 5
Read Row R
Next row WINDOWS KEY + DOWN ARROW
Prior row WINDOWS KEY + UP ARROW
Read the next cellALT - CTRL - RIGHT ARROW
Read the prior cellALT - CTRL - LEFT ARROW
Read Column C
Read the cell below the current cellALT - CTRL - DOWN ARROW
Read the cell above the current cellALT - CTRL - UP ARROW
Move to the first cell in the tableALT - CTRL - HOME
Move to the last cell in the tableALT - CTRL - END

Miscellaneous Browsing Information:

For Reading Text:

Say CharacterNUM PAD 5
Switch between standard and military alphabetNUMPAD 5 pressed twice quickly
Say Prior Character LEFT ARROW
Say Next Character RIGHT ARROW
Say WordINSERT + NUM PAD 5
Spell WordINSERT + NUM PAD 5 pressed twice quickly
Say Prior Word INSERT + LEFT ARROW
Say Next Word INSERT + RIGHT ARROW
Say LineINSERT + UP ARROW
Say Prior LineUP ARROW
Say Next LineDOWN ARROW
Say SentenceALT + NUM PAD 5
Say Prior SentenceALT + UP ARROW
Say Next SentenceALT + DOWN ARROW
Say ParagraphCTRL + NUM PAD 5
Say Prior ParagraphCTRL + UP ARROW
Say Next ParagraphCTRL + DOWN ARROW
Say to CursorINSERT + HOME
Say from CursorINSERT + PAGE UP
Say AllINSERT + DOWN ARROW
Say Color INSERT + 5
Say Font INSERT + F

For Temporarily Changing Voice Rate

During Say All:

Increase Voice Rate PAGE DOWN
Decrease Voice Rate PAGE UP

When not in Say All:

Increase Voice Rate ALT + CTRL + PAGE DOWN
Decrease Voice Rate ALT + CTRL + PAGE UP
Restore Normal Voice Settings INSERT + ESC

Informational:

Interrupt Speech CTRL
Say Window Title INSERT + T
Say Window Prompt and Text INSERT + TAB
JAWS Find CTRL + INSERT + F
JAWS Find Next INSERT + F3
Say Top Line of Window INSERT + END
Say Bottom Line of Window INSERT + PAGE DOWN
Say Selected Text INSERT + SHIFT + DOWN ARROW
Get Application VersionCTRL + INSERT + V
Jaws cursor which is used to move the mouseNUMPAD MINUS
PC cursorNUMPAD PLUS

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