ATC Quickstart: JAWS for Windows
JAWS is a feature rich screen reader. It allows a person who is blind to access a computer using speech or Braille output.
- Make sure that the level of sound coming from the speakers is acceptable; adjust volume as necessary
- Choose ATL from the Start menu
- Click on JAWS
(JAWS can also be accessed by pressing <Ctrl> + <ALT>+<J>)
- Activate the PC cursor by pressing the <+> and using the numeric keypad combinations or the arrow keys to navigate and edit text within the active window.
- Activate the JAWS cursor by pressing the <-> on the numeric keypad and begin using the keypad combinations and/or the arrow keys to navigate the Windows environment.
- To silence speech output, press the <Ctrl> key.
The Access Technology Center has an ALVA 544 Braille display that can be used in conjunction with JAWS for Windows if desired. The ALVA 544 presents text, graphic, and other information in Braille corresponding what is displayed on the computer screen. If you are interested using the ALVA, please view the quickstart, and if you need help contact the ATL Staff.
Click the file menu at the top of the JAWS window and select exit or press the <Alt> + <F4> key.
Access the program's extensive help files by selecting the help menu at the top of the JAWS window or by pressing <F1> when the JAWS window is active.
For additional help with JAWS for Windows, consult the manual located on the manual shelf or contact ATC staff.