JAWS for Windows Keyboard Commands

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JAWS for Windows Keyboard Commands

 

Reading Commands

Command

Description

Insert + ↓

Say All

Page Up/Page Down

Increase/Decrease voice rate while using Say All

Ctrl

Stop Reading

Insert + ↑

Current line

Insert + ←/→

Previous/next word

Prior line

Next line

←/→

Previous/Next character/Rewind/Fast Forward during Say All

Insert+F5

Refresh JAWS buffer

F5 or Shift+F5

Refresh the web page.

 

 

Navigation Commands (for correctly structured and well organized website)

To navigate forward and backward through links and form elements on the page, use Tab and Shift + Tab.

 

 

Hotkeys

Command

Description

H

Headings

R

Landmarks (in JAWS versions before 15, use ;)

Q

Main content (JAWS 15+ only)

F

Forms

T

Tables

N

Non-link text (i.e., skip to the first thing that isn't a link - useful for skipping table of contents, etc.)

B

Buttons

L

Lists

I

Items in a list

1-6

Headings level 1-6

Shift + Hotkey

Navigate through element in reverse order (works with most hotkeys)

Ctrl + Insert + Hotkey

For most hotkeys, this will display a list of that type of element (e.g., Ctrl + Insert + T for a list of tables)

 

 

Miscellaneous Commands

Command

Description

Insert + F1

Help with current element

Insert + F5

List of Form Elements

Insert + F6

List of Headings

Insert + F7

List of Links

Ctrl + Home

Top of the page

Ctrl + End

Bottom of the Page (Shift + Tab when you are at the top of the page will go to the last link or form element on a page)

Alt + D or F6

Browser address bar

Insert+h

JAWS Help virtual viewer, lists JAWS commands for application/program.

Insert+w

Windows Help virtual viewer, lists Windows keyboard commands for current application/program.

 

 

Table Navigation Commands

Command

Description

T or Shift+t

Skip to a table

Ctrl + Alt and ↑/↓/←/→ to move from cell to cell

Navigate between cells

Ctrl + Alt + 5 (on the numeric keypad)

Read the row and/or column headers for the current cell.

Form Navigation Commands

To access a form element, press Enter to go into forms mode.

Note: Hotkeys are disabled when you are inserting text in forms mode.

 

Command

Description

Enter or the Enter/= key on the NumPad

Turn forms mode on.

Tab and Shift + Tab

Navigate through the form controls.

Spacebar

Select and deselect checkboxes.

↑/↓

Select from a group of radio buttons.

↑/↓

Select an element in combo/drop down boxes.

Press Escape or the Plus key on the NumPad.

Exit forms mode

                                   

Note: JAWS automatically leaves forms mode when you press Enter to submit the form, navigate to a new page, or select a button.

 

 

More Information

  • All Windows and browser-specific keyboard commands can also be used to navigate websites. For a complete list of Windows and Internet Explorer keyboard commands, go to:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#bodyContentPane&keyboard-shortcuts=windows-7

and

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/ie-keyboard-shortcuts#ie=ie-11-win-7

 

  • For a list of Mozilla Firefox keyboard commands, go to:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts-perform-firefox-tasks-quickly

 

  • For a detailed tutorial on how to use JAWS for Windows to evaluate website accessibility, go to WebAIM: Using JAWS to Evaluate Web Accessibility at:

http://webaim.org/articles/jaws/

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