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The Jaws Key Defined

By Adrian Davids

The Insert key is often used through Jaws in conjunction with other keys in order to perform certain tasks such as reading documents, navigate screens, brows the World Wide Web etc. The Insert key is then referred to as the Jaws key. You have the option of choosing as to wich key you want as the Jaws key.
Your options are:

  1. The Inser key.
  2. The Caps Lock key.
  3. The Scroll Lock key.

To assign the Jaws key to any of the keys above, you can change the assignment of the key in itself, or change your computer keyboard layout. Let’s look at each one in turn.

Setting up a different Jaws key.

  1. Press the Windows key plus M to put the focus on the Desktop.
  2. Press J untill you get to the Jaws Icon.
  3. Press Enter to highlight the Jaws application Window.
  4. Press Alt plus U to open the Utilities menu.
  5. Next, press the down arrow untill you get to the Configuration Manager item.
  6. Press Enter here
  7. Next, press Alt plus S, followed by the letter K to open Keyboard options.
  8. Press Tab untill you hear Jaws speak something similar to the following: “Jaws key for Desktop layout Insert radio button checked, 1 of 3. To change the selection, use the arrow keys.” Here you can decide wich key you want to use as the Jaws key.
  9. Once done, press Tab untill you get to the Ok button, press the Space Bar to save your changes.
  10. When you exit the Configuration Manager, “By pressing Alt plus f4,” it will ask you if you want to save your changes before closing, just press Space Bar or Enter if this is your wish.
  11. That’s it, you now have a new Jaws key. Go ahead and try it out and see how it works for you.

Next, we’ll look at changing your keyboard layout.


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