Re: Notes on Windows 8 and JAWS compatibility


To do this, press Windows key+Q, then press tab twice. Then use up and down
arrow keys to move through all of your apps.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 1:04 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Re: Notes on Windows 8 and JAWS compatibility

This sounds like one big mess. If there is no start menu, how do you scroll
through your list of installed programs? Suppose I'm having a senior
moment, and I just can't remember the name of that word processing program
that I installed as an alternative to MS Word. In XP, I would simply go to
aAll Programs, and scroll through the list of programs until I landed on
Jarte. Ah, that's it! How can you do this in Windows 8? Is there an
equivalent to the XP All Programs feature?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Lee" <>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 3:51 PM
Subject: Notes on Windows 8 and JAWS compatibility

Hi folks,
Due to many interests on JAWS 14's performance with Windows 8, I decided
write some usage notes (mostly in preparation for Win8's release next
Test machine specs:
* OS: Windows 8 Pro.
* JAWS version: 14.0.730 Beta 2.

Windows 8 specifics:
* Versions: Windows 8, windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT
(run-time). The last one is available for ARM tablets, meaning that JAWS
will not run on it.
* Start menu has been replaced by "start screen" - a combination of
start menu's search functionality and home screens of many smartphone
operating systems. Press Windows key to launch start screen. Initially,
you'll be placed at app tiles screen where you can use arrow keys to move
around the screen of apps. Once you start typing, search bar appears so
can search among apps, files and settings. From within the list of app
tiles, press tab to move to users control where you can press SPACE to
user specific menu such as signing off and switching users).
* charms bar: on the right side of the screen is a vertical bar known as
"charms bar". Press Windows key+C to open this bar. This area contains
items (refered to as charms): Start screen (Windows key), Search charm
(shortcut depends on categories), Settings (Windows key+I), Share (Windows
key+H) and Devices (Windows key+K). The Settings charm is used to view
common settings such as network connection name and strength, volume and
power options. It also contains a shortcut for Control Panel housed in a
combo box. The Search charm allows one to search for apps (Windows Key+Q),
files (Windows Key+F) and settings (Windows key+W). The Devices charm
one to project to a second screen, and Share charm allows data to be
from desktop to other computers.
* From anywhere on Windows 8, press Windows key+D to go to Desktop. Or,
start screen, navigate the tiles until you hear "desktop" and press ENtER.
* Windows Explorer (now File Explorer) uses ribbon interface.
* IE10: Initially, when you start IE10, you'll use Metro style version of
IE10. To switch to regular IE10, press Windows key+R to open Run, type an
address, press ENTER and use Tools/Options to change to regular interface.
The user interface of IE10 is similar to IE9 except JAWS will not read you
auto-complete suggestions on address bar.
* Power Users menu: on some systems (I assume all), pressing Windows key+X
brings power usrs menu for running admin functions, such as command
task manager and control panel. This menu houses mobility center as well.
* Windows Mobility Center: since Windows key+X is used for power users
to go to mobility center, from power users menu, press B. Most of the
mobility center's settings are now housed in Settings charm. Consequently,
it is now easier to connect to wireless networks or change volume.
* Shutdown: Since start screen does not have shutdown option, to do this,
press Windows key+I, press tab until you go to "power options", press
then choose shutdown. By default, the way Windows 8 shuts itself off is
different from that of previous Windows version (for more info on this, I
suggest reading online articles on what's called 'hybrid boot"; I'll
this in more detail on Blind Windows 8 list later).

JAWS and Windows 8:
* Within start screen, when you move around app tiles, a sound is heard
JAWS detects that a tile takes up twice the space of other tiles.
* When searching apps, JAWS reads the first result as you type your text.
* In some applications, when the window is maximized, JAWS does not read
status bar items (could be my computer only, as I'm using a computer that
bought in 2009).
* While copying/cutting files and when there are conflicts such as files
with same names, JAWS does not read focused buttons.
* JAWS may or may not support metro style apps.
* As far as I can tell, JAWS does not have touch gestures (you may have
thinking of a free screen reader which does have support for touchscreens
under Win8).

Hope this helps. For anyone who are interested in learning more about
Windows 8, I'd like to suggest subscribing to Blind Windows 8 mailing
hosted by Yahoo Groups. Thanks.

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