Re: disabling forms mode

De Miguel Carballo, María Ángeles

You can select automatically Forms Mode in the Jaws Settings Center , there is an option named Forms Mode.
This is the explanation that FS gives.
Hope that helps

Use radio buttons in this group to automatically or manually enter Forms Mode. Select Auto to automatically enter Forms Mode when you press TAB, SHIFT+TAB, or the ARROW Keys to move to a control. Auto Forms Mode means that you can freely type in the edit field without having to first press ENTER. When you exit the control, Forms Mode turns off. This functionality can be very useful for new and sighted JAWS users. Auto Forms Mode is on by default. Select Manual to manually control Forms Mode operation. Manual Forms Mode is used by default when using Navigation Quick Keys to jump to a form control, such as F or E for the next form field or edit box. This means that when you move into an edit field or combo box control, you must press ENTER first to type text or select a value. To manually exit Forms Mode, press NUM PAD PLUS or ESC. Manually controlling Forms Mode may be better suited for experienced users. Note: When Forms Mode is on, Say Line or Say All reads all text on the current line. This includes labels and descriptions.

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De: Jfw [] En nombre de Carolyn Arnold via Jfw
Enviado el: viernes, 14 de agosto de 2015 1:35
Para: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
CC: Carolyn Arnold
Asunto: RE: disabling forms mode

That does clarify - will share that one with my husband.

Best from,


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Michal Nowicki via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:29 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.' <>
Cc: Michal Nowicki <>
Subject: RE: disabling forms mode

Hello Sandra,

Forms Mode is an absolutely necessary JAWS feature because without it, there would be no way to distinguish between typing on a web page and using navigation quick keys. For instance, if there were no forms mode, JAWS wouldn't know how to respond when you press the letter "h" because it wouldn't know whether you want to type an "h" or if you wish to move to the next heading on the page. This obviously is not an issue for sighted people because they navigate the web visually. I hope this clarifies why Forms Mode is an essential component of JAWS and other screen readers.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Sandra Streeter via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:54 PM
Cc: Sandra Streeter <>
Subject: disabling forms mode

Hello all:

I am a JAWS 16 user who has used JAWS for years. I’ve always found myself frustrated to have to press Enter anytime I want to start or stop entries in Forms Mode; sighted people can just type their info in, without the extra steps. Is there a way I could disable Forms Mode so that I could just type in the needed info? I am a fast typist and find that I go faster than the field can appear or disappear! It would be nice if, upon reaching a form field, JAWS could just say, “to field,” then you immediately type a person’s name, for instance... I’ve always been mystified about the purpose of Forms Mode: what issues was it designed to address? Any responses are appreciated.

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