Re: jaws not reading screens is it just me?

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>

Hi Mark,

Yes, you do have a Touch Cursor, follow these notes & it will be explained:
Original Message
From: Londa Peterson
I have found that I can navigate malwarebytes with the touch cursor. This
even works in Windows 7. In fact, I find that the touch cursor works better
than the JAWS cursor most of the time these days. Sometimes I think I even
get access to more content than I ever did with the JAWS cursor. Give it a

From: Maria Campbell
Touch cursor in Windows 7? Where to find it? How to access it?
Sunny Day
Maria Campbell

From: Londa Peterson
Press shift with the PC cursor command. Press the PC cursor twice to turn it
off. The gestures won't work in Windows 7 of course, but the keyboard
commands will. If you go into JAWS help and search for touch cursor, you
should find a list of the keyboard commands. If you can't find it, I'll post
a copy if necessary.

From: Dave Carlson
Shift+NumPad Enter will activate touch cursor. Pressing NumPad Enter twice
quickly will return to PC cursor. Haven't experimented yet with it, but it
does come up in Windows 7.
Dave Carlson

From: Dave Carlson
Oops. Should have been NumPad Plus, not NumPad Enter. Sorry.
Dave Carlson

From: Dave Carlson
Here's more information, cut from the JAWS Keyboard Help pages:

Using the Touch Cursor
Certain applications, especially many of the modern-style apps found in
Windows 8, do not always work as expected with JAWS when navigating with the
standard cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC cursors. Activating the new
Touch Cursor enables you to use the ARROW keys on your computer's keyboard,
or the controls on your braille display, to navigate through the actual
objects in an application similar to using gestures on the touch screen of a
tablet. Application objects include everything from menu bars, toolbars, and
progress bars, to form controls, regions, links, etc. Press SHIFT+NUM PAD
PLUS, or SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON if using the laptop keyboard layout, to
activate the Touch Cursor. To turn it off, activate one of the other
cursors, like the JAWS or PC Cursor. Pressing the PC Cursor command (NUM PAD
PLUS) will cause JAWS to say "Touch Cursor" and the Touch Cursor will remain
active. If Tutor Messages are enabled, JAWS will also speak the message
"Double tap to activate PC cursor". Press the PC Cursor command twice
quickly to turn off the Touch Cursor and activate the PC Cursor.

The Touch Cursor is enabled by default in certain Windows 8 applications to
improve navigation. These apps include News, Weather, and Store. Whenever
you move focus to one of these apps, the Touch Cursor is automatically
activated. To automatically enable the Touch Cursor in another application,
press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings while focused in the application where
you want to use the Touch Cursor, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and
then select Automatic Activation. You must do this for every application
where you want to have JAWS automatically turn on the Touch Cursor.

Navigating With the Touch Cursor
To move to the next or previous object on the screen, press RIGHT or LEFT
ARROW. You can also use TAB or SHIFT+TAB.

To move by a specific object type, press UP or DOWN ARROW. By default, the
UP and DOWN ARROWS will move by regions, or by groups if you are on the
Windows 8 Start Screen. To change what object type these commands move by,
press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to cycle through the available types using the
navigation rotor.

For example, if you want the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move by headings,
press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN until you hear "headings. Now, pressing UP or
DOWN ARROW will move to the next or previous heading.

Press CTRL+HOME to move to the first object and press CTRL+END to move to
the last object. To announce the current object, press INSERT+UP ARROW. To
perform a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move through the
application and speak each object, press INSERT+DOWN ARROW.

As you navigate using the ARROW keys, the system focus does not follow the
Touch Cursor. This allows you to freely navigate through objects without
changing the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing SPACEBAR
or ENTER on the current object will move focus to that object and perform
the appropriate action. For instance, opening a menu, selecting a check box,
or activating a button or link. In addition, a rectangle will be displayed
around the currently selected object to visually indicate the location of
the Touch cursor for sighted users.

To quickly move the Touch Cursor to the object that currently has focus,
press INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS, or CAPS LOCK+APOSTROPHE if using the laptop
keyboard layout. JAWS will route the Touch Cursor to the currently selected
object and announce it. The Touch Cursor will remain active after performing
this command.

To determine what object types will be announced as you navigate with the
Touch Cursor, press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings, expand the Touch Cursor
Options group, then move to Configure Types. This group lists all available
types that can be navigated to using the Touch Cursor. Use the SPACEBAR to
select or clear a type. Types that are selected are announced while types
that are not selected are ignored.

Note: The Configure Types option only appears in Quick Settings if the Touch
Cursor is currently active when Quick Settings is opened.

Touch Cursor Navigation Quick Keys
While the Touch Cursor is active, you can use Navigation Quick Keys to
quickly jump to various types of objects, such as regions, headings, links,
form controls, and so on. These commands are similar to the Navigation Quick
Keys that are used when navigating HTML and PDF documents with the Virtual
PC Cursor.

By default, Touch Navigation Quick Keys are not enabled when the Touch
Cursor is activated. This allows you to fully use applications that support
typing in the main window. For example, the Windows 8 News app lets you type
so you can quickly locate specific stories.

If you would like Touch Navigation Quick keys to be enabled automatically
when the Touch Cursor is activated in a specific application, press INSERT+V
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application, navigate to the
Touch Cursor Options group, and select Touch Quick Keys. You can also press
INSERT+Z while the Touch Cursor is active to temporarily toggle Touch
Navigation Quick Keys on or off.

The following Navigation Quick Keys are available:

Note: You can add the SHIFT Key to any of these commands to move to the
previous occurrence of that element.

A - Next radio button
B - Next button
C - Next combo box
D - Next document
E - Next edit field
F - Next form field
G - Next image
H - Next heading
I - Next list item
K - Next link
L - Next list
M - Next menu
O - Next tool bar
P - Next pane
Q - Next tab
R - Next region
S - Next occurrence of static text
T - Next table
U - Next group
V - Next tree view
X - Next check box
Z - Next status b

Dave Carlson

From: Londa Peterson
Here's some more from the JAWS help

Next Object RIGHT ARROW or TAB
Next Object by Type DOWN ARROW
Prior Object by Type UP ARROW
Cycle Through Object Navigation Types PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN
First Object CTRL+HOME
Last Object CTRL+END
Say Current Object INSERT+UP ARROW
Say All with Touch Cursor INSERT+DOWN ARROW
Route Touch Cursor to Focused Object INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS
Advanced Navigation NUM PAD STAR

From: Londa Peterson
Actually, I use the keyboard commands for said gestures. I don't have a
touch screen on my Windows 7 computer. It seems to do what the JAWS cursor
used to do. I haven't had a whole lot of luck with the JAWS cursor of late,
and several people have told me that this works. So I decided to give it a
try, and it works quite well.

From: Londa Peterson
The touch cursor was introduced in JAWS 15 in order to allow JAWS to work
with modern apps. In Windows 8 and above you can use the touch screen with
gestures or keyboard commands that simulate the gestures. In Windows 7 you
can't use the screen gestures even if you happen to have a touch screen, but
you can use the keyboard commands. They've gotten me out of many a jam.

Take care.
This email was sent from my, iBarstool. Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Furness via Jfw
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Mark Furness
Sent: Sunday, August 23, 2015 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: jaws not reading screens is it just me?

I do not have a touch cursor. I believe you mean a touch screen?

On Aug 22, 2015, at 3:46 PM, Mark via Jfw <> wrote:

Hello Mark,

I have not yet installed Firefox on my Windows 10 PC but I have had much
success using the Jaws Touch Cursor when attempting to read dialog boxes

Perhaps you should give the Touch cursor a try.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Mark Furness
via Jfw
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:47 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Mark Furness
Subject: jaws not reading screens is it just me?

Running windows10 and jaws 16 most internet reading with firefox jaws will
not read the screen. Doing jaws cursor or invisible cursor makes no
differance.I hear ok at time but can not read what I am saying ok to.
had this problem in windows7. Is this just a new thing in windows10 or
a firefox problem?

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