Re: JAWS 18 and Calculator

Marquette, Ed <ed.marquette@...>

That’s handy.  I know when I just do a search for calculator, unlike Wordpad, which was immediately available, my install of Windows 10 sent me to some app store, and I certainly was not going to buy something that has been free with windows for well over a decade.

When someone at Tech Support clicked on something she called a “Windows Box,” the calculator became immediately available.

I suppose I could put Calculator on the desktop, and that’s a good idea, but I’m having so much fun with Windows and the number keys that I don’t use my desktop shortcuts all that much.

I think I may, indeed, need to repair JAWS on Monday.  I cannot do it myself because I do not have administrative rights.  WHAT A PAIN!

There may indeed be something amiss with my install.  It refuses to recognize my Vocalizer Expressive 2.0 installs, and I’ve repaired them several times (I can repair them, but not JAWS).

With JAWS 18, as installed, the tab keys jump to a whole range of buttons, including buttons that apparently represent numbers.  I cannot, however, get to an edit box to enter numbers manually.  Again, there are no problems in JAWS 17.



From: [] On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS 18 and Calculator


Hi, Edward. I did something a little different with the calculator. I put Calculator into the search box by pressing the WinKey. When Calculator came up, I pressed the Applications key, and arrowed down to “Open File Location”. After pressing ENTER, System32 opened, and I was taken directly to the calc.exe file within system32. Once there, I was able to go to the New submenu and create a shortcut on my desktop. So I don’t even need to go to the Task Bar. The calculator is on my desktop.


Bill White



From: [] On Behalf Of Marquette, Ed
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:08 AM
Subject: JAWS 18 and Calculator


I saw a number of posts on this list earlier about the calculator.  Indeed, in Windows 10, it is hidden.  With a little sighted assistance, however, we found it and pinned it to the task bar, which was a good solution.

And, a huge thanks to the discussion about using the Windows Key and numbers keys to jump to applications.  I had forgotten about those commands entirely.  Now, I use them all the time.  They are fantastic!

Well, I installed JAWS 18 yesterday.  ALAS!  The calculator that worked so well in JAWS 17 appears to be completely broken in JAWS 18 or, if not broken, is implemented so badly as to be useless.

It is so good to be able to keep old versions of JAWS around so that when Freedom Scientific screws up, as they did with calculator, one can go back to a prior version.  The calculator works great in JAWS 17.  It seems unusable in JAWS 18.



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