Re: Jaws and "Combo Boxes"

Gudrun Brunot

I have trouble with them almost all the time, for example, on a website for clothing, the "select size" combo box won't stay open, or the select color...


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Shirley Tracy
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: Jaws and "Combo Boxes"

Thanks to those of you who responded. Maria, now I don't feel all alone.

To clarify: I use alt plus up arrow; when that doesn't work, I use alt plus down arrow (you never know). If that doesn't work, I just treat it as a link and it often opens. But my trouble isn't with opening it--my problem is keeping it open. It's frustrating if I don't press a letter quickly enough to select one of the options in the box. If I want to arrow down to read the choices, I'm out of luck. It selects the first choice, before I can do anything. And then it closes and my choice is made--even if I didn't want that one.

Shirley Tracy
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---- Maria Campbell <> wrote:

I find a problem with combo boxes lately as well.
Faithfulness does not begin with large tasks-if it is not present in small things, it does not exist at all.

On 5/27/2017 2:18 PM, Sieghard Weitzel wrote:
What keystroke do you use to open combo boxes? For the most part the correct keystroke is Alt+Up Arrow to open and Alt+Down arrow to close, sometimes enter works to open and close a combo box and sometimes you can just start arrowing up or down or use first letter navigation.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Shirley Tracy
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 9:28 AM
Subject: Jaws and "Combo Boxes"

Are any of you having issues with “combo boxes?” They used to work fine, but in recent months they have been giving me trouble. Some still work fine; others work now and then, but I have to struggle with them. I don’t know if it’s the fault of JAWS or updated websites. The two most important sites where I depend on them are my bank, for transferring funds, and my Spectrum mail server (, where I transfer messages from my inbox to various folders. For example, I have 3 folders that begin with the same letter, and guess what happens? Yep, it always goes to the wrong one. I’m getting frustrated and wonder if there’s a better way of working around this annoyance. Any thoughts?

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