Re: the touch cursor

Bill White <billwhite92701@...>

There are only some applications in which you will want to activate the Touch Cursor. Some of them are:

1. The Windows News app
2. Windows Mail, if you use it.
3. The Weather app
4. Some dialogs in the Windows Settings dialogs.

I will post some tips about the Touch Cursor below.

Certain applications, especially many of the universal apps found in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, do not always work as expected with JAWS when navigating with the standard cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC cursors. Activating the 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 elements in an application similar to using gestures on the touch screen of a tablet. Elements 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 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 element on the screen, press RIGHT or LEFT ARROW. You can also use TAB or SHIFT+TAB.

To move by a specific element type, press UP or DOWN ARROW. By default, the UP and DOWN ARROWS will move by regions. To change what element 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 element and press CTRL+END to move to the last element. To announce the current element, press INSERT+UP ARROW. To perform a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move through the application and speak each element, 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 elements without changing the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing SPACEBAR or ENTER on the current element will move focus to that element 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 element to visually indicate the location of the Touch cursor for sighted users.

To quickly move the Touch Cursor to the element 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 element and announce it. The Touch Cursor will remain active after performing this command.

To determine what element 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 elements, 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 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 bar
Text Review
Text Review allows you to read the text contained inside an element using standard reading commands. If the element at the current Touch Cursor position has text, such as a news article, pressing NUM PAD SLASH or INSERT+ENTER will activate Text Review. You can then use the ARROW keys to read the text as if you were reading a regular document. Pressing the ESC key will exit Text Review and return to Touch Cursor navigation.

For example, in the News app, where the Touch Cursor is enabled by default, you could press UP or DOWN ARROW to move to the Top Stories region and then press RIGHT ARROW to move to a particular story. When you find the article you want to read, you can press INSERT+ENTER or NUM PAD SLASH to switch to Text Review so you can use the ARROW keys or the braille display to read the article. Once you are finished, press ESC to close Text Review and then use RIGHT or LEFT ARROW to select another article from the current region, or UP or DOWN ARROW to move to a different region.

By default, JAWS will play a sound when you enter or exit Text Review mode. If you would rather have JAWS speak a message, press INSERT+V to open Quick Settings, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and clear the Use Sounds option.

Advanced Navigation
For advanced users, specifically those who may be involved with developing applications, Advanced Navigation provides more detail about all elements in the UIA (User Interface Automation) structure.

With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate to elements that are visible on the screen in the current application. In Advanced Navigation, the Touch Cursor traverses all UIA elements in a hierarchical manner. All elements, whether visible or not, can be traversed in Advanced Navigation.

To enable Advanced Navigation, press NUM PAD STAR, or CAPS LOCK+A if using the laptop keyboard layout, while the Touch Cursor is active. Once active, use the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys to move to the previous or next sibling element and the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move to the parrent element or the first child element. To view more Advanced Navigation commands, press INSERT+H while this mode is active. Press NUM PAD STAR once more to turn off Advanced Navigation and return to the standard Touch Cursor.

Bill White

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jed Barton
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2017 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: the touch cursor

yea i'm using win 10. What's the best way to move around with it once
I activate the touch cursor?

On 11/23/17, Bill White <> wrote:
Are you using Windows 10? If not, your touch cursor may not work reliably.

Bill White

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jed
Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2017 8:47 AM
Subject: the touch cursor

Hey guys,

Can someone describe the touch cursor? It doesn't even seem to work.
I press the key combination to activate it, but all I hear is click
click click when I arrow up and down. Any ideas? I've never used
this cursor before.

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