moderated Re: MS Word (Office 365), Jaws 18 and comments

CathyAnne Murtha <cathy@...>

I think it’s much easier to access comments using a combination of JAWS for Windows and Microsoft Word.  Here is what I do:


Use Navigation Quick Keys to locate and read comments:

  • Enable JAWS for Windows Navigation Quick Keys (JAWS KEY-Z)
  • Navigate to the next comment N
  • Navigate to the previous comment SHIFT-N


Jaws navigates among and reads the comment.  Rather than navigating to the comment pane, use Word to focus on the comment:

  • Disable JAWS for Windows Quick Navigation Keys (JAWS KEY-Z)
  • Open the Review ribbon (ALT-R)
  • Activate the “Next Comment” command (N)


Focus is placed in the comment you just located with JAWS for Windows.


Navigate the comment with standard text navigation. 


To reply to a comment, input your text and tap ESCAPE.


Start anew with JAWS Quick Navigation commands to find the next comment with which you’d like to interact.


You can also list the comments in a document with the JAWS command

  • Press the JAWS for Windows command CTRL-SHIFT-APOSTROPHE
  • Navigate the comments with UP and DOWN ARROW
  • Press ENTER to focus on the comment


Once again, use the “Next Comment” command of the Review ribbon to focus on the comment in the comment pane.


I hope this workaround helps.






CathyAnne Murtha

Access Technology Institute, LLC


(520) 300-7859





From: <> On Behalf Of Carina Venter
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 10:58 AM
Subject: MS Word (Office 365), Jaws 18 and comments


Dear list

 I need to mark a truck-load of student essays, for
which I rely on track changes and comments in MS Word (the Office app,
ran from my desktop). Jaws frequently (and randomly) loses focus once
I'm in the comment pane (alt+control+m to insert a comment). Using f6
to cycle back to the body text or escape aren't working with anything
like regularity. The only way to return focus to the text is to close
and open the actual document, yielding a ridiculously time-consuming
process. From what Jaws announces when there is a loss of focus, I
get the impression that it switches (unprompted) from print view to
web view. Opening the view menu and returning to print view resolves
the problem momentarily, but again Jaws somehow returns to web view. I
don't know whether this issue is what frustrates the 'comments'
functionality.Can anyone assist, please?

Bordering on severe desperation!

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