Re: Evaluating laptop keyboards for jaws functionality [adding applications key]

Richard B. McDonald


I use a Lenovo L440, and I really like it. The one thing it lacks is the applications key. However, below are the steps to add this functionality to the laptop's printscreen key; which in its native functionality I don't think I have ever needed to use. This is from an email Ann wrote some time ago on this list. And, I suspect this works on any computer. So, this is a really easy and productive thing to do:

1. In any application (I used Eudora) press insert+0 to open the script manager.
2. Press control+shift+d to get to the default script manager.
3. Go to the bottom of the file, so it's easy to find and delete if you decide you don't like it.).
4. Type control+e to begin a new script.
5. Give it a name, no spaces: ApplicationsKey.
6. Tab. Can be attached to key, check it.
7. Tab, and type a synopsis
8. Tab again and type a fuller description.
9. Tab, and fill in a category (I chose system)
10. Tab. Assign to hotkey. (I pressed print screen).
11. Tab. Okay.
12. Control+s to compile.

Now you have this:

Script ApplicationsKey ()


Which won't do a thing. You need to add the command {shift+f10} and compile again.

Now it looks like this:

Script ApplicationsKey ()


Close the script manager and test. If it doesn't work the way you want, delete it.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Kimber Gardner
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2018 3:56 AM
To: main <>
Subject: Evaluating laptop keyboards for jaws functionality

Hi All,

How do jaws users evaluate a keyboard on a laptop you are considering?
I'm talking about the presence (or absence) of keys that are necessary to the functionality of jaws commands.

I received a new Lenovo Ideapad and was dismayed to realize that the keyboard is missing not only the applications key but also the dedicated home, end, page up and page down keys. Strangely, my old Lenovo, the one I am typing this message on, has all these keys so it never occurred to me to try and verify that the new one would also.
But now I'm wondering, how do you check the keyboard specs when ordering a new laptop that you haven't actually had your hands on?

Before someone suggests an external keyboard let me say that I require the portability of a laptop that doesn't necessitate dragging around an extra keyboard. I also don't really want to remap a bunch of keys to accomplish everyday functions.

So what do people suggest? Do I really have to drag myself over to microcenter or some other store so I can actually touch the laptop I'm considering? Is there another way?

Thanks for your thoughts.



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