moderated Re: unload and reload Jaws?

David Griffith


Personally as   a feature request I would prefer that Jaws has the same behaviour as NVDA. That is, with NVDA running pressing control alt and N will close and restart NVDA in one operation without any further intervention. Jaws should do the same thing  with control alt J.


This NVDA feature is very useful if for any reason NVDA has stalled or speech has been lost. It clears up these problems quickly and nicely as NVDA instantly restarts itself with this forced restart.


In contrast if Jaws stalls you have to first of all try and shut it down and then try to re-load it. The exception to this is if Jaws itself recognises that it has crashed in which case it will sometimes restart itself  without any intervention from the user. The drawback  it that it normally takes quite a time to come to this conclusion.

Shutting down Jaws within one session in these circumstances is also not always straightforward. Occasionally I have ended up with multiple Jaws icons on my system tray as previous version have clearly failed to completely unload, even though only one instance of Jaws is talking.


A computer restart is normally required to remove these multiple ghost instances of Jaws.


I would much prefer NVDA’s  one shortcut approach  which in my experience never results in multiple versions of NVDA trying to run in the background.


David Griffith







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From: ben
Sent: 06 March 2020 22:56
Subject: Re: unload and reload Jaws?




The two ways I restart JAWS are as follows:

One, press the Windows key and the letter r to bring up the run box. Type jaws2020 and press enter. JAWS should come up talking. 


Two, press the windows key and the letter m to bring up the desktop. Press j for JAWS and press enter. The only thing to remember with the desktop method is if you have other things that start with j on your desktop, you might land on one of those. 


I hope this helps. 


On Mar 6, 2020, at 2:59 PM, Andrew J. LaPointe <alapointe89@...> wrote:

Hi, I was using qread and decided to unload jaws (jaws key f4.  When I wanted to reload jaws, I used control alt and j and it didn’t work.  Is there a new way of reloading Jaws now?  I am using the latest jaws 20.  What I had to do was shut the computer and restart and Jaws loaded at startup.  Thank you for your help.  Also, I am most likely getting a used Romeo Printer at Humanware.  Thanks to everyone that helped me sort all this…you are all great!!  Andy and Shubert


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