moderated Re: unload and reload Jaws?

David Griffith

Jaws key plus F4 simply unloads Jaws.

However if you review the thread you will find that we have discovered thanks to Bill that Jaws plus Windows key plus F4 does indeed restart  Jaws though this happens quite slowly.

Several people have noticed that this process speeds up for some reason if Narrator is turned on during this restart.

I think this is where we are at.


David Griffith


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From: Tim Ford
Sent: 07 March 2020 20:28
Subject: Re: unload and reload Jaws?


I am confused about the suggestion.  The JAWS key and F4 just does the uninstall, not starting again.  Am I missing something?


Tim Ford



-----Original Message-----

From: [] On Behalf Of kitty hevener

Sent: Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:54 AM


Subject: Re: unload and reload Jaws?


Hmm, I have always unloaded jaws by jaws key f4.  To reload, I just go to the search box in the start menu and type jaws press enter.


-----Original Message-----

From: [] On Behalf Of netbat66

Sent: Friday, March 06, 2020 6:54 PM


Subject: Re: unload and reload Jaws?


jaws already has this option.

press the jaws key and f4. this will unload and reload it.


-----Original Message-----

From: David Griffith

Sent: Friday, March 06, 2020 3:42 PM


Subject: Re: unload and reload Jaws?






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





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