moderated Re: Control Alt J Not Working to Open JAWS

Marty Hutchings

OK,  I have just deleted my JAWS 2020 short cut from my desk top.  I then went to Start All Programs JFW 2020 JAWS and hit the Context menu.  I did not find a Create Desktop shortcut option, so I went to Properties Shortcut Tab and entered J for the shortcut key.  I then tabbed to Apply then hit OK.  Then I exited JAWS 2020 and pressed Control+Alt+J and it worked after a few seconds.  Now, I do not have a desktop shortcut for JAWS 2020 and none of my other desktop shortcuts work, but the hot key combo works to restart JAWS.
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Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 6:15 PM
Subject: Re: Control Alt J Not Working to Open JAWS

I also wonder if you might solve the problem by first deleting the JAWS shortcut from your desktop. Next, copy a new shortcut from the start menu to the desktop and reassign a shortcut key to the newly copied shortcut.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 7/17/2020 7:06 PM, Mike B wrote:
Hi Adrain,
Why not go with, J2020, just to cut down on what you have to listen to?  And with subsequent version shortcuts you or someone else has on their desktop, J19, J2018....

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Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 2:46 PM
Subject: Re: Control Alt J Not Working to Open JAWS
I skipped past several messages on this topic and so I don't know if this suggestion was also made.

I used to have the problem of the disappearing control-alt-j shortcut until an FS tech support guy told me to rename the icon. Ever since, I've added the word "shortcut" in the icons for every version of JAWS on my desktop. I'm trying to remember if I created the control-alt-j shortcut before or after renaming the icon. I'm guessing I do that first.

Example: JAWS 2020 shortcut

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Ann Byrne
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2020 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: Control Alt J Not Working to Open JAWS

Sometimes that keystroke seems to get lost.  Doublecheck in properties that it is still assigned.
1. Go to the desktop.
2. Locate the JAWS icon, do not press enter.
3. Press alt+enter.  This should give you properties.
4. Tab to shortcut, and be sure it is set to ctrl+alt+j.
5. Tab to okay.  sometimes you get an error message saying that only an administrator can make this change.  Okay the message, then you can okay the change.
6. While still on the JAWS icon, press alt+enter again and check to be sure it worked.

Good luck!

At 08:23 AM 7/17/2020, you wrote:

>Hi all,
>I am working with a student who, when she hits Control Alt J to open
>JAWS, nothing happens. Same thing with hitting Control Alt N to open
>NVDA. I know that it is set correctly in JAWS shortcut Properties and
>she has admin privileges, so that is not the problem. Any idea what the
>problem might be? Does it have anything to do with updating drivers or
>something like that? If so, what do you do?
>Any assistance is appreciated.

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