JAWS Tip: Is JAWS Not Speaking As You Move Your Cursor? Try
Toggling Enhanced Edit Support
In almost all applications moving the cursor or caret using your
arrow keys causes JAWS (or any screen reader) to speak the
character, word or line as you use the appropriate cursor movement
commands, such as right arrow for next character, control+right
arrow for next word, etc. This works nearly 100% of the time.
However, I recently noticed that JAWS wasn’t speaking as I was
moving the cursor in Jarte, a Wordpad-like word processor
that I often use. This was baffling until I found the fix. (Note:
in the interest of full transparency I may have enabled the
setting that I’m about to discuss as a default. Therefore, the
problem that I encountered may not actually have been a JAWS issue
but may have been something that I personally enabled.)
If you encounter this problem in Jarte or in any program where
cursor navigation isn’t speaking try toggling enhanced edit
support. Here’s how you can locate this feature.
1. Press insert+F2 for the list of JAWS managers and press enter
on Settings Center. As a quick shortcut pressing insert+6 will
open Settings Center. This is the 6 on the row of numbers and not
on the number pad. If you are asked to create a new configuration
press enter to accept.
2. In the search edit field type “edit” without the quotes.
3. Navigate with the down arrow key through the list of results
and look for “enhanced edit support.” While this should be enabled
for Word it should be disabled for Jarte. Pressing the space key
toggles this setting from being not checked (turned off) to being
4. Press enter twice, which will close Settings Center and save
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist