moderated Re: new to jaws after 10 years using a mac

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>

>>there is a setting there to be able to mute the speech for all apps

That's right. You'll find it in Settings Center under Speech options. You'll hear "less speech options" and it will probably say "speech on demand." Typing the word "less" without the quotes in the search edit field will find this keystroke. Press the space key to set this to "speech mute." You should probably first press shift-ctrl-D after going into Settings Center if you want this keystroke to behave the same way in all applications.

As an aside you can go into Keyboard Manager and add an alternative keystroke if you want. I did this and chose shift-alt-M as my Mute/Unmute toggle. Again, make sure you're in the list of default keystrokes if you want this shortcut key to be available in all applications.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
On 11/5/2020 2:06 PM, Jasmine Kotsay wrote:

There is also a way to change the setting so that instead of doing speech on demand when you press insert plus , then S. You have to go into the jaws settings and find speech options, and there is a setting there to be able to mute the speech for all apps when insert plus space is pressed.

On Nov 5, 2020, at 7:10 AM, Richard Turner <richardturner42@...> wrote:

I can answer the mute question.

Press insert+space, then s.

That puts it into Speech On Demand.  So, if you issue a reading command, it will read, otherwise it will stay silent.

That is a toggle, so do insert+space and then s again to go back to full speech.


I believe there are focus commands to navigate the computer, but you would need to get the Jaws documentation on using the Focus, and I do not know if that is in BRF anywhere.

You may want to call them.





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From: <> On Behalf Of Stephanie
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:01 AM
Subject: new to jaws after 10 years using a mac


 Hello all,


 I recently purchased my first windows pc for over ten years and have jaws 2020. I also have a Focus braille display. 


 First of all, is there a way of navigating the screen using the focus display? Switching between display and keyboard is quite annoying, or perhaps I just need to get used to it. Also, how do I mute the speech and then unmute it again when necessary. 


Lastly, is there a document, or book [in brf or word] with help on how to use jaws? I don't do well with audio and prefer a written reference if possible. 


Thank you so much for your help.



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