moderated Re: What is a not well known but great JAWS commands

David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>

I'm actually someone who has been using Paragraph navigation on the Web for many years and I find it to be a very efficient way to read. Reading a line of text can be a bit fragmented and I tend to want to hear a bit more than reading just one whole sentence at a time, which can be done by pressing alt up arrow for previous sentence or alt down arrow to read the next sentence. Reading a paragraph is, for me, perfect as I can hear what usually amounts to a few sentences at a time, not too little but also not too overwhelming. For lists of information you'll usually hear one whole list item, although you can press I to move to the next list item, as well. I'm so used to holding down the control key and regularly pressing down arrow to read that it's become second nature for me on many Web sites containing large blocks of text.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 11/27/2020 3:35 PM, David Kingsbury wrote:

Hi all,


Actually, I have never used the JAWS skim read because it reads either the first full sentence of every paragraph or first full line. I want to read just enough of a paragraph to get a sense of it and then move on. That does not always require reading a full sentence or line. Just the first four or five words might be enough. And if speed is the objective, and it is with skim reading, I don’t need to hear any more than what I need to hear. So you can do this in a couple of very quick and easy ways. First, hold down Control and keep it held down. Then press down arrow just enough to hear what you want to hear at the beginning of a paragraph, then hit down arrow again, and so on.


Or you can put JAWS in Quick keys mode with Insert Z and then just press P to jump to the next paragraph, P again and so on. Much more efficient than JAWS skim read.



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