moderated Re: zoom equipment.
Robin, I do not do on the fly changes with my system as I have things set the way I want them for Zoom and regular computing needs. My set up is on a desktop running Windows 7 and JAWS 21. My JAWS runs through the built in sound card and my windows sounds and Zoom are running through a Sound Blaster card.
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Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:50 PM
Subject: Re: zoom equipment.
I bought one of these USB sound card plug-ins a couple months ago and wonder if you can answer a question. Currently, if I plug this dongle into the USB port, JAWS and Windows sounds immediately start going through the earbud I’ve attached to the dongle. The same occurs if I plug a USB headset directly into the USB port. This has been nice, as it allows me to quickly move to earbuds or the dongle on the fly if I receive a phone call or start a meeting on my computer. My experience doesn’t align to your steps though, as it sounds like you were expecting me to have to manually route sounds to the USB sound card via JAWS utilities. I guess I’m trying to sort out in my head, if I start messin with settings as you describe them to separate Windows & JAWS sounds into two different sound cards, Is it relatively easy to do on the fly? That is, I normally listen to everyting through the laptop speakers. If I’m on a web-meeting, I want everything to come through my USB earphones with a built in microphone. If I’m on a webinar and want to multi-task or type notes, I want to separate JAWS and the other sounds so that I can focus more easily. I just plugged my USB sound card in, then was able to use the JAWS utilities to move JAWS sounds back to the Windows sound card, leaving Windows souns in my earsbuds. That’s the opposite of what I’d want to happen, so I’m guessing I need to find sound settings in Windows to change that default behavior.
Maybe the simplest thing is to hear what your experience is with using a sounds card for on the fly changes.
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Yes, For around $12 on Amazon, you can get a little USB dongle that has a microphone and headphone jack. Just plug it into any USB port then after it installs, press JAWS key + J to get to the JAWS context menu. Down Arrow to the Utilities Sub menu, Right Arrow and Down Arrow to Sound Cards Sub Menu. Right arrow and Down Arrow to the new sound card and hit Enter to select it as your new JAWS sound card. Be sure that you plug in an ear bud or head phones to the correct jack on the dongle, because as soon as you hit enter on the sound card, JAWS will instantly switch to this device and stop coming through your speakers. Now, you will only hear your windows sounds and Zoom participants in your speakers and only you will hear JAWS in your ear. To adjust the volume of JAWS, you will need to go to the Windows Mixer.
Okay, I like that.
I knew I'd heard of some way of doing that?
So with the usb adapter, JaWS can't be heard by my zoom folks? It can only be heard by me?
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You could use a USB sound card adapter to run JAWS through. You can also set up Zoom to be on mute until you need to speak then press the Space bar to speak and release to be muted. Just use JAWS when you are muted.
What do I have to buy in order to use jaws and zoom on my pc without people hearing jaws?
I'd like to use jaws without earphones and have people not hear jaws.
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