What's new in this release:
Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2103.174 (April 2021)
The following is a list of improvements made between the February 2021
release and the April 2021 update.
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• By default, Voice Assistant listens
for the word "sharky" before accepting any commands. However, to help decrease
the possibility of starting Voice
Assistant when you didn't intend to, you
now have the option to change the wake up phrase to "hey sharky" instead. You
can change this from the JAWS Utility
Menu by choosing Voice Assistant, and
then selecting Settings. We strongly recommend changing the wake word to "Hey
• It is no longer necessary to say the word "toggle" when turning on
or off features including Audio Ducking, Screen Shade, Speech On Demand, or the
Cursor. For example, saying "Sharky, Audio Ducking" now turns this
feature on or off depending on the current state.
• When changing the speech
rate, you now only need to say "Sharky, Voice Rate" followed by a number. For
example, "Sharky, Voice Rate 50" sets the speech
rate to 50 percent. You can
even just say the number, and the speech rate will change appropriately.
launch the JAWS Dictionary Manager, you now only need to say "Sharky,
• Voice Assistant now immediately stops listening once you have
spoken a command. This helps in situations where someone else may begin talking
cause Voice Assistant to not process the command correctly.
Voice commands that generate speech output now work as expected even if JAWS and
Fusion are set to Speech On Demand.
PlaceMarkers Now Available in Excel Workbooks
You can now use Placemarkers to mark cells in an Excel workbook similar to
how they are used in Word documents. The following commands are now
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• Set a PlaceMarker on the current cell, press
CTRL+WINDOWS+K. Only one PlaceMarker can be set per worksheet.
• Move to the
cell PlaceMarker on the current worksheet, press ALT+WINDOWS+K. To move to a
cell PlaceMarker on another worksheet, first press CTRL+PAGE
UP or CTRL+PAGE
DOWN to move to the specific worksheet.
• List all cell PlaceMarkers in the
workbook, press ALT+CTRL+WINDOWS+K.
• Select all cells between the cell
PlaceMarker and your current location, press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by
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• Updated the JAWS INSERT+W help to
now include all currently available Teams keystrokes.
• Resolved an issue in
Teams where messages were double speaking in chat pop out windows.
• If you
press CTRL+PERIOD to display all Teams commands, JAWS now also reminds you about
using INSERT+W as an easier way to access this information.
• Removed the
ALT+T command as you can now use the Teams keystroke, CTRL+3, to move focus to
the Teams and Channels tree view.
Support for Reading Comments and Other Revision Types in Goodle Docs
In Google Docs, JAWS and Fusion now indicate the following as you navigate
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• Text that includes comments. When JAWS indicates you
are in a section of text that has a comment, press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE to read
the associated comment
including any replies. Press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE
twice quickly to activate the Virtual Cursor and move focus to the comment
details page. Press ESC to
return to the document.
• Text that has been
inserted or deleted.
• Text that is highlighted or has been called out for
some reason, such as a section of text in a document currently being edited by
another user. JAWS
says "mark" and "end mark" as you move in and out of this
If you prefer to not receive announcements for one or more of these items,
open Settings Center and turn off Comment announcement, Inserted text
Deleted text announcement, or Marked text announcement. All of
these options are located in the Proofing group under Text Processing.
New Installation Command Line Option for Disabling External Services
Starting with the April 2021 releases of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion, when
performing a full install, IT professionals and network administrators can
the /DisableExternalServices command line option to turn off all product
features that reach out to the internet. For
Once JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion is installed after using this command line
option, features that are no longer available for use include Research It,
Support Tool, Voice Assistant, Error Reporting, JAWS Tandem, Picture
Smart, and Anonymous Usage Data Collection. Note that using the software in a
access environment will still be available. Turning off features that
connect to the internet is especially important for installs in secure
such as banks, hospitals, and government agencies.
For more information, run the setup package with the /Help command line
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• When joining a Zoom meeting and you
are prompted to enter your name, addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading
the name already in the edit field
if the screen resolution was set higher
than 100 percent, which is common on most modern laptops. This caused users to
enter their name again which in
turn caused it to be read multiple times in
• In Excel, resolved a reported issue where JAWS was saying
"entering table" when pressing F2 to edit a cell's contents.
navigating a worksheet in Excel using the mouse in JAWS or Fusion, cell contents
are now read first followed by the cell coordinates.
• In Microsoft Word,
when encountering text in a document that is both a heading and a link, resolved
a reported issue where JAWS was not indicating the
• Addressed a
reported issue where JAWS was unexpectedly displaying an error message in
Outlook when pressing ALT+SHIFT+L from the body of a new message
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading as
expected when reviewing a message in GMail and focus landed on text that was
part of a link.
• Starting with the April 2021 updates of JAWS and Fusion,
Grammar detection in Settings Center is on by default for all applications
except Word and Outlook.
This enabled JAWS and Fusion to automatically
announce grammatical errors in web-based editors like Google Docs. See the
for more details.
• Updated the descriptions in
JAWS Commands Search (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J) for the Append Selected Text to
Clipboard (INSERT+WINDOWS+C) and View Clipboard
Text (INSERT+SPACEBAR, C)
commands to help clarify that these features are especially useful when you only
want to copy and paste text without extra formatting.
• Resolved a reported
issue where JAWS was not indicating the state of check boxes in the BARD Express
app in braille.
• Resolved an issue with selecting text in console windows at
high resolution settings.
• Removed the Business Search Research It lookup
source due to changes to the website which no longer allows us to retrieve
• Removed the ability to use JAWS to customize message lists in
Mozilla Thunderbird based on changes in the way list views are presented which
feature to no longer work as expected in this application.
Turkish is now included as an available language option during a full