Moderated Re: JAWS 2022 changing slides in PowerPoint

Van Lant, Robin

Is there animation on your slides? That is, many sighted people will create a slide that brings in a new aspect of the slide at the press of the spacebar such as each new bullet point of text. When I encounter this, I turn off animations on the copy I'm reading. Go to the Slide Show ribbon and tab to the Setup Slide show button. That opens a dialog where there is a check box where you can disable the animations. I think the keystrokes are alt s, S, 1.

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Sent: Monday, March 7, 2022 10:10 AM
Subject: JAWS 2022 changing slides in PowerPoint

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Hi everyone,

I'm working on a PowerPoint presentation using JAWS 2022, latest update. We are using Office 365.

I will be presenting with a co-worker virtually through Microsoft Teams. My co-worker will be sharing her screen and running the PowerPoint presentation, and I will be using another copy of the PowerPoint presentation and following along. I will be speaking on some of the slides, and she will be speaking on others.

The problem I am running into is that, in slide show view, when I press the spacebar to switch to the next slide, the slide doesn't switch on the first press of the spacebar. On some slides it takes 2 or 3 presses, on others 4 or 5. If I try to press the spacebar quickly to try to swithch slides, sometimes I will press the spacebar too many times and, as a result, end up skipping over the next slide. It seems like the focus moves to each line of text on the slide at each press of the spacebar, instead of switching slides.

My question is, is there a way to have the slide switch on the first press of the spacebar?

I'm not sure this is a JAWS issue, as my sighted co-worker says that the same thing happens when she presses the spacebar on her copy of the slide show, and she's not running JAWS.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



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