Moderated Re: JAWS 2022 changing slides in PowerPoint

Van Lant, Robin

So glad that worked! I'm not exactly sure how we are supposed to easily know that there are animations. It's one of those things that sighted people like to do to keep the audience focused on one bullet point at a time. I definitely see it in training presentations.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Russell Solowoniuk
Sent: Monday, March 7, 2022 1:35 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS 2022 changing slides in PowerPoint

Thank you to all who tried to help with this issue, but especially to Ben and Robin. The problem was exactly as you both had indicated.
Every slide has from 3 to 6 lines of text, all preceded with a bullet point. I had no idea that these bullet points were animations, but as soon as I disabled animations in the slide show, everything started working as I wanted, i.e. when I press the spacebar, I am taken to the next slide.

Our presentation is tomorrow evening, so I really appreciate you solving this issue for me!

Thanks again, and have a great day,


On 3/7/22, Van Lant, Robin via <Robin_Van_Lant@...> wrote:
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.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Russell
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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