moderated Re: Function keys and trying to change the way they operate with JAWS

Madison Martin

Hi Dan and all,
I know I asked about this as part of a different topic a couple of weeks ago but your suggestion made me curious. I have a Lenovo laptop and the f1-12 keys work normally but my insert key says insert on it but when I press it Jaws says "alt windows q,"; it's done this since I got this laptop a little over 2 years ago even before I switched my keyboard layout to laptop. The key to the left of my insert key doesn't work right either but since I don't know what the key is I'm not as worried about it working. I know that the caps lock key is my insert key but as I have an actual insert key it'd be really nice to be able to use it. I followed Glenn's instructions for changing it in the Jaws keyboard manager but that didn't work, any idea if this methoid would fix this issue? Sorry but I'm not brave enough to simply try something without knowing whether or not it'll work first.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Dan Longmore
Sent: July 16, 2022 4:05 PM
Subject: Re: Function keys and trying to change the way they operate with JAWS

If a Lenovo the "FN" key and "ESC" key will toggle this setting off or on. Drove me crazy for a bit when I first got my Lenovo. Other models have similar means however some are more complicated.


-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Taylor Durrett
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2022 9:44 AM
Subject: Function keys and trying to change the way they operate with JAWS

Hello. So I got a new computer with Windows 11, so I have been trying to figure out the layout of the new laptop and all of that. And I’ve noticed that when I’m on a webpage and I want to hit insert plus F7 to go to a links list, it doesn’t work, same with insert plus F4 to unload JAWS (Not that I would ever actually want to do that, but I was just trying to mess around with it). It’s like my function keys aren’t working in the way that I need them to. Like for example, I believe it is my F5 key that functions as a mute button right now, but I don’t want that, I want them to just function as regular F one through F 12 keys. I posted on a Facebook group, and I was told to do the function key plus escape, and I’ve tried that and it still is the same way. Is JAWS supposed to say anything when I perform that action of function key plus escape? Usually I’m pretty tech savvy, but this not being able to do insert plus F7 for the links list is kind of baffling right now. I know I can use the Hey Sharky feature and have it pull up links that way, but still, I’d like to have the normal key command work. Thanks.

Taylor Durrett
Assistive Technology Trainer for the Blind and Visually Impaired JAWS Certified, October 2020
(940) 230-6051

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