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Avery Wizard with JAWS

Brad Martin
 

Has anybody tried to use the latest (which isn't exactly new) Avery Wizard with JAWS? I can begin a project, select a label/business card type, and even
enter text for it. I've even managed to at least change the font to the size I need. But once I've entered my text, I can't find a next button. It's like,
"I've typed my text; now what do I do with it?" I'm stuck. Eventually I can get JAWS and Avery to just lock up all over the place. What am I missing? I
feel like there should be a next button where the wizard would start processing the information and generating a page of business cards, if only I could
find the next button. Let me guess; it's in something called a hamburger stack or a hotdog bun or, God forbid, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Any suggestions?

Brad


Re: Question about MyFreeTaxes.com for filing your taxes here in Canada

Brad Martin
 

Unfortunately, no. :-( MyFreeTaxes only includes U.S. tax forms. So sorry.

Brad

On 2/2/2016 7:16 PM, Hank & Patty wrote:
 
Hello,
 
Does anyone maybe know if a perssoan can also use MyFreeTaxes.com for filing your income taxes here in Canada
Thanks muchly in advance for any help I can maybe get on this.
 
 
 
 
All the best,
 
Hank
 
 
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes
 
I'm going to try to answer this question, but I'm having a lot of trouble with this Email address of mine.

I use MyFreeTaxes.com which is completely free if your income is below $62,000. It will launch you into H&R Block, but by starting at MyFreeTaxes.com you get the free service if you meet the income limit. Very very accessible and easy to use. And it handles more than just basic returns. It can do almost anything except foreign income and I think city/local taxes. It lets you do federal and up to three states free.

Brad

On 2/2/2016 11:45 AM, Walker, Michael E wrote:

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike




Re: Question about MyFreeTaxes.com for filing your taxes here in Canada

Hank & Patty <hank1patty@...>
 

 
Hello,
 
Does anyone maybe know if a perssoan can also use MyFreeTaxes.com for filing your income taxes here in Canada
Thanks muchly in advance for any help I can maybe get on this.
 
 
 
 
All the best,
 
Hank
 
 

Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 8:37 PM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes
 
I'm going to try to answer this question, but I'm having a lot of trouble with this Email address of mine.

I use MyFreeTaxes.com which is completely free if your income is below $62,000. It will launch you into H&R Block, but by starting at MyFreeTaxes.com you get the free service if you meet the income limit. Very very accessible and easy to use. And it handles more than just basic returns. It can do almost anything except foreign income and I think city/local taxes. It lets you do federal and up to three states free.

Brad

On 2/2/2016 11:45 AM, Walker, Michael E wrote:

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike



Re: Making headway with Kodi.

Charles Coe
 

Here this may answer your question.

 

Text To Speech Agent Cody Software - Free ... - WinSite!

www.winsite.com/text/text+to+speech+agent+cody/index2.html

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From: Brian Vogel [mailto:britechguy@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 3:51 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: Making headway with Kodi.

 

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:44 am, Juan Hernandez <juanhernandez98@...> wrote:

Apologies, but what is Kodi?

 Juan,

          Here's the About blurb from the Kodi website:  

About Kodi
Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

 

Their full "About" page goes into much greater detail.

 

Brian


Re: Question about JAWS and filing your Taxes in Canada

Hank & Patty <hank1patty@...>
 

Hello,
 
Is this income tax software VTaxacts only good for filing income tax in the United States or only good for filing your income tax here in Canada?  Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Much thanks for any help on this.
 
 
 
 
All the best,
 
Hank
 
 

Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes
 
VTaxacts

Dave Carlson
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2016, at 09:45, Walker, Michael E <michael.e.walker3@...> wrote:

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Brad Martin
 

My mail seems to be working again. Hurray. To the other questions posed on this list:

Lauren, I just called the MyFreeTaxes helpline for you. They do not support city taxes. State and federal yes, but not city. I'm sorry the volunteer site didn't work out for you. If you were here, I'd do them for you. I'm a fifth year operator of three volunteer sites, and while mistakes can happen, I'm proud to say they're extremely rare at our sites.

I get someone to read the documents. It would be too easy for the software to OCR it in a way that it puts the wrong number on the wrong line or interprets a 7 as a 1. I always get someone to read the information to me, even when I'm doing someone else's returns.

Hope this helps,
Brad

On 2/2/2016 6:37 PM, Brad Martin wrote:
I'm going to try to answer this question, but I'm having a lot of trouble with this Email address of mine.

I use MyFreeTaxes.com which is completely free if your income is below $62,000. It will launch you into H&R Block, but by starting at MyFreeTaxes.com you get the free service if you meet the income limit. Very very accessible and easy to use. And it handles more than just basic returns. It can do almost anything except foreign income and I think city/local taxes. It lets you do federal and up to three states free.

Brad

On 2/2/2016 11:45 AM, Walker, Michael E wrote:

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike




Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Brad Martin
 

I'm going to try to answer this question, but I'm having a lot of trouble with this Email address of mine.

I use MyFreeTaxes.com which is completely free if your income is below $62,000. It will launch you into H&R Block, but by starting at MyFreeTaxes.com you get the free service if you meet the income limit. Very very accessible and easy to use. And it handles more than just basic returns. It can do almost anything except foreign income and I think city/local taxes. It lets you do federal and up to three states free.

Brad

On 2/2/2016 11:45 AM, Walker, Michael E wrote:

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike



Re: Making headway with Kodi.

 

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 10:44 am, Juan Hernandez <juanhernandez98@...> wrote:
Apologies, but what is Kodi?

 Juan,

          Here's the About blurb from the Kodi website:  

About Kodi
Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.


Their full "About" page goes into much greater detail.


Brian


Re: Making headway with Kodi.

David Moore
 

Hi Shane,
I would be very interested in finding out how to install and use Kodi with JAWS. You can email me at:
My friends are talking all the time about how much they can watch through Kodi! Can’t wait to hear from you. Have a great one.
 
 

Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Making headway with Kodi.
 

Apologies, but what is Kodi?

 

 

Juan Hernandez

Email:  juanhernandez98@...

mobile:  (619) 750-9431

twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/blindwiz

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/blindwiz

web:  http://www.juanhernandez.meJuan Hernandez

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From: Shane clark [mailto:hshaneclark@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:54 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Making headway with Kodi.

 

Hi guys,
Don't know if anyone's interested on here regarding Kodi, but after a considerable amount of frustration, people's help, and time, I was finally able to get its screen reader to work on Vista, which is my current OS. I am currently still learning about how to add repositories, and various add ons, but if anyone would be interested, I'd be more than happy to paste the steps to getting the screen reader up and going. Just thought I would share, have a great day. Shane.


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Dave...
 

Dennis,
I always scan each document two or three time, rotating them. I also make sure to scam them with and without column him recognition. Then I compare the results, allowing the majority rule

Dave Carlson
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2016, at 14:52, Dennis Clark <dennis@...> wrote:

Hi Dave,
Me too. However, neither Abby Finereader nor Kurzweil does well enough preserving the formatting with sufficient accuracy that I would trust that I am obtaining from a 1099 a dollar amount from the correct line specified by Turbo Tax. This is why I was curious to know how Aaron or anyone else who is blind is able to do their own taxes. For this reason, I always use a reader with Turbo Tax, but it would be great to be able to do ones own taxes without having to share rather personal information with a third party.
Best,
Dennis
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Only way I know is an OCR program. 

Dave Carlson
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2016, at 11:09, Dennis Clark <dennis@...> wrote:

Hello Aaron,
When doing your own taxes, how do you handle printed forms sent to you for taxes. Each year we receive a number of 1099 forms, and as I recall, Turbo tax will ask for example, "enter the dollar amounts from lines 10, 14 and 20. I've been puzzled what I could do to use TurboTax without a reader, because I don't know in advance which of the many dollar amounts on such forms will be requested. Your advice and experience would be very appreciated.
All the best,
Dennis
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

I have been able to complete and file my personal income taxes using the browser-based version of TurboTax for several years now. Some years I have found it to be less accessible than others, but this year I didn’t encounter any problems using JAWS/Firefox.

https://turbotax.intuit.com/

Regards,

Aaron M. Page, B.S.

EIT Accessibility Specialist

Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana

Phone: (406) 243-2082

E-mail: aaron.page@...

From: Walker, Michael E [mailto:michael.e.walker3@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:45 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Hi,

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

Thank you,

Mike


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Page, Aaron
 

Hi Dennis,

 

All of the tax forms I receive have been provided to me electronically and in a format that I could read with JAWS. I didn’t have to use OCR software on them.

 

I agree that using OCR software would not be advisable with sensitive information such as tax documents, where accuracy is essential. Can you request electronic copies of your tax forms?

 

Regards,

Aaron M. Page, B.S.

EIT Accessibility Specialist

Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana

Phone: (406) 243-2082

E-mail: aaron.page@...

 

 

From: Dennis Clark [mailto:dennis@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:09 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

 

Hello Aaron,

When doing your own taxes, how do you handle printed forms sent to you for taxes. Each year we receive a number of 1099 forms, and as I recall, Turbo tax will ask for example, "enter the dollar amounts from lines 10, 14 and 20. I've been puzzled what I could do to use TurboTax without a reader, because I don't know in advance which of the many dollar amounts on such forms will be requested. Your advice and experience would be very appreciated.

All the best,

Dennis

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Page, Aaron

Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:26 AM

Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

 

I have been able to complete and file my personal income taxes using the browser-based version of TurboTax for several years now. Some years I have found it to be less accessible than others, but this year I didn’t encounter any problems using JAWS/Firefox.

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/

 

Regards,

Aaron M. Page, B.S.

EIT Accessibility Specialist

Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana

Phone: (406) 243-2082

E-mail: aaron.page@...

 

 

From: Walker, Michael E [mailto:michael.e.walker3@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:45 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Question about JAWS and Taxes

 

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Dennis Clark <dennis@...>
 


Hi Dave,
Me too. However, neither Abby Finereader nor Kurzweil does well enough preserving the formatting with sufficient accuracy that I would trust that I am obtaining from a 1099 a dollar amount from the correct line specified by Turbo Tax. This is why I was curious to know how Aaron or anyone else who is blind is able to do their own taxes. For this reason, I always use a reader with Turbo Tax, but it would be great to be able to do ones own taxes without having to share rather personal information with a third party.
Best,
Dennis

 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 1:54 PM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Only way I know is an OCR program. 

Dave Carlson
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2016, at 11:09, Dennis Clark <dennis@...> wrote:

Hello Aaron,
When doing your own taxes, how do you handle printed forms sent to you for taxes. Each year we receive a number of 1099 forms, and as I recall, Turbo tax will ask for example, "enter the dollar amounts from lines 10, 14 and 20. I've been puzzled what I could do to use TurboTax without a reader, because I don't know in advance which of the many dollar amounts on such forms will be requested. Your advice and experience would be very appreciated.
All the best,
Dennis
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

I have been able to complete and file my personal income taxes using the browser-based version of TurboTax for several years now. Some years I have found it to be less accessible than others, but this year I didn’t encounter any problems using JAWS/Firefox.

https://turbotax.intuit.com/

Regards,

Aaron M. Page, B.S.

EIT Accessibility Specialist

Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana

Phone: (406) 243-2082

E-mail: aaron.page@...

From: Walker, Michael E [mailto:michael.e.walker3@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:45 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Hi,

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

Thank you,

Mike


Re: signatures in pdf form

 

Mario,

         I have had the same need and have done as HH has suggested, but just with not nearly so much "attention to detail" because what gets inserted tends to look like your signature in printed form anyway.

         I signed my name on white paper, scanned it, cropped the resulting scanned image to just the signature, and saved it as a JPG.  Then I used the now very old Microsoft Photo Editor software from WinXP (which does not have to be installed, it can be copied on to USB stick and run standalone without any problem) to set transparency to anything that is white (or even close to it) in the background and saved the result as a PNG file.  MS Photo Editor has to this day what I consider to be the easiest "set transparency" feature of any digital photo editor I've ever used.  This can then be included in most other files with an "Insert Picture" or "Insert Image" command.

         One of the tricks, though, is getting the scaling right, and I have no idea how you'd do that without being able to see what's on the page.  Most often when I insert a PNG image it is much larger than it need be, in fact the signature is often much larger than the original it was scanned from.  I have to grab the corner of the picture and do a diagonal "shrink" to that the width to height perspective is maintained until it's the right size for where it's going to be placed.

          If the process HH mentions results in a file that's scaled at 100% of real life size of your signature, and it stays that way upon insertion into an electronic documents, it's well worth taking the extra time and effort to create a file in EMF format.

Brian


Re: How To Get Rid Of Get Windows 10 Message

 

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 01:02 pm, Mario <mrb620@...> wrote:
concerning step 1, is the built in backup utility sufficient?

 That depends on who you ask.  The more I learn the more I think that a third party tool, and there are several excellent products that are no cost to home users, is the better way to go.  These seem to pose both less frustration and greater ease in the situation where you'd need to restore.

I have been using the new built-in File History feature on Windows 10 along with a third party product.  In the event I need to get something back I don't want to rely on File History alone until I'm certain File History alone is absolutely reliable for user data files.  System images are still done "the old fashioned way" under Windows 10 and the Microsoft boot recovery from system image has been well-known for its unreliability, which is a shame.  The MS system image creation also does a full system image, including all accounts and data files, and you cannot select anything specific to recover - it's an all or nothing affair.  I prefer to have a full system image of the OS alone, separate from the user data files, and a user data file backup that allows me to control what I want to "bring back" more easily in the unfortunate circumstance of a full system crash.

Brian


Re: How To Get Rid Of Get Windows 10 Message

 

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm, Londa Peterson <lpeterson@...> wrote:
Also, if you're upgrading from Windows 7, run the tool on the Freedom Scientific website that removes old versions of JAWS. This will remove the mirror drivers. These are not needed in Windows 8.1 or 10, and they will actually cause problems in win 10.

 Londa,

            Thanks very much for this info.  I have not upgraded any JAWS users I work with to Windows 10, and would be really hesitant to do so with anyone on Windows 7 in particular.  I had no idea these issues existed.

            When Windows 8 came out it was, as far as I am concerned, a tectonic shift in the Windows user interface.  A great many of the things that had "gone autopilot" decades ago for long-time Windows users disappeared and the learning curve was significant and sometimes painful.  While Windows 10 brings back a number of things, most notably the Start Menu, that Windows 8 did away with the switch to the tile-based start menu is still a big difference.  It's also a grand PITA to put shortcuts on your desktop compared to Win7 and earlier (or at least via the method I'd always used).

Brian


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Dave...
 

Only way I know is an OCR program. 

Dave Carlson
Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 2, 2016, at 11:09, Dennis Clark <dennis@...> wrote:

Hello Aaron,
When doing your own taxes, how do you handle printed forms sent to you for taxes. Each year we receive a number of 1099 forms, and as I recall, Turbo tax will ask for example, "enter the dollar amounts from lines 10, 14 and 20. I've been puzzled what I could do to use TurboTax without a reader, because I don't know in advance which of the many dollar amounts on such forms will be requested. Your advice and experience would be very appreciated.
All the best,
Dennis
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

I have been able to complete and file my personal income taxes using the browser-based version of TurboTax for several years now. Some years I have found it to be less accessible than others, but this year I didn’t encounter any problems using JAWS/Firefox.

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/

 

Regards,

Aaron M. Page, B.S.

EIT Accessibility Specialist

Accessible Technology Services, University of Montana

Phone: (406) 243-2082

E-mail: aaron.page@...

 

 

From: Walker, Michael E [mailto:michael.e.walker3@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 10:45 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Question about JAWS and Taxes

 

Hi,

 

What have you found to be the most accessible program for filing income taxes with JAWS?

 

Thank you,

Mike


Re: Question about JAWS and Taxes

Walker, Michael E
 

Hi Aaron, Thank you for sharing. I did not think about using Firefox. I will try that. Mike


Re: signatures in pdf form

HH. Smith Jr.
 

Hey Mario,

 

I used an open source software called Inkscape. It does vectoring. I scanned and crop my actual signature then vectored it into a pictorial image of my signature, now I can just insert an actual image of my signature as if I signed the screen with a pen. The website is.

Inkscape.org

You will definitely need sighted assistance.

Here are the instructions I used. The website probably has better or clearer instructions.

How do we add a signature? Well, we could sign our name on a white piece of paper, scan it and just plant that image in Word, right? Not quite. When you scan an image (or take a photo with your iPhone for that matter) you get a JPEG image, and JPEG images do not support transparency.

Here's what a scanned signature looks like right off the scanner:




First thing you'll notice is it's big. If you want your signature to look legit when the document is printed you have to scan it at at least 300
DPI. Your computer screen, however, has a resolution of about 75 DPI normally. So if you add this photo to Word you'll have to re-size it down. The end result is something that looks like this when printed:



Terrible.


First of all, the white background of the signature photo is opaque. As a result the image hides the "Signature" text and the line we're supposed to sign on. We want to somehow make the white areas transparent, so that when we plant the signature onto the page it looks as if it was drawn on by hand, not plastered on with a computer. This can be done with image editing software, such as Paint.NET (free), if you know what you're doing. The resulting image must be saved in a more appropriate image format - one that supports transparency. Best is PNG.


But even that's not enough. The end result, when printed, still looks terribly fake. Here's a close-up version to illustrate:

 


See how pixelated it looks? When you print this on a piece of paper you definitely see the difference. Why is this happening? Didn't we take a hi-res scan of the signature?


Why? Because Word is dumb. When you scan an image in high resolution (e.g. 300 or DPI, same as a good printer) the image you get on your computer is big. When you then resize the image in Word to fit the signature space, Word just prints the picture as it appears on screen (i.e. in 75 DPI). It's not smart enough to say "this picture is scaled down, but I do have the original high-resolution at hand, so I can send it to the printer at 300 DPI".


Also, what if we want to print at 600 DPI, but our scanned image is just in 300 DPI? Ideally we'd want a
vector image of our signature, not a raster image. Vector graphics nowadays is usually saved in the popular (and open) SVG format. And you can find services online that will try to convert a raster image (e.g. jpg) to SVG. Only one problem with this: Word can't handle SVG. So there's one more hoop to jump through.

Here's what you need to do to take a scanned image of a signature and convert it to something you can actually add to Word. You need just one application - it's called
Inkscape and it's a totally free vector graphics application.

  1. Take a white A4 paper and put your signature on it using a nice, thick pen.
  2. Scan it at 300 DPI (grey-scale is fine, too).
  3. Crop out everything but the signature. This can usually be done in the scanner program itself if you do a pre-scan. But you can also do it with MS Paint.
  4. Save it as JPG.
  5. Open Inkscape.
  6. Drag and drop your scanned JPG into Inkscape.
  7. Select the image in Inkscape and choose Path -> Trace Bitmap from the menu.
  8. Use "Brightness Cutoff" with a high threshold (over 0.9) and press Ok.
  9. It will create a vector version of the signature and place it directly above the image. Drag it away to see the difference between the two.
  10. Feel free to play with the threshold until you get a good reproduction of the original image.
  11. Now select the original image and delete it (DEL).
  12. Select the good vector version and do File -> Document Properties -> Fit page to selection.
  13. Now save as EMF.
  14. You can now drag and drop this EMF into Word. Make sure the Text Wrap property of the image in Word is set to "In Front of Text" and then just place it over the signature space.

Here's a close-up of the raster vs. vector images side by side in Inkscape:

 

 



Here's just one letter scaled way up, just so you see how good the vector version is:



And here's what it looks like in Word:



Keep that EMF file at hand. No more printing, faxing and scanning.



 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mario [mailto:mrb620@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4:46 PM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: signatures in pdf form

 

I have a pdf form that needs to be filled in, including signatures. I am using acrobat reader dc and I am able to fillin name, address, city, state, zip, etc, but what about signatures? how can this be done?

 

I haven't got any idea, except to have my signature digitally scanned or photoed, cropped, and inserted, but have no idea as to successfully do this. help!

 

 

 

 

This email has been sent from a virus-free computer protected by Avast.
www.avast.com


Re: How To Get Rid Of Get Windows 10 Message

Mario
 

thanks Brian, so, it's a little simpler. thank goodness.
concerning step 1, is the built in backup utility sufficient?

On 2/2/2016 3:16 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
Mario,

No. Reserving a copy of Win10 originally was about having
the entire set of necessary files (or most of 'em, anyway) be downloaded
to your machine ahead of time so you could do the update process with
less wait time. Now Microsoft seems to be doing that as a part of GWX
by default, angering any number of people who think it's a conspiracy of
some sort.

If you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 computer no product
key is necessary and none is sent to you afterward. The upgrade process
itself activates your copy of Windows 10 on the machine and it's
licensing key.

What I recommend as the "safe upgrade procedure" is as follows:

1. Make a full backup of your existing user data and full OS system
image of your Windows 7 or Windows 8 system using the backup software of
your choice. In the event of something catastrophic occurring, which is
unlikely, this is the easiest way to recover your existing system.

2. Run the Windows 10 Upgrade process. I suggest doing it either from
GWX or from the "Upgrade this PC Now" option on the media creation tool
page if your intention is to upgrade the PC you're currently on. If you
really must have the Win10 ISO burned to disc or on USB, then follow the
instructions regarding downloading it for upgrading PCs other than the
one you're on. If you go that route you'll also need to go into BIOS or
use the Boot Order panel to make your computer boot from the media you
created to do the upgrade.

a. IF your system was a "well used" system, and
particularly a well-used Windows 7 system (or even just a Windows 7
system, if you want to be anal-retentive about it) then immediately go
to the Update & Security Settings, Recovery Pane and do a "Reset this
PC" via the button. This forces a full refresh of the Win10 operating
system. Use the "Keep my files" option, at least initially.

b. If you have a Win8.1 system, you can probably skip what
was done in step 'a' for a Windows 7 system. If you notice that you're
having irregularities within the first couple of days I'd give a Reset
install a try then, but only if something weird appears to be happening.

3. Take the time to go through the Privacy Settings, all panes, to set
things up as you'd like as far as device access and data gathering. I
have shut down a lot of default access, but left system health reporting
at "full" and there is not much traffic from that.

4. If you are on an internet connection that has data caps and/or peak
and off peak usage periods and billing, definitely take the time open
the Network & Internet Settings, WiFi Pane (which happens to be the
default when N&I Settings open), then click on the WiFi connection
(probably that you're currently connected to). Then scroll down below
the list of WiFi connections to find the "Advanced Options" link. Be
certain to throw the Metered Connections switch/toggle (I can't remember
how JAWS announces it, because it's a new concept, maybe as a checkbox.
It behaves the same way) to "ON." This prevents Windows Updates from
automatically downloading via this particular internet connection
without your express permission to do so. Otherwise, leave this set to
"OFF" so that Windows Updates remain fully automatic. Also, in the
Advanced Options is a switch/toggle entitled "Make this PC
Discoverable." This serves the same purpose as the old "What type of
network is this? Home/Work/Public" stuff did in Windows 7. Since both
Home and Work networks in the old system made the computer discoverable
by other Windows machines on the same network, that split has been
eliminated. If you switch Discoverable to ON your computer is visible
to others on the network and can share like you may have done in the
past. If it's OFF it's the same as the former "Public" choice, and your
machine is visible via WIndows to no other machine on the network.

5. Set up Cortana to your liking. I absolutely hate having Web results
returned as parts of a Windows search, so I turned the "Search Online
and include Web Results" setting off. I had no intention of using the
digital assistant feature to interact with Cortana verbally, so I turned
off the "Cortana can give you suggestions, reminders, ideas, alerts, and
more" setting OFF, too. The digital assistant feature is quite
remarkable, and I've played with it when setting up machines for others,
but I know I won't use it. I also hate the fact that Cortana is stapped
to Bing as far as searching for web results because I've just never
warmed to Bing and won't at this point.

Brian


Re: How Can Sighted People Tell Where I Am At on a Screen in JAWS?

Lisle, Ted (CHFS DMS)
 

I think it’s usually turned on by default.

 

From: Bill White [mailto:billwhite92701@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:16 AM
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Re: How Can Sighted People Tell Where I Am At on a Screen in JAWS?

 

Another setting which will assist sighted people to know where JAWS is on the screen is "Show Virtual Viewer On Screen". This setting is in the Basics menu of JAWS options.

Bill White billwhite92701@...

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:48 AM

Subject: How Can Sighted People Tell Where I Am At on a Screen in JAWS?

 

Hi!

 

From time to time, especially on the Internet, I will ask a sighted person to look at something with me.  They always say that although they can of course hear what JAWS is reading, they cannot see where on the screen this is.  Sometimes, somehow perhaps related, JAWS might even be reading something that is really not even visible on the screen; like scrolling is not happening.

 

Is there some way or JAWS option to show exactly where on the screen JAWS is?  Ideally, this would be something readily visible so sighted people could see where I am at on the screen.  Additionally, ideally the screen would scroll along with the application (like a webpage).

 

Thanks,

Richard



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