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Re: OB at start-up

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 

Hi Sandra,
 
These steps are for Windows 7 Pro.  If OB is starting when  your computer starts, go to the Start Menu, All programs, & inside All programs is a folder named, Startup.  Pdress enter on this folder to open, arrow up / down to the Openbook entry, open the context menu with the, applications key or Shift + F10, arrow up to, Delete, & press enter.  If you get some sort of confirmation message, press enter on the yes option to remove the icon.  Having a icon on the Start Menu shouldn't make OB start with the computer, because normally that would just be a shortcut icon that you could start OB from if OB wasn't running.
Take care.
Mike
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Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 4:33 PM
Subject: OB at start-up

How do I remove OB from my start menu?
 
 
 
Sandra
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OB at start-up

Sandra Streeter
 

How do I remove OB from my start menu?
 
 
 
Sandra
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Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Laura Richardson
 

Mike,

 

What you suggested is what I did and this seems to have corrected the problem.  My anxiety level just went way down (LOL) …… a much better way to start the weekend.

 

Thanks,

Laura

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:51 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

Hi Laura,

 

1st, open your Recycle Bin, & see if all your files / folders are there.  If they are, arrow down to & select / highlight each item, & open your context menu with your Applications key or Shift + F10, on each item.  Then, press enter on the, Restore option, or you can press the letter, E, to restore as well.  This will put the files back where they came from.

Take care.
Mike
Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

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

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 12:12 PM

Subject: Question/Download files & my documents

 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Laura Richardson
 

Thank you for this information …… fortunately I didn’t have to do that.  I ended up going to the recycle bin and restored those files back to downloads and my documents is working again (Yay)

 

Laura

  

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:28 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

 

Yes, performing a system restore is easy to do in Windows 7.  Press the Windows key to launch the start menu and type “restore” into the search edit field to find it and then launch it.  Tab to the “next” button and activate it.  You should get a list of available restore points.  Scroll through the list with the up and down arrow keys and choose a date prior to the tandem session, tab to the “next” button and activate it.  Then follow the prompts to initiate the system restore.  Your computer will reboot, and hopefully, it will be restored to the state it was in before the tandem session, and you should again be able to access your Documents folder.

 

Gerald

 

 

 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:18 PM

Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

I haven’t done that and don’t know how.  Is that easily done?

 

Laura

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 2:16 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

 

Have you tried performing a System Restore to roll back your computer to a time before the tandem session?

 

Gerald

 

 

 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:12 PM

Subject: Question/Download files & my documents

 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
 

Hi Laura,
 
1st, open your Recycle Bin, & see if all your files / folders are there.  If they are, arrow down to & select / highlight each item, & open your context menu with your Applications key or Shift + F10, on each item.  Then, press enter on the, Restore option, or you can press the letter, E, to restore as well.  This will put the files back where they came from.
Take care.
Mike
Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 12:12 PM
Subject: Question/Download files & my documents

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Gerald Levy
 

 
Yes, performing a system restore is easy to do in Windows 7.  Press the Windows key to launch the start menu and type “restore” into the search edit field to find it and then launch it.  Tab to the “next” button and activate it.  You should get a list of available restore points.  Scroll through the list with the up and down arrow keys and choose a date prior to the tandem session, tab to the “next” button and activate it.  Then follow the prompts to initiate the system restore.  Your computer will reboot, and hopefully, it will be restored to the state it was in before the tandem session, and you should again be able to access your Documents folder.
 
Gerald
 
 
 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents
 

I haven’t done that and don’t know how.  Is that easily done?

 

Laura

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 2:16 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

 

Have you tried performing a System Restore to roll back your computer to a time before the tandem session?

 

Gerald

 

 

 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:12 PM

Subject: Question/Download files & my documents

 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Laura Richardson
 

I haven’t done that and don’t know how.  Is that easily done?

 

Laura

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 2:16 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Question/Download files & my documents

 

 

Have you tried performing a System Restore to roll back your computer to a time before the tandem session?

 

Gerald

 

 

 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:12 PM

Subject: Question/Download files & my documents

 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Re: Question/Download files & my documents

Gerald Levy
 

 
Have you tried performing a System Restore to roll back your computer to a time before the tandem session?
 
Gerald
 
 
 

Sent: Friday, July 08, 2016 3:12 PM
Subject: Question/Download files & my documents
 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Question/Download files & my documents

Laura Richardson
 

Hello,

 

My documents is not responding …… I use Windows 7 and Jaws 15.  This occurred after a tandem session with another individual.  There were files in my downloads I didn’t know what they were so they were deleted and sent to the recycle bin.  Would this affect the ability of my documents to respond?  I’ve tried restarting the program, restarting the computer, and even shut the computer down and turned it back on with no luck.  Everything else seems to be working; Jaws is talking, I can get on the internet, I can open and use other programs, and (for now) I can send and receive emails.  I have a lot of information in my documents that I absolutely need access to.  Could anybody please help?

 

Thank you,

Laura

 

 

 


Receive 2 copies of my own messages?

Russell Solowoniuk
 

Hi all,

Whenever I reply to a message on this list, I end up with 2 copies of my
message showing up in my Jaws folder list. Anyone know why? Not a big deal,
just curious.

Thanks,

Russell


Re: mail ap in W10

Russell Solowoniuk
 

Hi,

 

CTRL + R is the command to reply to a message. While this does allow one to read the message, there is a setting that will allow Jaws to read messages without having to reply to them. From the message list, press tab till you get to “Settings” and press enter or space. Arrow down to “Reading” and press enter or space. Tab to “Use the caret to navigate the reading pane” and press space to check it. Press F6 till you get back to your message list. Jaws should now be able to read a message when you choose it from the list and press enter.

 

HTH

 

Russell

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:05 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: mail ap in W10

 

Hi,

The mail app is indeed accessible with JAWS 17 with a few work arounds. Mainly, to read the message, you have to press CTRL+R and then you can read the message. I have been able to access everything in the app with JAWS 17, I use latest update. I have a couple of tutorials that I could send to you privately if you would like them. They are text tutorials. Let me know if you would like them.

Take care.

David

 

Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 10:14 AM

Subject: mail ap in W10

 

It is my understanding that the mail ap that comes in W10 is not accessible through Jaws 17. Is this correct?

 

Stan

 


Re: Basic Windows 10 Question

Alan Robbins
 

David,

 

I thought list member, Brian, had posted some updated stuff to this that Joseph put somewhere on the group website? Just want to ensure this is most recent/accurate info.

 

Best,

Al

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of David Moore
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 3:28 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Basic Windows 10 Question

 

Hi Mark,

Here are the instructions to upgrade to win10.

Here is the instructions step by step how to install W10. Read through all the step first before you install W10 as there are a few things you have to do before starting the download of w10.

Upgrading to Windows 10 with jaws 16 or 17.

go to:

Download the tool called utility tool, leave it in your download folder.

Download jaws 16.0.4350 or Jaws 17, leave it in your download folder for future use.

Download the Microsoft media creation tool at:

On this web page, Go to download link now, Microsoft will determine if you have a 64 or 32 bit system, they are both built into the tool.

Download the tool and save it to your download folder for future use.

Leave all three of these downloads in your download folder.

Not sure if you have to reserve w-10 now?

Now, if you have not reserved windows 10, please do so.

press enter on the get windows 10 icon in the notification area.

go down the page and fill in your email address. this gives you a verification email.

Now, restart your computer.

check for updates, install any updates, restart to make sure you have all the latest updates.

Now you are ready to begin the upgrade to windows 10.

Run the jaws utility tool, this will get rid of any jaws fragmented files and so on from your system.

Tip, after running the F S tool on your w-7 computer, any time you restart your computer, you will get a message from Jaws saying:.

The mirror drivers are configured incorrectly, press the spacebar on this message.

In w-10, Jaws does not use the mirror drivers, that is the reason for this message.

Next, Run the media creation tool.

yes, for your users account warning.

Choose, update this computer now and press enter.

you are now in an ongoing and updating dialog which says:

Windows 10 is being downloaded, continue using your computer.

This could take anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your download speed.

When it is done downloading, it will go through several screens itself updating your computer and will get it ready for windows 10.

Next, there will be a screen asking you to except the license agreement, check the yes and press enter on next.

Again, the program will run through several screens by itself.

Next, press enter on install.

now you will have no speech, this install takes 45 to 60 minutes to complete.

After 1 hour, press the Windows key+enter key to turn on narrator.

Wait for a few minutes if it does not come on right away.

Almost done.

press the next button.

choose express settings.

press the next button.

if done right, in about 10 to 15 minutes, jaws will come on talking on the desktop in your new w-10 PC.

Now, this is very important, uninstall and reinstall jaws 16 or 17.

This will give you the maximum performance in the w-10 environment.

Tips on how to do this.

Go to programs and features by pressing windows+X, press enter on Jaws 16 or 17.

Say yes, for your user’s account message.

Uninstall Jaws, Keeping shared settings and personal settings.

If the Jaws dialog does not tell you to restart, Turn Narrator on, Windows key+enter, restart your computer.

Wait the appropriate time for restarting, turn Narrator back on, Windows key+enter.

Go to your download folder where you have already put the latest Jaws 16 or 17, set up file.

Press enter on the Jaws setup file.

Follow the Jaws prompts, to install Jaws 16 or 17.

After reinstalling jaws, no need for a restart here, jaws will come on talking with all your settings, except for 2 of them.

Redo your shortcut key, control+ALT+j.

Redo the setting to have jaws come on at the log-on screen.

All your other settings will be remembered by Jaws.

For whatever reason if the media tool fails the first time.

Check for updates, restart, and run the tool again.

In w-8.1, this method usually works the first time.

In w-7, you may have to repeat this method two times.

 

Sent: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:44 AM

Subject: Basic Windows 10 Question

 

Group,

 

OK, I am going to take the plunge as the “free” upgrade to Windows 10 will expire at the end of the month.  Are there any helpful tips when downloading and installing the new operating system?  I am reasonably computer literate and I am running the latest build of JFW.

 

Thanks in advance for any websites to visit in this regard,

Mark


Re: OpenBook--start-up question

Gwen And Orban <gwensinfo@...>
 

You might want to take it out of your start up menu, because I bet that's where it is. Hope this helps.


Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 7, 2016, at 12:47 PM, Sandra Streeter <sandrastreeter381@...> wrote:

Hi, all:
 
Is there a way to make OpenBook not open when my computer starts up? When I first had it installed, I chose to have it open automatically, because my priority, when I didn’t have web access, but now that I do, the first things I want to do are web-oriented, and I’d rather open OB manually later. Thanks!
 
 
 
Sandra
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OpenBook--start-up question

Sandra Streeter
 

Hi, all:
 
Is there a way to make OpenBook not open when my computer starts up? When I first had it installed, I chose to have it open automatically, because my priority, when I didn’t have web access, but now that I do, the first things I want to do are web-oriented, and I’d rather open OB manually later. Thanks!
 
 
 
Sandra
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Re: Recent files in Word 2013?

George Basioli <gbmagoo@...>
 

I just opened a blank word doc and tabbed once and it landed in recent files
and I just arrowed through the latest files.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mcginnis,
Barbara
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 05:59
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Recent files in Word 2013?

I think it is now in Backstage View. My default is to list the last 25
recently opened files. I usually use Control plus O and then tab until I
hear the title of my first file. Have also done Control plus O and then
Shift plus Tab to get to the bottom of the list. Hope this helps. I miss
Word 2010.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Byrne [mailto:annakb@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 1:59 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Recent files in Word 2013?

In Word 2010 the files menu includes an item for recently opened files. I
don't find it in 2013, though. Where is it hiding?

Thanks,





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JAWS announcing "clickable", what does it mean?

Peter Tesar
 

Hello,

When moving around the web page, with the virtual cursor on, JAWS announces:
  clickable

What does this mean? Is there something that can be opened?
For example, as I arrow down into a table with 2 colums. I hear:

   table with 2 colums and 20 rows
   name clickable
   event clickable

Thanks,  Peter Tesar


Re: Drop Down List In Excel

Mario
 

-------- Original Message --------
From: Kevin Hourigan [mailto:kevinthourigan@gmail.com ]
Sent: Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 1:06:44 PM EST
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Drop Down List In Excel

Hello Ann,
I do not think I am filtering.
I created a list of months in a1:a12 using auto fil, selected c1, pressed
alt A, V, V, for data validation in data tools, tabbed once to allow, down
arrowed to list, tabbed once to source, pressed F 2, and entered the
co-ordinates of the range containing the months, tabbed through the other
options, insuring that in cell drop down was checked, and pressed the space
bar on the okay button. Returned to Excel, hearing the message that the cell
has a drop down, press alt down arrow to view the message, and when I press
alt down arrow I hear the title of another window I have open; in this case
it was in box of outlook since I had it open while I went through the steps
above, and recorded them in this email.
Cheers Kevin.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ann Byrne
Sent: July 4, 2016 3:22 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Drop Down List In Excel

Are you filtering? How did you create the drop=down??
At 03:18 PM 7/4/2016, you wrote:
Hello Dale,
I have tried a reboot, and re-creation of the drop down list.
I noticed when I press alt down arrow to open the list, Jaws says not
selected, then if I press enter Jaws does say the range co-ordinates
that contain the text.
Yesterday, when I entered text in the source edit field, Jaws read that
when I pressed alt down, but all at once, not in a list. Today I do not
even get that.
Cheers Kevin.
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale
Alton
Sent: July 4, 2016 11:42 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Drop Down List In Excel

Have you tried a reboot?

Denver Dale

From: <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>main@jfw.groups.io
[mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Kevin Hourigan
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 11:17 AM
To: <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Drop Down List In Excel

Hello All,
I created a drop down list in Excel 2016,Jaws 17,Windows 10, and when I
select the cell containing it I am told to press alt down arrow to hear
the message, whereupon I hear the title of something I have opened in
another window. Any suggestions as how to remedy this, please?
Cheers Kevin.


Re: "Link" re the "extension" of the deadline for obtaining, for free, the Windows 10 upgrade...

Michael Malver
 

I do not have the link. At the general session of the American Council of the blind, Microsoft again stated that the extension for people who are blind will be implemented, however they also said that details as to how a blind person would get the upgrade after the date has expired would be forthcoming.

On Jul 6, 2016, at 1:34 PM, HAMILTON <jim.hamilton@...> wrote:

HI Listers:

 

Could someone send out the link for the “official” story on this extension for persons with disabilities?  I had it a while ago; but, cannot find it now.

 

This information said, fairly clearly, that persons with disabilities will continue to have access to the “free” upgrade to Windows 10; for how long, I am not sure.

 

Thanks very much.

 

Jim H

 

 

 

 


Musescore free music software

Kramlinger, Keith G., M.D.
 

Hi,

 

It appears there is an open source, free  music software program with at least some Accessibility considerations. It is called Musescore and can be  found at musescore.org . They state, below link and text from handbook, that it is usable in some ways with NVDA, but that JAWS is not supported.

 

Has anyone used this software with JAWS? Any comments on your experience appreciated.

 

Thanks, Keith

 

 

 

https://musescore.org/en/handbook/accessibility

 

 

HandbookAdvanced topics

Accessibility

·         Introduction

·         Initial setup

·         Finding your way around

·         The score window

·         Score reading

o    Moving forwards or backwards in time

o    Moving between notes at a given point in time

o    Filtering score reading

·         Score playback

·         Score editing

·         Customization

Introduction

This document is written for blind and visually impaired users of MuseScore 2.0. It is not intended to provide a full description of all of the features of MuseScore; you should read this in conjunction with the regular MuseScore documentation.

MuseScore comes with support for the free and open source NVDA screen reader for Windows. The features in this document have been tested on Windows with NVDA. There is no support at the moment for other screen readers such as Jaws for Windows, or VoiceOver for Mac OS X, which may work differently, or not at all.

At this point in time, MuseScore 2.0 is mostly accessible as a score reader, not so much as a score editor. This document will focus on the score reading features, with only a brief description of score editing.

Initial setup

When you run MuseScore for the first time, you may want to permanently disable the Start Center window. To do so, go close the Start Center window first, then the Edit menu (Alt+E), choose Preferences, and in there, uncheck Show Start Center. Save and close the preferences window.

Finding your way around

The user interface in MuseScore works much like other notation programs, or other document-oriented programs in general. It has a single main document window in which you can work with a score. MuseScore supports multiple document tabs within this window. It also supports a split-screen view to let you work with two documents at once, and you can have multiple tabs in each window.
In addition to the score window, MuseScore has a menu bar that you can access via the shortcuts for the individual menus:

·         File: Alt+F

·         Edit: Alt+E

·         View: Alt+V

·         Add: Alt+A

·         Notes: Alt+N

·         Layout: Alt+L

·         Style: Alt+S

·         Plugins: Alt+P

·         Help: Alt+H

Of these, only the File menu is of much interest when using MuseScore as a score reader. Once opening a menu, it may take several presses of the Up or Down keys before everything is read properly.

There are also a number of toolbars, palettes, and subwindows within MuseScore, and you can cycle through the controls in these using Tab (or Shift+Tab to move backwards through this same cycle). When you first start MuseScore, or load a score, focus should be in the main score window. Pressing Tab takes you to a toolbar containing a series of buttons for operations like New, Open, Play, and so forth. Tab will skip any buttons that aren't currently active. The names and shortcuts (where applicable) for these buttons should be read by your screen reader.

Once you have cycled through the buttons on the toolbar, the next window Tab will visit is the Palette. This would be used to add various elements to a score, but it is not currently accessible except for two buttons that are visited by Tab: a drop down to select between different workspaces (a saved arrangement of palettes), and a button to create a new workspace.

If you have opened one of the optional windows, such as the Inspector, or the Selection Filter, the Tab key will also visit these. You can close windows you do not need by going to the View menu and making sure none of the first set of checkboxes are selected (the windows that appear before the Zoom settings). By default, only the Palette, Navigator and MuseScore Connect should be selected, and the latter two are not included in the Tab order.

To return focus to the score window after visiting the toolbar, or a subwindow, press Esc. This also clears any selection you may have made in the score window.

The score window

When you first start MuseScore 2.0, an empty example score entitled “My First Score” is loaded by default. If you wish to experiment with editing features, this would be a good place to begin. Otherwise, you will probably want to start by loading a score. MuseScore uses the standard shortcuts to access system commands like Ctrl+O (Mac: Cmd+O) to open a file, Ctrl+S (Mac: Cmd+S) to save, Ctrl+W (Mac: Cmd+W) to close, etc.

If you press Ctrl+O (Mac: Cmd+O) to load a score, you are presented with a fairly standard file dialog. MuseScore can open scores in its own format (MSCZ or MSCX) as well as import scores in the standard MusicXML format, in MIDI format, or from a few other programs such as Guitar Pro, Capella, and Band-in-a-Box. Once you have loaded a score, it is displayed in a new tab within the score window. You can move between the tabs in the score window using Ctrl+Tab (does not apply for Mac).

There are a few interesting things you can do with a loaded score besides reading it note by note. You can press Space to have MuseScore play the score for you. You can use File / Export to convert to another format, including PDF, PNG, WAV, MP3, MIDI, MusicXML, etc. And of course, you can print it via File / Print or Ctrl+P (Mac: Cmd+P).

If a score contains multiple instruments, it may already have linked parts generated. Linked parts are presented as part tabs within score tabs, but currently, there is no way to navigate these part tabs using the keyboard. The parts would not normally contain information different from the score; they would just be displayed differently (each part on its own page). If a score does not already have parts generated, you can do so through File / Parts, and that dialog is accessible. If you wish to print the parts, you can work around the inability of accessing part tabs individually by using the File / Export Parts dialog, which automatically exports PDF’s (or other formats) for all parts in one step.

Score reading

When you first load a score, the score window has the keyboard focus, but there will be nothing selected. The first step to reading a score is to select something, and the most natural place to begin is with the first element of the score. Ctrl+Home (Mac: Cmd+Home) will do this. You will probably also want to use this, should you ever clear your selection by pressing Esc.

As you navigate between elements, your screen reader should give the name of the selected element (most likely the clef at the beginning of the top staff of your score). You will hear it read the name of the element (for example, “Treble clef”) and also give position information (for example, “Measure 1; Beat 1; Staff 1”). The amount of information read is not currently customizable, but we tried to place the most important first so you can quickly move on to the next element before it has finished reading, or just ignore the rest of what is read. Pressing Shift currently interrupts the reading, which might also be useful.

Most navigation in MuseScore is centered around notes and rests only – it will skip clefs, key signatures, time signatures, barlines, and other elements. So if you just use the standard Right and Left keys to move through your score, you will only hear about notes and rests (and the elements attached to them). However, there are two special navigation commands that you will find useful to gain a more complete summarization of the score:

·         Next element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right (Mac: Cmd+Option+Shift+Right)

·         Previous element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left (Mac: Cmd+Option+Shift+Left

These commands include clefs and other elements that the other navigation commands skip, and also navigate through all voices within the current staff, whereas other navigation commands such as Right and Left only navigate through the currently selected voice until you explicitly change voices. For instance, if you are on a quarter note on beat 1 of measure 1, and there are two voices in that measure, then pressing Right will move on to the next note of voice 1—which will be on beat 2—whereas pressing Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right (Mac: Cmd+Option+Shift+Right) will stay on beat 1 but move to the note on voice 2. Only once you have moved through all notes on the current beat on the current staff will the shortcut move you on to the next beat. The intent is that this shortcut should be useful for navigating through a score if you don’t already know what the contents are.

When you navigate to an element, your screen reader should read information about it. For notes and rests, it will also read information about elements attached to them, such as lyrics, articulations, chord symbols, etc. For the time being, there is no way to navigate directly to these elements.
One important note:
Up and Down by themselves, with Shift, or with Ctrl / Cmd are not useful shortcuts for navigation! Instead, they change the pitch of the currently selected note or notes. Be careful not to inadvertently edit a score you are trying to read. Up and Down should only be used with Alt/Option if your intent is navigation only. See the list of navigation shortcuts below.

Moving forwards or backwards in time

The following shortcuts are useful for moving “horizontally” through a score:

·         Next element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right

·         Previous element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left

·         Next chord or rest: Right

·         Previous chord or rest: Left

·         Next measure: Ctrl+Right

·         Previous measure: Ctrl+Left

·         Go to measure: Ctrl+F

·         First element: Ctrl+Home

·         Last element: Ctrl+End

Moving between notes at a given point in time

·         The following shortcuts are useful for moving “vertically” through a score:

·         Next element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right

·         Previous element: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left

·         Next higher note in voice, previous voice, or staff above: Alt+Up

·         Next lower note in voice, next voice, or staff below: Alt+Down

·         Top note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+Up

·         Bottom note in chord: Ctrl+Alt+Down

The Alt+Up and Alt+Down commands are similar to the Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Right and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Left commands in that they are designed to help you discover the content of a score. You do not need to know how many notes are in a chord, how many voices are in a staff, or how many staves are in a score in order to move vertically through the score using these commands.

Filtering score reading

Excluding certain elements like lyrics, or chord names while reading the score is possible by using the Selection filter (F6). Uncheck those elements you don't want to read.

Score playback

The Space bar serves both to start and stop playback. Playback will start with the currently selected note if one is selected; where playback was last stopped if no note is selected; or at the beginning of the score on first playback.

MuseScore supports looped playback so you can repeat a section of a piece for practice purposes. To set the “in” and “out” points for the loop playback via the Play Panel (F11):

1.       First select the note in the score window where the loop should start

2.       Go to the Play Panel and press the Set loop In position toggle button

3.       Back to the score window, navigate to the note where you want the loop to end

4.       Switch again to Play Panel, and press the Set loop Out position toggle button

5.       To enable or disable the loop, press the Loop Playback toggle button

You can also control the loop playback and control other playback parameters, such as overriding the basic tempo of a score, using the View / Play Panel (F11).

Score editing

Score editing is currently not very accessible – too many score elements require intervention of the mouse in order to place objects onto a score. Additionally, visual reference and manual adjustment of the position of various elements is sometimes necessary due to MuseScore's limited support for conflict avoidance of elements.

In contrast, MuseScore does often provide ample default, and a platform to experiment with the basics of note input.
To enter note input mode, first navigate to the measure in which you would like to enter notes, then press “N”. Almost everything about note input is designed to be keyboard accessible, and the standard documentation should be good to help you through the process. Bear in mind that MuseScore can either be in note input or normal mode, and it won’t always be clear which mode of these you are in. When in doubt, press Esc. If you were in note input mode, this will take you out. If you were in normal mode, you will stay there, although you will also lose your selection.

Customization

You can customize the keyboard shortcuts using Edit / Preferences / Shortcuts. At some point, we may provide a set of special accessibility-optimized shortcuts and/or a way of saving and loading sets of shortcut definitions.

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Re: Recent files in Word 2013?

Ann Byrne
 

Hi, Kimmer,

Thanks for the suggestion. Recent files are actually under the open item in the backstage view. Why you have to go to open to get to recent files is beyond me, but that's how it be.

Ann