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JAWS upgrades are available to purchase if you own an existing copy of JAWS.
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To use JAWS for Windows, we recommend a personal computer running Microsoft® Windows® with the following:
This page describes the new features and improvements available in JAWS 2024.
Video calls have become a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature helps with this by alerting you to key visual details like:
To activate Face in View, press the layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by F, and then O. Once enabled, Face in View continually monitors your face position and the lighting level. If anything changes, such as tilting your head left or right, or a decrease in brightness, you are automatically alerted. When focused in the Face in View application window, you can also use TAB or the ARROW keys to review information such as the position of your face in the picture, the current brightness level, and the camera in use.
Note: Face in View is not currently available during an active video call as it needs complete access to the camera.
While Face in View is active, the following layered keystrokes are available:
Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, F, P command is designed to identify potential items in your background using PictureSmart. However, it’s important to understand that the accuracy of results may differ. While background descriptions might not always be completely precise, the intention is to offer hints about what’s within your camera view.
Once you have verified your face is correctly centered in the camera view and the brightness level is good, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, F, O to turn off Face in View prior to activating your video call.
MathCAT is an open-source library that translates math content from web pages and Word documents to speech and Braille and is included in JAWS 2024. At this time, this feature is currently only supported in English and not supported on ARM devices. Additionally, only Nemeth Code is supported for Braille, and MathCAT settings are not exposed in the JAWS user interface yet. However, some improvements over our existing math support include:
By default, as we continue to refine our functionality with MathCAT, JAWS still uses our legacy support for reading math content that has been available for several versions. If you would like to experience how math is accessed using MathCAT, you can enable this feature through the Early Adopter Program, located in the JAWS Options menu.
Once enabled, you can access our MathML Examples page to see how JAWS reads various math equations using MathCAT. Just like with our prior math support, once you navigate to an expression, press ENTER to display it in the Math Viewer, where you can use the ARROW keys to explore its elements.
Note: You can disable using MathCAT and return to the legacy support for reading math expressions from the Early Adopter Program dialog.
The Early Adopter Program lets you preview new and updated product features that are in development. As we gradually introduce features, you can evaluate them and provide feedback to help us improve before the final release. MathCAT is our first feature available for evaluation using the Early Adopter Program. MathCAT is a commonly used translator to convert MathML content into Speech and Braille output.
To turn on or off Early Adopter Program features, do the following:
Note: If you are evaluating changes to an existing product feature, it will revert to its original operation when you clear the check box.
While evaluating a feature, you are encouraged to give feedback about your experience. Feedback can be given whether the feature is activated or not.
To give feedback, do the following:
The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial.
To enable a Split Braille view, press ALT+INSERT+V (ALT+CAPS LOCK+V in Laptop layout) to open the new Select Braille View dialog box. Focus Braille display users can also press LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-7.
When this dialog box opens, you are placed in a list of available views. Select the one you want to use and select OK. The active view remains in effect for the current JAWS session. Restarting JAWS returns you to any defaults in effect before you enabled a specific view.
By default, when a split view is active, your current location is displayed in the left region, while the results of the active view are displayed in the right region. If you want to change this, open the Select Braille View dialog box again and select the Swap split button.
For most views, you can independently navigate and even select text in the split region. To navigate text in the split view, use the Right NAV rocker to pan and the Right Rocker bar to move by line. To select text in region 2 for copying and pasting into a document (this even includes buffered math expressions in Word documents), press a SHIFT button along with a Cursor Router at the beginning of the text you want, and then once more where you want to end the selection. Just like when selecting text in a regular document, dots 7 and 8 indicates the selection. Once text is selected, it is automatically copied to the clipboard. You can then switch to a document and perform the standard CTRL+V keystroke to paste.
For HumanWare displays, the Brailliant BI 40 series and Mantis Q40 displays are supported. The following commands are available:
For Papenmeier displays, the following commands are available:
The following sections describe each available view.
JAWS sends content to the Braille display as it always has, using the full length of the display for the current line. This is the default.
This view captures the text at your current location and places it in a buffer which is displayed on the right half of the split line. Once the buffer is created, you can navigate to another location in the current document and even switch to a completely different document while your buffered text remains available. For example, you could buffer some text on a Web page, ALT+TAB to an open document in Word or Notepad, and your buffered text remains available in region two of your display.
Other examples of when you might use the Buffered Text view include:
By default, this view buffers the current paragraph. To change what text is buffered, open the Select Split View dialog, make sure Buffered Text is selected in the list of views, select Options, and change the Buffer Unit setting. Available choices are:
Note that the selected text in region 2 does not automatically update if the selection changes. If you select different text, you will need to choose Buffered Text again from the Select Braille View dialog and then choose Selected Text from the Options dialog to refresh the buffer.
Note that buffered Clipboard text is always displayed in Computer Braille regardless of your Braille output setting and you may also see control characters such as hard returns as part of the text.
If you want to buffer new text, move to the specific content you want to buffer, open the Select Braille View dialog, and choose the Buffered Text option again to capture the text at your current location. Focus display users can also press LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3 to toggle this view on or off.
This view is primarily useful in Word for reviewing comments, revisions, footnotes, or endnotes. If the cursor is positioned on text that includes an annotation, the document text is shown in the first display region while the text of the annotation is shown in the second region. If the current line or text at the cursor location does not include any annotations, the entire display is used for the line and is not split. With this view, the text of a comment, revision, footnote, or endnote can be shown simultaneously with the main text they refer to. You can edit and read the document text while keeping the annotation text in view.
Note: For best results when reviewing revised text with Annotations view, make sure to enable All-Markup view in Word.
In this view, text from the current line is displayed in the first display region, while any text attributes such as bold, italics, or underline corresponding to the current line are shown in the second region. Pressing a Cursor Router on an attribute automatically moves the cursor to the character matching that attribute. Panning through the document also causes the attributes to update.
This view improves the experience when proofreading and editing as Braille can now show specifically whether text is underlined, bolded, italicized, and more, all while the main document text is still displayed.
If the text at the cursor location in region 1 has more than one attribute, such as bold and italics, the attributes in region 2 for that word or phrase will rotate with the letters “b” and “i.” The remaining words without a particular attribute will show the letter “n” in region 2.
When this view is active, the first display region shows the currently focused text, while the other region shows text from the JAWS Speech History. Examples of when you might use this view include:
This view is beneficial for teachers, students, and other users who are learning Braille, as it displays two different translation outputs of the current text. For example, if JAWS is configured to display Unified English Braille Grade 2, this will be displayed in the first display region, while the Computer Braille representation of the same text is displayed in the second region.
To customize the translation output displayed in the second region, open the Select Split View dialog, make sure Translation Split is selected in the list of views, select Options, and choose a translation mode from the Split Translation Region 2 list. By default, Computer Braille is selected. The remaining selections depend on your currently configured translation output mode and your currently active Braille language profile.
For example, if JAWS is configured to display text in Unified English Braille Grade 2, you can choose to display Computer Braille, U.S. English Grade 1, U.S. English Grade 2, or Unified English Braille Grade 1 in region 2. If your Braille language is set to Spanish with the translation output set to Grade 1, you can choose to display Computer Braille or Spanish Grade 2 in region 2.
In addition, if your Braille Output mode is set to Computer Braille or Uncontracted Braille, enabling Translation Split causes JAWS to show you the Contracted Braille representation for your current language in region 1 while continuing to use your currently selected output mode in region 2. For example, if your default Output mode is Unified English Braille Grade 1, JAWS will show contracted Unified English Braille in region 1, while uncontracted Braille is shown in region 2.
Translation Split is application-specific. So, you can enable this view, for instance, in Notepad, and use a different view in Word or Outlook.
In this view, one display region shows the location of the PC Cursor while the other region shows the line of text at the JAWS Cursor location. If you are in an application or window where the JAWS Cursor is not supported, this display region will be blank. This view is helpful in situations where you may want to actively monitor a progress bar or application status bar while working on a document. It can also be used to read the title bar as you switch between multiple open documents.
This view enables you to actively monitor the text in a specific dialog or application screen while you are focused in a different location. When active, text from the currently active window is shown in the second display region. If the text in the window changes, it will immediately update on the display.
If the window closes, the region displaying the window text will become blank. The region will also be blank if you activate this view in an application that does not support obtaining window text.
There are additional application-specific views available for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams to help improve productivity when accessing information in these apps using Braille. If you open the Select Braille View dialog box from one of these apps, the following additional views are available.
JAWS scripts have enabled us to improve the usability of entire apps, and in some instances, add unique functionality to help improve productivity. Traditionally, scripts tend to be updated with the main product roughly every eight weeks. If a change in a particular app caused a particular script to no longer work properly, users would be stuck until the fix was rolled out in the next software update.
The seamless updates for scripts feature allows us to provide updates to scripts outside of the normal JAWS update cycle. For example, if an update to Microsoft Office causes certain status messages in Outlook to no longer be spoken, we can quickly respond with a fix to the Outlook scripts in a matter of days instead of users needing to potentially wait weeks or even months for a fix. When new scripts are available, JAWS automatically applies the updates without the need for any user intervention. To confirm if a script update was applied, open the JAWS Help menu, select the About dialog, and check the Scripts Revision number.
Seamless scripts updates are enabled by default. To turn this feature off, open the JAWS Options menu, select Basics to open the Basics Settings dialog, and clear the Seamless Updates for Scripts check box.
Note: Admin privileges are required to change this option.
Q: Are my custom scripts affected?
A: No. The Updater will only update scripts stored in the \ProgramData\Freedom Scientific folder structure, which is a shared folder. Any user scripts or settings will continue to override shared scripts and settings.
Q: How can I restore the original scripts?
A: Do the following:
The original scripts will be restored.
Q: Am I told when scripts are installed?
A: Not at this time. This feature is primarily meant to resolve small problems due to an app change. Significant features will not be introduced using this method. We will add information on any fixes to our What’s New pages.
Q: How often will updates come?
A: We do not anticipate updates to come often. It depends on how often supported applications change in ways that can be addressed through scripting.
Pressing ALT+WINDOWS+C now opens a dialog where you can quickly respond to an incoming call from Teams, Phone Link, or Skype. This enables you to respond to a call without having to move focus to the app and then locate the correct option or perform the correct keystroke. Once the dialog opens and you’ve selected an app from the list, you can then TAB to the specific control in the dialog, depending on what you would like to do. Actions include accepting with audio or video, declining the call, hanging up the call (if one is active), or setting the currently selected app as primary so it always appears at the top of the list.
Discord is a free chat application designed for communities to stay connected. JAWS now includes preliminary support for the Discord app, including:
Pressing INSERT+F12 announces the current time using hours and minutes. However, there are situations, such as a job that has strict clock-in and clock-out requirements, where more accurate detail is needed. In JAWS and Fusion 2024, you can now press CTRL+INSERT+F12 to have the time announced using hours, minutes, and seconds.
If you want to view documentation for earlier versions of JAWS, visit the Previous JAWS for Windows Downloads page and download the appropriate JAWS version. Install this program and then look in the Help folder to find the product documentation.
The latest version of JAWS can be downloaded using the links below. For new installations, download and save the executable file to your PC and install from there. The installer can be used for full installations or to update an existing installation already on your computer.
To install additional product languages other than English, select Options from the dialog box that displays after beginning the setup. Note that you can only install additional languages when performing a full installation and not when updating a version of the software that is already installed.
Learn what is new in JAWS 2024
Note: The following link requires an internet connection during the installation. If you need to install JAWS on a system that does not have an internet connection, choose the link below to the offline installer for secure environments.
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