JAWS – The World’s Most Popular Windows Screen Reader
JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.
What is a screen reader?
A screen reader is a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC..
- Read documents. emails, websites and apps
- Easily navigate with your mouse
- Scan and read all of your documents, including PDF
- Fill out webforms with ease
- Easy to use with Daisy formatted basic training
- Save time with Skim Reading and Text Analyzer
- Surf the net with web browsing keystrokes
- Two multi-lingual synthesizers: Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive
- Includes drivers for all popular Braille displays
- Convenient OCR feature for image files or inaccessible PDF documents
- Picture Smart service to recognize images
- Voice Assistant to issue infrequently used commands
- Supports PEARL Camera for direct access to print documents or books
- Built-in free DAISY Player and full set of DAISY-formatted basic training books
- Works with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and much more
- Supports Windows® 11, Windows 10, Windows Server® 2019, and Windows Server 2016
- Become more efficient with Skim Reading and Text Analyzer
- Compatible with ZoomText, Fusion, and OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software
- JAWS Tandem Center is available for free to help with support and training
- Optional support for Tandem Direct, Citrix, Terminal Services, and Remote Desktop
- Powerful scripting language to customize the user experience on any application
- Kiosk support available
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Perpetual licenses are available for all our software titles – JAWS for Screen Reading, ZoomText and Fusion for Screen Magnification, and OpenBook for Scanning and Reading.
Choose between either single-user licenses or multi-user licenses, which utilize license servers to easily distribute software access throughout the organization. Add support for Citrix, VMware Horizon, and Remote Desktop, which are essential for environments that require users to access remote servers.
Always include the Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) to maintain your Perpetual software with access to future updates and upgrades. As the applications used by consumers continue to change, it is critical to maintaining your Access Technology License as well.
What’s New in JAWS 2023 Screen Reading Software
Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance, different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page. Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.
When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, headings, regions, and form fields. In addition, you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:
- Move to next glance highlight: Y
- Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
- Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results page contains several glance highlights for certain areas of the page including “Results,” “More results,” or “Need Help.” This text visually stands out, but since it is not an actual heading, it would not be found when using H or SHIFT+H to move by heading. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.
Another example of a glance highlight can be found on the Freedom Scientific home page. If you press Y, you move directly to the text, “Call Today,” where you will find the main Freedom Scientific phone number.
To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Smart Glance group. You can then configure the following:
- Indicate Smart Glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
- Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
- Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for glance highlights. Even though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart Glance highlight indication option.
Notification History Improvements
The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.
JAWS and Fusion 2023 offer several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:
- Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a lot of emails and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the history, so you can still review them if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
- Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete all notifications from the Recent Notifications list.
- Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent Notifications list now displays details for the selected notification. These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
- Specify a rule type: When you choose to create a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent Notifications list, you now start in the Rule Type combo box. This new option lets you determine how the original notification text in the edit box directly after this combo box is treated. The following choices are available:
- Contains – Creates a rule that acts on a notification that contains specific text. For example, if you want to create a rule for a notification from Outlook that contains the word “Suggestion:” at any point in the notification, you could delete everything except “suggestion:” from the notification text in the following edit box
- Begins with – Creates a rule that acts on a notification that begins with specific text. For example, if you want to create a rule for a notification from Outlook that begins with the word “Suggestion:” followed by some specific text, you could delete everything except “suggestion:” from the notification text in the following edit box.
- Ends with – Creates a rule that acts on a notification that ends with specific text. For example, if you want to create a rule for a notification from Teams that ends with the words “Press CTRL+SHIFT+J to join” preceded by some specific text, you could delete everything except “Press CTRL+SHIFT+J to join” from the notification text in the following edit box.
- Matches pattern – Lets you create a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against. While the following edit box contains the text for the selected notification, it is recommended you change it to a regular expression using elements from the notification. If you want to use the notification text as is, or parts of it, consider using one of the other Rule Types. As an example of a regular expression, take a look at the regular expression to capture the name of the sender from an Outlook notification: “^New Notification from Outlook, (.*?),” without the quotes.
- Naming rules: When creating a rule for a selected notification, you can now enter a name for the rule. In addition, the Manage Notification Rules dialog box now includes an option to rename an existing rule.
Refer to the Notification History topic in the JAWS Help for more information.
Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues
Changes were made in the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizer drivers to fix increased memory usage issues caused by Waves Max audio. This application is often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve these performance issues , you can now reenable it. This is only necessary if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device as soon as you connect it, such as headphones.
Improved ILM Authorization Access
The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission to authorize on their own system.
New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation
Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.
In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.
If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.
Important: JAWS does not run as expected on ARM64 computers following the Microsoft 365 ARM64 Office update from October 27, 2022. Refer to this Technical Support Bulletin for more details.
Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following are a few frequently asked questions.
Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?
No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported.
What device is required?
An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.
What Operating System is required?
Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.
What braille devices are currently supported?
At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party partners.
What speech synthesizers are currently supported?
At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support will be added as we work with our third-party partners.
What features are currently not available?
The following features are still under development:
- Citrix remote
- Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
- Dongle authorization
What applications are currently not supported?
While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.
The following are examples of these applications:
- Windows Mail
- Windows Calculator
- Windows Weather
- Windows News
What is the recommended version of Office 365?
Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.
For German braille users, is RTFC available?
Currently, the RTFC German braille translator is only available in X64 installations of JAWS 2023. If JAWS 2023 is installed on ARM64, the German braille translator used in previous versions of JAWS is used instead.
- The Liblouis braille translator used by JAWS and Fusion has been updated to version 3.23.0 and is now selected by default.
- For German users, JAWS now includes the RTFC German braille translator for all contracted braille like Basisschrift, Vollschrift, and Kurzschrift (These are the German names for Grade 0-2). This translator is the default when the JAWS language is set to German.
- The JAWS and Fusion About box now includes a System type field which shows whether you are using X64 or ARM64. This information can also be found by pressing CTRL+INSERT+V while focused on the Desktop.
- In the Outlook Scheduling Assistant, JAWS now reads as expected in the All Attendees field when reviewing the status of meeting attendees.
- When encountering an element or entering a region on a web page that has a details relation, JAWS now says “has details” when you first move to the element. You can then press ALT+INSERT+D to access the details.
- Addressed an issue with the JAWS Virtual Cursor unexpectedly moving back to the top of a web page on pages containing advertisements that constantly update.
- In Edge and Chrome, resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly reading table headers defined by using the “ID” and “header” attributes. JAWS also now properly reads the “axis” attribute. You can find examples of these types of tables on our Surf’s Up training pages.
- When navigating through a list where the Virtual Cursor is off, such as a list of chat messages in Teams or Slack, list items containing a lot of content are now fully read without speech stopping in the middle of the text.
- Removed the Reuters Top News Stories Research It lookup source due to changes to the Reuters website which no longer allows us to retrieve information.
- Addressed issues using JAWS with the DVORAK keyboard.
- Resolved an issue for Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian users where you could not enter the @ symbol from a Focus braille display keyboard into a Word document.
- For Italian users, MathML content is now spoken correctly when the JAWS language is set to Italian.
JAWS System Recommendations
To use JAWS for Windows, we recommend a personal computer running Microsoft® Windows® with the following:
- Operating System: Windows® 11, Windows 10, Windows Server® 2019, and Windows Server 2016.
- Processor Speed: Recommended: 2.0 GHz i5 dual core or higher processor.
- Memory (RAM) Recommended: 8 GB or more.
- Required hard disk space:
- 2 GB with more space required for additional voices.
- Recommended: SSD drive.
- Video/Graphics card with support for DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- 1024×768 display resolution.
- Sound: Windows-compatible sound card (for speech).
- What’s New in JAWS
- JAWS Keystrokes (PDF)
- JAWS Keystrokes (text)
- JAWS Keystrokes (HTML)
- Braille Display Input Commands (HTML)
- JAWS Quick Start Guide (PDF)
- JAWS Quick Start Guide (text)
- JAWS Help System (ZIP file) Note: After unzipping and saving the help files, select JFW.CHM to launch the primary help file.
- JAWS Support for ARIA (Word file): ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) is assistive technology markup used by Web content creators to make Web pages more accessible for screen readers. This is done by adding specific ARIA tags and elements to HTML code. Read this document to learn more about JAWS support for ARIA markup.
- JAWS Tandem Quick Start Guide
- JAWS Tandem FAQs
- Software Activation
- Previous JAWS Documentation: 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.
JAWS Scripting Resources:
- Basics of Scripting Manual (HTML)
- Basics of Scripting Manual (self-extracting file)
- Enhancements in Scripting
- FSDN (Functions Reference Manual)
- JAWS UIA Script API Documentation
- Domain Scripting Quick Start (PDF)
- Research It: Creating Rule Sets for JAWS (Word file)
- Updating Verbosity Scripts for the JAWS Options Tree View (self-extracting file)
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- <Click Here> to access the May 2018 Update
Downloads for the January 2022 Updates:
- JAWS 2022 What’s New in 2022: https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/JAWS/JAWSWhatsNew
- JAWS 2022 Connected:https://jaws2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.24.400/80824FB8-21F9-4D84-85EB-4008CD002070/J2022.2112.24.400.exe
- JAWS 2022 Offline 64 Bit:https://jaws2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.24.400/80824FB8-21F9-4D84-85EB-4008CD002070/J2022.2112.24.400-Offline-x64.exe
- JAWS 2022 Offline 32 64 Bit:https://jaws2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.24.400/80824FB8-21F9-4D84-85EB-4008CD002070/J2022.2112.24.400-Offline-x86.exe
- ZoomText 2022 Connected:https://zoomtext2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.10.400/983A3F44-83C0-4017-A6D5-2CB9A9710F72/ZT2022.2112.10.400.exe
- ZoomText 2022 Offline:https://zoomtext2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.10.400/983A3F44-83C0-4017-A6D5-2CB9A9710F72/ZT2022.2112.10.400-Offline.exe
- Fusion 2022 Connected:https://fusion2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.5.400/3065094C-E40A-4D29-9875-467B73F9724B/F2022.2112.5.400.exe
- Fusion 2022 Offline:https://fusion2022.vfo.digital/2022.2112.5.400/3065094C-E40A-4D29-9875-467B73F9724B/F2022.2112.5.400-Offline.exe
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