JAWS Keyboard Commands

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Keyboard Commands

The JAWS screen reader uses a combination of Windows and JAWS specific keyboard commands. The JAWS key is either "insert" if "desktop" layout was selected during setup, or "caps lock" if "laptop" layout was selected during setup.

JAWS specific commands will take the form of JAWS key + another key to carry out an action. For example, JAWS key plus down arrow starts continuous reading beginning with the current location of the cursor.

JAWS Reading Commands

Action Command
Pause reading Control key
Read previous or next character Left or Right Arrow
Read the previous or next word Control key + left or right arrow
Read previous line Up arrow
Read next line Down arrow
Read current line JAWS key + up arrow
Read previous sentence JAWS key + y
Read next sentence JAWS key + n
Read previous or next paragraph Control key + up Arrow or control key + down Arrow
Say All JAWS key + down arrow
Start skim reading JAWS key + control + down arrow
Toggle on and off speech JAWS key + space, then press the s key

Editing with JAWS

Action Command
Copy Control + c
Cut Control + x
Paste Control key + v
Undo Control + z
Select one character to the left or right Shift + left arrow or shift + right arrow
Select one word to the left or right Control + shift + left arrow or control + shift + right arrow
Select until beginning or end of line Shift + home or Shift + end
Select all Control + a
Say color JAWS key + 5
Say the font JAWS key + f

Browsing the web with JAWS

Action Command
Open a new tab Control + t
Switch between tabs control + tab
Close the current tab Control + w
Close all tabs alt + F4
Select a link Enter key
Open links in a new tab Control + enter
Left mouse button JAWS key + 8
Right mouse button JAWS key + 9

Quick Navigation Keys with JAWS

Action Command
Next or previous radio button a or shift + a
Next or previous button b or shift + b
List buttons Control + JAWS key + b
Next or previous combo box, list box, or tree view c or shift + c
Open or close a combo box, list box, or tree view alt + down arrow or alt + up arrow
Next or previous edit box e or shift + e
Next or previous form field f or shift + f
List form fields JAWS key + F5/
Next or previous graphic g or shift + g
Next or previous heading h or shift + h
List headings JAWS key + F6
Next item in a list i
Jump to line j
Next or previous place-marker k or shift + k
Next or previous list l or shift + l
Next frame m
Next or previous link tab or shift + tab
List links JAWS key + F7
Move to main region q
Next or previous region r or shift + r
Next or previous table t or shift + t
Enter table navigation mode JAWS key + space, then press the t key
Next unvisited link u
Next visited link v
Next or previous checkbox x or shift + x
Enter forms mode Enter
Exit forms mode Escape

Informational, Cursor, and Menu Commands

Action Command
Say window title JAWS key + t
JAWS find JAWS key + control + f
JAWS find next and previous F3 or Shift + F3
Show speech history JAWS key + space bar; then press h
Get application version JAWS key + control + v
Announce progress bar status JAWS key + tab
Context specific help JAWS key + F1
Activate PC cursor JAWS key + semicolon
Activate JAWS cursor JAWS key + p
Activate touch cursor JAWS key + shift + semicolon
Route PC to JAWS cursor JAWS key + apostrophe
Route JAWS to PC cursor JAWS key + left bracket
Quick Settings JAWS key + v
Turn off JAWS JAWS key + F4
Say system time JAWS key + f12
Start JAWS OCR function JAWS key + space bar, then press o, then press d for document or s for screen or w for window
Access the context menu Shift + F10 or applications key