Mike B. <mb69mach1@...>
Below are the direct download links for the February Jaws update, J2018.1802.78, + what's new in this release.
What's new in this release:
Enhancements in JAWS 2018.1802.78 (February 2018)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2018 between the December 2017 update and the February 2018 update.
To download the latest release, visit the
Downloads web page.
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• When you open an inaccessible PDF file in Adobe Reader which normally just reports: "Empty Document", JAWS now displays a dialog box asking if you want
to perform OCR directly on the file. Choose Yes to have JAWS recognize the image and display the text in the Results Viewer or choose No to close the dialog
box without performing OCR. This is the same as using the layered command INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, D to OCR a document. We are now proactively offering this
for all JAWS and Fusion users when we recognize that scanned PDF files have been opened in Acrobat Reader.
• When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by QUESTION MARK for help with layered commands, the list of keystrokes is now displayed in the Results Viewer
to make them easier to review.
• You can now press Right Shift+DOTS 1-2-3-7 from a Focus braille display to toggle the JAWS Screen Shade feature.
• The commands to read the next or previous word (CTRL+RIGHT ARROW and CTRL+LEFT ARROW) will now continue to speak when Speech On Demand is active. Note
that due to the way keystrokes are handled in Microsoft Office applications, these commands will continue to remain silent in Word documents and when editing
Outlook messages. In addition, speech is now available in Keyboard Help (INSERT+1).
• Resolved an issue with the INSERT+B command not reading the contents of certain dialog boxes if Speech On Demand was enabled.
• If Speech On Demand is active, resolved an issue where pressing ALT+CTRL+NUM PAD 5 to read the current table cell was not working.
• The Convenient OCR item located in the JAWS Utilities menu has been renamed to OCR Options.
• Resolved a customer reported issue with the Stock Quotes Research It lookup source not returning results as expected.
• Addressed an issue with the Convert Currency Research It lookup source in the Spanish version of JAWS not returning any results.
• When navigating the Outlook calendar in Month view, resolved a customer reported issue where Vocalizer Expressive voices were saying "comma" before each
• Resolved sluggishness issues with the Customize Outlook Message List dialog box accessed from the Run JAWS Manager dialog box (INSERT+F2) while focused
in an Outlook message folder.
• Addressed JAWS visual highlighting issues in Windows 7 for a custom set of Office scripts distributed by Papenmeier.
Google Docs and Sheets
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• Improved JAWS performance with Google Docs when Braille support is disabled. While you will find that JAWS is now more responsive even when Braille mode
is off, we still recommend that you enable Braille support even if you do not use a braille display to get the best overall experience with navigating
and editing documents. For instance, moving by character, word, and line is much more reliable, and you can also use the JAWS table reading commands for
easier navigation of tables. If you need JAWS to announce certain document features such as footnotes, endnotes, or comments, you will need to turn off
Braille support at this time to access this information. To toggle Braille support on or off, press ALT+SHIFT+A to open the Accessibility menu, open the
Settings submenu, and press ENTER on Enable Braille support.
• JAWS now supports Google's new Braille Mode in Google Sheets. When Braille Mode is enabled in Google Sheets, you will be able to read the current row
of cells on the braille display and press a Cursor Router button over a cell to move focus to it. The coordinates, cell headers, and cell data are shown
for the current cell, with the content of surrounding cells also displayed but separated from each other by a | character.
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• Addressed an issue with Outlook closing unexpectedly when opening certain messages.
• Resolved an issue with JAWS not reading as expected in the Insert Item dialog box which is displayed when you choose Outlook Item from the Insert tab
when composing a message.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was sometimes saying "0 items" when focused returned to the inbox after closing or deleting a message.
• Addressed reported issues in Outlook with JAWS becoming less responsive under certain circumstances when composing a message.
• Addressed issues with reviewing attendee information when creating a meeting request in Outlook.
• When pressing F2 to edit a cell containing a formula, resolved an issue in the latest updates to Excel 365 where JAWS was not speaking the formula when
navigating using the ARROW keys.
• When you first start the Spellchecker in Word 365, resolved an issue where JAWS would sometimes not announce the misspelled word and suggestion.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not always announcing position information as expected in some combo boxes in Word forms.
• If focused on the Thumbnails tab in a PowerPoint 365 presentation, resolved an issue where JAWS was incorrectly speaking tutor messages while navigating
• In PowerPoint 365, JAWS now indicates the new slide when inserting a slide into a presentation.
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• Addressed issues for Bloomberg to help both JAWS and Fusion work with Chromium in the Bloomberg Terminal and Bloomberg Chat application without the need
for further customer adjustments.
• The braille cursor now tracks correctly when navigating by character or word through the text of headings on web pages. You can also now move through
headings using Cursor Routers.
• Improved JAWS announcements of form field labels used inside of a live region.
• JAWS now properly indicates table cells that use the aria-label and aria-labelledby attributes.
• Resolved multiple issues with navigating combo boxes in Chrome.
• Improved JAWS announcements of live region updates in Chrome.
• When typing in the Chrome address bar, resolved an issue where JAWS was repeating all of the text that was typed in addition to announcing auto-complete
• When using UP or DOWN ARROW on the Chrome address bar to navigate the list of suggested web sites, resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the
currently selected item.
• Resolved a reported issue with Chrome where changes in page content were not always being detected by JAWS in some situations until INSERT+ESC was pressed
to manually refresh the virtual buffer.
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• Resolved reported issues with navigating and editing text in the Windows Mail and Sticky Notes apps.
• Improved speech and braille navigation of combo boxes in the Windows Settings app (WINDOWS Key+I).
• Added JAWS support for the Windows Feedback Hub app.
• JAWS now reliably announces and displays in braille the Windows Defender progress bar when performing a system scan.
• Addressed an issue with the INSERT+B command not reading as expected on the Logon screen.
Enhancements in JAWS 2018.1712.10 (December 2017)
The following is a list of improvements made between the initial JAWS 2018 release and the December 2017 update.
Screen Shade for Additional Privacy
For additional privacy, use the JAWS Screen Shade to prevent others from seeing what you are typing or reading by turning the screen black. This feature
is available in Windows 10 and Windows 8.
To turn on the Screen Shade, press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by the PRINTSCREEN key, or triple tap with three fingers on a touch screen. Alternatively,
Screen Shade can be toggled on or off using Quick Settings (INSERT+V). Once enabled, the contents of your screen can no longer be seen. The Screen Shade
remains active until toggled back off, or JAWS is restarted. Screen Shade can also be turned off by doing a right mouse click.
Note: Screen Shade is strictly a privacy feature and will not increase the battery life on a laptop or tablet. Additionally, Screen Shade is only available
when JAWS is running by itself. It cannot be used when running Fusion, or when running JAWS together with ZoomText or MAGic.
Speech On Demand
Speech On Demand is a feature that allows you to limit the amount of JAWS speech you hear as you navigate windows and documents or perform other actions
using hot keys. By default, when using Speech On Demand, JAWS only announces actions that are associated with a limited set of hot keys. In addition, mouse
echo and typing echo are still available, which allows JAWS to read text that you point to with the mouse pointer and speak characters and words as you
type. You can quickly toggle between Speech On Demand and full speech using a convenient layered command, or even make Speech On Demand the default speech
mode when JAWS starts.
For JAWS users who rely heavily on Braille or for users of Fusion that can see well enough to use the screen for tracking focus, too much speech can be
overwhelming while navigating using the keyboard and mouse. However, users still want to be able to use speech to read once they have moved to a location
on the screen, or just checking a Window Title, column heading in a table or spread sheet, or even reading the time from the System tray. In both these
situations, Speech On Demand can be very helpful. You will find that switching applications with ALT+TAB or using ARROW keys to move through a document
are silenced. Speech is only triggered when using a limited set of reading commands such as speaking the current character, word, line, paragraph, or doing
a Say All.
Layered commands to toggle the feature:
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• Press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by S to toggle the speech mode between Full Speech and either Speech On Demand (the default) or Mute speech. Focus braille
display users can also press RIGHT SHIFT+M (DOTS 1-3-4) to toggle between Speech On Demand and Full Speech.
• Press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by SHIFT+S while Full Speech is disabled to toggle between Speech On Demand and Mute speech.
By default, JAWS always returns to Full Speech when restarted after these keystrokes have been used. To make permanent changes to the default settings,
do the following:
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1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
2. If you want changes to only apply to a particular application, select it from the Application list. Otherwise, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the default
3. In the tree view, expand the Speech Options group.
4. Press the SPACEBAR on Speech Mode to change the default choice between Less Speech or Full Speech. Full Speech is selected by default.
5. Press the SPACEBAR on Less Speech Options to change the default choice between Mute Speech or Speech On Demand. Speech On Demand is selected by default.
6. Expand the Speech On Demand Options group.
7. If you do not want any reading hot keys to speak with Speech On Demand active, use the SPACEBAR to clear the Allow Reading Commands check box. Reading
commands are spoken by default.
8. If JAWS Mouse Echo is enabled and you want to hear text as you move the mouse with Speech On Demand active, use the SPACEBAR to select the Allow Mouse
Echo checkbox. This checkbox is cleared by default.
9. If JAWS Typing Echo is set to Characters, Words, or Characters and Words and you want to hear what you are typing with Speech On Demand active, use
the SPACEBAR to select the Allow Typing Echo check box. This checkbox is cleared by default.
10. Choose OK to save your changes and close Settings Center.
See the What's New topic in the JAWS Help for a complete list of the preset designated reading commands available in Speech On Demand.
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• When JAWS is configured to start at the login screen and after logon, addressed an issue in the Windows 10 Fall Creators' update where JAWS was not working
as expected if the "Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after update or restart" option is enabled.
• Resolved an issue where the Password field on the Windows 10 logon screen was being announced multiple times.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was blocking the Windows shut down in the Fall Creators' update.
• If Smart Navigation is set to Controls or Controls and Tables, which offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications by treating most
controls as a single unit when navigating by character or word, headings are no longer treated as a single navigation unit. This allows you to review the
contents of the heading using LEFT or RIGHT ARROW and CTRL+LEFT or CTRL+RIGHT ARROW as well as select text just like in paragraphs. Smart Navigation is
off by default and can be configured through the Startup Wizard located in the JAWS Help menu, or toggled by pressing INSERT+X.
• JAWS no longer says "cell" when reading the current line in a table with Smart Navigation set to Controls or Controls and Tables. You will now hear a
slight pause to indicate a cell break.
• Addressed a customer reported issue with the USPS Tracking Research It Lookup source not displaying results for a tracking number as expected.
• Due to major changes with the WebMD website, the Health search on WebMD Research It lookup source has been removed as it can no longer search and retreive
results from this service.
• Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+A twice quickly in the Windows 10 File Explorer was not displaying the contents of the address bar in the Virtual
Viewer as expected.
• Resolved issues with JAWS not reading correctly in a Windows 10 Command Prompt window.
• JAWS now announces the All Day check box when creating a new appointment in the Windows 10 calendar.
• Resolved multiple issues with using JAWS with the Windows 10 Calculator in the Fall Creators' update.
• If a Korean Vocalizer Expressive Voice is installed, resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS was not automatically switching to the Korean voice
on a web page containing Korean content.
• Added a new Eco Braille display driver provided by ONCE in Spain.
• Addressed issues with a couple Research It lookup sources in the French version of JAWS not displaying results as expected.
Kindle for PC
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• Amazon Kindle books can contain links to other parts of the book or to other content on the web. JAWS now indicates when text is a link and allows you
to press ENTER or the SPACEBAR to activate the link.
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• Addressed an issue where JAWS was not announcing auto-complete information when typing email addresses in the Windows 10 Fall Creators' update of Outlook
• When typing a name in the header fields of a message in Outlook 365, JAWS now plays a sound to indicate when the auto-complete list opens and closes.
While the list is open, UP and DOWN ARROW navigates the auto-complete suggestions and pressing INSERT+UP ARROW now reads the currrently selected name and
• When using DOWN ARROW to move through a Word document containing graphics, addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not always consistently
indicating when focus moved to a graphic.
• When using AutoSum in Excel 365, addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the default range when pressing ALT+EQUALS.
• If the virtual ribbon is active, resolved a customer reported issue where various split buttons were not being displayed when navigating Office ribbons.
• Resolved an issue in Outlook 365 when in the "To:" field and trying to type in addresses for your message.
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• Continued improvements to JAWS performance with Edge. These include addressing issues with JAWS not always indicating headings and links on various pages
as well as adding support for automatically announcing notifications such as when you download a file.
• If you switch to the JAWS application window from Edge, resolved a customer reported issue where you could not access any JAWS options.
• Addressed an issue with JAWS losing the current position on a web page in Chrome when switching to another application and then back.
• Addressed a customer reported issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when navigating a parrticular ARIA menu.
• JAWS no longer incorrectly turns on Forms Mode when a toggle button is activated, even if Forms Mode is set to Manual.
• When selecting and copying text from a web page in Internet Explorer for pasting into another application, resolved an issue where the wrong text was
sometimes being pasted.
• Resolved an issue where JAWS was not identifying combo boxes as expected in Chrome.
• Resolved an issue in Chrome where JAWS was saying "clickable" even on areas of a page that did not contain links.
• Resolved a customer reported issue with a web page that displays math content using role="math" not being displayed correctly in braille.
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