See if this'll help you
understand the touch cursor a little better.
Using the Touch Cursor
Certain applications, especially many of the modern-style apps
found in Windows 8, do not always work as expected with JAWS
when navigating with the standard
cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC cursors. Activating the
new Touch Cursor enables you to use the ARROW keys on your
computer's keyboard, or the controls
on your braille display, to navigate through the actual
objects in an application similar to using gestures on the
touch screen of a tablet. Application
objects include everything from menu bars, toolbars, and
progress bars, to form controls, regions, links, etc. Press
SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS, or SHIFT+CAPS
LOCK+SEMICOLON if using the laptop keyboard layout, to
activate the Touch Cursor. To turn it off, activate one of the
other cursors, like the JAWS or PC
Cursor. Pressing the PC Cursor command (NUM PAD PLUS) will
cause JAWS to say "Touch Cursor" and the Touch Cursor will
remain active. If Tutor Messages
are enabled, JAWS will also speak the message "Double tap to
activate PC cursor". Press the PC Cursor command twice quickly
to turn off the Touch Cursor
and activate the PC Cursor.
The Touch Cursor is enabled by default in certain Windows 8
applications to improve navigation. These apps include News,
Weather, and Store. Whenever you
move focus to one of these apps, the Touch Cursor is
automatically activated. To automatically enable the Touch
Cursor in another application, press INSERT+V
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application where
you want to use the Touch Cursor, expand the Touch Cursor
Options group, and then select
Automatic Activation. You must do this for every application
where you want to have JAWS automatically turn on the Touch
Navigating With the Touch Cursor
To move to the next or previous object on the screen, press
RIGHT or LEFT ARROW. You can also use TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
To move by a specific object type, press UP or DOWN ARROW. By
default, the UP and DOWN ARROWS will move by regions, or by
groups if you are on the Windows
8 Start Screen. To change what object type these commands move
by, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to cycle through the available
types using the navigation
For example, if you want the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move by
headings, press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN until you hear "headings.
Now, pressing UP or DOWN ARROW
will move to the next or previous heading.
Press CTRL+HOME to move to the first object and press CTRL+END
to move to the last object. To announce the current object,
press INSERT+UP ARROW. To perform
a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move through
the application and speak each object, press INSERT+DOWN
As you navigate using the ARROW keys, the system focus does
not follow the Touch Cursor. This allows you to freely
navigate through objects without changing
the position of the PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing
SPACEBAR or ENTER on the current object will move focus to
that object and perform the appropriate
action. For instance, opening a menu, selecting a check box,
or activating a button or link. In addition, a rectangle will
be displayed around the currently
selected object to visually indicate the location of the Touch
cursor for sighted users.
To quickly move the Touch Cursor to the object that currently
has focus, press INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS, or CAPS LOCK+APOSTROPHE
if using the laptop keyboard
layout. JAWS will route the Touch Cursor to the currently
selected object and announce it. The Touch Cursor will remain
active after performing this command.
To determine what object types will be announced as you
navigate with the Touch Cursor, press INSERT+V to open Quick
Settings, expand the Touch Cursor
Options group, then move to Configure Types. This group lists
all available types that can be navigated to using the Touch
Cursor. Use the SPACEBAR to
select or clear a type. Types that are selected are announced
while types that are not selected are ignored.
Note: The Configure Types option only appears in Quick
Settings if the Touch Cursor is currently active when Quick
Settings is opened.
Navigating the Windows 8 Start Screen
Previously, navigating Tiles on the new Windows 8 Start Screen
was difficult to understand. Like a traditional desktop, the
columns did not wrap, and because
tiles can be different sizes, it was very difficult to orient
yourself when moving with the PC focus. We now suggest you
consider using the Touch Cursor
mode to offer a more seamless and predictable way of learning
the tiles and where they are located.
To begin, move focus to the Windows 8 Start Screen by pressing
the WINDOWS key until you hear "Start Screen." Now you can
activate the Touch Cursor by
pressing SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS on a Desktop keyboard or
SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON on a Laptop keyboard. With the Touch
Cursor on, you can use the single-finger
flick up and down gestures to move between the groups, or use
UP and DOWN ARROWS to simulate the gestures, even if you do
not have a touch screen. Note
that groups are generally not named by default, so JAWS will
refer to the Group name based on whatever the first tile is in
the group that gains focus.
At any point, you can use either a single-finger flick right
or left on a Touch Screen or use the RIGHT and LEFT ARROWS to
explore all tiles from your
current location. If you locate a Tile for an application you
wish to launch, simply double tap the touch screen with a
single finger, or just press ENTER
to launch the tile you are on.
Touch Cursor Navigation Quick Keys
While the Touch Cursor is active, you can use Navigation Quick
Keys to quickly jump to various types of objects, such as
regions, headings, links, form
controls, and so on. These commands are similar to the
Navigation Quick Keys that are used when navigating HTML and
PDF documents with the Virtual PC Cursor.
By default, Touch Navigation Quick Keys are not enabled when
the Touch Cursor is activated. This allows you to fully use
applications that support typing
in the main window. For example, the Windows 8 News app lets
you type so you can quickly locate specific stories.
If you would like Touch Navigation Quick keys to be enabled
automatically when the Touch Cursor is activated in a specific
application, press INSERT+V
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application,
navigate to the Touch Cursor Options group, and select Touch
Quick Keys. You can also press INSERT+Z
while the Touch Cursor is active to temporarily toggle Touch
Navigation Quick Keys on or off.
The following Navigation Quick Keys are available:
Note: You can add the SHIFT Key to any of these commands to
move to the previous occurrence of that element.
A - Next radio button
B - Next button
C - Next combo box
D - Next document
E - Next edit field
F - Next form field
G - Next image
H - Next heading
I - Next list item
K - Next link
L - Next list
M - Next menu
O - Next tool bar
P - Next pane
Q - Next tab
R - Next region
S - Next occurrence of static text
T - Next table
U - Next group
V - Next tree view
X - Next check box
Z - Next status bar
Text Review allows you to read the text contained inside an
element using standard reading commands. If the element at the
current Touch Cursor position
has text, such as a news article, pressing NUM PAD SLASH or
INSERT+ENTER will activate Text Review. You can then use the
ARROW keys to read the text as
if you were reading a regular document. Pressing the ESC key
will exit Text Review and return to Touch Cursor navigation.
For example, in the News app, where the Touch Cursor is
enabled by default, you could press UP or DOWN ARROW to move
to the Top Stories region and then
press RIGHT ARROW to move to a particular story. When you find
the article you want to read, you can press INSERT+ENTER or
NUM PAD SLASH to switch to Text
Review so you can use the ARROW keys or the braille display to
read the article. Once you are finished, press ESC to close
Text Review and then use RIGHT
or LEFT ARROW to select another article from the current
region, or UP or DOWN ARROW to move to a different region.
By default, JAWS will play a sound when you enter or exit Text
Review mode. If you would rather have JAWS speak a message,
press INSERT+V to open Quick
Settings, expand the Touch Cursor Options group, and clear the
Use Sounds option.
For advanced users, specifically those who may be involved
with developing applications, Advanced Navigation provides
more detail about all objects in
the UIA (User Interface UAutomation) structure.
With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate to
objects that are visible on the screen in the current
application. In Advanced Navigation, the
Touch Cursor traverses all UIA objects in a hierarchical
manner. All Objects, whether visible or not, can be traversed
in Advanced Navigation.
To enable Advanced Navigation, press NUM PAD STAR, or CAPS
LOCK+A if using the laptop keyboard layout, while the Touch
Cursor is active. Once active, use
the LEFT or RIGHT ARROW keys to move to the previous or next
sibling object and the UP or DOWN ARROW keys to move to the
parrent object or the first child
object. To view more Advanced Navigation commands, press
INSERT+H while this mode is active. Press NUM PAD STAR once
more to turn off Advanced Navigation
and return to the standard Touch Cursor.
Take care. Mike. Sent from my iBarstool.
*My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that
when I pee it cleans the toilet.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2020 12:19 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] touch cursor..?
Hi There Folks!
Still somewhat new to Jaws and was wondering what the touch
cursur is and how you actually use it..?Still have a lot to
learn with Jaws so please be patient<SMILE!>.