JAWS2021 February Update build J2021.2102.34 Download Link + What's New
Below is the February update for J2021 build 2102.34 direct download link + what's new.
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Enhancements in JAWS 2021.2102.34 (February 2021)
The following is a list of improvements made between the January 2021 release and the February 2021 update.
Virtual Cursor Support Now Available in Windows 10 Universal Apps
The Virtual PC Cursor, used to read web pages, PDF documents, and emails in JAWS and Fusion, has been extended to work in Windows universal applications.
Universal apps are usually obtained from the Microsoft Store, however some apps, such as Weather or the Calculator, are pre-installed as part of Windows.
Once the Virtual Cursor is enabled in a universal app, it greatly improves the reading experience by allowing you to:
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• Use the ARROW keys to navigate the app's contents just like a web page.
• Use Navigation Quick Keys to quickly move to specific elements like Regions, Headings, lists, tables, form fields, and more.
• Display a list of links ( INSERT+F7 ), headings ( INSERT+F6 ), and form controls ( INSERT+F5 ).
• Use Forms Mode to type text or interact with other controls.
Currently, Weather is the only app where the Virtual Cursor is on by default. As you use other universal apps, press INSERT+Z to manually activate the
Virtual Cursor and try navigating to see if you notice any improvements with how JAWS reads.
Pressing INSERT+Z is used to toggle the Virtual Cursor in HTML applications. However, if focus is in a universal app, pressing INSERT+Z results in JAWS
announcing that the Virtual Cursor is toggled for UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps and the UWP virtual cursor is temporarily toggled for the current
UWP app. If you decide you want the UWP Virtual Cursor enabled by default for a particular app, open Settings Center (INSERT+6 on the number row) from
the app and select the Enable Virtual Cursor for Windows Universal Apps check box.
Note: While the Virtual Cursor may greatly improve the experience when using certain universal apps, there will be many of these apps where there is really
no need for the Virtual Cursor. A great example where users will not need to use the Virtual Cursor is the Windows Calculator as it works well using the
default cursor and you can easily navigate using the TAB Key and ARROW keys to find all controls. The Calculator doesn’t have static text like in the Weather
app that you would need to read.
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• When focused in a Teams chat, pressing INSERT+T now indicates the current status of the other participant along with the window title.
• If focused on a link and you press INSERT+F1 for screen-sensitive help, the link address is displayed at the top of the help window. This enables you
to quickly verify the source of a link in an email message or on a web page if there is concern that it could be a phishing link.
• You can now type text from a braille display into a Microsoft Teams chat using contracted braille input.
• Added a new JAWS Dictionary entry for "QA."
• In Google Docs, resolved an issue where an extra "blank" announcement was heard when reading by word.
• Resolved reported issues that occurred when trying to re-authenticate credentials for an online Microsoft account. After typing the first character,
JAWS exited Forms Mode and you were unable to complete the process with JAWS running.
• Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the state of check boxes in the Grammar Settings dialog box of the Proofing options
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not reading as expected when attempting to search for special characters in Word, such as a manual page break.
• If a graphic in a Word document is selected and the document contains multiple graphics, when the TAB key is used to move through the different graphics,
JAWS now announces the kind of image and its text alignment. Additionally, the type of image is indicated when reading the current line, and reading by
word or character indicates the alignment and dimensions of the image. If you prefer not to hear the alignment and dimensions of graphics, open Quick Settings
( INSERT+V ) and clear the Include Graphical Dimensions and Include Graphic Alignment Description check boxes.
• Addressed issues with JAWS sometimes double speaking in Microsoft Office when toggling bold, italics, or underline.
• Resolved reported issues of Volume fluctuating with JAWS and Fusion while navigating Word documents using the Proof Reading Scheme. Moving quickly through
the document with the ARROW keys was much worse than navigating slowly and letting it finish reading.
• Resolved a PowerPoint issue related to opening a slide show using something referred to as “Browsed by an individual (window)” rather than the expected,
“Presented by Speaker (full screen). Microsoft has now added a change to UIA in PowerPoint versions greater than 16.0.13517 which allows JAWS to read the
slide show in either case.
• When editing Alt text for graphics in PowerPoint using a braille display, resolved a reported issue where cursor routing was not working as expected.
• Resolved an issue where the Avoid Speech Cut Off feature stopped working when using the Sound Cards option in the JAWS Utilities menu to switch to another
• For users experiencing issues with JAWS and Fusion not reading as expected in the Windows 10 Start Menu, as well as in Universal apps including Weather
or Calculator, open JAWS Settings Center ( INSERT+6 ), press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the Default File, search for "start", and select the Start menu: Access-Out-of-Process
• Addressed a reported issue where JAWS language detection on web pages was not working as expected for Mandarin text, even if the page used the correct
language tags and a Mandarin Vocalizer Expressive voice was installed. Note that this change only affects the default Vocalizer Expressive voice profile
for each language. Refer to this
Technical Support Notice
for details on applying this change to any custom voice profiles.
Stay safe and take care. Mike.