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Re: Google device or Alexa device?

heather albright
 

I personally have both speakers. I have them in my room and in the office and my mom has both in her room. They both have qualities to like and dislike.  It is good have both say if you are trying to get your smart plugs to work, some times google does a better job than alexa. Sometimes if you want music, alexa is better at that than google.  Find that google does a better job of spelling words than alexa, she actually pauses between letters alexa does not always do this.  So it is good to have both if you can. Cheers Heather  

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Ashley Breger via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

All right chat with you then.

Ashley



On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



 

Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Hi Vicki,

I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.

 

Ashley




On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

 

Many thanks for any help!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com

 


Re: longevity of braille printers?

Monte Single
 

That’s a pretty big question.

If the printer is being used for personal use, it could last for many many years.

As with all electronics,  keep it cool, dry and dust free.

I worked for a school board and one of it’s embossers, a  single sided versapoint, purchased in 1991  was still working in 2011 when I left that department.

It was a lightly used umbosser.

Others will have greater experience.

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Josh Kennedy
Sent: January 16, 2021 9:32 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] longevity of braille printers?

 

Hi,

I just bought a new viewPlus compatible braille buddy embosser as you may know… My question is: how many years can I expect it to last? And how do I set the correct paper size for embossing on those junkmail postcard-type flyers I get in the mail? Or will I need one of those plastic braille rulers from APH to measure paper sizes before embossing?

 

Josh

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


longevity of braille printers?

Josh Kennedy
 

Hi,

I just bought a new viewPlus compatible braille buddy embosser as you may know… My question is: how many years can I expect it to last? And how do I set the correct paper size for embossing on those junkmail postcard-type flyers I get in the mail? Or will I need one of those plastic braille rulers from APH to measure paper sizes before embossing?

 

Josh

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


Re: Error on boot

Steve Matzura
 

The C++ error might be worth investigating further, because if it's a runtime library, other programs may depend on it.


The JAWS thing, well, have you ever had a demo of JAWS installed on that system? That could account for the FS DLL hanging around, or possibly stuck in the Windows Registry. Either way, that one's most likely innocuous and otherwise harmless to remove.

On 1/16/2021 8:18 AM, Howard Traxler wrote:
After updating my Windows 10 to version 2004, build 19041.685,
Each time the system boots, there are (apparently) error messages on the screen.  I find the messages only after NVDA has started speaking and I then must acknowledge them by pressing OK.  The errors don't seem to bother anything but are just a bit annoying.

Messages on the screen are:

fsATProxy.exe bad image

c:\windows\wsystem32\msvcp140.dll IS EITHER NOT DESIGNED TO RUN ON WINDOWS or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.
Error Status 0xc0000020

Google tells me that the first one is related to FS and JAWS; and the second is related to Visual C++.  I'm not using JAWS nor Visual C++.  Do you think I can remove one or the other or both without causing problems?

Thanks.
Howard




Error on boot

Howard Traxler
 

After updating my Windows 10 to version 2004, build 19041.685,
Each time the system boots, there are (apparently) error messages on the screen.  I find the messages only after NVDA has started speaking and I then must acknowledge them by pressing OK.  The errors don't seem to bother anything but are just a bit annoying.

Messages on the screen are:

fsATProxy.exe bad image

c:\windows\wsystem32\msvcp140.dll IS EITHER NOT DESIGNED TO RUN ON WINDOWS or it contains an error. Try installing the program again using the original installation media or contact your system administrator or the software vendor for support.
Error Status 0xc0000020

Google tells me that the first one is related to FS and JAWS; and the second is related to Visual C++.  I'm not using JAWS nor Visual C++.  Do you think I can remove one or the other or both without causing problems?

Thanks.
Howard


Re: Kindle for pc does not open a book

Fanus
 

Hello Gene
Maybe out of stupidity but I restored the machine because all of a sudden
Kindle behaved as I described. My problem is now that I do not have the
Kindle with accessibility version because I installed a SSD drive a few
months ago and I did not keep a backup. I seem not to be able to find that
Kindle version, so is the usual Kindle program OK for us?
Regards
Fanus

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
Gene
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 11:52 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Kindle for pc does not open a book

You may have to reinstal it. I don't know why you restored your machine but

undoing the restore may solve the problem as well but then you would lose
the point of the restoration. As to which, if either, you should try first
with more chance of success, I don't know. If you want to keep the benefits

of the restore operation, try installing the program again.

Gene
-----Original Message-----
From: Fanus
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:41 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Kindle for pc does not open a book

Hello list
I had to restore my pc to a previous restore point and now Kindle does not
open books. When I press enter on the name or when I use the open item in
the file menu Kindle closes and returns me to the desktop. Is there a
solution or does Kindle not run on Windows 10 anymore?
Regards
Fanus


Re: Kindle for pc does not open a book

Gene
 

You may have to reinstal it. I don't know why you restored your machine but undoing the restore may solve the problem as well but then you would lose the point of the restoration. As to which, if either, you should try first with more chance of success, I don't know. If you want to keep the benefits of the restore operation, try installing the program again.

Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: Fanus
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2021 3:41 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Kindle for pc does not open a book

Hello list
I had to restore my pc to a previous restore point and now Kindle does not
open books. When I press enter on the name or when I use the open item in
the file menu Kindle closes and returns me to the desktop. Is there a
solution or does Kindle not run on Windows 10 anymore?
Regards
Fanus


Kindle for pc does not open a book

Fanus
 

Hello list
I had to restore my pc to a previous restore point and now Kindle does not
open books. When I press enter on the name or when I use the open item in
the file menu Kindle closes and returns me to the desktop. Is there a
solution or does Kindle not run on Windows 10 anymore?
Regards
Fanus


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

 

All right chat with you then.

Ashley

On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:27 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



 

Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Hi Vicki,

I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.

 

Ashley



On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

 

Many thanks for any help!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

Vicky Vaughan
 

 

Thanks, so much and I will contact you on Saturday!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ashley Breger via groups.io
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:25 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Google device or Alexa device?

 

Hi Vicki,

I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.

 

Ashley



On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

 

Many thanks for any help!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V

 

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Google device or Alexa device?

 

Hi Vicki,
I would be more than happy to assist you with connecting your email to either of these devices. I am most familiar with the Amazon Alexa but I know Google home will also read your emails. If you want email me back privately and I can give you my contact information. I mostly assist people over the phone.

Ashley

On Jan 15, 2021, at 10:21 PM, Vicky Vaughan <vrvaughan63@...> wrote:



Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

 

Many thanks for any help!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Google device or Alexa device?

Vicky Vaughan
 

Hi List, Is there a way to get either of these devices to work with email messages?  That is to: read them, respond to them, delete them or store them in a folder?

 

Many thanks for any help!

 

Sincerely, Vicky V


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Blind android users show number 5, alternatives to WhatsApp

 

hi all.
the 5th episode of blind android users is now ready for you to enjoy.
it can be found at.
https://blindandroidusers.podsite.io/
In episode 5, we start off by talking about the just announced Samsung
Galaxy S21, discussing what Samsung has done in removing the SDCard
slot and following Apple's lead and not including the wall charging
brick.

We also talked about Facebook's walking back what it said about
sharing data of users of its popular WhatsApp Messenger.
We then moved to the main section of the episode where we discuss a
couple of WhatsApp alternatives--Signal and Telegram.

Warren demoed the Signal app on phone and pc.
Austin demonstrated the Telegram app for android and the unigram app
for windows.
we then concluded the show by Warren introducing Pierre who talks of
his Android Journey in the "My Story" segment of the podcast.

As always, send us your suggestions, feedback, questions and concerns
contactus@blindandroidusers.com

and for inquiries,
inquiries@blindandroidusers.com

To subscribe to our mailing list--"Blind Android Users" group,
blindandroidusers+subscribe@groups.io
to join our telegram group.
https://t.me/joinchat/WNem1niJnDyxwnl7
enjoy


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Gene
 

Thunderbird doesn't use ribbons. In thunderbird, to get efficiently to the folders list or the message list, use f6. it may save you a lot of tabbing around. F6 moves you from what is called a pane to another pane in Windows. So you may be able to move to another pane in a case like this where the main window has a lot of panes showing different fields much more quickly than by tabbing which may take you through the content in each pane and read each item in the pane, then move to the next pane. F6 will move you from one pane to another and not stop at all the different fields in every pane.

You may find my tutorial gives you the understanding you need to use ribbons. Upper ribbon is what you move through when you press alt and right or left arrow through different ribbons, just as you move from one menu to another.

When you move to the lower ribbon, you are in the items available in the ribbon you have moved to. It is analogous to down arrowing to open a menu you are at, such as the file menu, etc. In my tutorial, I may not have spoken of the upper ribbon and lower ribbon but I described right and left arrowing from ribbon to ribbon and tabbing to move through the items in the ribbon you are at.

Perhaps the reason I didn't explain those terms is that NVDA doesn't tell you when you are in the upper or lower ribbon and I didn't think of that as something people might wonder about, even after seeing my tutorial.
Gene

-----Original Message-----
From: joanne
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 11:21 AM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

I also just dont understand ribbons. That does not mean i am not willing to learn, but i cant grasp the layout and feel like i am in a maze and cant find my way to the item i want. And the upper ribbon lower ribbon thing . . . I am unable to use thunderbird or outlook or newer versions of windows live mail because the ribbons confuse me. I downloaded thunderbird and could not find my message list. They have ribbon disablers but they do not work in dmail programs. I am glad we have this group for exchanging ideas and pointers, and hopefully the ribbon concept will make sense with the help we are receiving here.


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

joanne
 

I also just dont understand ribbons. That does not mean i am not willing to learn, but i cant grasp the layout and feel like i am in a maze and cant find my way to the item i want. And the upper ribbon lower ribbon thing . . . I am unable to use thunderbird or outlook or newer versions of windows live mail because the ribbons confuse me. I downloaded thunderbird and could not find my message list. They have ribbon disablers but they do not work in dmail programs. I am glad we have this group for exchanging ideas and pointers, and hopefully the ribbon concept will make sense with the help we are receiving here.


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Nancy Shackelford
 

Glad to get this, Gene!
Nance

--
Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

Gene, thanks for posting this. I don't understand what people's problem is with ribbons, they're just menus. Granted, they are horizontal, but they're still just menus!

Ann P.


Original message:

My tutorial on Ribbons is below my signature. Ribbons may take getting used
to but they shouldn't be difficult for the majority of people to understand
and learn to use if taught properly.
I think one of the main reasons they are feared and disliked by a lot of
blind people is that a lot of people don't get instruction or good
instruction in their use.
this is not a long tutorial. it discusses ribbons and their use concisely
and presents examples you can try as illustrations and to get some
experience in actually using ribbons as you go through the tutorial.
Gene
Ribbons are ribbons wherever you find them. This tutorial teaches you how
to move through them and see or skip what you want. certain ways of
movement may cause you to miss things and not have any idea that you are.
First, I'll discuss a structure found in later versions of Windows that you
need to know about-- the split button.
One thing you will see as you look around ribbons and in other places in
Windows are split buttons. A split button often allows you to see more
options than just the default action. Let's take an example.
Let's say you come across a split button that says shut down Windows. If
you press enter on that button, Windows will shut down. That is the default
action. Split buttons often show more options if you either right arrow
while on the button or down arrow. As an example, if you are on the shut
down split button, you can right arrow and a list of options will open. the
items in the list include sleep, hibernate, restart, and others. You up or
down arrow through the list or use the short cut commands you hear announced
as you move through the list. the letter shortcuts often take actions
without pressing enter so be careful when using them, just as you are in
menus.
So, let's review. You find a split button that says shut down. If you
press enter, the computer will shut down. If you right arrow, other options
may be displayed. Or if you down arrow, other options may be displayed. A
split button won't work with both methods. One method, either right
arrowing or down arrowing will do so if it can be done with the button. Try
both methods if you don't know which one might work.
If you are on a tool bar which extends across the screen from left to right,
down arrowing will open additional options. If the strucgture moves up and
down on the screen, right arrowing will open more options. That's why if
one doesn't work, try the other. If you open the options a split button
offers and don't want to work with them, arrow in the opposite direction to
move out of them. For example, if you right arrowed to open more options,
left arrow.
Some split buttons don't do anything when you right arrow or down arrow. In
that case, open them with alt down arrow. Then tab through the additional
options. I've almost never worked in this way with split buttons but if you
want to close a split button, try alt up arrow if you've used alt down arrow
to open it.
Now, to ribbons themselves.
Regarding ribbons, much of the complaining about them is not warranted if
you understand how they work and how to use short cut commands effectively
and efficiently. and I would strongly recommend against using the JAWS
virtual menus, no matter what the JAWS training material says about ribbons
being difficult to use. the training material is just plain wrong and using
virtual menus, you will be unnecessarily dependent on one screen-reader.
There are other disadvantages to using them which I won't go into here. I
will say regarding the dependence on one screen-reader issue that tutorials
for programs that use ribbons done for blind people generally don't use the
JAWS virtual ribbons and you will be greatly limiting yourself in learning
such programs with tutorials if you use the JAWS virtual ribbons. The JAWS
virtual ribbons are off by default so you needn't do anything if you haven't
turned them on.
Try looking at ribbons and doing what is described below in wordpad.
Everyone with Windows 7 and higher has the ribbon version of Wordpad on
their machine.
The essence of working with ribbons is this:
Press alt to move to the upper ribbon.
You will probably be on an item that says home tab. Items on the upper
ribbon are announced as tabs such as home tab, view tab, etc.
To see what ribbons are available, right or left arrow repeatedly to move
through the ribbons. Move in one
direction to move through all of them, just as you would to move through all
the menus.
For this demonstration, just so we are all doing the same thing, move with
the right arrow. When you get back to where you started, you can keep right
arrowing to move through the items again, if you wish. You can move through
all the items as many times as you want. Or you can move with the left arrow
whenever you want to move in the opposite direction.
Stop on view. Then start tabbing. You will move through all items in what
is called the lower ribbon that are in the view ribbon.
In other words you tab to see the items in a ribbon once you move to it.
Tab moves you forward through the items, shift tab moves you backword.
So tab and shift tab are used instead of up and down arrow.
Many items in the lower ribbon are buttons. Use either the space bar or
enter to activate the button. You may find a button that opens a menu and if
you press enter or the space bar, you will then be in a menu.
Each time you move to an item, you will hear the short cut command to work
with that item.
But JAWS has a bug and you often won't. To hear the short cut, use the
command JAWS key tab. If you are using the default JAWS key, it is either
insert.
Try tabbing to an item in a Wordpad ribbon and using the command insert tab.
You will hear some extraneous information. The last thing you will hear is
the short cut sequence. You can repeat the information by repeating the
command as often as you want.
Let's look at an item which is usually called the application menu. Return
to the main program window in wordpad by closing the ribbons. You can
either press escape repeatedly, if necessary, or you can press alt once.
Now, open the ribbons again with alt.
Start right arrowing until you get to the application menu.
You will hear application menu and then something like button drop down
grid. Never mind drop down grid. It's a description you don't have to
worry about. The important things are that you are on a button and at the
application menu. Press enter or the space bar to activate the button.
Activating the button opens the menu. Start down arrowing. you will hear
the item you are on and the short cut information to open or cause that item
to take an action. This iss the same behavior as in any standard menu.
I told you one of the long ways to open the menu. The short cut way is alt
f. When you open the menu and move through it, you will hear all the
letters announced. for example, if you down arrow to save as, you will hear
alt f a. that means that, when you are in the main program window, you open
the menu with alt f, then type a. Alt f opens the menu and a then opens
save as. In other words, alt f was chosen as the short cut way to open the
single menu in ribbon programs because it allowed the preservation of
commands people have used for decades, such as alt f, a, for save as.
Ribbon programs have one menu and you should look through it. Many
important and common commands and interfaces such as options may be there.
By options, I mean the kind of options interface you used to find in the
tools menu.
Now that we have seen the menu, let's look at the ribbons structure some
more.
To review, and add more information, as you have seen, you can move to the
ribbon interface with alt. Then right and left arrow, just as you would
move from menu to menu.
You can also move to a ribbon using alt and a letter. So, alt h takes you
to the home ribbon. Alt v takes you to the view ribbon, etc. Once you are
on the ribbon you want to work with, tab to move forward through the items
in a ribbon. Shift tab to move back through the items. So tab and shift
tab are used instead of up and down arrow.
Ribbons are divided into categories which you will hear announced as you
tab. for example, in an e-mail program, a ribbon may have a category named
respond. You may hear this announced as respond tool bar. As you tab, you
will hear commands such as reply and forward in the respond category. When
you hear a category announced, don't tab until you hear everything spoken.
You will miss the first command in the category if you do. I'm talking
about working with an unfamiliar ribbon.
there are often many more commands and items in a ribbon than in a menu. So
memorize command sequences for items you know you will use regularly.
As I said, there are different categories in ribbons to help organize items.
You can quickly jump from category to category in a ribbon to help you see
if there is a category you want to look through.
Move to a ribbon in Wordpad. For example, alt h for hhome or alt v for
view.
Then repeatedly issue the command control right arrow to move forward from
category to category and control left arrow to move back. When you get to a
category you want to hear the items in, start tabbing. Of course, you can
shift tab to move back.
You can switch between moving by groups and individual items as often as you
want. You can move to a group, look through the items, then continue to
move by group, switching to individual items again when you find a group you
want to move through by individual items.
Open a ribbon in Wordpad and tab through it to see how it is organized by
moving through it.
Then use control right arrow to move by category and tab to see what is in a
category.
Commands such as control o, control n, control s, control r, etc. are mostly
retained in programs
that use ribbons, though you won't hear them announced. If you don't already
know them, you'll have to find them in ways such as by looking at a list of
keyboard commands for the program. Such lists are often available in the
help for the program. If you already know the commands from having used an
older version of the program, most or perhaps even all of the commands you
know will work.


--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
EMAIL: akp@sero.email
Author of The Demmies: http://www.dldbooks.com/annparsons/
Portal Tutoring web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Gene
 

My tutorial on Ribbons is below my signature. Ribbons may take getting used to but they shouldn't be difficult for the majority of people to understand and learn to use if taught properly.

I think one of the main reasons they are feared and disliked by a lot of blind people is that a lot of people don't get instruction or good instruction in their use.

this is not a long tutorial. it discusses ribbons and their use concisely and presents examples you can try as illustrations and to get some experience in actually using ribbons as you go through the tutorial.

Gene

Ribbons are ribbons wherever you find them. This tutorial teaches you how to move through them and see or skip what you want. certain ways of movement may cause you to miss things and not have any idea that you are.

First, I'll discuss a structure found in later versions of Windows that you need to know about-- the split button.
One thing you will see as you look around ribbons and in other places in Windows are split buttons. A split button often allows you to see more options than just the default action. Let's take an example.
Let's say you come across a split button that says shut down Windows. If you press enter on that button, Windows will shut down. That is the default action. Split buttons often show more options if you either right arrow while on the button or down arrow. As an example, if you are on the shut down split button, you can right arrow and a list of options will open. the items in the list include sleep, hibernate, restart, and others. You up or down arrow through the list or use the short cut commands you hear announced as you move through the list. the letter shortcuts often take actions without pressing enter so be careful when using them, just as you are in menus.

So, let's review. You find a split button that says shut down. If you press enter, the computer will shut down. If you right arrow, other options may be displayed. Or if you down arrow, other options may be displayed. A split button won't work with both methods. One method, either right arrowing or down arrowing will do so if it can be done with the button. Try both methods if you don't know which one might work.

If you are on a tool bar which extends across the screen from left to right, down arrowing will open additional options. If the strucgture moves up and down on the screen, right arrowing will open more options. That's why if one doesn't work, try the other. If you open the options a split button offers and don't want to work with them, arrow in the opposite direction to move out of them. For example, if you right arrowed to open more options, left arrow.
Some split buttons don't do anything when you right arrow or down arrow. In that case, open them with alt down arrow. Then tab through the additional options. I've almost never worked in this way with split buttons but if you want to close a split button, try alt up arrow if you've used alt down arrow to open it.

Now, to ribbons themselves.

Regarding ribbons, much of the complaining about them is not warranted if you understand how they work and how to use short cut commands effectively and efficiently. and I would strongly recommend against using the JAWS virtual menus, no matter what the JAWS training material says about ribbons being difficult to use. the training material is just plain wrong and using virtual menus, you will be unnecessarily dependent on one screen-reader. There are other disadvantages to using them which I won't go into here. I will say regarding the dependence on one screen-reader issue that tutorials for programs that use ribbons done for blind people generally don't use the JAWS virtual ribbons and you will be greatly limiting yourself in learning such programs with tutorials if you use the JAWS virtual ribbons. The JAWS virtual ribbons are off by default so you needn't do anything if you haven't turned them on.

Try looking at ribbons and doing what is described below in wordpad. Everyone with Windows 7 and higher has the ribbon version of Wordpad on their machine.

The essence of working with ribbons is this:
Press alt to move to the upper ribbon.
You will probably be on an item that says home tab. Items on the upper ribbon are announced as tabs such as home tab, view tab, etc.
To see what ribbons are available, right or left arrow repeatedly to move through the ribbons. Move in one
direction to move through all of them, just as you would to move through all the menus.

For this demonstration, just so we are all doing the same thing, move with the right arrow. When you get back to where you started, you can keep right arrowing to move through the items again, if you wish. You can move through all the items as many times as you want. Or you can move with the left arrow whenever you want to move in the opposite direction.

Stop on view. Then start tabbing. You will move through all items in what is called the lower ribbon that are in the view ribbon.

In other words you tab to see the items in a ribbon once you move to it. Tab moves you forward through the items, shift tab moves you backword.
So tab and shift tab are used instead of up and down arrow.

Many items in the lower ribbon are buttons. Use either the space bar or enter to activate the button. You may find a button that opens a menu and if you press enter or the space bar, you will then be in a menu.

Each time you move to an item, you will hear the short cut command to work with that item.
But JAWS has a bug and you often won't. To hear the short cut, use the command JAWS key tab. If you are using the default JAWS key, it is either insert.

Try tabbing to an item in a Wordpad ribbon and using the command insert tab. You will hear some extraneous information. The last thing you will hear is the short cut sequence. You can repeat the information by repeating the command as often as you want.

Let's look at an item which is usually called the application menu. Return to the main program window in wordpad by closing the ribbons. You can either press escape repeatedly, if necessary, or you can press alt once. Now, open the ribbons again with alt.
Start right arrowing until you get to the application menu.
You will hear application menu and then something like button drop down grid. Never mind drop down grid. It's a description you don't have to worry about. The important things are that you are on a button and at the application menu. Press enter or the space bar to activate the button. Activating the button opens the menu. Start down arrowing. you will hear the item you are on and the short cut information to open or cause that item to take an action. This iss the same behavior as in any standard menu.

I told you one of the long ways to open the menu. The short cut way is alt f. When you open the menu and move through it, you will hear all the letters announced. for example, if you down arrow to save as, you will hear alt f a. that means that, when you are in the main program window, you open the menu with alt f, then type a. Alt f opens the menu and a then opens save as. In other words, alt f was chosen as the short cut way to open the single menu in ribbon programs because it allowed the preservation of commands people have used for decades, such as alt f, a, for save as.

Ribbon programs have one menu and you should look through it. Many important and common commands and interfaces such as options may be there. By options, I mean the kind of options interface you used to find in the tools menu.

Now that we have seen the menu, let's look at the ribbons structure some more.
To review, and add more information, as you have seen, you can move to the ribbon interface with alt. Then right and left arrow, just as you would move from menu to menu.
You can also move to a ribbon using alt and a letter. So, alt h takes you to the home ribbon. Alt v takes you to the view ribbon, etc. Once you are on the ribbon you want to work with, tab to move forward through the items in a ribbon. Shift tab to move back through the items. So tab and shift tab are used instead of up and down arrow.
Ribbons are divided into categories which you will hear announced as you tab. for example, in an e-mail program, a ribbon may have a category named respond. You may hear this announced as respond tool bar. As you tab, you will hear commands such as reply and forward in the respond category. When you hear a category announced, don't tab until you hear everything spoken. You will miss the first command in the category if you do. I'm talking about working with an unfamiliar ribbon.
there are often many more commands and items in a ribbon than in a menu. So memorize command sequences for items you know you will use regularly.
As I said, there are different categories in ribbons to help organize items. You can quickly jump from category to category in a ribbon to help you see if there is a category you want to look through.
Move to a ribbon in Wordpad. For example, alt h for hhome or alt v for view.
Then repeatedly issue the command control right arrow to move forward from category to category and control left arrow to move back. When you get to a category you want to hear the items in, start tabbing. Of course, you can shift tab to move back.

You can switch between moving by groups and individual items as often as you want. You can move to a group, look through the items, then continue to move by group, switching to individual items again when you find a group you want to move through by individual items.
Open a ribbon in Wordpad and tab through it to see how it is organized by moving through it.
Then use control right arrow to move by category and tab to see what is in a category.

Commands such as control o, control n, control s, control r, etc. are mostly retained in programs
that use ribbons, though you won't hear them announced. If you don't already know them, you'll have to find them in ways such as by looking at a list of keyboard commands for the program. Such lists are often available in the help for the program. If you already know the commands from having used an older version of the program, most or perhaps even all of the commands you know will work.


Re: Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Nancy Shackelford
 

Great advice, Mike Thanks!
Nance

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Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--


2nd Reply to Gene - Folder contents displays backwards all of a sudden

Nancy Shackelford
 

I managed to get it changed; thanks very much for the advice! I forgot
all about the ribbons.
Nance

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Nancy Shackelford --Walk On Faith And Trust In Love - Michael Reid--

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