Changing Punctuation and Special Character Settings In JAWS

You can limit the amount of punctuation symbols and other special characters echoed by JAWS for Windows through:
1. the JAWS for Windows application window
2. the Configuration Manager utility.

The following are instructions to make the adjustments from within the JAWS for Windows application window:
1. Press INSERT and J to open JFW.
2. Press ALT to get to the menu bar and select Voices.
3. Press the Down-arrow key or press Enter to locate the Global option.
4. Press ENTER to open the Global Voice Settings dialog.
5. Press TAB to move to the punctuation combo box.
6. Use the arrow keys to browse through the list and select a punctuation setting that is best suited for you. You can return to this setting at any time and make adjustments as necessary.
7. Press ENTER to save your changes and close the dialog. To close the dialog without making any changes, press ESCAPE.

Using the Configuration Manager Utility

Because JFW is an application specific driven screen reader, using the method above may not always work for your particular program. Therefore, using the configuration manager is another option.

Since JAWS is an application driven screen reader, your application must be opened in order for the JAWS settings of your application to take affect.

The Configuration Manager contains a Set Options menu. When you choose a Set Options menu item, a dialog opens.

1. Press INSERT and 6 to start the Configuration Manager after you open the application you want to customize.
2. Press ALT and S to get to the User Option.
3. Press the up-arrow once to get to the Synthesizer Option. Press Enter.
4. Use the up and down arrows to choose your selection from the combo box. Press Enter.
5. To save your settings simply press CTRL and S.
6. To exit the configuration manager press ALT and F4.

Changing Default Settings
If you want all the changes to take place for all applications, open the Default file before making your changes. This is done by pressing ctrl and shift and d, which automatically brings up the default.jcf file. You can also press CTRL and O to open the default file. Simply type "default" in the edit box without the quotes and press Enter. Fffollow the steps above to make your appropriate changes.

As you get more comfortable with utilizing JAWS' utilities programs, you will be able to use more advance features.

Contributor: Mario Eiland


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