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Reading with Jaws,
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File Management using My Computer for Jaws Screen Reader
Configuration of Windows Explorer or My Computer for screen readers
The only difference between My Computer and Windows Explorer is the Folders View. By default in My Computer the Folders are not displayed, whereas in Windows Explorer they are. It is easier for screen readers to keep it simple and not have the folders displayed. Therefore easier to use My Computer. However in Windows Explorer, folders can be turned on an off by pressing Alt V for View Menu, E for Explorer Toolbar, and O for Folders. This toggles it on and off.
To open My Computer press windows key and M to move to desktop, press M to move directly to any icons which start with M. Repeat until you reach My Computer. Alternatively you can create a shortcut for my computer and assign a keyboard shortcut.
Jaws finds it easier to read files when listed in Details View. It is also recommended for Jaws users to change the window view to Classic View, which removes the task pane for tasks associated with files. Also by ensuring file extensions are displayed, Jaws will read the full file name and file extension, which tells them the type of file it is. These view changes can be made permanent as follows. There will then be only focus points remaining. The Address bar and the List view of files
Step 1 Details ViewPress Alt V for View Menu, D for Details view to list files with all details such as name, size, type and date.
Step 2 Classic View
Press Alt, T for Tools, arrow down to Folder Options. In the General tabbed section the cursor should already be in the Tasks section. Arrow to next radio button option “Use Windows Classics Folder”. Tab to command button Apply and press Spacebar to activate. Then to make these views permanent, press Control Tab to the tabbed section called View. The first option will be Apply to All folders. This will apply the settings you have just applied to all new folders when they are opened. Press Enter to Apply to All Folders and press Enter to confirm this command. You will need to Tab to the OK command and then press Enter.
Step 3 File Extensions if not already displayed
If the file extensions are not displayed, Press Alt T for Tools, Arrow down to Folder Options, Control Tab to View tabbed section. Tab down to Advanced settings. Arrow down through the list of viewing options. Uncheck the option Hide Extensions for known file types using the spacebar. Jaws will read On or Off rather than checked or unchecked. Make sure it reads Hide Extensions for known file types OFF. Press Enter to close dialog box.
Moving between Address Bar and List View
Press F4 to access the drop down menu in the address bar which lists storage locations available on your computer. Press up or down arrow to select a Drive and some folders, such as My Documents and Desktop.
To move from the address bar to the list of folders you have opened, press Tab or F6. Jaws reads the first folder or file but does not select it. Press Spacebar to select. Press Enter to open. Press down arrow to read the remaining folders or files. When folders are opened in List view, the focus remains in the List view, so no need to press Tab.
Note: In List view, Jaws reads only the name of the file and the file extension. To read all the file details press Insert Tab. (Window Eyes reads all details automatically)
Note also: Typing the first letter of the folder or file name will quickly take you to the start of files or folders that start with that letter. Repeat letter to move to other files which start with that letter.
To Sort Files
Files can be sorted in either alphabetical, numerical or date order, that is by file name which is the default, by size of file, by type of file such as the program it was created in, and the date it was last modified. Press Alt V then arrow down to menu item: Arrange Icons. Arrow through the options: Name, Size, Type, Modified.
Shortcut keys for File Management
Note most of the following keyboard shortcuts are Windows shortcuts.
F2 Rename a file or folder. Select File, press F2, type new name, type full stop then file extension and press Enter.
F4 To place focus in Address Bar and automatically opens the drop down
F6 or Tab Switches between the address bar and list view of the files.
Arrow down to the required folder.
Backspace Move up one level, up to parent folder or drive
Alt Left Arrow equivalent to Back in Internet Explorer - move back to previous location or folder.
Alt Right Arrow equivalent to Forward in Internet Explorer - move to previous location after you have pressed the Back key.
Insert Tab if you want Jaws to read out the details of a selected folder or file
Enter to open a file or folder
Application key to activate a shortcut menu of options for the selected file or folder, such as copy, send to, print etc.
Alt + Enter to open the properties of a file or folder
Ctrl A to select all files in the selected folder
Ctrl key To select more than one file if it is not adjacent to
another selected file. Select first file. Hold down
Shift To select a group of files which are next to each other.
Select first file, hold down the shift key and
Ctrl C to copy selected files
Ctrl X to cut selected files
Ctrl V to paste selected files
New Folder: Open folder or drive where you want the new folder, press
Alt F for File menu, arrow down to New
Press F3, Windows F or Control F to open the find files program. Best to select the folder/drive to be searched first:
Task Pane in the left side of the screen will give the following options – press spacebar or enter to open them:
Extra Options in Find Files
To find files which contain specified text,
To find files between a certain date,