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What's New in JAWS 7.10

This page lists the new features and bug fixes available in the version 7.10 update of JAWS. This is a free update for all current JAWS 7.0 customers who are using Internet License Manager (ILM) or dongle authorization. If you have not purchased JAWS 7.0 or 7.10 yet, you can download and try out the free demonstration version.

JAWS Features
HTML and the Internet
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express
Other Programs
Fixes in this Version of JAWS
Public Beta Fixes
Download JAWS 7.10

JAWS Features

Automatic Updates

Choose Check for Updates from the JAWS Help menu to search for new versions of the software on the Web. JAWS then checks to see if any updates are available and displays a list for you to choose from. The list of updates includes the file size and details about what the update contains. You can then download and install any of the new software versions in order to keep JAWS up-to-date. Related material, such as DAISY training materials, can also be downloaded and updated. This service will help Freedom Scientific make minor changes and improvements to JAWS much more frequently.

Internet access and administrative rights are required to check for updates. Automatic updates are available for the English version of JAWS only. Automatic updates are not supported under Windows 2000/98/ME.

Tip: If you want to disable Automatic Updates for any reason, open the Options menu and choose Basics. Then choose the Advanced button and clear the Automatic Updates Available check box.

New Installation Program

The installer has been revised using Microsoft Windows Installer technology. This is primarily to support the creation of patches used to update JAWS using the automatic update feature. Other installation changes include the following:

  • The Eloquence synthesizer is automatically installed as a separate product. All Eloquence languages are installed.
  • The JAWS Talking Installer (used to provide speech during installation) is automatically installed as a separate product.
  • DAISY training books are installed as separate products. They are not automatically installed by the JAWS product installer, but are available to install from the JAWS program CD. These materials are also available on the Web (www.FreedomScientific.com/training) or through Automatic Updates.
  • The Sentinel System driver for dongle support is automatically installed for dongle and ILM versions of JAWS.

Note: The new JAWS installation program does not support Windows 95 or NT.

Synthesizer and Braille Manager

The Synthesizer and Braille Manager allows you to add, modify, or remove synthesizer and braille display drivers. Adding synthesizers or braille displays makes them available from the JAWS user interface. Modifications can include changing the default synthesizer or braille display and changing the output port, if applicable. Removing the devices will only remove them from the JAWS user interface. The device files will remain on the computer until JAWS is uninstalled.

You can run the Synthesizer and Braille Manager at any time after the installation. There is a shortcut available in the Tools subfolder of the JAWS program group. In addition, you can open the JAWS Utility menu and choose Synthesizer and Braille Manager. This new manager allows you to add or change braille displays and synthesizers without running installation maintenance.

HTML and the Internet

Improved Performance on the Web

With the new Internet and HTML support in JAWS 7.10, you will experience increased accuracy, improved navigation, and better text recognition when reading Web pages or other virtual documents.

Visible Focus Rectangle

When you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to links and buttons in Internet Explorer and Firefox, the focus rectangle is now visible. This rectangle is useful to sighted users because it visually indicates the location of the cursor. The focus rectangle does not move when you use the arrow keys or Navigation Quick Keys to read.

Route the Virtual Cursor to the JAWS Cursor

You can now press INSERT+NUM PAD PLUS in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and virtual documents to route the Virtual Cursor to the mouse pointer. Using this command moves the Virtual Cursor to the current location of the mouse pointer and can help sighted users navigate Web pages. In addition, routing the JAWS Cursor to the Virtual Cursor (INSERT+NUM PAD MINUS) is much more accurate and moves the mouse pointer to the exact character the Virtual Cursor is located on.

Route the PC Cursor to the Virtual Cursor

You can now press CTRL+INSERT+DELETE in Internet Explorer, Firefox, and virtual documents to route the PC Cursor to the Virtual Cursor. Using this command moves the PC Cursor (and the application focus) to the current location of the Virtual Cursor. Visually, the page will scroll so that the area containing the Virtual Cursor is visible on the screen. This command is the opposite of the Route Virtual to PC Cursor command (INSERT+DELETE).

One Setting for Controlling Page Refreshes

There is now only one setting for controlling page refreshes. Previously there were two settings, one for controlling page refreshes caused by the browser, and another for controlling refreshes caused by embedded ActiveX controls, such as Macromedia Flash. These have been consolidated into a single option for controlling both since it is often not apparent which is causing the page to refresh.

Improved Detection of Dynamic Page Updates

Previously, if script code was used on a page to control visibility without the user actually interacting with the page, JAWS would not detect the page update and would either show content that was not really there or not show content which was made visible. This should no longer occur.

Enhanced Screen Tracking

The screen no longer scrolls up or down erratically while you are using the Say All command or navigating by other means. The screen only moves when the content about to be read is not visible.

Document Presentation Mode Line Length

You can now define how long a single line will be when viewing an HTML page in Document Presentation Mode. This can help you read lengthy tables easier because all the content from each row in the table can fit on a single line. The increased line length stops JAWS from rendering rows across multiple lines. When you exit Document Presentation Mode, JAWS will render the page using the normal maximum line length.

The default line length in Document Presentation Mode is 400 characters, which is enough to fit most table rows on one line. To change the line length, open the Utilities menu and choose Configuration Manager. Then, open the Set Options menu and choose HTML Options. Enter a new line length in the Document Presentation Mode Maximum Line Length edit box located on the Text tab.

Microsoft Word

New Navigation Quick Keys

The following additional Navigation Quick Keys are now available when using Microsoft Word.

Description

Quick Key

Next Grammatical Error

A

Next Misspelled Word

M

Next Revision (when using Track Changes)

R

Note: You cannot use the Navigation Quick Keys A and M while you are reading with the Say All command. In addition, if you press R while Track Changes is turned off, JAWS announces that you must turn on Track Changes to use this command.

The Navigation Quick Key for moving to bookmarks in Word (B) has been removed. This is because the only way to move by bookmark is to know their names in advance. Since JAWS cannot be aware of the names a user has chosen as bookmarks, this quick key could not be implemented.

Note: In a protected Word form, the only quick keys available are P (page), and S (section). All others are unavailable.

Headings List

You can now press INSERT+F6 to display a list of all headings in the current document. Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select a heading and then press ENTER to move to that heading's location in the document.

Enhanced Field Information

JAWS now indicates the type of certain fields when they are displayed in the INSERT+F5 list of form fields. When the list of fields is displayed, you will now be able to tell whether each item in the list is a hyperlink, table of contents, table of contents page reference, index, page reference, time and date, formula, expression, or symbol field. Other types of fields are still described with the word "Field."

Announcement of Special Characters

JAWS now announces the many special characters as you type them, including the copyright, trademark, registered trademark, ellipsis, and Euro symbols. For the keystrokes you can use to type these characters, refer to the Word help system.

Header and Footer Announcement

When editing headers and footers in Word, JAWS now tells you which one the insertion point is currently in when you navigate between the two different areas with the UP and DOWN ARROW keys.

Hear Table Information

If you press INSERT+F while the insertion point is in a table cell, JAWS announces table and cell formatting information about the table as well as the usual information about the document.

Hear Form Field Information

If you press INSERT+F1 when the insertion point is positioned on a form field, JAWS provides information about what you can do with the form field depending on whether the document is protected as well as the usual information about the document.

Microsoft Excel

New Excel Verbosity Option for Cell Visibility

JAWS can inform you when data in the current cell is only partially visible or overlaps other cells. This occurs when the column width of the cell is too narrow to contain all the data. To enable this feature, press INSERT+V in Excel. Select "Cell Text Visibility," press the SPACEBAR to choose "On," and then press ENTER.

Now, whenever you navigate to a cell containing data that does not completely fit in the current cell, JAWS will inform you whether the text is cropped or overlapping other cells, whether the cropped or overlapping text is to the left and/or to the right of the current cell, and approximately at which cell the cropped or overlapping text ends. Depending on various formatting conditions of the current cell, text may be overlapping right and left, cropped at the right but overlapping to the left, and so on. For example, if a cell is in C1 and it overlaps to the right by about three cells, JAWS informs you that the cell "overlaps right near F1."

You can repeat this information by pressing INSERT+TAB. This option remains enabled until you change it again or quit JAWS.

New Verbosity Option to Announce Cell Shading Changes

JAWS now offers a new verbosity option called "Shading Changes." When this option is enabled, if a cell's color and shading is different from the cell you just moved out of, JAWS announces the change along with all other cell information.

In addition, if you press INSERT+5, JAWS now speaks the text color and the background color accurately. If the cell is shaded, its color and shading information is also provided. Even if the cell is not shaded with a pattern, JAWS announces the background color of the cell if it is anything other than white. If you press INSERT+TAB twice quickly to hear the full appearance description of the cell, shading, and text color information is also provided along with all the other information about the cell.

Comment Indication for Merged Cells

Excel will now indicate when a merged cell has a comment associated with it. You can press ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE to read the current cell's comment.

New Verbosity Options for the Announcement of Formulas and Comments

The announcement of formulas and comments can be toggled for each worksheet in a specific workbook. There are two verbosity options for this feature. Both formula and comment announcement are on by default. They can be toggled individually on or off through the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box. For example, formula announcement can be on while comments are off in worksheet 1, while the reverse is true in worksheet 2.

Announcement of Selection Modes

JAWS now announces the selection state of extended selection mode and add selected cells mode.

If you press the Excel keystroke F8, JAWS announces "Extended selection mode on." If you press F8 again or ESC, JAWS announces that extended selection mode has been turned off. While extended selection mode is on, any navigation keys that you press cause JAWS to announce and show in braille the contents of the cell you are selecting, as well as its coordinates. If you press INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN+ARROW to hear what is currently selected, JAWS announces the full range of cells that have been selected so far, as well as their contents.

If you press the Excel keystroke SHIFT+F8, JAWS announces, "Add selected cells mode on." If you press SHIFT+F8 again or ESC, JAWS announces that add selected cells mode has been turned off. While add selected cells mode is on, pressing any navigation keys causes JAWS to announce the number of areas you are selecting.

Microsoft PowerPoint

New Keystrokes for Reading Table Rows and Columns

The keystroke for reading a table column by column has been changed to INSERT+SHIFT+C. Similarly, the keystroke for reading a table row by row has been changed to INSERT+SHIFT+R.

Announce Transitions Effects

JAWS now announces transition effects when you press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN during a slide show. To disable this feature, press INSERT+V while in PowerPoint, select "Announce Slide Transitions," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "Off." When you are not viewing an active slide show, transition effects are always announced.

Hear Object Descriptions

JAWS now provides a detailed description of objects in your presentation when it is not being viewed as an active slide show and you press PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN to move to the previous/next slide. If you do not want to hear these descriptions, press INSERT+V while in PowerPoint, select "Describe Objects," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "Off."

Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express

Toggle Block Quote, Frame, Heading, List, and Table Announcement

You can now turn off block quote, frame, heading, list, and table announcement when reading HTML formatted e-mail messages, just as you can when viewing Web pages. To change these options, press INSERT+V, select the option you want to enable or disable, and press the SPACEBAR.

Reply Directly to Senders on Mailing Lists

Outlook and Outlook Express users who subscribe to mailing lists now have the ability to reply directly to the message sender's address, rather than the mailing list address, by pressing SHIFT+INSERT+R. In previous versions, when you wanted to reply to the sender of a message on a mailing list, you had to choose Reply, copy the sender's address into the To edit box, and delete the mailing list's address.

View Attendee Status when Scheduling Meetings

In Outlook, you can now view an attendee's status when scheduling appointments and meetings. From the Appointment Scheduling dialog box, enter the meeting's start and end times, subject, location, and other relevant data. Then, move to the Attendee dialog with CTRL+TAB. After adding the attendees to the Attendees list, you can press CTRL+SHIFT+S to display all the attendees' busy/free status in the Virtual Viewer. You can then determine whether the attendees are free for that scheduled time.

Address Auto-Complete Announcement

When you type an e-mail address into the To, CC, or BCC edit boxes, Outlook searches for matches in your address book and then automatically completes the entry for you. JAWS will now announce the address that Outlook automatically inserts into the edit box. To disable this feature, press INSERT+V, select "Announce Address List Auto-complete," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "Off."

Read the Outlook Calendar in Braille

Braille users now have braille access to the Outlook Calendar in Outlook 2003. The information is the same as that which speech users receive when navigating the calendar.

Message Attachment Notification

In Outlook, if JAWS is not detecting and announcing the presence of file attachments when you select a message, press INSERT+V, select "Message Attachment Notification," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "On."

Forwarded Flag Announcement

In Outlook, if JAWS is not indicating messages that you have forwarded when you select them, press INSERT+V, select "Forwarded Flag Announcement," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "On."

Replied Flag Announcement

In Outlook, if JAWS is not indicating messages that you have replied to when you select them, press INSERT+V, select "Replied Flag Announcement," and press the SPACEBAR to choose "On."

Other Programs

Windows Media Player

JAWS 7.10 now supports Windows Media Player 10. For more information on using this program with JAWS, refer to "Popular Applications with JAWS" in the JAWS help system.

MSN Messenger

JAWS 7.10 now supports MSN Messenger 8. For more information on using this program with JAWS, refer to "Popular Applications with JAWS" in the JAWS help system.

WordPerfect

JAWS 7.10 now supports WordPerfect X3. For more information on using this program with JAWS, refer to "Popular Applications with JAWS" in the JAWS help system.

In addition, you can now use Navigation Quick Keys in WordPerfect 12 and X3, just as you can in Microsoft Word and virtual documents. Navigation Quick Keys provide you with an easy and efficient way to move through a document. You can quickly move the insertion point to a number of different page elements, including headings, tables, form fields, pages, and more, with a single keystroke.

Navigation Quick Keys are automatically enabled while you are reading with the Say All command. If you want to use this feature when not performing the Say All command, press INSERT+Z. Then, use the keystrokes in the table below to move the insertion point to the next or previous page element of the given type. To turn off Navigation Quick Keys again, press ENTER. JAWS also turns off Navigation Quick Keys if you switch to another document or program.

Note: While Navigation Quick Keys are enabled, you cannot type text into the document. In addition, you can only use the TAB key to move to the next form field or table cell.

Description

Quick Key

Next Table of Authorities

A

Next Comment

C

Next Endnote

E

Next Form Field

F

Next Heading

H

Next Index of Terms

I

Next List

L

Next Table of Contents

O

Next Paragraph

P

Next Cross Reference

R

Next Table

T

Next Page

SPACEBAR

Previous Page

BACKSPACE

Tip: You can use the SHIFT key in combination with most of the Navigation Quick Keys to move to the previous element of that type in the document.

WordPad

Enhanced Edit Mode is now enabled in WordPad by default. Enhanced Edit Mode makes working with this program easier and allows you to read superscript and subscript text, text attributes, and more.

AudibleManager

JAWS 7.10 now supports Audible Manager 5.0.0.5. The online help for this program has been updated as well.

Fixes in this Version of JAWS

JAWS

  • Pressing the CTRL key now stops speech immediately, even when using a slow speech rate. In order to facilitate this change, the Reading Interrupt check box was removed from the User Options dialog box in Configuration Manager. Reading interrupt is always enabled now and cannot be disabled.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was sometimes not announcing window titles and program names when you switched to them by pressing ALT+TAB.
  • When you use first letter navigation in a list view that you have customized with the Customize List View feature, JAWS now correctly announces the item that you move to.
  • Navigation and usability has been improved for the Add/Remove Programs dialog box in the Windows Control Panel.
  • You can once again press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to links in the Virtual Viewer just as you can in Web pages.
  • JAWS now indicates when you reach the top or bottom of a document while reading by line, sentence, or paragraph.
  • In the Windows Customize Start Menu dialog box, JAWS now announces the state of check boxes.
  • You can now choose to view "All Files" in the Open dialog box of Script Manager. This allows you to open a file with any file name extension in Script Manager.
  • When you save a script with Save As Shared command, the keymap (.jkm) file is now copied into the shared folder as well.
  • The function SetVoiceRate now correctly increases or decreases the speech rate.
  • When you create a new .jcf file for an application, the New File Name edit box is now read-only, preventing you from changing the default name for the configuration file.
  • The tutor help message for group boxes is now correct.
  • When you close Dictionary Manager without saving your changes, a message displays. This message now includes the file name extension .jdf in the name of the file.
  • When a link is present in the virtual viewer, the window no longer closes when you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB to attempt to move to the link.
  • Resolved other issues that occasionally occurred when you pressed TAB or SHIFT+TAB while in the Virtual Viewer.
  • Pressing SHIFT+F3 now carries out the Find Prior command in Script Manager.
  • Pressing INSERT+UP ARROW twice now spells the current line in both menus and lists.
  • The Typing Announcement option now works when intermediate or advanced verbosity is selected.
  • The Say All command no longer fails after using IME in HJPad, WordPad, and other rich edit areas.
  • The Japanese version of JAWS is now better at reading rich edit controls.
  • JAWS can now be effectively used with Java applications when you are using Windows XP Japanese.
  • JAWS no longer occasionally announces “File” instead of “Not in Dictionary” when you open the spellcheck dialog in Word.
  • When you use the Merge Utility, basic settings are now included in the merger.
  • JAWS now recognizes and announces left and right single quotation marks as well as left and right double quotation marks.
  • You can now perform the Spell Line command (INSERT+UP ARROW twice quickly) while reading menu bars and context menus.
  • If there is no text in an edit field, the JAWS and Braille cursors are no longer occasionally positioned too high.
  • Resolved an issue where the statuses of check boxes and checkable items in list boxes were occasionally not announced and/or displayed in braille.
  • When you move to a link in the Virtual Viewer, JAWS now correctly identifies the text as a link.
  • JAWS now allows you to access the Stop button in the Windows XP Help and Support Center after you begin a search for information.
  • Pressing the left or right SHIFT key during Say All no longer changes the pause settings for Say All.
  • JAWS no longer incorrectly indicates that certain checkable list box items are "not selected."
  • Voice aliases for the link voice now work correctly when reading certain HTML pages that were causing problems in previous versions.
  • "Remote Access Speech" has been removed from the available Synthesizer Options in Configuration Manager and the Change Synthesizer submenu.
  • When you run JAWS from the system tray and press INSERT+J, JAWS now announces, “JAWS context menu,” instead of just, “Context menu.”
  • When you press INSERT+F4 to quit JAWS during the activation process, you no longer receive an error.
  • Information is no longer sometimes displayed twice in the Virtual Viewer when you press INSERT+F1 under certain circumstances.
  • In Office applications, JAWS now properly reads items in certain lists found in the Customize dialog box.
  • When installing the PAC Mate braille display, you are no longer asked to specify COM port settings.
  • You can now switch to contracted braille during installation.
  • The access key for the User Pan Mode list box in the Braille Options dialog box now works correctly.
  • When configuring JAWS braille displays, you can now select ports beyond COM 4.
  • When you re-class a control while in home row mode, the resulting file name no longer includes the file name extension of the original executable file.
  • The JAWS program folder is now removed when you uninstall the software.
  • When using a braille display, the cursor now appears at the beginning of menu items and links instead of at the end.
  • Resolved an issue where a client running JAWS 6.20 could not connect to a server running a later version of JAWS.
  • You will now see Keyboard help in braille even if you have turned off braille flash messages.
  • In Speech and Sounds Manager, the "Visited" attribute has been removed from the list of HTML attributes. The "Visited" attribute has been added to the list of available Control States.
  • Implemented improvements to HJPad and Script Manager to allow for more successful localization. The main window for both programs now uses RichEdit 2.0 rather than 1.0, which resolves some problems with Japanese text.
  • Improved support for the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs utility in Windows XP.
  • If OpenBook is running and you start JAWS, OpenBook no longer begins scanning.
  • When using INSERT+1 Keyboard help, the names of keystrokes you press are now displayed in braille.
  • Resolved an issue where, in certain dialog boxes, JAWS was not reading static text correctly.
  • Text selection commands work correctly when using languages that read from right to left.
  • Tutor messages are no longer displayed in braille when you press INSERT+TAB.
  • In list views, JAWS now reads only the selected item and its position and count when you press INSERT+TAB.
  • If you start JAWS and video intercept is not installed correctly, the resulting Freedom Scientific Video Intercept dialog, which asks you to install video intercept and restart your computer, now speaks.
  • When you use Freedom Scientific Video Intercept to install/uninstall video drivers, you are now required to restart your computer.

HTML and the Internet

  • In Internet Explorer, duplicate lists are now displayed correctly when you press CTRL+INSERT+L.
  • In Internet Explorer JAWS now announces when a new browser window is opened by activating a link in the INSERT+F7 links list.
  • Japanese Web sites that use multiple style sheets are now processed correctly.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking headings multiple times when you navigated the INSERT+F6 list of headings in HTML documents.
  • Resolved certain anomalies that were occurring when you attempted to read form fields on a specific Web site.
  • When you press INSERT+CTRL+G in an HTML document to display a list of graphics, JAWS no longer shows the image source instead of the alternate text or title attributes if they are available.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing INSERT+F7 did not display the list of links on a limited number of Web pages.
  • Resolved a number of issues with how text is displayed in Document Presentation Mode.
  • The find next/prior non-link text commands no longer move you to start and end strings.
  • JAWS now correctly recognizes the alternate text of image maps with a title.
  • Pressing INSERT+F1 now reports the correct number of headings at level 1 through 6.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not move past the Euro symbol or other special Unicode characters with CTRL+RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT ARROW.
  • Resolved an issue where access keys on Web pages failed to function after the first time you pressed them.
  • Resolved an issue where, on certain pages, buttons in Flash animations could not be activated.
  • Alternate text (when available) now appears in the CTRL+INSERT+G list of graphics instead of just the image's source.
  • Resolved an issue where, when using JAWS table navigation commands in certain tables, JAWS was not reading all of the columns in the table.
  • JAWS now wraps to the top or bottom in pages that have only one form field or button.
  • On certain Web pages, JAWS now properly detects the correct number of links regardless of whether you are using the Virtual Cursor.
  • Resolved several reported issues where certain Web pages would cause loss of speech and 100 percent CPU usage.
  • Links on a particular Web page are now correctly identified as such.
  • Resolved an issue where, when using H to move through headings on certain Web pages, JAWS was not announcing the heading level.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS now reads superscript text correctly.

Mozilla Firefox

  • JAWS no longer announces the level of headings when the "Heading Announcement" verbosity option is turned off.
  • The skip to next/previous element Navigation Quick Keys (SHIFT+COMMA and SHIFT+PERIOD) now work correctly.
  • Resolved an issue where same page links were not working properly on some pages.
  • Pressing INSERT+F1 reports the incorrect number of headings at level 1 through 6.
  • JAWS graphical link settings are now correctly saved and applied.

Microsoft Excel

  • Custom summaries that you have created are preserved if you rename the worksheet.
  • You can now use TAB and SHIFT+TAB to move to links in the Virtual Viewer when viewing custom summaries.
  • JAWS no longer says, "Blank" while reading some of the input message validation edit controls.
  • Resolved an issue where deleting the last letter in a cell impeded navigation and typing echo while editing cell content.
  • When editing an existing formula after an error in the formula is detected, JAWS now correctly echoes LEFT and RIGHT ARROW navigation.
  • JAWS now indicates when a cell is merged and announces the cell content.
  • JAWS now correctly reads ampersands (&) in cells that contain row and/or column titles.
  • When you press INSERT+T in Excel, JAWS now announces the application name, the name of the currently open file, and the name of the active worksheet.
  • When you press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R to read an Outlook reminder and then press INSERT+WINDOWS Key+R to move back to Excel, the focus returns correctly to Excel.
  • Pressing INSERT+H no longer starts skim reading. This issue only occurred if you previously performed the skim read command in another application.
  • The Custom Labels dialog box now has INSERT+F1 help.
  • Column and row headings are now properly updated in braille and speech when you move from a cell in one region to a cell in the same row or column in a different region.
  • In Excel XP and 2003, check boxes are no longer shown twice in braille.
  • When using keystrokes to navigate by region, JAWS now reads the cell that gains the focus instead of the cell that previously had the focus.
  • JAWS now announces the names of tabs in the Options dialog box when you use SHIFT+TAB to move to them.
  • Pressing INSERT+TAB twice while you are in a merged cell now displays a description of that cell in the Virtual Viewer.
  • When you are editing or composing a comment for a cell, JAWS no longer announces a range of cells when you INSERT+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW to read the currently selected text.
  • You can no longer perform the Say All command when you are not reading text in the Virtual Viewer, a chart, or a custom summary.
  • When using names to define row and column titles, the terms RowTitle, ColumnTitle, and Title are no longer case-sensitive.
  • FSClipboard now functions correctly in Excel.
  • Toolbar buttons are now displayed in braille.
  • When the formula, date, or long number in the current cell is too large for the column width, JAWS alerts you.
  • JAWS announces controls in the Options dialog box correctly when you move to them with SHIFT+TAB.
  • JAWS now reports the correct state of pivot table tree view items.
  • When you navigate the list of chart types, series types, or functions in the Chart Wizard or Function dialog boxes, JAWS now announces the static help text at the bottom of the dialog box. This text changes according to the chart type, series type, or function, and can be very useful. So as not to confuse it with the item in the list, the help text is announced in the message voice. This information is also spoken when you press INSERT+TAB.

Microsoft Word

  • JAWS now announces the presence of hyperlinks in table cells correctly when using intermediate or advanced verbosity.
  • If you turn on Language Detection, JAWS no longer increases pitch when reading lower case letters.
  • JAWS now speaks the correct information for not-in-dictionary controls in Spellchecker.
  • Item selection verbosity now works correctly.
  • You no longer hear an unexpected "ding" sound when cutting a table.
  • Selecting cells in a table and then performing the Say Selected Text command no longer causes JAWS to announce the entire document.
  • When you switch back to Word from another program and perform the Say All command, JAWS continues to honor the settings in the currently selected speech and sounds scheme.
  • If Navigation Quick Key mode is turned on and you start a Say All, Navigation Quick Key mode remains active even when you stop the Say All. JAWS reminds you that Navigation Quick Keys are still enabled by say, "Quick keys on."
  • The "Comments, Footnotes, and Endnotes" verbosity option is now application-specific, rather than document-specific.
  • When you press CTRL+SHIFT+C or CTRL+SHIFT+V, JAWS now says "Copying format to Clipboard," or "Apply format from Clipboard," and does not announce the keystrokes.
  • Braille displays now refresh properly when you use table navigation commands.
  • When you switch to another program and then switch back to Word, your braille display no longer automatically switches to line mode.
  • When you press the APPLICATION Key while in the Styles list of the Styles and Formatting pane, JAWS no longer says, "Unknown function call to BrailleAddObjectDlgPage."
  • F1 help for forms and the text of the About dialog box is now displayed correctly in braille.
  • JAWS now correctly announces the OK button in the About dialog box.
  • If a skim rule has been created, when you perform the Say All command and then press a Navigation Quick Key that is not available in Word, JAWS no longer attempts to skim read the current document.
  • When you press a Navigation Quick Key that is not available in Word but is available elsewhere, JAWS now indicates that the key is not available in Word. If a key is pressed that is not a legitimate Navigation Quick Key anywhere, JAWS says, "Not available."
  • Bookmark names are no longer repeated twice when navigating the Bookmark Names list in the Bookmark dialog box.
  • When you activate the Options button in the Clipboard task pane, JAWS no longer says, "Unknown function call to BrailleAddObjhectDLGPageName."
  • JAWS now speaks the correct information when you navigate the Customize Commands list box.
  • JAWS now announces the state of tree view items in Word's help system when you open or close them.
  • JAWS now reads the first item in the Styles combo box correctly.
  • If you create a hyperlink while in Outline view and move to that link with arrow keys, JAWS now announces, "Hyperlink field" as it does while in Print Layout view.
  • The functionality of the Mail Merge Wizard has been improved.
  • You can now use JAWS navigation commands to move to the prior sentence if that sentence ends with a quotation mark.
  • When performing a Say All in Word, JAWS no longer occasionally repeats certain sentences.
  • If there are different alignment levels from one bulleted paragraph to the next, JAWS now announces them before each bullet.
  • JAWS now announces that a line has a hyperlink when you create one and move to it with the arrow keys.
  • JAWS now reads attributes correctly during Say All when you are using the "proof reading" speech and sounds scheme.
  • When reading by line, sentence, or paragraph, you will now hear a sound when you reach the beginning or end of a document.
  • JAWS now reads the Language list box correctly in the Spell Checker dialog box.
  • When using bookmarks to define row and column titles, the terms RowTitle, ColumnTitle, and Title are no longer case-sensitive.
  • When quick keys are enabled and you stop JAWS while performing a Say All, JAWS reminds you that Navigation Quick Key mode is still in effect.
  • JAWS is now consistent about announcing the start/end of a row and top/bottom of a column in non-uniform tables.
  • When using Speech Markup, lower case letters are no longer identified in an upper case pitch.
  • When you use the Say Active Cursor command, a minus sign is no longer announced and displayed in braille.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Pressing INSERT+A during a Say All displays the list of attachments without initiating any skim reading commands.
  • The spin box on the Read tab of the Options dialog box is now read correctly.
  • Selecting the last item in an Outlook message list no longer causes JAWS to read the item repeatedly.
  • Messages with subjects containing the word "calendar" no longer mistakenly cause the calendar scripts to load.
  • JAWS no longer switches to the calendar when you type the word "calendar" into the subject line of a new message.
  • When you open the Save Attachment dialog box, JAWS now reads the name of the currently selected file correctly when you press INSERT+NUM PAD 8.
  • When you activate the Save button in the Save Attachments dialog box, JAWS no longer spells the attachment graphic and the name of the attachment.
  • Automatic Say All now works correctly when you open a message.
  • The keystroke INSERT+SHIFT+A has been removed.
  • Times are read correctly in the calendar after you train JAWS to recognize the colors with ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+Z.
  • If Enhanced Edit mode is turned on, you can now open e-mail attachments in the INSERT+A attachment list.
  • When you select an attachment and open the context menu, JAWS now reads this menu correctly.
  • JAWS now reads the correct text when you move to the Search tab in the Outlook help system.
  • You can now use the PC Cursor to read Roman font text in Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • The Hot Key Help for PowerPoint has been improved.
  • JAWS no longer says, "Not selected" when reading items in checkable list boxes that are not selected.
  • If you press SHIFT+INSERT+DOWN ARROW while no text or objects are selected, JAWS informs you that nothing is selected.
  • JAWS no longer announces the first character of the new slides category, as you move through the New Slide dialog box.
  • During a PowerPoint presentation, you can now change the voice rate on the fly.
  • JAWS now recognizes bullets when reading a slide show.
  • As long as action settings for MouseOver or MouseClick have been set, objects are now recognized as hyperlinks.
  • Switching panes in PowerPoint now correctly identifies all the various types of panes, including thumbnail, notes page, and so on.
  • Navigation through and within the various panes has been greatly improved.
  • When you navigate through slides or press CTRL+SHIFT+C, JAWS now indicates when the slide is hidden.

Microsoft Access XP/2003

  • In Access 2003, the list of tables is now read correctly during the query design process.
  • Form names are now spoken correctly when moving from form to form by pressing CTRL+F6.
  • JAWS no longer reads the selected item in a list box when the focus changes.
  • JAWS now reads the correct selected item in list boxes on forms.

Adobe Acrobat/Reader (PDF)

  • In Adobe Acrobat 7.0, in the Accessibility Setup Assistant, JAWS now correctly reads several different controls when you press INSERT+TAB.
  • In Adobe Acrobat 7.0, JAWS can now read information on the Font tab of the Document Properties dialog box.
  • The Navigation Quick Keys < and > now work correctly in Adobe Acrobat/Reader.
  • JAWS now announces page numbers correctly when navigating in the thumbnail view of the document's pages.
  • Pressing the cursor router buttons on your braille display no longer moves you back to the focus point or the top of the current page.
  • JAWS now supports non-standard reading orders.
  • The Virtual cursor is now positioned on the correct page when you follow a link to go to another page in the document.
  • In Adobe Acrobat/Reader, JAWS no longer stops reading at the third line of the document when you route JAWS to PC.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was experiencing slow response times while in Forms Mode.
  • Tables of contents are now treated like other types of lists.
  • The Say Line and Say Word commands now function correctly when reading bookmarks.
  • In Adobe Acrobat/Reader 7.05, you can now navigate tables in PDF documents.
  • JAWS can now read PDF documents with watermarks correctly.
  • JAWS now properly announces the state of closed bookmarks.
  • Resolved an issue where you could not move to or select menu commands that were not in the File menu after opening a PDF file in Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was performing sluggishly when loading a PDF document in Internet Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue where, in PDF forms, you could not select radio buttons with the arrow keys.

MSN Messenger

  • JAWS no longer says, "Online devil smiley," when six contacts are online.
  • The command for moving to the conversation window now has the correct keyboard help.
  • JAWS no longer spells out the names of certain controls in the Options dialog box the first time you move to them.
  • The MSN Messenger window is no longer automatically maximized when you start the program.
  • With two conversations open in MSN Messenger, when you get a message in the window that is not visible, the last message in the visible window is no longer repeated.

Other Programs

  • Support for the Alva Satellite 84 braille display is now available in Visual Studio .NET.
  • In Visual Studio .NET, JAWS now takes proper account of whether the Form Designer has focus
  • JAWS can now read the contents of code files in the Visual Studio .NET editor.
  • In Notepad, JAWS no longer repeats lines written in certain 8 point fonts multiple times.
  • In Windows Media Player 9, JAWS now indicates whether an item is selected in the list of supported file formats.
  • In Windows Media Player, JAWS now correctly represents certain button names in braille.
  • Windows Media Player now has hot key (INSERT+1) help available.
  • In AudibleManager 5.0, you can now press CTRL+SHIFT+P to move to the Program Details window.
  • In AudibleManager, the keystroke to select the Storage Card radio button in the Device Status pane was changed from CTRL+SHIFT+S to CTRL+SHIFT+T.
  • JAWS now correctly announces the state of certain check boxes in AudibleManager.
  • In AOL Boxley, JAWS now reads tree views and the Page tab correctly.

Public Beta Fixes

This section lists all fixes that we made to JAWS 7.10 during the public beta test cycle. Freedom Scientific would like to thank our customers who participated in the JAWS 7.10 public beta testing.

Fixes in the Final Release Version

The release version of JAWS 7.10 was made available on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. To download this free update, refer to the Downloads section and choose the appropriate version for your operating system.

The following issues were fixed between the last public beta update and the final release version of JAWS:

  • When you customize a list view, the selected item is now properly announced when you use first letter navigation.
  • When using a language that reads from right to left, you can now select text properly.
  • In previous versions, when you had detected SAPI 4 synthesizers and then added a synthesizer using Installation Maintenance, JAWS removed the detected SAPI 4 synthesizers from the Language menu. The issue does not occur with version 7.10 and the new Synthesizer and Braille Manager.
  • You can now successfully install Spybot 1.4 while JAWS is running.
  • When using MAGic and JAWS together, JAWS can now successfully recognize check box states in ActiveSync.
  • When using MAGic and JAWS together, the JAWS setting for Document Presentation Mode overrides MAGic's settings.
  • The JAWS TypeString function no longer inserts a grave character when using a British English keyboard layout.
  • If you use the /Type SilentRemote parameter to install JAWS on a remote server, JAWS no longer prompts you to install video intercept drivers when it starts.
  • Drivers for the Alva Satellite braille display can now be installed correctly from the Synthesizer and Braille Manager.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS now compensates correctly for unclosed anchors in HTML code.
  • JAWS now reads the Title attribute for form fields on Web pages.
  • Performance and responsiveness in Forms Mode has been improved.
  • JAWS no longer stops speaking when you visit a certain Web site.
  • When you use the TAB key to move to links on certain Web pages, JAWS no longer repeats the link if you are using a braille display and Screen Track Virtual is enabled.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS no longer appends a heading line at the end of each check box in a list of check boxes while you are in Forms Mode.
  • Resolved an issue with read multi-line edit boxes in Forms Mode.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading some content on certain Web pages.
  • JAWS now reads lists that are nested inside tables correctly.
  • JAWS now correctly recognizes selection lists on certain Web pages.
  • You can now access unlabeled extended selection list boxes in Web forms.
  • In Firefox, JAWS now recognizes line breaks correctly.
  • In Firefox, JAWS no longer repeats access keys for links.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now reads the drop-down list correctly when you add a new contact.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now announces list items in the Options > Tools dialog box.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now correctly reads the Look In combo box when you save a message.
  • In Word 2003, JAWS no longer fails when you open the Macro Security dialog box and use the arrow keys to navigate the radio buttons.
  • When checking your spelling in PowerPoint, JAWS no longer reads the previous incorrect word and suggestion instead of the current word and suggestion.
  • In PowerPoint and Word, JAWS now reads the File Name edit box correctly after you move to it from a combo box.
  • In Microsoft Access, JAWS now provides complete information while navigating tables.
  • Text that you type into PDF form fields now appears correctly on your braille display.
  • In Adobe Reader, navigation in Forms Mode using the TAB key has been improved.
  • In Adobe Acrobat/Reader, JAWS now announces date/time edit boxes correctly.
  • In Adobe Reader, PDF documents now open correctly inside browser windows.
  • In Adobe Reader, you can now use the arrow keys to select radio buttons.
  • JAWS now reads text fields in the Adobe Acrobat/Reader user interface correctly.
  • Resolved an issue with reading tables in Java applications.
  • In AOL 9.0 Security Edition, JAWS no longer reads the dates of e-mail messages twice when you navigate the list of messages in your inbox.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now correctly announces the open/closed status of folders.

Fixes in the Fifth Update

The fifth and final update for the JAWS public beta was made available on Friday, June 2, 2006. This update included the fixes listed below:

  • The copy, cut, and paste commands now work correctly in terminal sessions. You can now copy/cut text from a remote terminal session and paste it into a location on your local computer.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was sometimes repeating the text of the current link instead of moving to the next link when you pressed the TAB key. In addition, the Virtual Cursor will no longer fall out of synchronization with the PC Cursor when navigating Web pages with the TAB key or arrow keys.
  • Improved the functionality of the Automatic Updates feature and resolved several reported issues.
  • JAWS now reads the list view that provides system statistics such as model, processor, and operating system in the Windows System Information dialog box.
  • If the Rely on MSAA for Listviews option is enabled in the Advanced Options dialog box, Windows Explorer no longer reads all file detail information.
  • In checkable lists, the item and value of the list is no longer shown twice in braille.
  • In Configuration Manager, when you press ALT twice, JAWS no longer says, "ALT+S."
  • JAWS now displays in braille the state of items in the checkable list in the Synthesizer and Braille Manager during installation.
  • In HJAdministrator, the guest station profile no longer automatically lists all installed synthesizers and braille displays, so you now do not need to manually delete them.
  • Roadrunner Web Mail now works properly with JAWS. You can now read and compose messages in Roadrunner Web Mail.
  • When assigning a custom label to an image on a Web page, JAWS no longer occasionally assigns the same label to multiple images on the page.
  • If you are using a speech and sounds scheme and navigate to non-link text from a link that is also a heading, the speech rate no longer decreases.
  • JAWS now correctly turns off forms mode automatically when expected for a particular Web site.
  • Resolved excessive OnMouseOver announcements on various Web sites.
  • Certain HTML code fragments are no longer incorrectly read when visiting certain Web sites.
  • Bullet symbols on Web pages are now announced correctly.
  • JAWS now recognizes tabs in Virtual Cursor mode on Web pages with Flash content.
  • Embedded Flash content is now recognized correctly.
  • JAWS no longer fails when you select an item in a specific Web site's combo box.
  • OnMouseOver items no longer run together on a specific Web site.
  • JAWS now works correctly when you switch from Internet Explorer to an Outlook message.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer says, “MS Outlook 61505,” when you press UP or DOWN ARROW to review appointments.
  • In Outlook XP, JAWS now reads the address book Show Names list correctly.
  • In Outlook, a system sound no longer plays when you press UP or DOWN ARROW in the attendees list on the Scheduling tab.
  • In Outlook, you can now use braille panning or braille up or down to navigate when Enhanced Edit Mode is on.
  • In Outlook, when you press INSERT+F11, JAWS reads the currently select item correctly.
  • Outlook 2003 no longer fails when you move within the Scheduling tab by using the TAB key.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now shows the "unread message" status of an e-mail in Outlook in braille.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now spells the current line in the message list when you press INSERT+UP ARROW twice quickly.
  • In Outlook Express, field labels now display in braille line mode when Enhanced Edit Mode is enabled.
  • In Word, when you press INSERT+F6 in a document with no headings, the insertion point no longer moves to the top of the document.
  • In Word, when you press ALT+1 or ALT+7 when not in a table, JAWS no longer says, “Blank cell.”
  • In Word, returning from the header/footer view no longer causes navigation by line to stop functioning.
  • In Word, JAWS now recognizes custom style headings for a document with only one heading at the top.
  • In Excel and PowerPoint, JAWS now announces the selected item correctly in the Open and Save As dialog boxes.
  • Performance in Adobe Reader is greatly improved, particularly when navigating Web forms.
  • In Adobe Acrobat Professional, JAWS now correctly announces the open or closed status of items in the tree view list of tags.
  • In Adobe Reader, form content is now updated correctly.
  • In Adobe Reader, a delay no longer occurs when you press the TAB key to move through fields.
  • In Adobe Reader, JAWS no longer announces characters typed in a password field.
  • In Adobe Reader, you can now delete selected text in a form field.
  • In Lotus Notes, check box states are now properly announced.
  • In Lotus Notes, icons in Mail list are now spoken correctly.
  • In Lotus Notes, when you select a line of text, JAWS no longer reads the line below.
  • JAWS no longer fails when attempting to burn a CD with Nero.

Fixes in the Fourth Update

The fourth update for the JAWS public beta was made available on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. This update included the fixes listed below:

  • When you move to the list of user names in the Windows XP Log On Welcome screen with TAB key, JAWS now reads the names correctly.
  • In Internet Explorer, fixed detection of disabled for button and Textarea attributes. Also fixed detection of anchors with onclick attributes so they are indicated as links.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS now speaks the Files of Type combo box in the Open and Save As dialog boxes.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not properly announcing selected items in Windows Explorer.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading the contents of list boxes that are dynamically updated based on your current selection in another list box.
  • Combo boxes on certain Web pages are no longer announced twice.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces appointments twice in the Day View when you move to them with the TAB key.
  • In Word, when you access the verbosity options, change Say All from "Sentences" to "Lines with Pauses," and close the dialog box, you are now able to change the setting back to "Sentences" at a later time without quitting and restarting JAWS.
  • In Word, the list of headings now includes the word "style" as part of the heading level description to indicate which paragraph style is currently applied.
  • In AOL, when you delete a message in your inbox using the DELETE key, JAWS now announces the next selected message.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS no longer reads each line in the body of a note twice and says, "Edit," when you use the the Reply with History function.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS can now read lines with attribute changes.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS no longer speaks the entire line when you use the arrow keys to move across a line boundary.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now reads calendar entry fields correctly.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now announces the open and closed status of folders.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now reads "type ahead" addresses that appear as you type in the note header fields.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now speaks note header fields as you move through them with the TAB key.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS no longer says, "IDX Treeview," each time you select an item in a tree view.

Fixes in the Third Update

The third update for the JAWS public beta was made available on Friday, May 5, 2006. This update included the fixes listed below:

  • JAWS is now more responsive when you use the TAB key to move through fields or navigate Web pages, dialog boxes, and e-mail messages with the arrow keys. Responsiveness has also been improved when you are deleting text with the BACKSPACE key.
  • JAWS no longer repeatedly reads the top of a page when you visit a Web site.
  • When in Forms Mode, JAWS now correctly announces position information for groups of radio buttons.
  • If you are in any window where the Virtual Cursor is active and you press ALT+TAB to switch tasks, you can now read the task switching dialog box in braille.
  • You can now switch to Forms Mode when using "Screen Layout" as your Document Presentation Mode.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS now ignores frames which have either a width or height of zero.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS no longer says "group box" when you use the TAB key to move to static text while in Forms Mode.
  • In Internet Explorer, JAWS now properly reads elements within <DIV> or <SPAN> tags when you move to them with the TAB key.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not recognizing certain editable fields. You can now switch to Forms Mode while in these fields and then modify the text they contain.
  • When you press NUM PAD SLASH to switch to Forms Mode while in an edit box, typing text no longer causes JAWS to attempt Navigation Quick Key functions.
  • The verbosity option for announcing HTML frames has been modified. Now, you can either have JAWS announce when you enter and leave a frame or you can disable this notification completely.
  • In Outlook and Outlook Express, JAWS now moves to and speaks headings properly when you use the Navigation Quick Key H.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer says "selected" twice when selecting text in the Subject field.
  • When you use Outlook Express to check a hotmail account and delete a message, JAWS no longer announces the header for the deleted message instead of the message that gains focus.
  • In Outlook Express, JAWS is now recognizing line breaks in messages correctly.
  • In Word, JAWS now does not read two sentences as if they were one or read the same sentence twice when navigating by sentence when a tab character is inserted into the sentence structure.
  • In Excel, braille now stays synchronized with speech while you edit and navigate a cell.
  • In Microsoft Access, when you press INSERT+TAB while in a multiple column list box on a form, JAWS now reads the information correctly.
  • In Adobe Acrobat Professional 7, pressing UP or DOWN ARROW in the tag tree no longer causes a sound to play each time.
  • In Adobe Reader, JAWS no longer announces items in the Open, Save a Copy, and Save As dialogs boxes twice.
  • In Eudora, JAWS now reads messages correctly.
  • In AOL Instant Messenger 5.9, JAWS now speaks check box states when you press the SPACEBAR.
  • When working in Java applications, JAWS now speaks the names of dialog box tabs that you switch to.

Fixes in the Second Update

The second update for the JAWS public beta was made available on Thursday, April 27, 2006. This update included the fixes listed below:

  • Resolved several issues related to the Automatic Updates feature for users of Windows XP.
  • Unable to resolve the update feature working in Windows 2000, so it will be disabled for this operating system for now.
  • In the Verbosity Options dialog box in Configuration Manager, the state of check boxes is now correctly reported when you select or clear them by pressing the SPACEBAR.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading the the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box correctly.
  • The responsiveness of JAWS has been increased when moving through dialog boxes with the TAB key.
  • JAWS now says "Context Menu" instead of "Menu" when you open a context menu. The focus is also correctly moved to the first command on the menu.
  • JAWS no longer announces "unavailable" or "read-only" when logging on to Windows or other applications.
  • When you use the JAWS Find feature, JAWS now reads the current line when it finds a match.
  • JAWS now announces whether an item is selected when navigating a list of files or folders with CTRL+UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • JAWS no longer announces unnecessary information when you move to a new tab in a multi-page dialog box.
  • You can now successfully switch to an ANSI braille table.
  • The demonstration version of FSReader is now installed with JAWS, instead of the full desktop version (which requires an authorization code to use).
  • JAWS now supports reading PDF documents embedded in Internet Explorer.
  • Internet Explorer no longer fails when you access Roadrunner Web-based e-mail.
  • JAWS now reads Web pages correctly after you use the JAWS Find feature to search for text.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was only reading the first letter of a heading on a certain Web site.
  • In Internet Explorer/Firefox, keyboard help for CTRL+ENTER has been corrected.
  • When MAGic is running, JAWS now correctly announces check boxes in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box of ActiveSync.
  • When using MAGic 9.50 or later, you can now pan the screen while JAWS is running.
  • JAWS now consistently announces access keys in Microsoft Office applications.
  • In Outlook, selecting items in combo boxes in the Advanced Find dialog box now works correctly.
  • When you open a message in Outlook and perform the Say All command, JAWS no longer reads the message header information while the Say All is in progress.
  • In Outlook, when you start entering a new appointment time, press ESC, and then press RIGHT ARROW, you no longer hear a message about a list box
  • In Outlook, JAWS now speaks the correct information when you press HOME or END to move to the beginning or end of a message.
  • In Outlook, resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading certain messages after you selected multiple messages and then pressed DELETE to delete them.
  • In the Outlook 2003 Address book, JAWS now announces information correctly when moving through the Contacts list with UP and DOWN ARROW.
  • In Outlook, items in several different list boxes are now read correctly when navigating with UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • In Outlook, contacts are now announced properly when you move through the Address Book.
  • Resolved an issue where, when running JAWS with MAGic, JAWS would fail when performing a certain action in Outlook.
  • In Outlook, the unread status of a message is now correctly announced when you press CTRL+D to return to the message list.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer speaks items in the Save In list of the Save As dialog box multiple times.
  • In Word and PowerPoint, JAWS correctly reads information in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box when you navigate with TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • In Word, typing echo responsiveness has been improved.
  • In Word, tutor messages are no longer announced before and after the control name in all dialog boxes.
  • In Word, the Back button in the Save As dialog box is now spoken consistently.
  • In Excel, JAWS now announces the correct word when you are editing cell content and move to the next/previous word with CTRL+LEFT ARROW or CTRL+RIGHT ARROW.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, when you press INSERT+TAB in the Sample Fields list box, an arbitrary number is no longer announced.
  • In MSN Messenger, resolved an issue where JAWS was slow to announce characters that you typed when using a hardware or SAPI synthesizer.
  • In MSN Messenger, certain information in the hot key help was corrected/added.
  • Resolved a number of issues in AudibleManager. In addition, Audible has restored the keystrokes to increase volume (CTRL+U) and decrease volume (CTRL+D). Also, SHIFT+B now toggles between CD Burn mode and Device Mode.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now uses the Virtual PC Cursor when navigating read-only documents.
  • Resolved a number of issues that affect Lotus Notes.
  • In Eclipse, you can now read the code in the editor.

Fixes in the First Update

The first update for the JAWS public beta was made available on Thursday, April 13, 2006. This update included the fixes listed below:

  • Scripts and other improvements for the Automatic Updates feature have been added and will be installed with this first update. Unfortunately, you will only experience the benefit of these improvements during subsequent updates. As a result, the first time you run the check for updates feature, you will find that it is not reading as well as it will be in the future.
  • When Eloquence encountered a specific misspelling or typo of the word "seizure" and "have," the synthesizer failed, causing JAWS users to lose speech. An error message sometimes displayed as well. This issue has been resolved in the latest JAWS public beta update. If you are using a previous version of JAWS (7.0 or earlier) or other Freedom Scientific product with ViaVoice or Eloquence speech, refer to this Technical Support Notice for information on downloading a patch that will prevent this problem from affecting your software.
  • When attempting to install the DecTalk USB synthesizer, you are no longer prompted to specify which COM port you want to use.
  • Freedom Scientific has made several miscellaneous corrections for reported errors in the JAWS help system.
  • The first time you install JAWS on a computer, the system will be automatically restarted before the installation process begins if it has been running for longer than 30 minutes. This prevents the talking installer from timing out.
  • During installation, if shared files for braille, Eloquence, or FSDOMS are not all installed, a message displays in order to warn you.
  • Resolved an issue reported by some customers where the talking installer failed to initialize during installation.
  • You can now specify serial ports for Braillex El displays in the Synthesizer and Braille Manager.
  • JAWS no longer announces graphics in the Synthesizer and Braille Manager when you navigate the list of selectable items.
  • When you move to any standard combo box and use the arrow keys to select items, the newly selected item in the list is no longer shown as a Braille Flash message.
  • The JAWS Find feature now works correctly when Enhanced Edit Mode is on or when used in WordPad, Outlook, and other applications.
  • Corrected grammar error reported by customers in the "remove shared components" message.
  • The Merge Utility is now available.
  • The Access Code button in the JAWS About dialog box has been renamed. It is now the Special Update Code button.
  • Two new check boxes have been added to the Advanced Options dialog box, which can be accessed by choosing the Advanced button in the Basic Settings dialog box. These check boxes allow you to enable or disable remote access client and server support.
  • JAWS no longer repeats information multiple times when you navigate extended and multiple selection list boxes.
  • In Windows Explorer, JAWS no longer announces the name of a folder twice after you rename it, press ENTER, and then press UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • When performing a Say All, the position of the Virtual Cursor is now correctly updated so that when you stop, you can begin reading again from the expected location on the page.
  • If a Web page contains combo boxes with thousands of entries, JAWS is now much more responsive when the page is loaded and the combo box is accessed.
  • Headings (and their levels) are now reported correctly when moving through a Web page with Navigation Quick Keys.
  • JAWS now correctly remembers the position of the Virtual cursor when two Internet Explorer windows are open.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was repeatedly reading Flash content on a page when you switched to Forms Mode and navigated to form fields.
  • If Flash content is suppressed in Default.jcf on the Misc tab of the HTML Options dialog, it no longer appears on Web pages.
  • You can now switch to Forms Mode while in combo boxes that are embedded in headings.
  • While you are in an open combo box on a Web page, you can now exit Forms Mode by pressing NUM PAD PLUS.
  • The PlaceMarker List (CTRL+SHIFT+K) dialog box now displays correctly even when you are at the top line of a Web page.
  • When you move to the next/previous element and no more elements are found, JAWS no longer moves to a blank line and announces an incorrect message.
  • Resolved an issue affecting the usability of the Windows Update site.
  • Text formatted with the HTML <CENTER> tag is now displayed and announced correctly.
  • JAWS now reads the underlying URL and ALT attributes correctly when you are in Forms Mode and move to a hyperlink.
  • JAWS now reads and navigates combo boxes formatted as headings or contained within heading tags.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the window name each time you use the arrow keys to select a time slot.
  • In Outlook, resolved an issue reported by some customers where JAWS was not announcing the group name of "Grouped by" messages when they collapsed the group.
  • In Outlook, double speaking of items no longer occurs when you press HOME, END, PAGE UP, or PAGE DOWN in the message list.
  • In Outlook, items in the message list are no longer spelled when you delete messages rapidly.
  • In Outlook, attachments are no longer announced with the caps voice.
  • In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the message deleted from the list, rather than the newly selected message.
  • In Outlook, JAWS is correctly announcing collapsed and expanded statuses.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now reads the currently selected message in the message list when MAGic is running.
  • In Outlook, the position of the Virtual Cursor is now properly updated in HTML messages when you activate same page links.
  • In Outlook, when you open the Virtual View in an empty inbox, you no longer hear zero items.
  • In Outlook/Outlook Express, pressing INSERT+F7 now correctly announces the misspelled word and suggestion in Spell Check.
  • In Outlook Express, JAWS now says "Edit" instead of "Page read-only" when you move to the Message field.
  • In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer double-speaks list items in the Rules Wizard and Export Address Book dialog box.
  • In Outlook Express, line breaks are now recognized when you are reading e-mail messages.
  • In Outlook Express, if you manually maximize the message edit window, reading commands no longer temporarily stop working until you switch to another program with ALT+TAB.
  • In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer announces position information when you delete a message in the message list.
  • In Word, a "ding" sound no longer plays when you use DOWN ARROW to cross a page boundary.
  • Resolved an issue reported by some customers in Word where certain lines in a paragraph were not being announced.
  • In Word, revisions are no longer spoken twice when you change the Revisions reading setting in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity (INSERT+V) dialog box.
  • In Word, multiple leading tabs for a paragraph no longer cause JAWS to skip text during Say All.
  • When you activate Navigation Quick Keys in Word (INSERT +Z) and check items like spelling mistakes (M) or revisions (R), you can now press the APPLICATION Key and go to the context menu without turning off Navigation Quick Keys. When you return to the document, Navigation Quick Keys remain active. This feature was requested by a customer during a CSUN presentation.
  • In Word, when you press INSERT+H in the document window while Navigation Quick Keys are enabled, the list of Navigation Quick Keys is now displayed along with the other hot keys.
  • In Excel, when you press CTRL+SHIFT+A, select "Custom," and press ENTER, you no longer receive an error message.
  • In Excel, resolved an issue reported by some customers where JAWS was not reading certain edit fields when they gained focus.
  • In Excel, resolved a problem with the first column or row associated with a title reading the title when the cell gains focus.
  • In Excel, when you move to the first cell associated with a title row/column, JAWS announces the title.
  • In Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, non-contiguous selection in list views now works correctly.
  • In Excel, when a merged cell is part of a title area, JAWS can now announce the merged cell as part of the row/column titles when related cells gain focus.
  • Some edit fields in Excel and Access were not speaking when they gained focus. JAWS should now read these fields properly.
  • In PowerPoint, double speaking of text in Normal and Slide Show modes no longer occurs when you press ENTER twice to create blank lines between text.
  • In PowerPoint, words in the list of spelling suggestions are now spoken and spelled as you move through the list.
  • In the Query design view in Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now reads the items contained in the Fields list box when you use the arrow keys to move through the list. Position information is also announced.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now reads tri-state check boxes correctly and displays their state in braille.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks the page name when moving between the tabs of the Customize dialog box.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly reads the current item in the combo boxes found in the Commands tab of the Customize dialog box.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly displays the state of check boxes on forms in braille.
  • In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks position and item information when you navigate the list of tables in the Show Table dialog box of the Query Design view.
  • In Microsoft Access 2003, JAWS now correctly reads the selected item in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box.
  • In MSN Messenger, pressing ALT+0 now reads message thread 10 instead of thread 1.
  • In MSN Messenger, JAWS no longer occasionally stops to echo characters after you send a long message.
  • A Yahoo Messenger entry has been added to ConfigNames.ini
  • In WordPad, if you copy text, quit WordPad, restart WordPad, and paste the text, the correct text is now inserted into the document. This issue did not occur if you had a braille display attached.
  • After opening a form in Adobe Reader 7 and pressing a Navigation Quick Key, JAWS now correctly reads the element that gains focus.
  • In Adobe Acrobat/Reader 7.0.5, JAWS now correctly reads controls in the Find dialog box.
  • In Lotus Notes, JAWS now reads the labels of all fields in the Meeting Notice and New Contact forms.
  • Resolved a number of issues related to Java and Java applications.

Fixes in the JAWS 7.10.452 Update (July 2006)

  • When using JAWS, Windows Explorer no longer fails when you log back on to your computer after it has gone into hibernate mode or you have locked it.
  • When you open a collapsed item within a tree view, JAWS now consistently announces the number of sub-items.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not recognizing active Internet connections for some users attempting to check for updates.
  • Resolved several issues where JAWS would occasionally fail to read the contents of certain combo boxes.
  • List views and tree views that have been reclassed to be recognized as list views and tree views are now spoken correctly when navigating or performing the Say Line command.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer where some tables were not wrapping correctly in Screen Layout mode.
  • In Internet Explorer, the "Web RentACrowd" speech and sounds scheme now works correctly.
  • When using the TAB key in Internet Explorer, JAWS no longer announces the content of combo boxes when you move away from them and move to another control.
  • JAWS no longer fails when used with certain programs that place a large number of graphics on a single line.
  • The Route Braille to Active Cursor and Route Braille to PC Cursor commands now work correctly in rich edit windows, such as WordPad or Outlook messages.
  • When switching JAWS languages, the layered configuration is now switched correctly as well.
  • When you switch the active JAWS language, all braille settings are now loaded correctly.
  • In Outlook and Outlook Express, resolved an issue where JAWS would only appear to read the first line of a message.
  • In Outlook, JAWS now speaks superscript or subscript numbers correctly.
  • In Microsoft Word, when you move to a heading with H while JAWS is performing the Say All command, JAWS now announces the heading and then finishes reading the document.
  • In Microsoft Word, the INSERT+F6 list of headings now displays correctly in the German version of JAWS.
  • In Microsoft Excel, when you select an entire row or column, only the first and last cell coordinates and contents are announced
  • JAWS now reads combo boxes in Adobe Acrobat dialog boxes without requiring you to open them with ALT+DOWN ARROW.
  • New scripts for Eudora are now available, which fix a number of different issues reported by users.
  • Resolved an issue in Adobe PhotoShop, SoundForge, and other programs where pressing UP or DOWN ARROW in a combo box would speak nothing.

Fixes in the JAWS 7.10.500 Update (November 2006)

  • Resolved a longstanding issue related to certain video cards, where text that had scrolled by the mouse pointer may no longer be read by JAWS.
  • Fixed an Internet Explorer 7 issue where navigating the drop-down list of certain combo boxes in a Web page using the UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW keys, JAWS would not always read the selected item.
  • Fixed the Typing Echo function, which would not work in an Adobe Reader form opened using Internet Explorer 7.
  • JAWS now supports multiple user desktops, which solves an issue for the Cisco Secure Desktop application.
  • Fixed the issue where switching between Eloquence and SAPI 4 synthesizers resulted in a crash.
  • Fixed an issue where using the TAB key to move about a Web page, and downloading files from a Web page would cause Internet Explorer to crash.
  • JAWS correctly speaks Microsoft Access form buttons.
  • In Microsoft Excel, if the text in a worksheet cell wraps to form multiple lines, you can now use the Excel F2 function key and the UP ARROW and DOWN ARROW keys to hear JAWS speak individual lines. In previous releases, JAWS would read the entire cell contents.
  • Fixed a problem when selecting text from right to left in NotePad failed if Enhanced Edit was turned on in this application.
  • When localizing screen sensitive help messages into French, the following characters are no longer reversed: a and q; w and z.
  • Resolved issues regarding the Japanese keyboard layout and the CAPS LOCK key.
  • Added a new keystroke, INSERT+WINDOWS+F4, which Support Staff can use with customers to terminate JAWS and all related processes while creating a memory dump file for JAWS at the same time. This will help with further diagnosis in the future if problems arise. The file containing the JAWS version number will be saved to:
    C:\Documents and Settings\[your user name]\ApplicationData\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\7.10\Settings\JAWSMemDmp
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Download JAWS 7.10

You must download the version of JAWS that is compatible with your Windows operating system. JAWS 7.0 or later does not support Windows NT or 95. If your computer runs under Windows NT or 95, you should use version 6.20 or earlier of JAWS instead.

Note: You must have the Internet License Manager (ILM) version of JAWS 7.0 to update to version 7.10 (the ILM version can also use a dongle for authorization). If your version of JAWS still uses the 3.5-inch disk authorization, contact Freedom Scientific Sales for details on switching to ILM authorization.

Full Version of JAWS 7.10.500 (Windows XP or W2K only)

 JAWS 7.10.500 for Windows XP - November 2006 English ILM Release (63 MB - FTP download)
 JAWS 7.10.500 for Windows XP - November 2006 English ILM Release (63 MB - HTTP download)

JAWS 7.10.452 (Windows 98 SE or Me only)

 JAWS 7.10.452 for Windows 98/Me - July 2006 English ILM Release (62 MB - FTP download)

Demonstration Version of JAWS

 Free DEMO of JAWS 7.10 for Windows XP/2000 (55 MB - FTP download)
 Free DEMO of JAWS 7.10 for Windows XP/2000 (55 MB - HTTP download)

 Free DEMO of JAWS 7.10 for Windows ME/98 (55 MB - FTP download)

Thumb Drive Version of JAWS

There is currently no version of JAWS 7.10 that you can run from a USB thumb drive. If you want to run JAWS from a thumb drive, please download JAWS 7.0 for USB Thumb Drives.