6.3 JAWS Cursor

The JAWS cursor acts just like the mouse pointer. It can go anywhere the mouse pointer can go. In fact, the mouse pointer accompanies the JAWS cursor as you move it around the screen. The JAWS cursor is not limited to any specific boundaries and you can use the same navigation keystrokes as you can when the PC cursor is active.

There are some things you should know before you start moving the JAWS cursor.

First, since the JAWS cursor acts as the mouse pointer, you may find that tool tips are opened as the JAWS cursor moves across certain areas of the screen.

You may also find that other types of pop up information appear as the JAWS cursor is moved. The Windows operating system automatically performs these actions or events. You have no control over when these actions or events occur.

You may find that you are using the JAWS cursor to activate a specific button on the screen. You may not want to move the JAWS cursor from that location to read another area of the screen.

Moving the JAWS cursor to read another area of the screen forces you to move the JAWS cursor back to that button after your script finishes. Before you use the JAWS cursor, you can determine if it is the best cursor for the job by answering the following question:

Do you need to perform any mouse actions i.e. left click, on the item?

If you answered "Yes" to the question above, then you should use the JAWS cursor. If you answered "No" to the question, then the JAWS cursor is not the best cursor to use.

Activating the JAWS Cursor

You activate the JAWS cursor using the built-in function, JAWSCursor. This function activates the JAWS cursor regardless of its location within your system. When you use the JAWSCursor function, the JAWS cursor is activated just as if you pressed NUM PAD MINUS from your keyboard.