JAWS Hotkeys

Web Browsing Keystrokes

General Keystrokes

DescriptionKeystroke
Go Back a PageALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE
Go Forward a PageALT+RIGHT ARROW
Read Address BarINSERT+A
Next LinkTAB
Prior LinkSHIFT+TAB
Open LinkENTER
List FramesINSERT+F9
List LinksINSERT+F7
List HeadingsINSERT+F6
Heading at Level1 through 6
Virtual HTML FeaturesINSERT+F3
JAWS Find Next and Previous F3 and SHIFT+F3
Assign Custom LabelCTRL+INSERT+TAB
ARIA Drag-and-DropWINDOWS Key+CTRL+EQUALS
ARIA Live Region Text FilterWINDOWS Key+CTRL+DASH
Open Flexible Web WizardINSERT+SPACEBAR followed by X
Temporarily Toggle Smart NavigationINSERT+X

Tabbed Browsing Quick Keys

DescriptionKeystroke
Open a New TabCTRL+T
Open a New Tab from the Address BarALT+ENTER (on address bar)
Switch to the Next TabCTRL+TAB
Switch to the Previous TabCTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Switch to a Specific Tab NumberCTRL+n, where n is a digit from 1 through 8
Switch to Last TabCTRL+9
Close Current TabCTRL+W or CTRL+F4
Close All TabsALT+F4
Close Other TabsCTRL+ALT+F4
Open Links in a New Tab in the BackgroundCTRL+ENTER
Open Links in a New Tab in the ForegroundCTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

Navigation Quick Keys

Tip: If you press and hold SHIFT before pressing one of the following Navigation Quick Keys, you can move to the previous instance of that element, for example, press A to move to the next radio button, press SHIFT+A to move to the previous radio button.

In addition, if you press and hold CTRL+INSERT while pressing keystrokes with an asterisk (*) next to them, JAWS displays a list of those elements on the page.

DescriptionKeystroke
Next Radio ButtonA*
Next ButtonB*
Next Combo Box, List Box, or Tree ViewC*
Next Different ElementD
Next Edit BoxE*
Next Form ControlF
Next GraphicG*
Next HeadingH
Next Item in a ListI
Jump to LineJ*
Next PlaceMarkerK*
Next ListL*
Next FrameM
Skip Past LinksN
Next ArticleO*
Next ParagraphP*
Move to Main RegionQ
Next RegionR*
Next Same ElementS
Next TableT*
Next Unvisited LinkU
Next Visited LinkV
Next Check BoxX*
Next DivisionZ*
Next Tab ControlAPOSTROPHE*
Next SeparatorDASH
Next Clickable ElementSLASH*
Next Mouse Over ElementSEMICOLON*
Next ElementSHIFT+PERIOD
Previous ElementSHIFT+COMMA

Forms

DescriptionKeystroke
Enter Forms ModeENTER
Exit Forms ModeNUM PAD PLUS
List Form FieldsINSERT+F5
First Form FieldINSERT+CTRL+HOME
Next Form FieldF
Prior Form FieldSHIFT+F
Last Form FieldINSERT+CTRL+END
Next Radio ButtonA
Prior Radio ButtonSHIFT+A
List Radio ButtonsCTRL+INSERT+A
Next ButtonB
Prior ButtonSHIFT+B
List ButtonsCTRL+INSERT+B
Next Combo Box, List Box, or Tree ViewC
Prior Combo Box, List Box, or Tree ViewSHIFT+C
List Combo Boxes, List Boxes, or Tree ViewsCTRL+INSERT+C
Next Edit Box E
Prior Edit Box SHIFT+E
List Edit BoxesCTRL+INSERT+E
Next Check BoxX
Prior Check BoxSHIFT+X
List Check BoxesCTRL+INSERT+X

Tables

DescriptionKeystroke
List keystrokes for table navigationINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by T, and then QUESTION MARK
Next TableT
Prior TableSHIFT+T
Select TableF8
Next RowWINDOWS KEY+ALT+DOWN ARROW
Prior RowWINDOWS KEY+ALT+UP ARROW
Read RowWINDOWS KEY+COMMA or WINDOWS KEY+NUM PAD 5
Next ColumnWINDOWS KEY+ALT+RIGHT ARROW
Prior ColumnWINDOWS KEY+ALT+LEFT ARROW
Read ColumnWINDOWS KEY+PERIOD
Next Cell in RowALT+CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Prior Cell in RowALT+CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Cell Below in ColumnALT+CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Cell Above in ColumnALT+CTRL+UP ARROW
Jump to Table CellCTRL+WINDOWS KEY+J
Return to Previous CellCTRL+WINDOWS KEY+SHIFT+J

PlaceMarkers

DescriptionKeystroke
Set Temporary PlaceMarker (Permanent Marker for Word)CTRL+WINDOWS Key+K
Add, Delete, Edit, or Rename Permanent PlaceMarkersCTRL+SHIFT+K
Move to the Next or Prior PlaceMarkerK or SHIFT+K
Read Text at PlaceMarkers 1 through 4Number Row Keys 7 through 0
Move to PlaceMarker 1 through 4SHIFT+ number row keys 7 through 0
Return to PlaceMarker in WordALT+WINDOWS Key+K
Select Text from PlaceMarker to Cursor PositionINSERT+SPACEBAR followed by M

Frames

DescriptionKeystroke
Next FrameM
Prior FrameSHIFT+M
List FramesINSERT+F9

Elements

DescriptionKeystroke
Next Same ElementS
Prior Same ElementSHIFT+S
Next Different ElementD
Prior Different ElementSHIFT+D
Next ElementSHIFT+PERIOD
Prior ElementSHIFT+COMMA
Select Entire ElementF8
Display Entire ElementSHIFT+INSERT+F1
Display Detailed Element InformationCTRL+SHIFT+INSERT+F1
Activate Mouse OverINSERT+CTRL+ENTER

Desktop and Laptop Keystrokes

Reading Text

DescriptionDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Say CharacterNUM PAD 5CAPS LOCK+COMMA
Say Character PhoneticallyNUM PAD 5 twice quicklyCAPS LOCK+COMMA twice quickly
Say Prior CharacterLEFT ARROWCAPS LOCK+M
Say Next CharacterRIGHT ARROWCAPS LOCK+PERIOD
Say WordINSERT+NUM PAD 5CAPS LOCK+K
Spell WordINSERT+NUM PAD 5 twice quicklyCAPS LOCK+K twice quickly
Say Prior WordINSERT+LEFT ARROWCAPS LOCK+J
Say Next WordINSERT+RIGHT ARROWCAPS LOCK+L
Say LineINSERT+UP ARROWCAPS LOCK+I
Spell LineINSERT+UP ARROW twice quicklyCAPS LOCK+I twice quickly
Say Prior LineUP ARROWCAPS LOCK+U
Say Next LineDOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+O
Say SentenceALT+NUM PAD 5CAPS LOCK+H
Say Prior SentenceALT+UP ARROWCAPS LOCK+Y
Say Next SentenceALT+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+N
Say ParagraphCTRL+NUM PAD 5CAPS LOCK+CTRL+I
Say Prior ParagraphCTRL+UP ARROWCAPS LOCK+CTRL+U
Say Next ParagraphCTRL+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+CTRL+O
Say to CursorINSERT+HOMECAPS LOCK+SHIFT+J
Say from CursorINSERT+PAGE UPCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+L
Say AllINSERT+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+A
Rewind During Say AllLEFT ARROWLEFT ARROW
Fast Forward During Say AllRIGHT ARROWRIGHT ARROW
Say ColorINSERT+5 on the numbers rowCAPS LOCK+5
Increase Voice Rate During Say AllPAGE UPPAGE UP
Decrease Voice Rate During Say AllPAGE DOWNPAGE DOWN
Temporarily Increase Voice Rate When Not in Say AllALT+CTRL+PAGE UPALT+CTRL+PAGE UP
Temporarily Decrease Voice Rate When Not in Say AllALT+CTRL+PAGE DOWNALT+CTRL+PAGE DOWN
Permanently Increase Voice Rate When Not in Say AllALT+WINDOWS Key+CTRL+PAGE UPALT+WINDOWS Key+CTRL+PAGE UP
Permanently Decrease Voice Rate When Not in Say AllALT+WINDOWS Key+CTRL+PAGE DOWNALT+WINDOWS Key+CTRL+PAGE DOWN
Start Skim ReadingCTRL+INSERT+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Change Skim Reading PreferencesCTRL+SHIFT+INSERT+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+CTRL+SHIFT+ DOWN ARROW
Toggle Full Speech, Speech On Demand (default), or Mute SpeechINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by SCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by S
Toggle Speech On Demand or Mute Speech (Full Speech must be disabled)INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by SHIFT+SCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by SHIFT+S

Informational

DescriptionDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Interrupt SpeechCTRLCTRL
Say FontINSERT+FCAPS LOCK+F
Say Window TitleINSERT+TCAPS LOCK+T
Say Window Prompt and TextINSERT+TABCAPS LOCK+TAB
JAWS FindCTRL+INSERT+FCAPS LOCK+ CTRL+F
JAWS Find NextINSERT+F3CAPS LOCK+F3
JAWS Find PreviousINSERT+SHIFT+F3CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+F3
Say Top Line of WindowINSERT+ENDCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+Y
Say Bottom Line of WindowINSERT+PAGE DOWNCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+N
Say Selected TextINSERT+SHIFT+ DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+A
Get Application VersionCTRL+INSERT+VCAPS LOCK+CTRL+V

For Cursors and Mouse

DescriptionDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
PC CursorNUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+SEMICOLON
JAWS CursorNUM PAD MINUSCAPS LOCK+P
Touch CursorSHIFT+NUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+SEMICOLON
Route PC Cursor to JAWS CursorINSERT+NUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+APOSTROPHE
Route JAWS Cursor to PC CursorINSERT+NUM PAD MINUSCAPS LOCK+LEFT BRACKET
Left Mouse ButtonNUM PAD SLASHCAPS LOCK+8
Right Mouse ButtonNUM PAD STARCAPS LOCK+9
Drag and DropCTRL+INSERT+NUM PAD SLASHCAPS LOCK+CTRL+8
Restrict JAWS CursorINSERT+RCAPS LOCK+R

For Dialog Boxes

DescriptionDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Say Default Button of Dialog BoxINSERT+ECAPS LOCK+E
Read Window from Top to BottomINSERT+BCAPS LOCK+B
Read Word in ContextINSERT+CCAPS LOCK+C
Say Current Control Hot KeySHIFT+NUM PAD 5CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+COMMA
Open Combo BoxALT+DOWN ARROWALT+DOWN ARROW
Close Combo BoxALT+UP ARROWALT+UP ARROW
Announce Progress Bar StatusINSERT+TABCAPS LOCK+TAB

For Help

DescriptionDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
JAWS Command SearchINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by JCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by J
Context Sensitive HelpINSERT+F1CAPS LOCK+F1
Keyboard HelpINSERT+1CAPS LOCK+1
JAWS Help for ApplicationsINSERT+F1 twice quicklyCAPS LOCK+F1 twice quickly
Hot Key HelpINSERT+HCAPS LOCK+CTRL+SHIFT+H
Windows Key HelpINSERT+WCAPS LOCK+W

Miscellaneous

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokesLaptop Keystrokes
JAWS WindowINSERT+JCAPS LOCK+CTRL+SHIFT+J
Refresh ScreenINSERT+ESCCAPS LOCK+ESC
Quick SettingsINSERT+VCAPS LOCK+V
Run JAWS ManagerINSERT+F2CAPS LOCK+F2
Shut Down JAWSINSERT+F4CAPS LOCK+F4
Window List DialogINSERT+F10CAPS LOCK+F10
Select a System Tray Icon DialogINSERT+F11CAPS LOCK+F11
Say System TimeINSERT+F12CAPS LOCK+F12
Graphics LabelerINSERT+GCAPS LOCK+G
Auto Graphics LabelerCTRL+INSERT+GCAPS LOCK+CTRL+G
Pass Key ThroughINSERT+3 on the numbers rowCAPS LOCK+3
Virtualize WindowALT+INSERT+WALT+CAPS LOCK+W
Virtualize Current ControlALT+SHIFT+INSERT+WALT+CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+W
Select SchemeALT+INSERT+SALT+CAPS LOCK+S
Select LanguageCTRL+WINDOWS Key+LCTRL+WINDOWS Key+L
Select Voice Profile CTRL+INSERT+SCAPS LOCK+CTRL+S
Read Columns 1 through 10 of a List ViewCTRL+INSERT+n, where n is a value from 1, 2, 3 through 0CAPS LOCK+CTRL+n, where n is a value from 1, 2, 3, through 0
Copy Selected Text to FSClipboardINSERT+WINDOWS Key+CCAPS LOCK+WINDOWS Key+C
Show Speech HistoryINSERT+SPACEBAR followed by HCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR followed by H
Toggle Audio DuckingINSERT+SPACEBAR followed by DCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR followed by D
Toggle Default Mode (used for troubleshooting)INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by ZCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR followed by z
Toggle Screen ShadeINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by F11CAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by F11

For Frames

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokesLaptop Keystrokes
Frame Get Top LeftCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT BRACKETCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT BRACKET
Frame Get Bottom RightCTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT BRACKETCTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT BRACKET
Frame Set to WindowCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT BRACKET twice quicklyCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT BRACKET twice quickly

For JAWS Tandem

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokesLaptop Keystrokes
Ends JAWS Tandem Session INSERT+ALT+TINSERT+ALT+T
Toggle Between Target and Controller Desktop (Controller User only)INSERT+ALT+TABINSERT+ALT+TAB
Toggle Video On or Off on Controller (Controller User only)INSERT+CTRL+SHIFT+VINSERT+CTRL+SHIFT+V

For Research It

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Open Research ItINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by RCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by R
Launch Research It Using the Primary Lookup SourceINSERT+WINDOWS Key+RCAPS LOCK+WINDOWS Key+R

For Convenient OCR

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroketh>
Acquire image from camera or scannerINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then ACAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then A
Recognize currently selected image fileINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then FCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then F
Recognize current PDF documentINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then DCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then D
Recognize current application windowINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then WCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then W
Recognize entire screenINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then SCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then S
Recognize currently selected controlINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then CCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then C
Cancel recognition while in progressINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then QCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then Q
Announce help message for OCR commandsINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then QUESTION MARKCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by O, and then QUESTION MARK

For Mouse Echo

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Toggle Mouse EchoINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then OCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then O
Speak CharacterINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then CCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then C
Speak WordINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then WCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then W
Speak LineINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then LCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then L
Speak ParagraphINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then PCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then P
Announce help message for Mouse Echo commandsINSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then QUESTION MARKCAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR, followed by E, and then QUESTION MARK

For Touch Cursor

DescriptonDesktop KeystrokeLaptop Keystroke
Touch CursorSHIFT+NUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+SEMICOLON
Next ElementRIGHT ARROW or TABRIGHT ARROW or TAB
Prior ElementLEFT ARROW or SHIFT+TABLEFT ARROW or SHIFT+TAB
Next Element by TypeDOWN ARROWDOWN ARROW
Prior Element by TypeUP ARROWUP ARROW
Cycle Through Element Navigation TypesPAGE UP or PAGE DOWNPAGE UP or PAGE DOWN
First ElementCTRL+HOMECTRL+HOME
Last ElementCTRL+ENDCTRL+END
Say Current ElementINSERT+UP ARROWCAPS LOCK+I
Say All with Touch CursorINSERT+DOWN ARROWCAPS LOCK+DOWN ARROW
Route Touch Cursor to Focused ElementINSERT+NUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+APOSTROPHE
Route Touch Cursor to JAWS CursorINSERT+SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUSCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE
Route JAWS Cursor to Touch CursorINSERT+SHIFT+NUM PAD MINUSCAPS LOCK+SHIFT+LEFT BRACKET
Text ReviewNUM PAD SLASH or INSERT+ENTERCAPS LOCK+ENTER
Advanced NavigationNUM PAD STARCAPS LOCK+A

Windows Keystrokes

General

DescriptonKeystroke
Get HelpF1
Open the Start menuCTRL+ESC
Open Windows ExplorerWINDOWS KEY+E
Open Run DialogWINDOWS KEY+R
Find File or Folder from DesktopF3
Minimize All ApplicationsWINDOWS KEY+M
Switch Between Open ApplicationsALT+TAB
Quit the Active ApplicationALT+F4

For Windows and Menus

DescriptonKeystroke
Open the Application Control MenuALT+SPACEBAR
Move to Current Application’s Menu BarALT
Choose a Menu ItemENTER
Move Between MenusALT, ARROW KEYS
Cancel or Close a MenuESC
Cancel or Close a Cascading MenuALT
Open a Child Window Control MenuALT+DASH
Close a Child WindowCTRL+F4
Open the Context MenuAPPLICATIONS KEY or SHIFT+F10

For Dialog Boxes

DescriptonKeystroke
Move Through Dialog ControlsTAB
Move Backward Through Dialog ControlsSHIFT+TAB
Move to Another PageCTRL+TAB
Reverse Direction Through PagesCTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Select or Deselect in List ViewSPACEBAR or CTRL+SPACEBAR
Toggle a Check Box On/OffSPACEBAR

For Reading Text

DescriptonKeystroke
Move One Character LeftLEFT ARROW
Move One Character RightRIGHT ARROW
Move One Word LeftCTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move One Word RightCTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move to Beginning of LineHOME
Move to End of LineEND
Move One Paragraph UpCTRL+UP ARROW
Move One Paragraph DownCTRL+DOWN ARROW
Scroll Up One ScreenPAGE UP
Scroll Down One ScreenPAGE DOWN
Move to BeginningCTRL+HOME
Move to EndCTRL+END

For Editing Text

DescriptonKeystroke
CopyCTRL+C
CutCTRL+X
PasteCTRL+V
Read Clipboard Contents (Desktop or Laptop Layout)WINDOWS KEY+INSERT+X or WINDOWS KEY+CAPS LOCK+X
Virtualize Clipboard Contents (Desktop or Laptop Layout)INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by C or CAPS LOCK+SPACEBAR followed by C
UndoCTRL+Z
Delete Current CharacterDELETE
Delete Prior CharacterBACKSPACE
Select One Character LeftSHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select One Character RightSHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select One Word LeftCTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select One Word RightCTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select to Beginning of LineSHIFT+HOME
Select to End of LineSHIFT+END
Select to BeginningCTRL+SHIFT+HOME
Select to EndCTRL+SHIFT+END
Select AllCTRL+A

For Windows Explorer

DescriptonKeystroke
Delete filesDELETE
Rename a file or folderF2
Open Properties for Selected File or FolderALT+ENTER
Refresh a windowF5
Switch between panesTAB and SHIFT+TAB
Go up one levelBACKSPACE