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Sharkvember Keyboard Command of the Day

Nov 1: JAWS Command: Move To the Next Inconsistency in the Text Analyzer

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
ALT+WINDOWS+I ALT+WINDOWS+I Moves the cursor to the next inconsistency found by Text Analyzer and announces or indicates the type of inconsistency found. Inconsistencies are common typing mistakes like runs of spaces or extra punctuation.

Nov 2: ZoomText Command: Echo keyboard Mode

Desktop Keystroke Description
CAPS LOCK+ALT+K Keyboard echo is a feature that lets you hear characters, words, or both as you type. Use this command to cycle through the available options.

Nov 3: JAWS Command: Say font

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+F CAPS LOCK+F Says the font style name and character size. Also speaks the attributes such as bold, underline, and italics. Hold down the INSERT key and press F twice quickly to virtualize this information in the JAWS Virtual Viewer where you can read it with your arrow keys. Press ESC to exit the Virtual Viewer.

Nov 4: ZoomText Command: Change Zoom Level

Command Keystroke Description
Increase Magnification CAPS LOCK+UP ARROW When you start ZoomText for the first time, it magnifies the entire screen at 2x magnification. Magnification values range from 1.0x to 60x with incremental steps between 1.0x and 5.0x. Using the keystroke to zoom in increases the magnification level.
Decrease Magnification CAPS LOCK+DOWN ARROW When you start ZoomText for the first time, it magnifies the entire screen at 2x magnification. Magnification values range from 1.0x to 60x with incremental steps between 1.0x and 5.0x. Using the keystroke to zoom out decreases the magnification level.

Nov 5: JAWS Command: Virtualize Control

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+SHIFT+V CAPS LOCK+SHIFT+V This keystroke displays the text of the current control in the Virtual Viewer. You can then select the text and copy and paste it into another application, such as an e-mail message. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.

Nov 6: ZoomText Command: Change The Voice Rate

Command Keystroke Description
Increase Voice Rate CAPS LOCK+ALT+UP ARROW If you are running ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, ZoomText speaks program controls, menus, and dialog boxes, plus reads documents, emails, and web pages. Use this command to increase the voice rate.
Decrease Voice Rate CAPS LOCK+ALT+DOWN ARROW If you are running ZoomText Magnifier/Reader, ZoomText speaks program controls, menus, and dialog boxes, plus reads documents, emails, and web pages. Use this command to decrease the voice rate.

Nov 7: JAWS Command: Get Screen Sensitive Help

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+F1 CAPS LOCK+F1 Describes the current window or control, what it is used for, and what keystrokes can be used at the current location. This information is placed in the JAWS Virtual Viewer where you can read it using standard navigation commands or copy it to the clipboard. If a link has focus, its source URL will be shown so you can responsibly manage possible phishing links in suspicious emails. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.
Use this command frequently when learning windows.

Nov 8: ZoomText Command: Toggle the Zoom to 1x magnification

Command Keystroke Description
Toggle the Zoom to 1x magnification CAPS LOCK+ENTER The Zoom to 1x feature allows you to switch between your current magnification level and 1x, which is the size of the screen content when unmagnified. When you Zoom to 1x, all other magnifier and reader features of ZoomText remain active so you can still use them even while the screen is unmagnified. For example, if your magnification level is 3x, pressing this command once will switch to 1x, and pressing it again, will switch back to 3x. This is a handy way of comparing how much of the display you can actually see when it is magnified.

Nov 9: JAWS Command: Get hotkey help

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+H CTRL+SHIFT+CAPS LOCK+H Lists available JAWS hotkeys in the application in focus. These commands are placed in the JAWS Virtual Viewer so you can read them or copy them to your clipboard. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.

Nov 10: ZoomText Command: Launch the Quick Access Bar

Command Keystroke Description
Launch the Quick Access Bar CAPS LOCK+SPACE then Q The Quick Access Bar is a toolbar that can contain up to eight shortcuts of your most used magnification and speech features in one convenient place. For mouse users, the benefits are twofold. First, you no longer have the distraction of leaving your current app to find the ZoomText or Fusion toolbar to perform an action and then returning to and trying to find your previous place in the app. Second, you do not have to memorize keystrokes for all the different things that you can do with ZoomText and Fusion.

Nov 11: JAWS Command: Get Windows Keys Help

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+W CAPS LOCK+W Press this keystroke for a list of Windows shortcut keys, keyboard help, and other information in the application in focus. These commands are placed in the JAWS Virtual Viewer so you can read them or copy them to your clipboard. Press ESC to close the Virtual Viewer.

Nov 12: ZoomText Command: Cycle Verbosity Level

Command Keystroke Description
Cycle Verbosity Level CAPS LOCK+ALT+B Verbosity allows you to adjust the amount of information spoken about program controls when they become active or highlighted. Program controls include application and document windows, menus, dialogs, buttons, icons, and more.

Three verbosity levels – Low, Medium, and High – allow you to quickly increase or decrease the verbosity. High verbosity provides the most information, while Low verbosity provides the least. Each of these verbosity levels can be fully customized according to your personal needs. Press CAPS LOCK+ALT+B to cycle through the three verbosity levels.

Nov 13: JAWS Command: Open Message Center

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+SPACE, then SHIFT+M CAPS LOCK+SPACE, then SHIFT+M The Message Center is a hub for announcements, tips, and information about updates. It helps maximize your experience with our software by always providing the most recent details. Message topics include: Power tips, New podcast episodes, and Information about new features and updates. Use this command to open Message Center and display a list of messages.

Nov 14: ZoomText Command: Color Enhancements On and Off

Command Keystroke Description
Color Enhancements On and Off CAPS LOCK+C Color enhancements improve the clarity of text and graphics, providing easier viewing and reduced eyestrain. The color enhancement options consist of a variety of filter effects that adjust color, contrast and brightness. You can choose from preset color schemes or create your own custom color settings.

Nov 15: JAWS Command: Access Speech History

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+SPACE, then H CAPS LOCK+SPACE, then H Speech History enables you to review previous announcements spoken by JAWS. Use this command to open a Results Viewer window containing up to the last 500 announcements spoken by the synthesizer. When the Speech History window opens, you are placed on the line containing the most recent announcement. You can press INSERT+SPACE, followed by CTRL+H in desktop keyboard layout, or CAPS LOCK+SPACE, followed by CTRL+H in laptop keyboard layout to copy the entire Speech History to the Windows Clipboard for pasting into another application such as a Word document or email message.

To clear the history, in desktop keyboard layout, press INSERT+SPACE, followed by SHIFT+H. In laptop keyboard layout, press CAPS LOCK+SPACE, followed by SHIFT+H. Press ESC to close the Speech History Results Viewer window.

Nov 16: ZoomText Command: Activate Smoothing Mode

Command Keystroke Description
Activate Smoothing Mode CAPS LOCK+X Smoothing preferences control how ZoomText smooths and sharpens text and graphics (including photographs) in the magnified view. ZoomText provides two types of smoothing, xFont® and Geometric Smoothing, which can be enabled individually or together. Use this command to Cycle through the different smoothing options to find one that best suits your vision needs.

Nov 17: JAWS Command: Adjust System or JAWS Volume

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+SPACE, V, then S for system or J for JAWS CAPSLOCK+SPACE, V, then S for system or J for JAWS This command enables you to quickly adjust the system or JAWS volume. This is handy when you are in a virtual meeting or listening to a YouTube video. Press INSERT+SPACE in desktop layout or CAPS LOCK+SPACE in laptop layout to enter the command layer. Press V for volume, then S for system or J for JAWS. Press UP ARROW to increase the volume, and DOWN ARROW to decrease it. Press the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys to adjust in larger increments. Press ESC to exit the Volume layer.

Nov 18: ZoomText Command: Toggle Pointer Enhancements On and Off

Command Keystroke Description
Toggle Pointer Enhancements On and Off CAPS LOCK+P Pointer enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the mouse pointer. You can adjust the size and color of the pointer and activate a locator that emphasizes the pointer’s position on the screen. You can choose from preset pointer schemes or create your own custom pointer settings.

Nov 19: JAWS Command: Access Notification History

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+SPACE, N CAPS LOCK+SPACE, N Displays a list of recent Windows or application-specific notifications. Recent means either the last 500 notifications, or notifications sent within the last 24 hours. From that dialog, you can create rules to govern how JAWS announces notifications, either in speech or braille.

Nov 20: ZoomText Command: Cursor Enhancements On and Off

Command Keystroke Description
Cursor Enhancements On and Off CAPS LOCK+R Cursor enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the text cursor. A choice of high visibility locators marks the cursor’s position without obscuring the surrounding text. You can choose from preset cursor schemes or create your own custom cursor settings.

Nov 21: JAWS Command: Say Color

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+5 (on the number row) CAPS LOCK+5 (on the number row) This keystroke says the foreground and background color of the text at the location of the active cursor.

Nov 22: ZoomText Command: Toggle Speech On and Off

Command Keystroke Description
Toggle Speech On and Off CAPS LOCK+ALT+ENTER Enables and disables speech output for screen reading, and allows you to open the Voice Settings dialog box where you can select and customize different voices.

Nov 23: JAWS Command: Toggle the Face in View feature on/off

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+Space, F, O CAPS LOCK+SPACE, F, O Video calls have become a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature helps with this by alerting you to key visual details like: knowing whether your face is centered in the view, whether you are looking directly at the camera, If the lighting is adequate, and if there are additional items in the view. This command toggles Face in View on/off. Once you have entered the Face in View layer by pressing INSERT+SPACE, F in desktop layout or CAPS LOCK+SPACE, F in laptop layout, press ? (question mark) for a list of all available Face in View commands

Nov 24: ZoomText Command: Focus Enhancements On and Off

Command Keystroke Description
Focus Enhancements On and Off CAPS LOCK+F Focus enhancements make it easy to locate and follow the control focus when you press TAB and the arrow keys to navigate through menus, dialogs, tool bars, and other application controls. When enabled, a choice of high visibility locators marks the position of the control with focus without obscuring any surrounding text. You can choose from preset focus schemes or configure your own custom focus settings.

Nov 25: JAWS Command: Append Selected Text To Clipboard

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+WINDOWS+C CAPS LOCK+WINDOWS+C The FSClipboard allows you to append text to the clipboard without replacing the content each time text is appended. This feature removes all formatting from text that you copy, Making it useful in programs like Microsoft Word when you do not want to include styles, numbering, and other formatting information when pasting text into a document. Using a Copy To Clipboard command instead of an Append To Clipboard command erases any previous clipboard content and replaces it with the new content.

Nov 26: ZoomText Command: Say Current Time Or Date

Command Keystrokes Description
Say Current Time Or Date Keystrokes for time, press CAPS LOCK+SPACE, Y, T

Keystrokes for date, press CAPS LOCK+SPACE, Y, D

Use these layered commands to have ZoomText speak the current time or date.

Nov 27: JAWS Command: Open Quick Settings

Desktop Keystroke Laptop Keystroke Description
INSERT+V CAPS LOCK+V Use the Quick Settings dialog to adjust JAWS settings for the application currently in use.

Nov 28: ZoomText Command: Open Message Center

Command Keystrokes Description
Open Message Center CAPS LOCK+M Message Center is your hub for timely announcements from Freedom Scientific to help maximize your experience with ZoomText. The messages cover various topics, including: product specific training tips to explore key features, information about new features and changes in updates, details about upcoming webinars and additional training opportunities, and notifications about new FSCast podcast episodes.