Short note on Jaws keyboard layouts
Jaws (screen reader) uses different keyboard commands for desktops and laptops. This is a short note to explain the difference and how to switch keyboard layout.
Jaws has different keyboard layouts because on desktops it makes heavy use of the numpad, whereas the numpad is typically not available on laptops. When you install Jaws the desktop keyboard layout is the default. You can change to the laptop keyboard layout in the startup wizard (
Jaws > Help > Startup wizard), or by going to
Jaws > Options > Basics > Keyboard layout.
Web navigation remains unchanged with either keyboard layout, but basic text navigation changes, as does the key that acts as the Jaws modifier key. In desktop layout the modifier key is either
numpad 0. In laptop layout it is the
capslock key. You hold it to use it as the Jaws modifier, and double tap it to toggle caps on/off.
Instead of using the modifier key plus the numpad to navigate content by character, word, line etc. as you would on the desktop, you now use the modifier key plus letter keys. For example:
key + j: read previous word;
key + k: read current word;
key + l: read next word.
You can find all the keyboard commands for desktop and laptop by going to
Jaws > Help > Help topics > Keystrokes, or online on the JAWS Keystrokes documentation page.