Shut up JAWS
One of the tasks I perform regularly is to test web content using screen readers. It can be somewhat annoying to be capturing data in a desktop application while testing in a browser, as the screen reader is chattering away on every application, while I am only interested in how it works with web content in the browser. I realize that this is something that I should have learned to do many years ago, but didn’t, it took some guidance from my new boss Matt Ater:
Putting JAWS to Sleep in ALL Apps Except Browsers
- Open default.jcf in your favourite text editor (default.jcf can be found at: C:\Users\’LoginID‘\AppData\Roaming\Freedom Scientific\JAWS\18.0\Settings\enu)
[options], then save and close.
- Select, then press enter or Double click on the Default.jcf file, this will open the settings center dialog
- From the application dropdown select a browser e.g. Firefox
- In the treeview, open the miscellaneous branch and select disable from the sleepmode combobox
- Press apply button
- Do the same for the other browsers and any other applications you want JAWS to be awake for.
- That’s it, you are done. Now JAWS will be silent unless you have one of the applications you have enabled, open.
Now to find out how to do the same in VoiceOver, NVDA and ChromeVox etc…