Re: looking for two Excel keystrokes -- if they exist

Brian Lee

Hello Ann,

I am using JAWS 2019 and Excel 2013. Both average and sum of selected cells
are shown on the status bar and reported by JAWS when I read the status bar.
Both those items are shown in the status bar contextual menu but need to be
checked. I thought I would mention this to you as I am using JAWS 2019 and
those items are reported. I am not sure about the later versions of Excel.

Take care.

Brian Lee

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of Ann Byrne
Sent: May 16, 2019 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] looking for two Excel keystrokes -- if they exist

Unfortunately, JAWS2019 does not report average and sum with
insert+3. JAWS2018 does. I have reported this to FS.
At 12:23 PM 5/16/2019, you wrote:
Hello Robin,

If you are only using arrow keys then you are not selecting but simply
navigating. If you select by using the shift key with arrow keys or by
using other selecting keystrokes then the status bar should give you
the count. When you select the cells the status bar gives other things
like the average and sum of the selected range of cells along with the
number of cells selected. If this isn't happening then use F6 to go to
the status bar, press either the application key of shift with F10, and
use down arrow to the "Count"
item and see if it is checked. If it isn't checked then use enter key
to add it to the status bar. If it is checked then just escape out of
the menu and use F6 to go back to the worksheet. The items in the menu
include one for "Count" and one for "numeric count." The "Numeric
count" gives the number of cells that contain only numbers and the
"Count" should give the actual number for the cells you select.

You can use JAWS key with C to get the cell coordinates. JAWS key with
tab should give you the name of the worksheet, the contents of the
current cell and the cell coordinates.

Take care.

Brian Lee

From: []
On Behalf Of Van Lant, Robin via Groups.Io
Sent: May 14, 2019 3:15 PM
Subject: [jaws-users] looking for two Excel keystrokes -- if they exist

There are two things I miss from using Window Eyes with Excel. I'm
wondering if an equivalent exists in JAWS.

First, Is there a way, other than to arrow away and back, to have JAWS
announce the current cell coordinates? This is particularly helpful
when in the middle of typing a formula and I need to recall the current
cell I'm in.

Second, I sometimes need to count a subset of rows or columns in a
file. For example, today I was looking at a list of all employees and
I just needed to count out the number in a particular team. With
Window Eyes, I would start at the first cell and arrow down till the
last one. By default, Window Eyes would announce the number of columns
or cells selected, depending on which way I was moving. Is there some
way to ask JAWS how many rows, columns or cells are currently
highlighted? I tried reading the status line, but that didn't' seem to

Using JAWS 2019 latest build with Windows 10 and Excel 2016.

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