Re: Splitting a Word file while using JAWS

Adrian Spratt

Brian, thank you so much. My problem with the first file has been solved, but I’ll use this approach for the next one. I have several large files that I need to break down. I’m confident your method will work. I also appreciate the warnings so that I won’t be worrying when the format changes in draft view.


From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Lee
Sent: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 7:47 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Splitting a Word file while using JAWS


Hello Adrian,


Sometimes using draft view and stopping background repagination helps speed up navigating in Word.  I don’t know if doing those things will help but you might want to try.  You cannot stop the repagination of a large document in print view as Word needs to continually show pages the way they would be if printed.  You can switch to draft view under the view tab of the ribbon.  To stop background repagination you first need to be in draft view or the option doesn’t even show in the advanced category of the Word options.  After changing to draft view go into the Word options and choose the advanced category.  One of the last groups in this category is General.  It is faster to repeatedly use shift Tab to get to the General group. There will be a “enable background repagination” checkbox that you can uncheck and then use OK.  While in draft view you won’t get the information about the placement of the text or graphics and how the pages will appear if printed.  For example, in print view you might use Alt with delete to hear that the cursor is one inch from the left.  In draft view you might hear that it is at 0 inches.  When you change back to print view the repagination will start again.


I don’t know if this will help but it might be worth checking it out.


Take care. 


Brian Lee



From: [] On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: July 2, 2019 11:16 AM
Subject: [jaws-users] Splitting a Word file while using JAWS


Hi. I have a Word file that’s so long (1,400 pages), JAWS keeps stalling when I do a search. So I decided to locate the halfway point of the file, select the rest, cut it, and then paste it into a new document. However, I keep getting a message that Word “isn’t responding.” Naturally, JAWS also stops responding.


I tried selecting smaller and smaller sections (200 pages, even 100), but Word just won’t cooperate. I also tried converting the file to a .TXT file, but with even less success.


I’m using the latest JAWS, Word 2016 and Windows 10-1809. Any ideas? Any workarounds?

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