That usually happens with the up and down, left and right are what usually
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move you around.
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From: "Ann Byrne" <annakb@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Touch Cursor Information
When I try to use the touch cursor, most of the time it just goes
clunk and doesn't read anything.
At 01:30 PM 4/24/2019, you wrote:
When your default PC cursor isn't giving you enough information.
With luck, the touch cursor will fill in the gaps.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:59 PM
Subject: Re: [jaws-users] Touch Cursor Information
So, how does one know when one should switch to the touch curser?
Surely it is not just a try it or a hit or miss approach.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Rebecca Lineberger
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:15 AM
To: JAWS Users List
Subject: [jaws-users] Touch Cursor Information
I've had this stored for a while, and can't remember now if this
came from the Help Menu or from the Vispero website. It mentions
Windows 8, but I think the information is still relevant for Windows 10.
Object Navigation Using the Touch Cursor
Certain applications, especially many of the modern-style apps found
in Windows 8, do not always work as expected with JAWS when
navigating with the standard cursors such as the PC and Virtual PC
cursors. Activating the new Touch Cursor enables you to use the
keys on your computer's keyboard, or the controls on your braille
display, to navigate through the actual objects in an application
similar to using gestures on the touch screen of a tablet.
Application objects include everything from menu bars, toolbars, and
progress bars, to form controls, regions, links, etc. Press
SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS
if using the laptop keyboard layout, to activate the Touch Cursor.
To turn it off, activate one of the other cursors, like the JAWS or
PC Cursor. Pressing the PC Cursor command (
NUM PAD PLUS
) will cause JAWS to say "Touch Cursor" and the Touch Cursor will
remain active. If Tutor Messages are enabled, JAWS will also speak
the message "Double tap to activate PC cursor". Press the PC Cursor
command twice quickly to turn off the Touch Cursor and activate the PC
The Touch Cursor is enabled by default in certain Windows 8
applications to improve navigation. These apps include News,
Weather, and Store. Whenever you move focus to one of these apps,
the Touch Cursor is automatically activated. To automatically enable
the Touch Cursor in another application, press
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application where you
want to use the Touch Cursor, expand the Touch Cursor Options group,
and then select Automatic Activation. You must do this for every
application where you want to have JAWS automatically turn on the
Once the Touch Cursor is active, pressing
will move to the next or previous object on the screen. This is the
same as doing a left or right flick on a touch screen. Pressing
will move to the previous or next object by type. By default, these
commands will move by region, or group if you are on the Windows 8
Start screen. This is the same as doing an up or down flick on a
touch screen. To change what object type these commands move by, press
to cycle through the available types. For example, if you want the
keys to move by headings, press
until you hear "headings". Now, pressing
will move to the next or previous heading.
to move to the first object and press
to move to the last object. To announce the current object, press
. To perform a Say All, which will cause the Touch Cursor to move
through the application and speak each object, press
As you navigate using the
keys, the system focus does not follow the Touch Cursor. This allows
you to freely navigate objects without changing the position of the
PC Cursor or mouse pointer. Pressing
on the current element will move focus to that element and perform
the appropriate action similar to double tapping on a touch screen.
For instance, opening a menu, selecting a check box, or activating a
button or link. In addition, a rectangle will be displayed around
the currently selected object to visually indicate the location of
the Touch cursor for sighted users.
If the Touch Cursor is on an object containing text, such as the
body of a news article, you can press
NUM PAD SLASH
to enable Text Review. In this mode, you can use the
keys as well as all other standard reading commands to read the text
as if you were reading a regular document. Pressing the
key will exit Text Review and return to Touch Cursor navigation.
A good example of using the Touch Cursor is in the News app, where
it is enabled by default. Once the app launches, you could press
to move to the /Top Stories region and then press
to move to a particular story. When you find the article you want to
read, you can press
NUM PAD SLASH
to switch to Text Review so you can use the
keys or the braille display to read the article. Once you are finished,
to close Text Review and then use
to select another article from the current region, or
to move to a different region.
Touch Cursor Navigation Quick Keys
While the Touch Cursor is active, you can use Navigation Quick Keys
to quickly jump to various types of objects, such as regions,
headings, links, form controls, and so on. These commands are
similar to the Navigation Quick Keys that are used when navigating
HTML and PDF documents with the Virtual PC Cursor.
By default, Touch Navigation Quick Keys are not enabled when the
Touch Cursor is activated. This allows you to fully use applications
that support typing in the main window. For example, the News app
lets you type so you can quickly locate specific stories.
If you would like Touch Navigation Quick keys to be enabled
automatically when the Touch Cursor is activated in a specific
to open Quick Settings while focused in the application, navigate to
the Touch Cursor Options group, and select Touch Quick Keys. You can
while the Touch Cursor is active to temporarily toggle Touch
Navigation Quick Keys on or off.
Advanced Object Navigation
For advanced users, specifically those who may be involved with
developing applications, Advanced Navigation provides more detail
about all objects in the UIA (User Interface Automation) structure.
With the standard Touch Cursor, you can only navigate objects that
are visible on the screen in the current application. In Advanced
Navigation, the Touch Cursor traverses all UIA objects in a
hierarchical manner. All Objects, whether visible or not, can be
traversed in Advanced Navigation.
To enable Advanced Navigation, press
NUM PAD STAR
if using the laptop keyboard layout, while the Touch Cursor is
active. Once active, use the
keys to move to the previous or next sibling object and the
keys to move to the parent object or the first child object. To view
more Advanced Navigation commands, press
while this mode is active. Press
NUM PAD STAR once more to turn off Advanced Navigation and return
to the standard Touch Cursor.
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