JAWS Scripting

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Scripting is a complicated, less known feature of JAWS. It is an extremely powerful feature of JAWS that allows one to manipulate how the screen reader works. Below is an overview of scripting and a list of some of the most useful scripts.

Scripting: An Overview

Scripting allows one to program JAWS to perform many different functions. Scripts include having JAWS say a particular word or phrase, insert text into a document, or open a web page; all of this can be done by assigning a hotkey to a script. A simple type of script is one where a keystroke is assigned to a particular script.

Scripting: How To Use It

To create a new script, go to the utilities menu in JAWS by pressing Control+U. Then go through the menu until you reach the script manager. You can also press Insert+0 to open the script manager. Press enter, then Control+E to create a new script. Fill in the required fields. Note that the script you create will only work when you are on the JAWS application. When you want to create a script for another application, like Internet Explorer or a Microsoft program, open the program and press Insert+0. This will take you to the script manager for that application. Once you have filled out the various fields and pressed enter on the ok button, you will be taken back to the file containing the scripts for whatever program you are in. Then you must type the code for the script you are creating. Once you have finished that, your script is complete! Another way to create a script is to open the script manager, then type the code for the script you are making. After this is done, press Control+D within the script to assign a hotkey, then save and compile the script by pressing Control+S.

Useful Scripts

Below is a link to a file with a list of some of the more useful scripts.

Useful Scripts

These scripts are very useful and will help you become more familiar with how to construct scripts.

Conclusion

Scripting is a powerful tool that can make many tasks easier and less time consuming. The scripts that can be written are endless. For a more in depth look at scripting, follow the link below.

JAWS Scripting
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