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Access JAWS at Penn State

Penn State departments may request access to ITS licenses for the JAWS screen readers. Contact accessibilityweb@psu.edu to learn more or make a request for access.

Keystrokes for Listing Elements

Below are several lists of useful keyboard commands for JAWS. For a complete lists of shortcuts for JAWS, see Freedom Scientific’s JAWS Keystrokes page.

These commands will list all elements of a specified type on a Web page.

Element Lists
Function Keyboard Command
List Form Fields Insert + F5
List Headings Insert + F6
List Links Insert + F7
List Frames Insert + F9
List Tables Insert + Ctrl + T
List Buttons Insert + Ctrl + B
List Lists (ordered, unordered & definition) Insert + Ctrl + L
List Graphics Insert + Ctrl + G

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Keystrokes for Reading Text

These commands control the way that JAWS reads content on a Web page, and also specify exactly what type of content should be read.

Reading Text
Function Keyboard Command
Pause Reading Ctrl
Resume Reading Insert + Down Arrow
Read Line Caps Lock + I
Read Paragraph Caps Lock + Ctrl + I
Read All (laptop layout) Caps Lock + A
Read All (desktop layout) Insert + Down Arrow
Skip Links (go to content) N

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Keystrokes for ARIA Landmarks

Landmark roles add a new means to navigate page content for users of supporting assistive technology. Users can navigate page content using ARIA landmarks

ARIA Landmarks
Function Keyboard Command
next landmark ; (semi-colon)
previous landmark SHIFT + ; (semi-colon)
list landmarks CTRL + INS + ; (semi-colon)

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Keystrokes for General Navigation

These commands allow the user to jump to elements of a certain type within a Web page.

General Navigation
Function Keyboard Command
Go to Element (next/prior) Shift + Period/Shift + Comma
Go to Same Element (next/prior) S/Shift + S
Go to Different Element (next/prior) D/Shift + D
Go to Heading (next/prior) H/Shift + H
Go to Table (next/prior) T/Shift + T
Go to List (next/prior) L/Shift + L
Go to Link (next/prior) Tab/Shift + Tab
Go to Graphic (next/prior) G/Shift + G
Skip Links (go to content) N

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Keystrokes for Headings

These commands allow the user to jump between headings on a Web page. For keystrokes containing "1–6" the command is valid with any number from 1 through 6, and will jump to headings of the corresponding level.

Headings
Function Keyboard Command
List Headings Insert + F6
Go to Heading (next/prior) H/Shift + H
First Heading Insert + Alt + Home
Last Heading Insert + Alt + End
Heading at Level (next/prior) 1–6/Shift + 1–6
First Heading at Level Insert + Alt + Ctrl + 1–6
Last Heading at Level Insert + Alt + Ctrl + Shift + 1–6

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Keystrokes for Tables

These keystrokes help the user navigate and read content within tables. Note that these keystrokes will be necessary to navigate both layout and data tables.

Tables
Function Keyboard Command
List Tables Insert + Ctrl + T
Navigate Rows and Columns Windows Key + Alt + Arrow Keys
Navigate Cells Alt + Ctrl + Arrow Keys
Read Current Row Windows Key + Comma
Read Current Column Alt + Ctrl + Arrow Keys
Read Current Cell Alt + Shift + Comma

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Keystrokes for Forms

These commands help the user navigate and manipulate HTML forms.

Forms
Function Keyboard Command
Enter Forms Mode Enter
Exit Forms Mode Insert + (Num Pad)
First Form Field Insert + Ctrl + Home
Last Form Field Insert + Ctrl + End
Go to Form Field (next/prior) F/Shift + F
Go to Button (next/prior) B/Shift + B
Go to Edit Box (next/prior) E/Shift + E
Go to Radio Button (next/prior) R/Shift + R
Go to Check Box (next/prior) X/Shift + X
List Form Fields Insert + F5
List Buttons Insert + Ctrl + B
List Edit Boxes Insert + Ctrl + E
List Radio Buttons Insert + Ctrl + R
List Check Boxes Insert + Ctrl + X

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