It's A Virtual World:
Have you ever found yourself in a pickle where you would like to be able to copy what's on your PC's display, but due to technical limitations were not able to? Well, here's a key combination I use daily to do just that.
Jaws has a capability called virtualizing. This message is presented to you in a virtualized window within Internet Explorer. Essentially, text is grabbed from the current window and put into a virtual buffer. In other words, the present window is put into another window where you can do what you want with it. Clear as mud? It's actually not that complicated. Let's try it out.
Let's run a copy of notepad by using the following steps:
1. Press WINDOWS+R to initiate the run command.
2. Type "notepad", (all one word, without the quotes) and press ENTER.
3. type a few characters and then Press ALT+F4
A new window will appear which won't give you much to work with except tabbing and arrow navigation. you could listen to this window, (which incidentally is called a dialog box), by pressing INSERT+B, however we will use the virtual window to review the information.
Press the 3 key combination INSERT+CONTROL+W. Please note, this key combination has been changed in Jaws 11. It's now INSERT+ALT+W. The window gets virtualized and you are now able to read this from top to bottom with the arrow keys. Furthermore, you can also copy and paste text to your clipboard within the virtual mode. Simply virtualize the error window, select all the text by pressing CONTROL+A, copy the selected to the clipboard with CONTROL+C. You can now move back to "Notepad" by pressing ESCAPE twice. Paste the aforementioned copied data into Notepad by pressing CONTROL+V. And voila, the dialog text info appears.
This is a quick example of how you could use the virtualizing function. I'm sure you'll find other uses for it.
Press ALT+F4 and "N" to close Notepad.
- Previously inaccessible Windows text can be accessed via virtual buffers.
- Outlook and Internet Explorer use the virtual buffer to present information.
You can select and copy text to the clipboard from the virtual buffer.
Windows displaying information for a user with action buttons is called a dialog box.
Keys used within this tip:
INSERT+B: Read a dialog box including its controls.
INSERT+CONTROL+W: Virtualize a window,
WINDOWS+R: Access the run command.
CONTROL+A: Select all text.
CONTROL+C: Copy selected text to the clipboard.
CONTROL+V: Paste text from the clipboard to editing area.