You too can be a Web Guru:
Ever wish you could zoom across web sites, zeroing in on pertanent information, wowing all your friends with your techy know how? Well, guess what, you can. Jaws has all you need for you to be as quick as the proverbial Energizer bunny. In the next few Jaws Tips, we'll be playing around with Internet Explorer.
Whose flying this plane anyway?
Are you one of those internet users who TABS and SHIFT+TABS through web pages? Do you let Jaws read the page from top to bottom? How about taking control of your internet experience and getting things done more efficiently.
Don't get me wrong, I use TAB and SHIFT+TAB all the time, however Jaws gives us a series of keys which beg to be used. It'll make navigating pages much quicker.
Let's open the Google web page. Accomplish this by using a shortcut key I mentioned in an earlier Jaws tip: WINDOWS+R
Within this window, type: "www.google.ca".
Press ENTER. Your default browser opens up and our favourite search engines home page is displayed on your screen.
Let's all start from the top of the web page by pressing CONTROL+HOME.
So much preparation:
We still all here? Good. I will only touch on 2 keys this time, as I don't want to be accused of overwhelming anyone.
So there's lots of interesting stuff on this page, but I want to focus on searching. We need to get to the edit field. Depending what version of Jaws you have, you may have landed there automatically. Let's pretend you haven't. Press the letter F until you hear "Google Search edit". Now, to enter your search term, you'll need to put Jaws into its special forms mode. In other words, you need to tell Jaws that you want to edit this area. To do this, you would press ENTER. In new versions of Jaws, this mode is automatic; most of the time. You will hear a sound when it's turned on.
Type in your search term and press ENTER. The results page will be shown. The Google service is nice enough to put the search results within headings, so we can cycle through them by using the letter H and SHIFT+H to go back. If there's a result that interests you, press ENTER. You can also look at further information on a particular link by using your down arrow.
Well, that's it for this one. My fingers are tired. We'll touch on a few more keys next time. Just remember that you can use these quick navigation keys on pretty much any web page.
Take control of the internet with built-in Jaws navigation keys.
Press F to move through fields and H to move through headings. Add the shift key to these navigation keys to move back through the elements.
WINDOWS+R: the run command.
CONTROL+HOME: go to top of page.