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This site contains two sets of guides: one for users of screen magnifiers, and the other for users of the Jaws screen reader. They cover various aspects of Windows and a few useful applications. All the guides are free.

The Taskbar on Windows 10, creators update

The Jaws guide to the Taskbar on Windows 10 has been updated to cover the Windows 10 creators update. As before, it covers the Start menu, search, Cortana, the taskbar buttons, the notification area, and notifications.

For those using Windows 10 without this update, the previous version of the guide is still available: Jaws guide to the Taskbar on Windows 10 version 1607.

Audacity 2.1.3

The Jaws guide to Audacity has been updated for version 2.1.3 of this free multi-track audio editor. New features and changes which are relevant to users of screen readers include:

  • There are new commands for moving to the next or previous label which read the name and number of the label, and there’s a “type to create a label” setting which you can turn off so that you don’t accidentally create labels.
  • You can now select a time range using the stored cursor position.
  • The keystroke for Play/Stop and set cursor is now the letter X – it was Shift + A in previous versions of Audacity.

The Taskbar on Window 10, Anniversary update

The Jaws guide to the Taskbar on Windows 10 has been updated to cover the Windows 10 anniversary update. As before, it covers the Start menu, search, Cortana, the taskbar buttons, the notification area, and notifications.

For those using Windows 10 without this update, the original guide is still available: Jaws guide to the Taskbar on Windows 10 version 1511.

The Taskbar on Windows 10

There’s a new Jaws guide to the Taskbar on Windows 10. It covers the Start menu, search, Cortana, the taskbar buttons, the notification area, and notifications.

File Explorer on Windows 10

There’s a new Jaws guide to File Explorer on Windows 10. It includes a detailed description of how to use the ribbon.