“Marking the Spot: Navigating the Digital World with JAWS Place markers”

For readers who may be unfamiliar, JAWS is a screenreader, which has existed since the early 1990’s. JAWS stands for “Job Access With Speech.”

A screen-reader speaks the contents of the computer screen for users like myself, who are blind or visually impaired.

In Jaws version 5, a brand-new feature was introduced.

This feature is called”Place markers.”

You can use this feature in applications such as Microsoft Word & Outlook, as well as on the web.

You can set both temporary & permanent place-markers.

Temporary place markers are only available while you’re viewing the document, email message or webpage where the place marker was set. Once you shutdown or restart your computer, all temporary place-markers will disappear.

Permanent place-markers, on the other hand, are always available.

I use this feature a lot, especially, on websites such as Facebook, where it is often difficult for me to find the beginning of my newsfeed.

To create a Temporary place marker, press Control+Windows+k.

You can set a permanent place marker with Control+Shift+K. This same keystroke also allows you to add new place-markers as well as remove old ones you may no longer need.

Jaws can speak a list of place markers on a given page. To try this out, press Alt+Windows+k.

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