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JAWS Power Tip: Shorten JAWS Messages Without Having to Skip Valuable Information

Released: 2/3/2022

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To stop JAWS from talking too much, you might have just set the speech verbosity to intermediate or advanced. However, what happens then is check boxes are cleared so information does not speak. Maybe you want it to speak, but just not to ramble. You can shorten the messages to the "TL/DR" version:

➜ Open Settings Center with INSERT+6 on the number row.

➜ Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the Default settings.

➜ Type in "Speech Verbosity" and press DOWN ARROW to select it.

➜ Next press F6 to move to the configuration page.

➜ Select the radio button for the desired verbosity followed by pressing TAB to the button to configure your settings.

You'll find yourself in a list of check boxes so you could customize what gets spoken. Just tab once to the "JAWS Message Length" radio buttons group and select the one you want.

This will change how JAWS handles all messages that are allowed at your verbosity level. Changing from Long to Short but still using Beginner Verbosity alerts you to everything but saves time.

The Power of JAWS!

This Tip Brought To You By: Freedom Scientific

To learn more visit the Freedom Scientific website, join the JAWS Software f/t Blind Club on Clubhouse, follow @FreedomSci on Twitter or Facebook, ask your smart speaker to play the Freedom Scientific Training Podcast or subscribe to the Freedom Scientific Training YouTube Channel.

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