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JAWS Power Tip: Desktop vs Laptop Keyboard Setting

Released: 2/10/2022

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JAWS for Windows Tips.

What is the real difference between the keyboard layouts Desktop and Laptop? And why might I consider using Laptop Layout, even though I like to use a full keyboard plugged into the laptop most of the time?

JAWS offers a couple of different layouts for good reason. Many people use laptops which do not have a Numeric Keypad.

As experienced users know, this Numeric Keypad, or numpad, is the Speech Pad that you use for various screen reading commands in conjunction with the INSERT Key, when the numlock key is off.

So, when you're on a laptop, the laptop layout allows you to use the CAPSLOCK key as the JAWS key in conjunction with various letters from your right hand for screen reading like you would on the numpad.

So CAPSLOCK+K, is the Say Word command and CAPSLOCK+I is the Say Line command.

If you turn on keyboard Help with CAPSLOCK+1 on the number row, you will get Keyboard Help and you can get familiar with the rest of the commands.

Now, many laptop users might also connect a full keyboard. So, JAWS, provides all the desktop layout commands to also work when a numpad is present. So, you get the best of both worlds while in laptop layout.

For those of us who are using it both with and without the Numpad, setting the layout to laptop, and getting to use CAPSLOCK as an option also, is a great solution.

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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