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Freedom Scientific Training Podcast

English, Technology, 1 season, 148 episodes, 2 days, 16 hours, 28 minutes
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Would you like to download Freedom Scientific’s audio training content on your smart phone or mobile device? Want the convenience of listening to the step by step instructional demos we provide on your Amazon Echo or Google Home device? The Freedom Scientific Training podcast places hours of free audio training content right at your fingertips. You can listen to free lessons on a variety of topics ranging from basic Windows 10 to Advanced tasks in Microsoft Excel. Simply subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts, or for further instructions on how to listen visit blog.freedomscientific.com.
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Access Files in Teams with JAWS

In this short demo, Elizabeth Whitaker demonstrates file navigation and search within the newest version of Microsoft Teams (April 2024).
4/12/202414 minutes, 35 seconds
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JAWS Speech History with Ron Miller

Ron Miller demonstrates the Speech History Feature in JAWS. JAWS Speech History gives you the ability to review the last 500 announcements that were spoken by the speech synthesizer. If you miss one or more messages spoken by JAWS, you can press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by H to open a Results Viewer window containing up to the last 500 announcements spoken by the synthesizer. When the Speech History window opens, you are placed on the line containing the most recent announcement.
4/5/202423 minutes, 43 seconds
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An Introduction to the New Teams with JAWS

Do you use Microsoft Teams at home, work, or school? Need tips for navigating the new Teams with JAWS? Listen in to us and our special guest, Brett Humphrey from Microsoft for, “An Introduction to the New Teams with JAWS.” We’ll provide an overview of the Teams interface and show you how to: Navigate to different views and panes Use keyboard commands to perform important tasks Navigate teams and channels more efficiently Locate recent activities in the activity feed Access Help and search for commands
4/1/202432 minutes, 45 seconds
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Teaching Resources with Ron Miller, Reading and Editing Text with JAWS Part 2

Our training series for teachers and assistive technology instructors serves as a guide to use when teaching JAWS. Through its targeted lessons, quizzes, and a multitude of free resources, you will gain new skills to help you train your students and clients. Listen as Ron Miller gives a tutorial on how to read and edit text in JAWS. (Part 1 also available) For more Teaching Resources, you can visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/
3/22/202414 minutes, 48 seconds
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20 Minute Tech Tips: Picture Smart AI

Listen in to our new series, 20 Minute Tech Tips. We're excited to kick off this new monthly podcast with a dive into Picture Smart AI, an all new feature in JAWS and Fusion as of March 2024. Freedom Scientific Unveils Revolutionary PictureSmart AI for JAWS – Transforming Accessibility with AI-Powered Image Descriptions Announcing the launch of PictureSmart AI, a groundbreaking feature in the JAWS screen reading software that leverages artificial intelligence to provide detailed descriptions of images. (St. Petersburg, Florida – March 06, 2024)Freedom Scientific, a leading provider of assistive technology for individuals with vision impairments, is proud to announce the launch of PictureSmart AI, a groundbreaking feature in the JAWS screen reading software that leverages artificial intelligence to provide detailed descriptions of images. This innovative update marks a significant leap forward in accessibility technology, offering never before seen support for visually impaired users navigating digital content with screen reading technology. Empowering Users with AI Technology PictureSmart AI, found in JAWS and as part of Fusion, represents a major enhancement over its prior version, utilizing advanced AI algorithms to analyze and articulate what’s in images, including those found on web pages, in emails, or within screenshots. This feature is designed to address the challenges visually impaired users face when encountering graphical content, transforming the way they access and interact with digital information. “This feature is more than just an innovation; it’s a gateway to untapped potential, allowing our users to use JAWS to interact with images and graphics in ways previously unimaginable,” said Ryan Jones, Vice President of Software and a JAWS user himself. “By weaving the latest AI technologies into JAWS, we are not just enhancing user experience; we are redefining what’s possible in accessibility. PictureSmart AI is a significant step forward in our commitment to empowering individuals with vision impairments to navigate the digital world with the same ease and depth as everyone else. We are excited to see how this technology will open new doors for our users, fostering greater independence and enriching their digital interactions.” Breaking Down Barriers With PictureSmart AI, JAWS users can now explore a whole new world of digital content. From detailed descriptions of charts and diagrams to social media posts to insights into screenshots of application windows, PictureSmart AI removes the longstanding barrier between visually impaired users and graphical information, ensuring everyone can fully participate in the digital age. “In our initial testing phase, we’ve observed an incredible range of applications by our users,” remarked Roxana Fischer, Product Manager for Blind and Low Vision Software. “The introduction of PictureSmart AI has empowered them to embark on activities previously out of reach, from exploring family photos to actively participating in screen-shared presentations and even navigating complex diagrams at school. This diversity in usage underscores the transformative potential of PictureSmart AI.” Innovation Inspired by Users The development of PictureSmart AI underscores Freedom Scientific’s commitment to innovation driven by user needs. By harnessing the power of AI, Freedom Scientific aims to enhance screen reading technology further, enabling users to navigate the digital world with greater ease and confidence. Availability and Continuous Improvement PictureSmart AI is available in the March update of JAWS and Fusion version 2024. Visit the JAWS 2024 release notes to learn more and see examples. Freedom Scientific is committed to continuous improvement, ensuring PictureSmart AI evolves to meet the needs of our diverse user base
3/15/202425 minutes, 45 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Show Speaker's Notes in PowerPoint Presentation View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
3/8/20243 minutes, 54 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Message List Plus Preview Pane View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
3/8/20244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Teaching Resources with Ron Miller, Reading and Editing Text with JAWS Part 1

Our training series for teachers and assistive technology instructors serves as a guide to use when teaching JAWS. Through its targeted lessons, quizzes, and a multitude of free resources, you will gain new skills to help you train your students and clients. Listen as Ron Miller gives a tutorial on how to read and edit text in JAWS. (Part 2 coming soon) For more Teaching Resources, you can visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/
3/1/202419 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ten Tips for Customizing Your Outlook Calendar with JAWS, Part Two

Are you looking for ways to navigate and customize your Outlook Calendar with JAWS more efficiently? Then listen to part two of our podcast, Ten Tips for Customizing Your Outlook Calendar with JAWS. Check out part one if you haven't! https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/
2/23/202435 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ten Tips for Customizing Your Outlook Calendar with JAWS, Part One

Are you looking for ways to navigate and customize your Outlook Calendar with JAWS more efficiently? Then listen to part one of our podcast, Ten Tips for Customizing Your Outlook Calendar with JAWS. Part Two coming soon! https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/
2/16/202416 minutes, 57 seconds
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ZoomText Demo: Saving Default Settings

Learn how to save, customize, and access default settings in ZoomText! ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email. https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/zoomtext/
2/9/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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Celebrating 200 Years of Braille!

2024 marks the 200th anniversary of braille. To celebrate, we are held a special event to commemorate the major milestones that make up the history of braille. Join us and some very special guests as we discuss how braille is used at home, in school, and in the workplace. We also share stories and ideas that illustrate the crucial role braille continues to play in all facets of our daily lives. https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/archivedwebinars/
2/2/202445 minutes, 34 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Translation Split View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/29/20243 minutes, 41 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Speech History View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/29/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: JAWS Cursor View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/26/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Attributes Indicator View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/26/20244 minutes, 21 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Annotations View

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/26/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024: Buffered Text

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/26/20243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Divide and Conquer! Overcoming Challenges with Split Braille and JAWS

Celebrate National Braille Literacy Month with us as we take a deep dive into the Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024. We take an extensive look at the new functionality it provides and discuss ways it can help boost productivity. Learn about practical scenarios for using it in views such as: Buffered Text Annotations Attribute Indicators Speech History Translation Split JAWS Cursor Window Text Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams application-specific views
1/19/202433 minutes, 10 seconds
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Split Braille in JAWS 2024, an Overview

The new Split Braille feature in JAWS 2024 gives Braille display users powerful new functionality, including the ability to view content from different locations on the same Braille line using one of several types of views. When a Split Braille view is active, your Braille display is split into two halves, or regions. Additionally, two vertical lines are displayed between the two regions to show the separation. The use of the Split Braille feature is not restricted to displays of a certain size. It will work with Braille displays of any length though using it with smaller displays may be less beneficial. We have more Split Braille training headed your way, so stay tuned! https://support.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWSWhatsNew
1/12/202412 minutes, 24 seconds
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Teaching Resources with Ron Miller: Using FS Reader and JAWS Basic Training Part 2

Our training series for teachers and assistive technology instructors serves as a guide to use when teaching JAWS. Through its targeted lessons, quizzes, and a multitude of free resources, you will gain new skills to help you train your students and clients. Listen as Ron Miller speaks on FS Reader and JAWS Basic training in this part two. For more Teaching Resources, you can visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/
1/5/202425 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 2

Changes are coming in 2024 to Google Gmail. Learn about them now by streaming Part 2 of this pre-recorded training, “Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 2.” In part 2, we’ll dive deeper into the Gmail interface, and show you how to: Navigate and read messages Compose, reply to, and forward messages Navigate and create labels Move and delete messages Search for messages Attach files Download and open attachments Empty the trash Turn Conversation View on/off Show/hide the Side Panel
12/30/202340 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 1

Changes are coming in 2024 to Google Gmail. Learn about them now by streaming or downloading this pre-recorded training, “Ten Tips for Transitioning from Basic HTML View to Standard View in Gmail with JAWS, Part 1.” Objectives: In this session, you’ll learn about: When Google is discontinuing Basic HTML View Techniques for navigating Gmail in Standard View with JAWS Overview of the Standard View interface Benefits of using Standard View Overview of Gmail terminology When to use the JAWS PC and Virtual PC cursors Access Settings and turn on Gmail keyboard commands Navigate the interface and use keyboard commands to access Labels, messages, and more Access a list of available commands
12/15/202324 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Sharkvember Shortcuts

In this episode of Ask Sharky, we close out Sharkvember by going over the shortcuts that we highlighted during the month of November. Listen in as Elizabeth Whitaker shows these shortcuts in action.
12/2/202330 minutes, 45 seconds
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New Features in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2024

We’ll provide an overview of the software, plus discuss: Face in View: This new feature in JAWS and Fusion helps you focus your camera before participating in a video call. JAWS helps you center your face, look directly at the camera, ensure adequate lighting, and include or exclude people or items from the view. Split Braille: This JAWS feature enables you to view content from two applications or locations by splitting a line of content on your braille display. For example, you could simultaneously view buffered text and annotations. Two vertical lines separate the content. Inverted Mouse Pointer Scheme: This ZoomText and Fusion feature inverts the pointer and background colors, making the pointer easier to locate. When moving the mouse pointer over a black background, for example, the pointer turns white. The contrast helps you locate the pointer while the text remains visible. Single Wedge Cursor Enhancement: This new ZoomText and Fusion feature displays a single triangle below the cursor, making the cursor easier to locate.
11/22/202336 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Face in View

Ron Miller demonstrates some tips on how to use an exciting new feature in JAWS 2024, Face in View. Video calls have become a standard form of communication in the workplace, in schools, and in personal relationships. Before joining a video call, you want to make sure your setup is right and the camera is correctly focused on you. The new Face in View feature helps with this by alerting you to key visual details like: Is my face centered in the view? Am I looking directly at the camera? Is the lighting adequate? Are there additional items in the picture?? To activate Face in View, press the layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by F, and then O. Once enabled, Face in View continually monitors your face position and the lighting level. If anything changes, such as tilting your head left or right, or a decrease in brightness, you are automatically alerted. When focused in the Face in View application window, you can also use TAB or the ARROW keys to review information such as the position of your face in the picture, the current brightness level, and the camera in use. Note: Face in View is not currently available during an active video call as it needs complete access to the camera.  
11/17/202316 minutes, 59 seconds
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Teaching Resources with Ron Miller, FS Reader

Our training series for teachers and assistive technology instructors serves as a guide to use when teaching JAWS. Through its targeted lessons, quizzes, and a multitude of free resources, you will gain new skills to help you train your students and clients. Listen as Ron Miller speaks on FS Reader and JAWS Basic training. For more Teaching Resources, you can visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/
11/10/202316 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Using Gmail in Standard View with JAWS

Ron Miller from Freedom Scientific's very own training team demonstrates how to navigate Gmail in Standard View within JAWS.  For more resources on using Gmail in Standard View with JAWS, you can reference our 2021 training on the same subject https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/using-jaws-with-gmail-in-standard-view/
11/3/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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Teaching Resources with Ron Miller

In this new series, listen as Freedom Scientific's Ron Miller presents various JAWS Teaching resources in a convenient audio format. You can find more content related to teaching on Freedom Scientific's Teaching Resources Page. https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/teachers/ Absorbing all the features of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion can be a daunting task. When you add to that the nuances of G Suite, Microsoft Office, and other apps in your toolbox, a few hints would come in handy for both you and your students.    
10/27/202310 minutes, 48 seconds
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An In-Depth Look at the Microsoft Office Ribbon and JAWS

Are you looking for ways to navigate Microsoft Office applications more efficiently? Want to know where to locate commands when you need them? Listen in to our prodcast, “An In-Depth Look at the Microsoft Office Ribbon and JAWS.” Objectives: We’ll provide an overview of the ribbons in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, plus show you how to: Navigate the ribbon tabs and locate commands Customize the ribbon Add frequently used commands to the Quick Access Toolbar
10/20/202336 minutes, 2 seconds
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An Introduction to Google Slides with JAWS

Are you new to Google Slides? Want to read, edit, and create presentations more effectively with JAWS?  We’ll provide an overview of navigating Google Slides with JAWS, plus show you how to: - Turn on accessibility settings and explore the Accessibility menu - Open and navigate a presentation - Create and save a new presentation - Insert and delete slides - Add content to a slide - Edit and format content on a slide - Access Google Slides keyboard commands
10/13/202347 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Overcoming Challenges of Online Shopping

In this advanced JAWS lesson, you can refine your online shopping skills. Also, don't forget about the Next Big Thing contest! Your team could win up to $3,000! https://www.freedomscientific.com/nextbigthing/ Get ready for a deep dive into the “Next Big Thing” Contest, where you have the power to help shape the future of JAWS and ZoomText! And guess what? There’s a chance to bag a $1000 Amazon gift card. We’ve done our best to make the submission process a breeze. We’re on a search for software feature ideas that give the user experience a boost and we want you with us. Your opportunity to jump in and be part of the excitement is here!   From September 5 to October 16, 2023. You have the opportunity to contribute your visionary ideas to our software products. Individuals or teams of up to three people, all aged 18 or above, are welcome to submit their entries.  Create a three-minute video presentation outlining your software feature idea. Your submission should address the following points: Introduction – Introduce yourself or your team, and let us know who’s behind the brilliance!  Feature Idea – All the details you can think of! Share the details of your software feature idea for JAWS or ZoomText. How It Helps – Break it down! Tell us the magic of how your feature helps users who are blind or have low vision. Impact – Dream us the big picture! Pull out the crystal ball and reveal the potential impact to the community of people who use JAWS and ZoomText. To enter the contest, complete the submission form below. Provide your details as described above and share a link to your three-minute video presentation. To share the link to your video, first upload it to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or YouTube.  Entries will be evaluated based on creativity, relevance, and potential impact on accessibility. Finalists will be contacted by October 23, 2023. The top three submissions will receive a five-year software license of Fusion, JAWS, or ZoomText and will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the “Sharkvember, Next Big Thing” event on November 14, 2023.   Each individual participating in the winning submission will be awarded a grand prize of a $1,000 Amazon gift card.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to help shape the “Next Big Thing” in JAWS and ZoomText. Your innovative ideas can play a pivotal role in enhancing accessibility for everyone. Dive into the contest, share your vision, and be part of the future of accessibility with us. 
10/5/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Text and Number Processing in JAWS

Join Ron Miller in this pre-recorded Clubhouse session where he demonstrates different ways to utilize text and number processing in JAWS.
9/9/202333 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Use ChatGPT with JAWS

We’ll show you how to interact with ChatGPT on the web using JAWS
8/25/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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Manage Google Calendar with JAWS

Are you looking for ways to navigate and manage Google Calendar with JAWS? If so, this podcast is for you. We’ll provide an overview of navigating Google Calendar with JAWS, plus show you how to: Create events, tasks, and appointments Access and change Settings Access a list of Google Calendar keyboard commands Change to a different view Go to a specific date Share your calendar Use add-ons
8/18/202336 minutes, 44 seconds
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ZoomText and Fusion Updates in 2023: True Center Tracking & Freeze View

Listen to a couple of key improvements in ZoomText and Fusion that Freedom Scientific has made so far this year!    True Center Tracking, Freeze View, and more enhancements to ZoomText are availalbe here: https://support.freedomscientific.com/Downloads/ZoomText/ZoomTextWhatsNew
7/28/20233 minutes, 22 seconds
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Navigate and Manage Windows 11 with JAWS

Are you new to Windows 11? Looking for ways to manage applications and files more efficiently? In this session, we provide an overview of the Windows 11 interface, and show you how to: Access settings Create and manage folders Navigate File Explorer Navigate the Control Panel Add/remove applications Set default applications https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/navigate-and-manage-windows-11-with-jaws/
7/21/202336 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ask Sharky: What's New in June 2023

Listen to this live recorded session of Ask Sharky, as we dive into updates to JAWS, Fusion, and ZoomText in 2023. Browse our training content! https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/
7/14/202321 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Formatting in Google Docs

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, listen as Liz demonstrates the formatting capabilities of Google Docs and how to utilize JAWS with them. Click here to see our upcoming training schedule https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/trainingschedule/ You can tune into Ask Sharky two times a month, every second and fourth Tuesday!
7/7/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ask Sharky, Access and Navigate PDFs in Adobe Reader with JAWS

Join Elizabeth Whitaker as we explore Adobe Reader with JAWS. This is a pre-recorded Clubhouse event.  Find more great training content at https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/ Here are our upcoming webinars https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/freewebinars/  
6/30/202327 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ten Power Tips for Improving Productivity in Excel with JAWS

Excel is included in the Microsoft Office suite of applications and is widely used to organize, calculate, and analyze data in a spreadsheet. You can navigate data using a combination of JAWS, Windows, and Excel-specific keyboard shortcuts. In this session, we show you ways to efficiently navigate and manage data in Excel more with JAWS. We’ll also provide an overview of Excel and show you how to perform various tasks using the keyboard. Tips include: Searching for Ribbon commands Accessing a list of available Excel and JAWS-specific keystrokes Editing cells Entering formulas Inserting Functions Formatting cells Monitoring cells Entering the date and time into a cell Selecting data Managing worksheets
6/21/202337 minutes, 15 seconds
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Outlook and JAWS, Email Signatures

In this live pre-recorded session, Elizabeth demonstrates how to utilize the email signature function in Microsoft Outlook with JAWS.   More Outlook Training Content Here: https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/microsoft-outlook-with-jaws/
6/12/202319 minutes, 1 second
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Tips for Improving Your Browsing Experience with Chrome and JAWS

Are you looking for tools to manage your web browsing experience in Chrome more efficiently? Want to learn about features that will improve organization and productivity? Listen in to “Tips for Improving Your Browsing Experience with Chrome and JAWS.” Objectives: We’ll discuss how to access Chrome settings and tools, plus show you how to: Access Chrome settings Organize and navigate tabs within a single window Access the Chrome Task Manager to view or end active processes Manage profiles and passwords Add Extensions to customize your browsing experience
5/23/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Tips for Organizing Your Outlook Inbox with JAWS

Are you looking for ways to manage your Outlook inbox more efficiently with JAWS? Want to learn about features that improve organization and productivity? In this session, we’ll show you how to create and manage folders, plus demonstrate how to: Organize messages using Categories Flag a message for follow up Simultaneously apply multiple actions to messages using Quick Steps Manage messages using Quick Actions Create Rules to specify message actions Reduce the number of messages in mail folders with the Conversation Clean Up feature
5/3/202340 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Tips for Becoming a JAWS Jedi

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, join Elizabeth and Cathy as they discuss a few tips that they personally employ to use JAWS to its full potential.
4/26/202321 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Use Smart Glance for Online Shopping

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, listen in as Rachel and Elizabeth give an overview of Smart Glance and how you can use it to shop online with JAWS.
4/24/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Use Auto-Complete In Outlook with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, Rachel and Elizabeth teach you how to best utilize Auto-Complete in Outlook with JAWS.  For more training resources, visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/ 
4/17/202319 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Three Reasons to Use Immersive Reader in Edge

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, listen as Cathly, Rachel, and Elizabeth discuss the power of Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge. Visit https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/ for more resources for JAWS, Fusion, ZoomText, and more!
4/14/202318 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ten Power Tips for Tackling Teams with JAWS

In this session, we provide an overview of the Teams interface, and show you how to manage chats, meetings, and files more efficiently. Tips include: Navigate to different areas in Teams using keyboard commands Read and manage chat messages Change your status Copy an entire chat Access files Attach a file to a message Download an attachment from a message Schedule a meeting Navigate the calendar and join meetings Access a list of keyboard commands in Teams
4/6/202347 minutes, 32 seconds
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When JAWS Does the Unexpected: Top Five JAWS Troubleshooting Tips

Are you looking for ways to navigate applications and read information with JAWS more efficiently? Join Liz, Ron, Rachel and Jose as they explain what to do, “When JAWS Does the Unexpected: Top five JAWS Troubleshooting Tips.” Objectives: We’ll discuss important JAWS settings and keyboard commands for acquiring details about your environment, plus show you how to: Virtualize a control or window to gather information or copy error messages. Restore JAWS Factory settings to clear manually configured settings or custom-imported settings from a previous release of JAWS. Manually shutdown JAWS when an issue occurs. Restart JAWS using a layered command. Use JAWS Speech History to review and copy information spoken by JAWS.
3/7/202339 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Using the Quick Access Bar in Microsoft Office with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, Listen as Cathy and Elizabeth demonstrate the capabilities of the quick access bar in Microsoft Office for JAWS Users.
2/17/202320 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Immersive Reader in Edge

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, listen as Cathy, Elizabeth, and Rachel demonstrate the power of Immersive Reader in Microsoft's Edge Chromium browser.
2/6/202318 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to Improve Productivity Using Refreshable Braille

We’ll provide an overview of seven powerful features available when using a braille display with JAWS, plus discuss useful commands. Learn how to: Access braille settings in JAWS Use Scratch Pad to take notes when not connected to a computer or portable device Use status cells to obtain formatting information about a document or web page Select, copy, and paste text using the braille display Use Braille Study Mode to teach or learn braille Use BrailleIn to control your computer and input information Use the Braille Viewer to display a representation of the output on a computer screen
1/27/202350 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Schedule and Navigate Meetings in Teams with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, Rachel and Elizabeth teach users how to navigate the controls of an ongoing meeting in Microsoft Teams using JAWS.
1/23/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Manage Settings in Chrome

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse event, Rachel and Elizabeth teach users how to take control of their settings in Google Chrome using JAWS.
1/11/202318 minutes, 12 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Additional Features

In this pre-recorded session, Rachel, Liz and Cathy demonstrate a few key Zoom features and how you can optimize JAWS with them. 
1/3/202323 minutes, 40 seconds
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Clear the Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience with JAWS

Are you looking for ways to quickly locate information on web pages? Want to learn about JAWS features that will help you navigate more efficiently? Then listen in to our podcast, “Clear the Clutter: Personalize Your Web Experience with JAWS.” We’ll discuss different types of web content and show you how to: Use Flexible Web to quickly find or hide content Hide/ignore inline frames Use the Skim Reading tool to review page content Navigate tables, forms, and web-based applications with Smart Navigation
12/16/202241 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Tips and Tricks for Selecting Text with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, join Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan as they demonstrate the various ways in which JAWS allows you to select text. https://www.freedomscientific.com/training/
12/9/202230 minutes, 51 seconds
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New Features of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023

Would you want to learn more about the enhancements in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023? Want to see some of the features in action? Then you're at the right place! About JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 are the latest software releases from Freedom Scientific. They contain new features and enhancements that increase productivity at home, school, and work. Visit the What’s New pages for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 to learn more about this exciting new software. Objectives We’ll provide an overview of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023, plus demonstrate several new features, including: Smart Glance, which is a JAWS and Fusion feature that enables users to quickly locate text on web pages with certain attributes. Attributes can include colors or fonts chosen by the developer to draw attention to text. Available settings for Smart Glance Improvements to the Notification History feature, which was introduced in the June 2022 update of JAWS and Fusion Tethered View in ZoomText and Fusion, which enables you to view activities outside the magnified viewing area when using higher magnification levels
11/18/202236 minutes, 14 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS: Sharing Your Screen

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
11/4/20222 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS: Sharing a Document or Application Over Screen Share

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
11/4/20223 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS: Sharing a File in the Chat

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
11/4/20225 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Navigate File Explorer in Windows 11 with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, Elizabeth and Rachel talk about tips they recommend for using the File Explorer in Windows 11 with JAWS.
10/28/202227 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Using Chat and Accessing Links in Chat Messages

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
10/21/20223 minutes, 43 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Managing Participants in a Meeting

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
10/21/20222 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hosting a Zoom Meeting with JAWS: Managing Participants in the Waiting Room

Want to learn how to navigate the Zoom interface more efficiently with JAWS when scheduling meetings and other events? Listen to our series, “Hosting a Zoom meeting with JAWS.” Objectives: Participants will learn how to: Navigate the Zoom interface Schedule a meeting Open and navigate the list of meeting participants Start/stop screen share Open accessibility settings
10/21/20227 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Use the Windows Calculator with JAWS

This is a pre-recorded Clubhouse session where Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan demonstrate features from the Windows Calculator (Windows 11).
10/7/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Top Five Formatting Commands

In this episode of #AskSharky, Elizabeth Whitaker discusses her top five commands for formatting text using JAWS.
9/30/202221 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Access Books on Audible with JAWS

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session, Rachel and Elizabeth detail a great website to read accessible e-books and more.
9/23/202233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Prep and Proof: Use Styles in Microsoft Word with JAWS

We’ll provide an overview of what styles are and how to use them, plus show you how to: Apply existing Word styles to a document Create new styles to customize formatting Create a Table of Contents using styles Freedom Scientific Presenters: Elizabeth Whitaker and Cathy Johnson
9/16/202241 minutes, 17 seconds
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Back to School with Freedom Scientific, Access Digital Textbooks with JAWS Part 2

Get the school year off to a great start using our teaching resources for both teachers and students. In this webinar, we provide an overview of our Teaching Resources page and also tell you about our Student of the Month program. In addition, you’ll learn more about: Accessible typing tutorials Downloadable resource files Interactive JAWS training modules Tools for reading and solving math equations https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/back-to-school-with-freedom-scientific/
9/1/202214 minutes, 35 seconds
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Back to School with Freedom Scientific, Access Digital Textbooks with JAWS Part 1

Are you looking for ways to navigate and read textbooks? Listen to part one of our podcast, “Back to School with Freedom Scientific, Access Digital Textbooks with JAWS.” Objectives: In this podcast, you’ll learn how to: Open Kindle books and use advanced features Open DAISY books using FSReader
8/22/202219 minutes, 32 seconds
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What are the Benefits to a Campus, Building, or System-wide License?

In this webinar we will discuss these licensing benefits and host a special guest that will share their reasons for choosing a campus-wide license of Fusion. We will describe the different types of licenses that are offered and the benefits to each of those licenses. We will also briefly cover the differences between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. You won’t want to miss this presentation! Learning Objectives: Participants will learn the difference between ZoomText, JAWS, and Fusion. Attendees will discover the benefits of having a multi-user license for their school or campus. Participants will learn about different types of licenses and the benefits to each. Presenters: Michael Wood, Michelle Williams, Douglas Gerry, and Jason Buzzell
8/12/202249 minutes, 1 second
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JAWS Power Tips: Create JAWS Dictionary Rules for reading Phrases and Acronyms

https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/jaws-power-tips-for-increasing-productivity-in-work-and-play/ In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
8/5/20225 minutes, 28 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Ignore Inline Frames on Web Pages

https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/jaws-power-tips-for-increasing-productivity-in-work-and-play/ In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
8/5/20225 minutes, 56 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Use the Search feature in Microsoft Office Products

https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/jaws-power-tips-for-increasing-productivity-in-work-and-play/ In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
8/5/20221 minute, 21 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Flag a message in Outlook

https://www.freedomscientific.com/webinars/jaws-power-tips-for-increasing-productivity-in-work-and-play/ In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
7/29/20226 minutes, 30 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Suspend Quick Nav Keys

In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
7/29/20223 minutes, 38 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Navigate among Emails in an Outlook thread

In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
7/29/20222 minutes, 40 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Set Teams to always open Office Documents in their respective Desktop Applications

In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience. JAWS Power Tips: Set Teams to always open Office Documents in their respective Desktop Applications
7/22/20223 minutes, 39 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: Set JAWS to speak All Controls in Microsoft Teams

In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
7/22/20222 minutes, 37 seconds
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JAWS Power Tips: New Notification History Feature

In this new series of JAWS Power Tips, listen as Rachel, Elizabeth, and Cathy detail ways to optimize your JAWS experience.
7/22/20227 minutes, 41 seconds
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Tips and Tricks for a More Enjoyable OCR Experience

If you currently own an OCR (optical character recognition) product or are in the market for one, this session is for you. Join Mike and Michelle as they share helpful tips from experienced users and show them in action with our scanning products. Hear and see how material management and specific features can contribute to a more accurate, enjoyable OCR experience.  
7/1/202230 minutes, 2 seconds
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Home and Self Care Tips from the Field using Magnification

Join Mike Wood and Michelle Williams as they share helpful tips for choosing the right magnification products to perform everyday home-based and self-care tasks. Learn what products are the best fit for various types of tasks such as: Using distance cameras on video magnification devices to manage self-grooming Using video magnification when cooking Using rolling tables for larger desktop video magnifiers Watching TV using a desktop or wearable video magnification device
6/24/202258 minutes, 5 seconds
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Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS

Are you looking for ways to revise Google documents with JAWS? Want to know how to navigate comments and track changes? Then listen in to “Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Suggesting Mode and Comments with JAWS.” We’ll provide an overview of Google Docs Suggesting Mode, and show you how to: Navigate comments left by other collaborators Turn on Suggesting Mode Navigate, accept, and reject suggested changes from other collaborators
6/17/202247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Navigating the Web Today, Tips on Accessing Common Web Page Elements with JAWS

Do you find navigating certain web elements challenging? Want to clear the clutter when accessing information? Then you’ll want to join Liz, Rachel, and their special guests, Deborah Armstrong, Glen Gordon, and Eric Damery as they discuss and demonstrate ways to access common web page elements with JAWS. About Web Page Elements Common web page elements include links, tables, headings, and buttons, all of which can be navigated using standard keyboard commands and JAWS keystrokes. Many websites incorporate other elements such as expanding menus to display additional options and modals, which provide information or prompt users to make a selection. These are common on sites that offer an option to subscribe to a newsletter or take advantage of an offer. What We will Cover In this session, we’ll provide an overview of common web page elements you may encounter when surfing the web and explain visual concepts and behaviors of these elements. We’ll also demonstrate how to: Access expandable/collapsible menus Navigate and use modals Customize websites using the JAWS feature Flexible Web so page content is easier to read Suspend the JAWS Virtual PC cursor to improve navigation on sites with native keyboard commands and toggle it off in web applications to improve navigation
5/25/202246 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus 40 Blue Braille Features with Ron Miller

In this informative demonstration, our very own Ron Miller discusses various features of the Focus 40 Blue Refreshable Braille Display, including optimizations for JAWS and tips to take your usage to the next level. For a video demonstration, check our YouTube page for uploads of this same training. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLlctxRAroB4ApeQd5b_I6A Topics include - Braille Study Mode - One Handed Mode - and More   The 5th Generation of the Focus 40 Blue is a durable, lightweight Braille Display drop tested to MIL-STD-810G and designed to take on the challenges of every-day bumps and scrapes. Its user-friendly keyboard, convenient front panel controls, and retooled Braille pins make for smooth and quiet operation. With Bluetooth connectivity for five devices, a built-in Scratchpad, a USB-C port, and tough, compact, portable design, the Focus 40 Blue ensures reliable operation whether you’re on the go at work, traveling the world, or simply relaxing at home.
5/13/202212 minutes, 14 seconds
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Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Spelling and Grammar Features with JAWS

Do you need to proof Google documents more efficiently with JAWS? Want to learn how to access and navigate the spelling and grammar options? Join Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan as they present, “Prep and Proof Google Documents Using Spelling and Grammar Features with JAWS.” They provide an overview of the spelling and grammar options Google Docs offers, plus they show you how to: Access the spelling and grammar checker using the keyboard and using the Tools menu Navigate spelling options Add a word to your personal dictionary Check spelling one word at a time using the context menu Access the dictionary definition of a word Explore search results for a selected word
5/6/202234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Beginners Corner: JAWS 22 Release

In this pre-recorded Clubhouse session from October 2021, the Freedom Scientific team discusses JAWS 2022 and Fusion 2022, including tips and tidbits of info users should know.
4/29/202222 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Microsoft Teams Advanced Features

In this live session of Ask Sharky, Matt Ater discusses advanced tips and tricks for using JAWS with Microsoft Teams.
4/22/202233 minutes, 51 seconds
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When Do I Need to Upgrade My Magnifier?

Mike Wood and Michelle Williams have a frank discussion on when it might be time to graduate to your next video magnifier. What are some of the indicators to making a change? Has your field of view changed? Do you notice more glare while using your magnifier? Is your reading time with your current magnifier being reduced due to eye fatigue? These are some of the indicators that it might be time to change your magnifier.
4/15/202246 minutes, 53 seconds
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Using Facebook with JAWS Part 2

There have been many changes to Facebook since our last Facebook training session, so we figured it was time for an update. In this session, we discuss how to use JAWS with the current version of Facebook. This includes the following: Search for a Facebook profile Send a friend request Respond to a friend request Search for and join a group Read posts in a group Post and comment in a group
4/8/202221 minutes
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Using Facebook with JAWS Part 1

There have been many changes to Facebook since our last Facebook training session. In this pre-recorded training, we will discuss how to use JAWS with the current version of Facebook. Items covered will be: Navigate News Feed Read a post React to a post Read comments on a post Create a comment Reply to a comment
4/1/202219 minutes, 26 seconds
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Beginners Corner: All About Authorization

In this previously recorded (2021) episode of Beginners Corner, Rachel, Eric and Elizabeth discuss authorization and licensing for Freedom Scientific software. 
3/24/202219 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Web Page Settings

In this recorded Clubhouse event, Matt Ater, Rachel Buchanan, and Eric Damery discuss how to create specific JAWS settings for specific domains.
3/11/202216 minutes, 44 seconds
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Features of the New Ruby 10

Join us as we take a more in-depth look at the RUBY 10’s patent-pending features that help with contrast sensitivity and color blindness. We will get into the new features that allow you to customize this portable product. Listen as we share everyday examples of how these new features can improve the lives of those who experience colorblindness and those who need greater control over contrast. Learn what tips and tricks will help you use the RUBY 10 and its great new features.
3/4/202246 minutes, 25 seconds
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Beginners Corner: JAWS and ZoomText Certification

The JAWS® and ZoomText® Certification programs are online knowledge-based exams for JAWS Screen Reader and ZoomText Magnifier/Reader. Each product has its own test and certification. The certification programs are designed for consultants, trainers, agency staff, and users to demonstrate proficiency in using JAWS and ZoomText software applications.
2/25/202229 minutes, 31 seconds
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Prep and Proof Word Documents Using Track Changes and Comments with JAWS

Are you looking for ways to revise Word documents with JAWS? Want to know how to navigate Track Changes and Comments when collaborating with other users? Listen to Elizabeth Whitaker and Rachel Buchanan as they present “Prep and Proof Word Documents Using Track Changes and Comments with JAWS.” Track Changes is a Microsoft Word feature that enables you to view the changes made to a document by each user. Comments allow reviewers or collaborators to ask questions or suggest edits without altering the content of a document. We will provide an overview of Track Changes and Comments in Word, and show you how to:  Turn on Track Changes  Navigate Track Changes  Accept or reject changes  Enable Lock Tracking  Navigate and read comments  Add and reply to comments
2/18/202235 minutes, 40 seconds
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Beginners Corner: Windows Notifications

In this episode of Beginners Corner, the team explores the Windows Notification system in Windows 10, Windows 11 and more.
2/11/202231 minutes, 20 seconds
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Beginners Corner: Blog and Email Subscriptions

In this episode of Beginners Corner, the team explores our blog and email subscription services and how they can be of use to you. 
2/4/202219 minutes, 8 seconds
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Beginners Corner: Celebrating Braille

In this episode of Beginner's Corner, join the team as we discuss various aspects and history of braille technology, answer questions about FS Products, and look toward the future of braille.
1/28/202237 minutes, 35 seconds
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Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS

Are you looking for ways to refine and polish Word documents? Want to know how to navigate the Microsoft Editor more efficiently? For answers to these questions, listen to “Prep and Proof Word Documents with the Microsoft Editor and JAWS.” The Microsoft Editor contains proofing features to check spelling and grammar, plus provides readability statistics based on options you choose. We’ll provide an overview of its features and show you how to: Access the Microsoft Editor using keyboard commands Check spelling and grammar Review and select suggested edits Review readability statistics Run a subsequent edit on a document
1/22/202238 minutes, 5 seconds
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Low Vision Basics – The Importance of Lighting, Eye Protection, and Magnification

Join Bill Kilroy, Ana Tello, Mike Wood, and Michelle Williams as they discuss some of the basics, such as lighting, eye protection, and magnification, to help with low vision. Lighting Proper lighting is essential to everyone, not only those who are visually impaired. Our wide range of lighting solutions significantly impacts daily living activities, like reading, writing, and crafts. Eye Protection Our Improvision PROSHIELD filter lenses offer protection against harmful UV light while improving contrast and reducing glare. They selectively filter out the blue light while maintaining all other spectral colors. They are designed for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two frame styles and multiple color lenses. Each is also available with added 60% tint. Optical Magnification We offer a wide array of magnifiers with different LED light options (natural, neutral, and cool white). Be it the good, the better, or the best series, all of them are made in Germany by our partner, SCHWEIZER, and feature premium optical lenses. We also offer the world’s only magnifier series with wireless charging, eliminating the need to replace batteries. Video Magnification We’ll wrap up this webinar discussing our most popular handheld and foldable video magnifiers for active seniors, students, and those with limited space.
1/18/202254 minutes, 10 seconds
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An Introduction to Windows 11 and JAWS

The release of Windows 11 brings some of the new and some of the old to your computer. So in this session, we’ll discuss those changes and how to efficiently use JAWS to: Navigate the Windows 11 desktop Explore the Start menu Explain changes in the File Explorer menus Demonstrate Notification Center and Quick Settings flyouts Mention new terminology Discuss Ease of Access Center name change Describe changes to Taskbar settings
1/7/202232 minutes, 31 seconds
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Eyedaptic EYE3 Glasses

The EYE3 is a wearable device that optimizes the user’s functional peripheral vision using a small, embedded camera that redisplays surrounding images. This device helps users with AMD and other retinal conditions regain their independence by expanding their field of view, enabling them to perform more activities. Mike and Brian will provide an overview of the Eyedaptic EYE3, and discuss its features. Topics include: Hands-free viewing experience, including autozoom and automatic image stabilization Contrast modes and edge enhancement Four hours of continuous use, plus swappable batteries Magnification up to 10x Patented simulated natural vision software Lightweight and more comfortable than the EYE2
12/17/202148 minutes, 35 seconds
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Beginner's Corner: Layered Commands

Explores layered commands for users who are new or just starting to use JAWS. Clubhouse recording from November 18th, 2021.
12/10/202119 minutes, 1 second
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Fusion Suite 2022 with Eric Damery and Ben Knolles!

Eric Damery, Vispero Vice President Software Product Management and Ben Knolles, TPGI Assistive Technology Engineer, provide an overview of the Fusion Suite 2022 upgrades, offer details on the upcoming release schedule, plus discuss and demonstrate new features. Learn how to: Use the JAWS sound splitting feature to route JAWS speech and system audio to opposite speakers or sides of a headset Switch the sound card that JAWS and Fusion are using on the fly Enable and select your favorite zoom levels in ZoomText and Fusion Add/Remove voices in all three products Automatically save settings in ZoomText and Fusion
12/4/202126 minutes, 28 seconds
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Beginner's Corner: Tabs and Arrows

In this Beginner’s Corner session from Clubhouse, we discuss instances when you would use the ARROW keys or the TAB key when working in dialog boxes or menus. We demonstrate the navigation of the Settings Center and Startup Wizard in JAWS, as well as navigating the application menu in Google Chrome.
11/30/202127 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Views in Microsoft Outlook

In this Ask Sharky session from Clubhouse, we explore some of the options on the Outlook View ribbon. We also demonstrate using Outlook’s View settings to customize which columns are displayed for messages as you navigate through mail folders.
11/19/202117 minutes, 28 seconds
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Meet the RUBY 10 Video Magnifier

Our RUBY video magnifiers have become some of the most popular low vision products on the market today, and we’re so excited to announce the newest addition: the RUBY 10! The RUBY 10 video magnifier features a large, 10-inch touchscreen display and three dedicated cameras to help you with your everyday tasks. Use the RUBY to magnify magazines, photos, letters, labels, and other fine print. A swing-out arm allows you to view items in your hand and write. Enable full-page OCR on the speech model when the arm is extended. With a touch of a button, you can scan pages and have them read aloud to you. The third camera is dedicated to seeing objects at a short distance, such as signs and menus on a wall.
11/13/202136 minutes, 12 seconds
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New JAWS Braille Features for Multilingual Users

Are you a multilingual JAWS and braille user? Listen to Glen Gordon and Adi Kushnir as they provide an overview of the new braille features, and discuss how to: Configure braille language profiles Select the languages that are important to you Switch between languages from your braille display Toggle between contracted and computer braille from the braille display Migrate braille settings Set the braille input language to always match the keyboard language Automatically switch braille tables based on the language of the text you are reading
11/5/202143 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Microsoft Teams

In this live-recorded Clubhouse session, we dive into Microsoft Teams, and answer user questions about JAWS integration
10/29/202122 minutes, 7 seconds
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JAWS, Math, and Braille

We’ll provide an overview of tools for accessing math content with JAWS, Fusion, and a refreshable braille display. Learn how to: Access the Freedom Scientific teachers’ resources and math content pages Read and write math equations using the JAWS Braille Math Editor Insert and read math equations in Microsoft Word Access MathML content Join us with special guest Ron Miller, Vispero Blindness Technology Product Specialist, as he demonstrates these features and introduces you to a third-party graphing calculator that is accessible with JAWS.
10/22/202147 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ask Sharky: Quick Access Toolbar

In this live-recorded Clubhouse session, learn some in-depth tips on how to use the Microsoft Office Quick Access Toolbar with JAWS
10/15/202119 minutes, 1 second
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Teaching Web Navigation with Surf's Up

Want to know more about navigating the Internet with JAWS? Need tips for working through lessons with your students? Then this episode is for you. We provide an overview of Surf’s Up and show you how to: Access Surf’s Up Use context-sensitive help Use navigation quick keys and more
10/8/202133 minutes, 51 seconds
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Browsing the Web with JAWS and Surf’s Up

Want to know more about navigating the Internet with JAWS? Need tips for working through lessons with your students? Then this episode is for you. In this webinar, we provide an overview of Surf’s Up and show you how to: Access Surf’s Up Use context-sensitive help Use navigation quick keys and more
10/1/202133 minutes, 51 seconds
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Catching up with Microsoft Edge and JAWS Surf’s Up

In this episode, we provide an overview of powerful Edge features and show you how to: Manage profiles and passwords Change PDF settings Use features like Collections and Immersive Reader Download and manage extensions Access the Download Manager Use various tips and tricks to navigate web pages more efficiently In addition to getting a refresher on Surf's Up, the official source for info on using JAWS to browse the web.
9/24/202148 minutes, 10 seconds
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TOPAZ Ultra, the Power of a Desktop Magnifier in a Compact and Portable Design

Are you looking for the functionality of a desktop video magnifier but the flexibility to take it with you from room to room? The TOPAZ Ultra offers the same reading comfort, ease of use, and functionality as a desktop video magnifier – but in a compact and foldable design. In the episode, Mike Wood and Michelle Williams provide an overview of the TOPAZ Ultra and demonstrate its features. Learn how to: Use the 3-in-1 camera to view near, far, and self-viewing with magnification Change the color contrast to suit your specific needs Adjust the monitor to suit a variety of uses/needs
9/20/202129 minutes
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ONYX PRO, the Newest Member of the ONYX Video Magnifier Family

The ONYX® PRO is a tablet-based magnifier with OCR and is designed to be used with the Microsoft® Surface Pro 7 (Microsoft Surface Pro 7 not included). It features a dual camera design for flexibility. One camera allows you to easily go from near magnification to distance viewing. The other camera is dedicated to OCR (Optical Character Recognition) mode that scans printed text and reads it back to you in a clear and natural voice. In this webinar, Mike Wood and Richard Tapping introduce us to the ONYX PRO and highlight the following features: How easy it is to connect to your Microsoft Surface Pro 7 The two dedicated cameras Full-Page OCR Integration with ZoomText Saving documents and videos And more
9/10/202137 minutes, 47 seconds
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Powerpoint, Tips and Tricks for JAWS Users

Listen to Rachel, Elizabeth, and their special guest, Cathy Johnson from Bridgetown Tech, provide an overview of Microsoft PowerPoint and demonstrate valuable tasks to help you create and easily edit presentations. Topics include: adding, moving, and deleting slides, using the Thumbnails tab, adding a video to a slide, inserting a URL on a slide, defining the Slide Master view and demonstrating its uses, adding ALT text to images on slides, executing slide rehearsals and setting timings, using the Slide Sorter view, managing slide transitions, and using themes and animations.
9/3/202145 minutes, 32 seconds
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Back to School with Freedom Scientific!

Just in time for the new school year, get an overview of our Teaching Resources page and learn about our Student of the Month program. You’ll also learn about: accessible typing tutorials, downloadable resource files, and interactive JAWS training modules.
8/28/202132 minutes, 58 seconds
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Excel, Tips and Tricks for JAWS Users

Listen to Rachel, Liz, and their special guest, Cathy Johnson from Bridgetown Tech, provide an overview of Excel and demonstrate valuable tasks to help you create and edit spreadsheets more efficiently. Topics covered include: using place markers to mark and select data, selecting data using Voice Assistant, sorting and filtering data, hiding and unhiding rows and columns, setting row and column headers, monitoring cells, and Selecting, moving, copying, and deleting a worksheet.
8/20/202142 minutes, 26 seconds
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Surf's Up, Surfing the Internet, an Introduction

Learn how to access the "Surf's Up, Surfing the Internet with JAWS" training web pages to practice web browsing skills with JAWS and how JAWS uses the virtual buffer to read web pages. Continue using the Surf's Up training exercises to hone your Internet skills.
8/13/20218 minutes, 57 seconds
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JAWS Help - Five Quick Ways to Get Help

Learn the various ways to get help in JAWS, including Windows key and Hot key help, Screen Sensitive help, JAWS help for apps, and how to use the JAWS Help System to find more information.
8/6/202114 minutes, 57 seconds
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Introduction to Files and Folders in JAWS

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons on this page will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each module takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
7/30/202144 minutes, 54 seconds
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Using the Keyboard to Read and Edit Text

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons on this page will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each module takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
7/24/202148 minutes, 40 seconds
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Introduction to Microsoft Windows with JAWS

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons on this page will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each episode takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
7/16/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 7 seconds
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JAWS User Interface and Utilities

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons on this page will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each module takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
7/9/202137 minutes, 12 seconds
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Menus, Dialog Boxes, and the JAWS Startup Wizard

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each module takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
6/25/202151 minutes, 55 seconds
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Word, Tips and Tricks from Power Users

Do you want to increase your proficiency in Word? Need tips for quickly navigating to items you use the most? We will demonstrate useful features, and show you how to: Turn off the Backstage menu Use the traditional Save and Open dialog boxes Use the F6 key to navigate to different areas in Word Toggle between the Single-line and Multi-line Ribbon Check word count statistics and virtualizing this information Use or disable the Paste Recovery Table Create headings in a document
6/18/202134 minutes, 59 seconds
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JAWS Basic Training, Getting Started with JAWS

If you are new to JAWS and wondering where to start, the Basic Training lessons will teach you how to begin using some of the more commonly used JAWS features. Each module takes you step-by-step through performing many common tasks including starting JAWS, adjusting speech, reading documents, browsing the Internet, and much more. As you work through a lesson, try using the various features on your computer as the instructor demonstrates them.
6/4/202134 minutes, 41 seconds
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Using Microsoft Excel with JAWS

In this webinar, we’ll introduce you to Excel and show you how to create and save workbooks, add and remove rows and columns in worksheets, find data, and navigate in and between multiple worksheets. No matter your skill level, we’ll show you essential keyboard commands, and a few tips and tricks for using JAWS with Excel.
5/29/202129 minutes, 17 seconds
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Outlook, Tips and Tricks from Power Users

Are you looking for ways to navigate your email faster? Want tips to increase productivity? Check out our podcast, Outlook, Tips and Tricks from Power Users. We will show you valuable tasks that will help you use Outlook more efficiently. Topics include: Add items to the Access Bar Use the search feature to quickly locate items in the Ribbon Create an email signature
5/21/202134 minutes, 26 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Improving JAWS Skills in PowerPoint

Whether you’re new to creating presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, a long-time user seeking information about the newest features with JAWS, or an instructor needing additional tools and resources, our task-based approach introduces you to new features that have been added to provide a whole new level of functionality. We’ll demonstrate each task, walk you through the steps for completing it, and give you plenty of opportunities to ask questions as you work. In this episode, we cover the following: An introduction and tips for using PowerPoint with JAWS How to read PowerPoint presentations How to insert, resize, and relocate content on a slide How to use the Office accessibility checker in PowerPoint
5/14/202128 minutes, 3 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Improving JAWS Skills in Word

Want to improve your JAWS skills in Microsoft Word while learning about new features that add accessibility and functionality? Whether you’re new to MS Word, a long-time user seeking more information about the latest features with JAWS, or an instructor needing additional tools and resources, the FS Training Team will guide you through completing various tasks. Follow our demonstrations as we walk you through the steps for carrying out each process.
5/7/202129 minutes, 38 seconds
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JAWS and Zoom, a Lesson on Learning

New to the Zoom Conferencing Platform? Want to learn how to navigate this popular application more efficiently using JAWS? Check out this training for using JAWS with Zoom Conferencing. Whether you use Zoom just when attending our free trainings or for other important meetings, you’ll benefit from this brief video that provides you with an explanation of the Zoom Desktop Client window layout, useful shortcuts, and keyboard commands for quick navigation. Watch this short tutorial to gain greater control of the Zoom Conferencing user interface and improve your proficiency and orientation when attending FS trainings and other events. In this webinar, we cover the following: How to register for a Zoom webinar or meeting Joining after you register Navigating Zoom controls with JAWS Audio settings Muting and unmuting your mic Chatting with JAWS in a Zoom conference
4/30/202118 minutes, 51 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Surfing with Chrome

Want to get the most out of browsing the Internet with JAWS and Google Chrome? During this task-based training, we provide step-by-step instructions on various Chrome features, offer helpful tips on getting the most out of this widely used application, and show you keyboard shortcuts that add value to your browsing experience.
4/23/202129 minutes, 27 seconds
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Cracking the Code, Tips for Reading PDFs with JAWS

Do you have difficulty navigating PDF documents with JAWS? Are you looking for keyboard commands to make reading easier? We’ll provide an overview of the portable document format (PDF) and show you how to: Use the Adobe Reader Accessibility Assistant to optimize your reading experience. Read PDFs in Adobe Reader or in a web browser. Enter information into a Fillable PDF form.
4/16/202129 minutes, 29 seconds
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Speech and Sound Schemes in JAWS

In this extended demo, you'll get an advanced training on how to customize different JAWS sounds and speech to optimize your experience!
4/9/202130 minutes, 21 seconds
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Skype 8 and JAWS

Need to access Skype more easily with JAWS? Our short training session will show you how. We’ll demonstrate keyboard commands have been incorporated into JAWS to provide additional functionality to Skype for Desktop Version 8, offering navigation options not included in Skype. Whether you use this popular application to contact family and friends or to attend important meetings, you’ll benefit from this training which will walk you through several crucial tasks such as: navigating to the chat entry field, accessing the chat history, answering and disconnecting calls and more.
4/2/202120 minutes, 31 seconds
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Using JAWS with Gmail in Standard View

There are two views available for displaying Gmail in your web browser, Basic HTML and Standard. In December 2019, we discussed how to use Gmail in Basic HTML view. This time, we show you how to use Gmail in Standard view, which is chosen by default. Standard view allows you to use all of the included Gmail features, and is navigable with JAWS. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to: Verify Gmail is set to Standard view Turn on Gmail keyboard shortcuts in Settings Move focus to and navigate folders Open, read, and reply to messages Create and send new messages Archive, delete, and search for messages
3/26/202135 minutes, 6 seconds
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Connect and Learn – Accessing the Kindle App for PC with JAWS

Amazon’s Kindle app for PC is frequently used to read books at home and in school. Thanks to a collaboration between Freedom Scientific and Amazon, JAWS now contains improved support for the Kindle app to increase access to a wide range of materials. In this session we give you an overview of the app and show you how to: Navigate your library Use keyboard commands to read a book Work with bookmarks Use the Find command
3/18/20219 minutes, 3 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Create, Access, and Edit Spreadsheets Using Google Sheets and JAWS

In this episode on Google Sheets, we’ll show how to: Access G Suite applications Create and format spreadsheets Add and access multiple spreadsheets in a workbook Collaborate with others in a spreadsheet Whether you use it at home, school, or work, you’ll benefit from this task-based training and the important features that make record-keeping, calculations, and more possible with this widely-used application.
3/12/202123 minutes, 27 seconds
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ZoomText Magnifier with Speech

In this session, join our special guest Ben Knolles, AT Engineer with Vispero/The Paciello Group, along with Matt Ater and Eric Damery as they discuss and give an in-depth demonstration of new and existing ZoomText features. Topics discussed include: An introduction to Voice Assistant – how to enable and use it Saving ZoomText default settings and application settings Using App Reader with Word and Google Chrome Using App View Mode, Text View Mode, and the SpeakIt Tool in App Reader
3/5/202143 minutes, 44 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Write, Edit, and Collaborate Using Google Docs and JAWS

This webinar highlights many of the powerful features that Google Docs has to offer. Whether you use it at home, school, or work, you’ll benefit from this task-based training highlighting important editing and formatting tools that make document creation and collaboration possible with this popular application. In this webinar, we show how to: Collaborate in Google Docs with JAWS Use comments and the Find command in Google Docs Get help in Google Docs Share a Google Doc using JAWS Email Google Docs as an attachment
2/27/202123 minutes, 31 seconds
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How to Join FS Open Line

In this mini-episode, you'll hear a quick tutorial on how to participate in FS Open Line. FSOpenLine is Freedom Scientific’s call-in show, and an adjunct to our podcast, FSCast. Since 2006, we’ve used FSCast to inform you of the latest developments here at Freedom Scientific, and in recent years we’ve added a listener comment line. We enjoy getting your feedback, and want to provide an additional interactive, immediate way of having a conversation with our customers.
2/25/202159 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Improving JAWS Skills in Outlook

Want to send and receive e-mails with ease while gaining access to the powerful calendar and meeting features Microsoft Outlook has to offer? Whether you use it with JAWS or are instructing others on how to do so, our step-by-step approach shows you how to complete various tasks while introducing you to useful keyboard commands and important features.
2/20/202130 minutes, 14 seconds
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FS Skill Building and Review: Easy Listening and Configuring Voices

In this session we discuss a variety of tasks for selecting and configuring different voice settings. Use these tools and tips to customize how you want to hear JAWS, or Fusion speak. Items covered in this session include the following: Accessing voice settings Adding and removing voices Switching voice profiles Creating voice profiles for specific applications
2/12/202129 minutes, 2 seconds