GWKB1045 : The Insert Key Layout: The Path from JAWS to Window-Eyes Made Easy

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Jeremy Curry
Date Added: 03/23/2006
Last Modified: 12/16/2013

­­The primary purpose of having the Insert Key Layout for Window-Eyes is to offer individuals who use JAWS an easy way to use Window-Eyes without having to learn all new hot ke­ys.  In addition, trainers that are already familiar with JAWS will have an e­asier time teaching othe­rs to use Window-Eyes.  They will be able to concentrate on the computer, Windows and applications and spend less time on the screen reader.

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Before we get into the details, there are a few concepts that must be understood.  Ultimately, we hope that once you are familiar with the speed, power, and advantages of Window-Eyes plus the great tech support of GW Micro, you will want to switch to the default Window-Eyes keystrokes and become even more efficient.

First, a short explanation of the cursor and mouse pointer functions with Window-Eyes. Window-Eyes always allows the active cursor to remain in use and it is always visible.In addition, Window-Eyes offers special keys to move the mouse pointer on the screen making it possible to examine the screen, click in obscure places and perform other functions. While this is happening, the active cursor is still available.  In addition, Window-Eyes offers a WE cursor, which allows examining the screen with the mouse without physical movement of the mouse pointer.

Now, a similar explanation of JAWS.  It has a PC cursor, which is actually the active cursor.  It also has a JAWS cursor, which is similar to the Window-Eyes mouse pointer.  The primary difference here is that the JAWS cursor takes control away from the PC cursor.  So when using the JAWS cursor, the PC cursor is not available just as if it has gone away.  In comparison, with Window-Eyes, everything is always available for use.  There is no confusion which cursor is being used.

The Insert Key Layout, along with providing a familiar set of keyboard commands, emulates these two cursor modes and enables you to use Window-Eyes in a manner similar to JAWS. I­t can be toggled on or off by pressing Control-Alt-Zero. The Insert Key Layout is installed by default in Window-Eyes 8.0 and newer. However, as the layout may also be removed at any point, you should make sure that the Insert Key Layout is installed. To verify it is installed, do the following:

  1. Press Control-Backslash to open the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  2. Press Alt-A to open the Apps menu
  3. Press Enter on App Management
  4. Down Arrow to Add or Remove Apps
  5. Press Enter
  6. Down Arrow until you hear "Insert Key Layout"

If you hear "Insert Key Layout," then you may skip the next section regarding installing the layout and should make sure the Insert Key Layout is up-to-date.

Install the Insert Key Layout

If you do not find the Insert Key Layout in the "Add or Remove Apps" list, you will need to install it by performing the following steps:

  1. If you have followed the steps above, press Escape to close the Add or Remove Apps dialog
  2. Press Windows Key-G to open the AppGet dialog
  3. Press Control-F to open the Find dialog
  4. Type "Insert Key Layout"
  5. Press Enter
  6. Your keyboard focus will be placed on an item labeled "Insert Key Layout" in the Apps tree view
  7. Press Enter to activate the Install button
  8. The Package Preview dialog will open. Press Enter to activate the Install button
  9. You will hear "package installed," and you will be returned to the AppGet dialog.  Press Escape to close it.

Ensure Insert Key Layout is Up-To-Date

  1. Press Control-Backslash to open the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  2. Press Alt-A to open the Apps menu
  3. Press Enter on App Management
  4. Down Arrow to Add or Remove Apps
  5. Press Enter
  6. Down Arrow until you hear "Insert Key Layout"
  7. Tab to Check for Updates
  8. Press Enter
  9. If all apps are up-to-date, you will be told via a dialog. If this dialog appears, press Escape to close the dialog, the Add or Remove Packages dialog, and the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  10. If all apps are not up-to-date, the App Updates dialog will appear
  11. Press the Up or Down Arrow until you find "Insert Key Layout"
  12. Tab to the Update button
  13. Press Enter
  14. The dialog will update to indicate that the app has updated. Press Enter to activate the Close button
  15. Press Escape to close the Add or Remove Apps dialog
  16. Press Escape to exit the Window-Eyes Control Panel

Enabling/Disabling the Insert Key Layout

p>Now that you have installed and/or updated the Insert Key Layout app, you can toggle it on or off by pressing Control-Alt-Zero. You can also turn the Insert Key Layout app on or off within the apps menu of Window-Eyes. To do this, perform the following steps:

 

  1. Press Control-Backslash to open the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  2. Press Alt-A to open the Apps menu
  3. Down Arrow until you find Insert Key Layout
  4. Press Enter
  5. Down Arrow to Enable
  6. Press Enter

Repeat steps 1 through 6 to manually disable the Insert Key Layout.

Selecting the Desktop or Laptop Insert Key Layout

Make sure that the app is enabled via the steps above and then do the following:

  1. Press Control-Backslash to open the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  2. Press Alt-A to open the Apps menu
  3. Down Arrow until you find Insert Key Layout
  4. Press Enter
  5. Down Arrow to Keyboard Layout
  6. Press Enter
  7. Use the Up or Down Arrow keys to select the Desktop or Laptop layout
  8. Press Enter on the option you want
  9. Press Escape to exit the Window-Eyes Control Panel

Finding the List of Keystrokes

When the Insert Key Layout is enabled, the list of hot keys is not updated in the Window-Eyes Control Panel. Instead, you can find a list of all of the hot keys in the Help section of the Insert Key Layout. To get to the Help section, do the following:

  1. Press Control-Backslash to open the Window-Eyes Control Panel
  2. Press Alt-A to open the Apps menu
  3. Down Arrow until you find Insert Key Layout
  4. Press Enter
  5. Press the Up or Down Arrow keys until you are on Help
  6. Press Enter
  7. Tab to the Help Information read-only edit box
  8. Press Control-Home to place focus at the top of help
  9. Press the Down Arrow to read the help information one line at a time or Control-Shift-R to read to the end. You will learn about all of the hot keys for the Insert Key Layout

­Fo­r your convenience, the hot keys have been listed below:

Desktop Commands

Numpad-Plus: Activate focus cursor.
Numpad-Dash: Activate Mouse Cursor. Press twice to activate
the WE cursor
Insert-Numpad-Dash: Route mouse to focus.
Insert-Numpad-Plus: Route focus to mouse.
Alt-Numpad-Delete or Alt-Delete: Speaks the active cursor mode.
Alt-Shift-Numpad-Up Arrow or Alt-Shift-Up Arrow: Move mouse up.
Alt-Shift-Numpad-Down Arrow or Alt-Shift-Down Arrow: Move mouse down.
Alt-Shift-Numpad-Left Arrow or Alt-Shift-Left Arrow: Move mouse left.
Alt-Shift-Numpad-Right Arrow or Alt-Shift-Right Arrow: Move mouse right.
Numpad-Slash: Left mouse click.
Numpad-Star: Right mouse click.
Insert-Numpad-Slash: Lock/unlock the left mouse button.
Insert-Numpad-Star: Lock/unlock the right mouse button.
Numpad-Left Arrow or Left Arrow: Prior character.
Numpad-Center: Current character. Press twice quickly to hear its phonetic.
Numpad-Right Arrow or Right Arrow: Next character.
Insert-Numpad-Left Arrow or Insert-Left Arrow: Prior word.
Insert-Numpad-Center: Current word. Press twice quickly to spell.
Insert-Numpad-Right Arrow or Insert-Right Arrow: Next word.
Numpad-Up Arrow or Up Arrow: Prior line.
Insert-Numpad-Up Arrow or Insert-Up Arrow: Current line. Press twice quickly to spell.
Numpad-Down Arrow or Down Arrow: Next line.
Alt-Numpad-Up Arrow or Alt-Up Arrow: Prior sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Alt-Numpad-Center: Current sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Alt-Numpad-Down Arrow or Alt-Down Arrow: Next sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Numpad-Up Arrow or Control-Up Arrow: Prior paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Numpad-Center: Current paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Numpad-Down Arrow or Control-Down Arrow: Next paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Insert-Numpad-Home or Insert-Home: Say from beginning of line to cursor. Press twice to spell.
Insert-Numpad-Page Up or Insert-Page Up: Say from cursor to end of line. Press twice quickly to spell.
Insert-Numpad-Down Arrow or Insert-Down Arrow: Read to End.
Insert-5: Say color under the cursor. Press twice quickly to hear the color's RGB value.
Insert-F: Say font under the cursor (if available). Press twice quickly to cause it to appear in a dialog.
Insert-F12: Say time. Press twice quickly to hear the date.
Insert-T: Say window title.
Insert-Numpad-End or Insert-End: Say top line of window.
Insert-Numpad-Page Down or Insert-Page Down: Say bottom line of window.
Insert-Shift-Numpad-Down Arrow or Insert-Shift-Down Arrow: Speaks the highlighted block of text. Press twice quickly to have the block spelled.
Insert-F11: Open the system tray dialog.
Insert-F10: Opens the window selection dialog.
Insert-E: Speaks the default button in a dialog.
Insert-B: Speaks the contents of the active window.
Shift-Insert-B: Announces battery status.
Insert-Tab: Speaks the window prompt.
Control-Insert-Tab: Opens the Window-Eyes field label dialog.
Insert-C: Speaks the word in context if you are inside the Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or Outlook spell checkers.
Insert-F1: Open context-sensitive help for the focused control.
Insert-F4: Closes Window-Eyes.
Alt-Control-Page Down: Decrease voice rate.
Alt-Control-Page Up: Increase voice rate.
Insert-Escape: Refreshes the screen.
Insert-3: Bypass key.
Insert-J or Insert-W: Open the WE control panel.
Insert-F: Mouse find. Opens the Browse Mode find dialog when Browse Mode is active.
Insert-F3: Continue mouse search. Continues the Browse Mode search if Browse Mode is active.
Control-Insert-V: Speaks the version number of the active application.
Insert-R: Cycles through available mouse boundary restrictions.
Control-Insert-Numpad-Dash: Toggle the track mouse with focus setting.
Control-Insert-Numpad-Slash: Drag and Drop.
Control-Shift-Insert-C: Speak mouse pointer description.
Shift-Numpad-Center: Speak the shortcut key of the focused control.
Insert-Q: Speak the name of the active Set file.
Insert-S: Toggles the speak all setting.
Control-Insert-C: Activates the Window-Eyes Outlook Calendar dialog if Outlook is running.
Shift-Insert-C: Causes Window-Eyes to detect the cursor inside the active window.
Insert-D: Opens the Window-Eyes dictionaries window.
Control-Insert-1 through Control-Insert-0: Speaks the listview column headers 1 through 10 respectively. Note: the LVNav app must be installed.
Alt-Insert-W: Opens the virtual view window. Note: the Virtual View app must be installed.
Control-Shift-S: Opens the Page Navigation dialog when inside Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
Control-Alt-0: Enables or disables the Insert Key Layout. This is configurable via the "Hotkey Manager" button.

Laptop Commands

Capslock-Semicolon: Activate focus cursor.
Capslock-P: Activate Mouse Cursor. Press twice to activate the WE cursor.
Capslock-Left Bracket: Route mouse to focus.
Capslock-Apostrophe: Route focus to mouse.
Alt-Delete: Speaks the active cursor mode.
Alt-Shift-Up Arrow: Move mouse up.
Alt-Shift-Down Arrow: Move mouse down.
Alt-Shift-Left Arrow: Move mouse left.
Alt-Shift-Right Arrow: Move mouse right.
Capslock-8: Left mouse click.
Capslock-9: Right mouse click.
Control-Windows-8: Lock/unlock the left mouse button.
Control-Windows-9: Lock/unlock the right mouse button.
Capslock-M or Left Arrow: Prior character.
Capslock-Comma: Current character. Press twice quickly to hear its phonetic.
Capslock-Period or Right Arrow: Next character.
Capslock-J or Capslock-Left Arrow: Prior word.
Capslock-K: Current word. Press twice quickly to spell.
Capslock-L or Capslock-Right Arrow: Next word.
Capslock-U or Up Arrow: Prior line.
Capslock-I: Current line. Press twice quickly to spell.
Capslock-O or Down Arrow: Next line.
Capslock-Y or Alt-Up Arrow: Prior sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Capslock-H: Current sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Capslock-N or Alt-Down Arrow: Next sentence. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Capslock-U or Control-Up Arrow: Prior paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Capslock-I: Current paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Control-Capslock-O or Control-Down Arrow: Next paragraph. This does not work in Browse Mode.
Shift-Capslock-J or Capslock-Home: Say from beginning of line to cursor. Press twice to spell.
Shift-Capslock-L or Capslock-Page Up: Say from cursor to end of line. Press twice quickly to spell.
Capslock-A or Capslock-Down Arrow: Read to End.
Capslock-5: Say color under the cursor. Press twice quickly to hear the color's RGB value.
Capslock-F: Say font under the cursor (if available). Press twice quickly to cause it to appear in a dialog.
Capslock-F12: Say time. Press twice quickly to hear the date.
Capslock-T: Say window title.
Capslock-End: Say top line of window.
Capslock-Page Down: Say bottom line of window.
Capslock-Shift-Down Arrow: Speaks the highlighted block of text. Press twice quickly to have the block spelled.
Capslock-F11: Open the system tray dialog.
Capslock-F10: Opens the window selection dialog.
Capslock-E: Speaks the default button in a dialog.
Capslock-B: Speaks the contents of the active window.
Shift-Capslock-B: Announces battery status.
Capslock-Tab: Speaks the window prompt.
Control-Capslock-Tab: Opens the Window-Eyes field label dialog.
Capslock-C: Speaks the word in context if you are inside the Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or Outlook spell checkers.
Capslock-F1: Open context-sensitive help for the focused control.
Capslock-F4: Closes Window-Eyes.
Alt-Control-Page Down: Decrease voice rate.
Alt-Control-Page Up: Increase voice rate.
Capslock-Escape: Refreshes the screen.
Capslock-3: Bypass key.
Capslock-W: Open the WE control panel.
Capslock-F: Mouse find. Opens the Browse Mode find dialog when Browse Mode is active.
Capslock-F3: Continue mouse search. Continues the Browse Mode search if Browse Mode is active.
Control-Capslock-V: Speaks the version number of the active application.
Capslock-R: Cycles through available mouse boundary restrictions.
Control-Capslock-Dash: Toggle the track mouse with focus setting.
Control-Capslock-8: Drag and Drop.
Control-Shift-Capslock-C: Speak mouse pointer description.
Shift-Capslock-Comma: Speak the shortcut key of the focused control.
Capslock-Q: Speak the name of the active Set file.
Capslock-S: Toggles the speak all setting.
Control-Capslock-C: Activates the Window-Eyes Outlook Calendar dialog if Outlook is running.
Shift-Capslock-C: Causes Window-Eyes to detect the cursor inside the active window.
Capslock-D: Opens the Window-Eyes dictionaries window.
Control-Capslock-1 through Control-Capslock-0: Speaks the listview column headers 1 through 10 respectively. Note: the LVNav app must be installed.
Shift-Capslock-W: Opens the virtual view window. Note: the Virtual View app must be installed.
Control-Shift-S: Opens the Page Navigation dialog when inside Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and Firefox.
Control-Alt-0: Enables or disables the Insert Key Layout. This is configurable via the "Hotkey Manager" button.

Browse Mode Commands

Note: The following commands are implemented only for Internet Explorer.

Insert-Z or Capslock-Z: Toggle Browse Mode.
1: Moves to the next heading level 1.
Shift-1: Moves to the prior heading level 1.
2: Moves to the next heading level 2.
Shift-2: Moves to the prior heading level 2.
3: Moves to the next heading level 3.
Shift-3: Moves to the prior heading level 3.
4: Moves to the next heading level 4.
Shift-4: Moves to the prior heading level 4.
5: Moves to the next heading level 5.
Shift-5: Moves to the prior heading level 5.
6: Moves to the next heading level 6.
Shift-6: Moves to the prior heading level 6.
F: Moves to the next form control.
Shift-F: Moves to the prior form control.
B: Moves to the next button.
Shift-B: Moves to the prior button.
C: Moves to the next combo box.
Shift-C: Moves to the prior combo box.
E: Moves to the next edit box.
Shift-E: Moves to the prior edit box.
J: Jump to specified line number.
Shift-J: Move to prior position.
L: Moves to the next list.
Shift-L: Moves to the prior list.
N: Moves to the next block of text.
Shift-N: Moves to the prior block of text.
R: Moves to the next radio button.
Shift-R: Moves to the prior radio button.
X: Moves to the next checkbox.
Shift-X: Moves to the prior checkbox.
Insert-F6 or Insert-F7: Opens the page navigation dialog since Window-Eyes has no separate interface for links list, page elements, etc.

Outlook Commands

Alt-M: Opens the contact details window. Note: the Outl­ook Enhance app must be installed.
Insert-A: Opens the attachments dialog when a message is open. Note: the Outlook Enhance app must be installed.