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Most computer users will be familiar with Microsoft Word. It is the first port of call for people needing to type something. It’s a useful tool to create a wide variety of professional documents quickly and easily.

For people who are blind or have low vision, Microsoft Word is very useful. It has a lot of accessibility options built in and is generally used in tandem with a screen reader like JAWS. Others use it as a note taker by dictating into it and Word will convert the sound into text.

This web page will go through the basics and some tips on using Microsoft Word with JAWS.

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To open a blank Microsoft Word document:

  • Use the windows key to enable the search bar and type WORD.
  • Hit ENTER once JAWS has identified the application.
  • This will open a Word landing page. Select new blank document.

How to start typing:

JAWS will vocalise your typing.

Once you press the space bar after typing a word, it will say that word back to you. It will also vocalise punctuation like ‘?’ as ‘question’.

To get JAWS to read back the sentence you’ve just written press the [...]

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