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1605 Technical Tips and Tricks (Jan. 27, 2016)
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Here is how you can quickly turn Narrator on and off in Windows 8 and above:
Note: After this episode aired, a helpful listener pointed out that the WindowsKey+Enter actually acts as a toggle to turn Narrator "On" and "Off".
- Turn Narrator "On" = WindowsKey+Enter
- Turn Narrator "Off" = CapsLock+Escape
In the SongR program itself, they list their web site as:
However, if you can't easily find the download link through that site, you can also download SongR from:
You can also perform a Google search to find other places from which you can download the SongR program.
Here is a quick summary of some of the built-in hotkeys you can use to control playback in YouTube. Remember to first turn off the virtual cursor in your screen reader. This is done in JAWS with the JAWS keystroke JAWSKey+Z (which is a toggle).
- Rewind = J
- Play/Pause = K
- Fast Forward = L
- Mute/Unmute = M
You can download the AdBlockPlus program to prevent the playing of ads on YouTube and block many other pop-ups from:
AdBlockPlus works in many browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and more.
The price tracking site CamelCamelCamel is:
The various tools for obtaining price alerts on CamelCamelCamel are described at:
The Amazon shopping site that is optimized for use with screen readers can be found at:
You can also use the ResearchIt utility found in the JAWS screen reader to quickly do a search on Amazon. To use ResearchIt in JAWS follow these steps:
- Hit JAWSKey+SpaceBar (to enter the Home row Utilities)
- Hit R (to select ResearchIt)
- Enter your product in the search field
- Tab to the list of providers of search results
- Arrow down to Amazon (or use first letter navigation by hitting A)
- Hit enter and you will be provided with a list of search results from Amazon
You can also use the JAWS ResearchIt feature to search for weather, football scores, dictionary entries, and much more.
More information about the JAWS screen reader can be found at: