I'm testing a web application's accessibility with JAWS 15. I don't want JAWS to keep reading when I'm not actively testing something so I have to keep shutting the application down and starting it back up again.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to toggle JAWS on and off? I guess I could just use the mute button on my keyboard, but that doesn't stop JAWS from trying to keep up with what I'm doing and wasting CPU cycles.

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    Is there a UX question in here? This question doesn't sound on topic.
    – Pdxd
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 19:49
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    It's about accessibility. Okay, it's about accessibility testing. If User Experience Designers, Information Architects, and Human Computer Interaction researchers aren't interested in that topic, who is? Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:09
  • @PatrickMcElhaney see this meta discussion related to tools. If you have an opinion on whether the UX.SE site should be only about user experience in the academic sense and not be at all concerned with how it is applied through process or tools, that thread is a good place to share it. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 22:25
  • @Charles Thanks for the link. It won't hurt my feelings if this question is closed or deleted. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 23:03
  • JAWS has a text output as well, if I remember correctly, specifically for debugging.
    – user8889
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 23:14

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Technically, this isn't a UX question because you're asking about how to use a Tool not about the process or psychology, or study of accessibility testing.

A basic Google search has revealed what you are likely looking for:


Toggle Speech On or Off


  • Thank you. I did some Googling and searched the help docs before asking and couldn't find anything. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:22
  • Ironically I just copied the statement from you into google: "keyboard shortcut to toggle jaws on and off" :)
    – Pdxd
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 20:57
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    I actually landed on that page and overlooked the answer while skimming. Next time someone is looking for the same information hopefully they'll land on this page where the answer is staring them in the face. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 21:19
  • I'm using JAWS 18, and INSERT+SPACEBAR, S did not turn JAWS off. INSERT+SPACEBAR, S can only stop current speech like Ctrl key.
    – Jack Luo
    Commented Nov 1, 2018 at 15:12

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