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LeaseyBite 16, Little Things Mean a Lot

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

If you've been browsing the help categories and keystrokes described last time, you will have noticed that there are many little tricks hidden inside Leasey to help with all kinds of computing tasks. They do not necessarily reflect a special Leasey feature, but what they do is give you keyboard access to some JAWS features, together with some useful functionality specific to Leasey. I would like to show you some of these now.

When I've trained people how to use computers, and they have a laptop, there are certain key problems which often arise. A person does not know where the volume control is, and sometimes controlling that volume may be very difficult or even inaccessible. They they have difficulty in locating the function keys, or it just may be that a person has a particular problem in pressing a specific keystroke. So, lets address some of these issues.

To increase or decrease the computer's volume, press Control+Windows+Shift with Up and Down Arrow keys. You will hear the volume percentage as you do this.

Getting your computer to tell you the time ought to be the easiest thing in the world, but if you are getting used to the keyboard layout, and the F12 key is not easy to locate, it becomes a slow process to count along the function keys until you find the one you're looking for. With JAWS, the JAWS Key+F12 reads the time, and pressed twice quickly, will announce the date. But in our case, the Leasey key then Down Arrow will always read the time.
Leasey Key Up Arrow speaks the date.
Leasey Key then Left Arrow will insert the time into your document or edit area.
Leasey Key Right Arrow will insert the date into your document or edit area.

If you wish to change the typing echo, in other words what JAWS announces when you type characters on the keyboard, you press Insert+2, on the numbers row. There's nothing unusual in that, except with Leasey running, the setting is permanently changed. It is no longer temporary. Just press this keystroke repeatedly to reach the setting you need, and then enjoy working with your computer.
That setting will be honoured, even if you reboot the computer.

Pressing the Leasey Key followed by the letter "P" will change the punctuation level spoken. Again, use this keystroke to cycle through the options.

So what we're doing here is that we're accessing, through easy to remember keystrokes, some of the common options you might like to change on a regular basis.

It's often useful to get help from someone else, and JAWS contains an excellent and reliable feature for doing this very thing. It's called JAWS Tandem. When Leasey is being used, you can hold down ALT+Control and the Windows Key, (all three keys to the left of the Space Bar on a standard desktop computer keyboard), and hwile doing so, lightly tap the Backspace key.
It's an easy way to access that feature and most people can do it.
I'll press Escape to exit JAWS Tandem.

Leasey doesn't duplicate a conventional JAWS key, such as that for reporting the time, unless we think there is a compelling reason to do so. It must add considerable value. After all, there is only a finite set of keyboard commands which can be pressed. But as you've heard, those which we have duplicated are indeed useful, as you should not need to move your hands too far from the traditional home row of keys.

There are some utilities for use within Microsoft Outlook which are useful to know about. If you are within the body of an Email message, you can press the Leasey Key then Control+Shift+E. This will copy the Email address to the Windows Clipboard, ready for pasting elsewhere.

Similarly, if you have an Email containing a conversation, where the most recent reply is at the top, often you will see a person's Email signature below his or her message which can be lengthy. You may want to skip the signature and move to the earlier part of the conversation. To do that, press the Leasey Key then letter "N".

One feature I like relates to files and folders in Windows Explorer. When focused on a file or folder, you'll know that you can press ALT+Enter to access its properties, to obtain information such as when the file was modified and, if it's a folder, how many files are in it. This information is usually read using the JAWS Cursor. With Leasey, you can press ALT+Enter a second time. You will hear the last modified date and the size of the item.
If you would like more detail, press ALT+Enter twice quickly.
More information about the file is displayed within the JAWS Virtual Viewer, including the file location, so you can browse through it with the Left and Right Arrow keys so as to check spelling. Press Escape to return to the File Properties Dialog Box, and Escape again, to close it.

One more little item to tell you this time. If you are focused on a PDF document or web page, you can convert it to a text file. Press the Leasey Key then Control+Shift+F.
Type the location, such as c:\temp\test, and then press Enter. You do not need to include the .txt extension.

You can find details of other utilities by browsing the help system, including those to support the Talking Communities conferencing software. But in our next LeaseyBite, we turn our attention to the subject of time.

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