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JAWS 5.1 is now available

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

An important upgrade to JAWS 5.0 is now available directly from This upgrade fixes some errors that JAWS 5.0 was experiencing with Office XP. Most importantly for the adaptive lab, the upgrade fixed some issues we were having with JAWS and the Focus Braille display. Network managers are strongly encouraged to download and install this upgrade.

Additionally, a student alerted the adaptive lab team to the foreign language features in the JAWS application of which we were not aware. JAWS will speak in a variety of languages including Spanish and French. In order to install this feature of JAWS without having to redo the entire application, do the following:

  • go to add/remove programs in control panel
  • click on Jaws
  • click the remove button
  • after the uninstaller configuration click modify
  • click next twice
  • check all of the languages
  • click next, then finish (which will reboot the machine)

JAWS 6.0 will be coming out within the next couple of months. Since we have a software maintenance agreement with Freedom Scientific, UNT will automatically receive this upgrade. You will be alerted to the availability of this upgrade when it arrives at the university.



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