JAWS Headquarters

Welcome to your one-stop resource for the world's leading screen reader, JAWS for Windows®. From this page, you can discover more about JAWS, quickly and easily navigate to a number of online resources, download updates, and learn valuable tips and tricks for using JAWS.

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Product Activation

JAWS Certification Program

What is JAWS?

JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages. With a refreshable braille display, JAWS can also provide braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.

For information on what you need to use JAWS for Windows on your computer, see the System Requirements.

Access to Applications You Need

With JAWS, you can work with Microsoft® Office®, including Word®, Excel®, Outlook®, and PowerPoint®; Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, Adobe® Reader®, Lotus® Symphony™ by IBM®, and more. JAWS is compatible with the latest Windows® operating systems, including touch screens and gestures on Windows 8.

Read user stories and testimonials about JAWS.

Working in Tandem with JAWS

Trainers, technical support specialists, and others will benefit with the new Tandem® application that was first released with JAWS 10. As unique as an application comes, Tandem lets you access another JAWS computer so that you can provide hands-on technical support, write and distribute scripts from a distance, and conduct remote JAWS training. It consists of a controller system, used by support personnel, distributors, dealers, consultants, and trainers, and a target system, which is a customer's computer and JAWS application. Read more about JAWS Tandem on the JAWS Tandem Quick Start Guide page.

Surf's Up Training

Surf's Up! - Surfing the Internet with JAWS and MAGic training has been updated to help instructors and students take advantage of new features. Surf's Up is a set of Freedom Scientific web pages that explain how to surf the web with JAWS screen reading software and MAGic screen magnification software. You'll also find many new and updated exercises for practice throughout. Visit Surf's Up online or get the Surf's Up downloadable version for use on computers with no Internet connection.

RSS Feed on the Web

Feeds on the web allow you to automatically receive updated information from your favorite websites. Just subscribe to the feed and then your Internet Explorer or other feed reader shows when there is updated content. Learn more about RSS feeds on the web and how to subscribe to and use them.

Online Training

Now you can learn to use JAWS - from basic steps to more advanced - in the comfort of your home, office, or school dorm. New webinars eliminate travel expenses, making it easier to get approval to learn at work and to find time to train. See what classes are available.

International JAWS

Note: A synthesizer that supports the given language is required for reading some of these pages with JAWS.

Freedom Scientific European Website
Japanese JAWS Website
Sight and Sound Technology (UK)
Karishma Enterprises for JAWS 9 with a RealSpeak SAPI 5 Hindi voice