JAWS Screen Reader

This technical note will provide general instructions of how to use Lexbe eDiscovery Platform in conjunction with JAWS software.

How Does JAWS work?

JAWS is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the user a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen content. 
This software provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit and read documents.

JAWS Platform & Application Compatibility

JAWS enables you to work with Lotus Symphony (IBM), and also is compatible with Microsoft Office Suite, MSN Messenger, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, Firefox - and many more applications that are used on a regular basis on the job.

Lexbe eDiscovery Page & File Types
Not Supported


Analysis (some restrictions may apply)x 
Discovery    x 
Account (some restrictions may apply)x
Document Viewer (some restrictions may apply)x 
Native Documents (Word, Excel, etc.,)
Images  x
Documents with Accents & other symbols

The steps below show you how to use JAWS while logged to Lexbe eDiscovery Platform:

1-Install JAWS Software

Download the latest version of JAWS that is appropriate for your computer's operating system. For a list of new features available in this version of JAWS, see What's New in JAWS 15. For a list of system requirements, see JAWS System Requirements.

Always check for updates after installing JAWS, MAGic, OpenBook, or WYNN trial software to make sure that you have the latest product release. You can also use this opportunity to download free training books, saved in the DAISY digital document format, to use with your trial software.

1-Open the application's main window.
2-Open the Help menu.
3-Select Check for Updates. The update feature determines if you have the most current release. If you do not, select one or more items from the list and then select INSTALL to begin the update.

2-Log into Lexbe eDiscovery Platform

To log-in to Lexbe eDiscovery Platform, you click the Log-in link in the upper-right corner of your main page (eDiscovery.lexbe.com). MORE

3-Start Navigating through Lexbe eDiscovery Platform pages

While working in JAWS, keep the following guidelines in mind:
>Make sure that NumLock is off.
>You will probably want to test JAWS in Internet Explorer, even if it is not your primary browser.
>Maximize the browser window.
>Remember that screen reader users typically do not use a mouse. As you become more comfortable with JAWS, try using only the keyboard.
>Keep in mind that most IE shortcut keys will work when using JAWS.
>The page may not scroll while you read, so you may hear content being read by JAWS that isn't visible on the screen.


The most basic function of a screen reader is to read the content on the page. The following is a list of essential reading shortcuts, that will help you to navigate through most content:
  • Insert + : Say All
  • Page Up/Page Down: Increase/Decrease voice rate while using Say All
  • Ctrl: Stop Reading
  • Insert + : Current line
  • Insert + /:Previous/next word
  • : Prior line
  • : Next line
  • /:
    • Previous/Next character
    • Rewind/Fast Forward during Say All
  • F5 / Shift + F5 - Page refresh / Hard page refresh. If you get lost, this is how you can start over.


You can skim for headings, lists, tables, etc. To navigate forward and backward through links and form elements on the page, use 'Tab' and 'Shift + Tab'. Other shortcuts are listed below:

  • Insert + F1: Help with current element
  • Insert + F5: List of Form Elements
  • Insert + F6: List of Headings
  • Insert + F7: List of Links
  • Ctrl + Home: Top of the page
  • Ctrl + End: Bottom of the Page (Shift + Tab when you are at the top of the page will go to the last link or form element on a page)
  • Alt + D or F6: Browser address bar

Further Assistance

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