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Below are the direct download links for both 32 & 64 bit versions of the J18 
Beta 3 + what's new:

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64 Bit:

Enhancements in JAWS 18.0.1834 (Public Beta 3)

The following is a list of improvements made between Public Beta 2 and 
Public Beta 3. Note that while many customer-reported enhancements are 
in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

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. You can now quickly toggle audio ducking by using the new layered 
keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, D. If this feature is off in Settings Center, 
which is
the default, it will turn it on. If it is on in Settings Center, it will be 
turned off. The current setting will remain in effect until you press the 
keystroke again, or JAWS is restarted. The audio ducking toggle can also be 
located using the Command Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J).
. JAWS 18 includes updated braille display drivers from Handy Tech. These 
new drivers fix issues with braille input and language detection for 
and introduces support for their latest displays.
. Resolved an issue where audio from other programs was continuing to be 
ducked even when JAWS speech was turned off.
. Addressed multiple issues with the Dutch version of JAWS.
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Enhancements in JAWS 18.0.1811 (Public Beta 2)

The following is a list of improvements made between the first Public Beta 
and Public Beta 2. Note that while many customer-reported enhancements are 
in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

Lower the Audio from Other Programs While JAWS is Speaking

In Windows 8 and later, you can now specify that the volume of audio from 
other programs be lowered while JAWS is speaking using the Eloquence or 
Expressive synthesizers as well as any SAPI5 synthesizer. This is commonly 
known as audio ducking. For example, if you are listening to music or 
a video and JAWS begins talking, the volume of the music or video will be 
slightly lowered so you can comfortably hear JAWS and then raised back to 
current level when JAWS stops talking.

For JAWS users with a braille display, you can also choose to mute JAWS 
speech (INSERT+SPACEBAR, S) while listening to audio from other programs and 
use JAWS with braille output only, without the audio from the other programs 
being reduced.

By default, audio remains at the same volume as JAWS speech. To change this, 
there are two ways. The easiest way is to open the Startup Wizard from the
JAWS Help menu and select the Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS 
is speaking checkbox located on the Speech Settings page.

Alternatively, you can change this option through Settings Center by doing 
the following:

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1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. In the Search edit box, type "volume" without the quotes.
4. Press DOWN ARROW to move to "Lower the volume of other programs while 
JAWS is speaking" in the filtered search results in the tree view.
5. Press SPACEBAR to toggle this option.
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More Dynamic Braille Auto Advance Mode

Auto Advance Mode is equivalent to the Say All command for braille readers 
and has been available in JAWS for many years. After performing the 
command on your braille display (left and right selector buttons on the 
Focus series displays), the braille display is automatically panned at a 
speed through an entire document, automatically skipping over blank segments 
and blank lines. In prior versions, users could configure how long JAWS 
before automatically panning the display. Once configured, the display would 
pan at the same speed regardless of how much information was on the display,
so most users would set the timer for optimal reading when the display was 
full. However, if the display panned to a short line containing only a few 
with the remaining cells being empty, which could occur more frequently with 
larger displays such as those with 40 or 80 cells, this could be 
as the user would have to wait for the display to advance which could cause 
an interruption with reading.

To improve the reading experience when using Auto Advance Mode, JAWS now 
pans faster or slower depending on the length of the current braille line. 
display will pan faster for short lines so you can instantly move to the 
next segment without having to wait once you have finished reading, but will 
slower for longer lines up to a maximum length of time which is used when 
the display is full. This maximum value can be configured through Settings 
using the new Auto Advance Maximum Interval option. By default, it is set to 
5000 milliseconds, or five seconds.

For example, if you have an 80 cell display and the current braille line 
takes up the majority of the display, JAWS will pan the display after five 
If the display pans to a short line containing only a few words and the 
remaining cells are blank, JAWS will pan the display within a couple 

Improved Performance when Using JAWS and ZoomText Together

JAWS 18 introduces greatly improved interoperability with the soon to be 
released ZoomText 11. Users of both these industry leading products will 
more seemless operation when running JAWS 18 and ZoomText 11 together 
regardless of the order in which they are installed as well as which product 
is started

When JAWS 18 and ZoomText 11 are running together, users should note the 

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. JAWS handles all speech functions except for ZoomText's App Reader feature 
and speech directly from ZoomText , such as ZoomText scripts.
. All ZoomText magnification features will continue to work as expected. In 
addition, ZoomText will now visually highlight and track during a JAWS Say
All, or when navigating using the Virtual Cursor.
. If there is a keystroke conflict, the JAWS keystroke is used instead. 
Otherwise, JAWS and ZoomText keystrokes will continue to work as expected.
. ZoomText handles all touch related functions.
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Since JAWS takes over all speech functions when running with ZoomText, this 
also includes mouse echo. If you want the mouse to echo as it is moved, you
will need to enable mouse echo in JAWS as it is off by default. The easiest 
way is to press the layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, E, O. However, this
is only temporary and will revert back to off if JAWS is restarted. If you 
intend on using mouse echo all the time, you can permanently enable it by 
the following:

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1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center.
2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the JAWS default settings.
3. From the tree view, expand the Mouse Echo group and press SPACEBAR on 
Enable Mouse Echo.
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Touch Improvements
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. JAWS touch gestures are now included in the Command Search feature 
(INSERT+SPACEBAR, J). If you search for a command that can be performed 
using a keystgroke
or a gesture, both the keystroke and gesture are displayed in the search 
results. You can also search for gesture-specific commands, such as toggling 
Touch Keyboard, or cycling through Touch Navigation, Text Reading, or Speech 
Settings gesture modes. The JAWS Command Search only includes gestures if
JAWS detects that it is running on a touch screen enabled device.
. Addressed issues with using gestures to switch to an application in the 
task switching window that displays when you swipe from the left edge of the
screen. When the task switcher opens, flick left or right through the list 
of running applications and when you locate the one you want, double tap it
to move focus in to that app.
. Improved the experience when using touch gestures to log into Windows. If 
the Login screen is active and focus is on the Password edit field, 
a double tap will immediately open the touch keyboard allowing you to enter 
your password. Otherwise, flick right or explore until you locate the 
edit field and then double tap to set focus and open the touch keyboard.
. JAWS no longer repeats the password label field multiple times on the 
Windows 10 Login screen.
. In response to user feedback, the default typing mode for the touch 
keyboard is now Touch Typing, which means a key is typed as soon as the 
finger is
lifted from the keyboard button, or you perform a split tap.
. If the gesture mode is set to Text Reading, you can now perform a 
four-finger swipe down to begin a Say All in the currently open document, 
similar to
pressing INSERT+DOWN ARROW on the keyboard. To stop reading, tap anywhere on 
the screen.
. In response to customer requests, added a new option to the Touch Cursor 
group in Quick Settings that allows you to choose the element type that is 
to when using the flick up and flick down gestures. The available choices 
are Regions (selected by default), Headings, List Items, Buttons, Links, 
and Form Controls. Note that not all apps support these navigation types, 
they are typically available in modern apps and web applications.
. If you perform a JAWS touch gesture and then do a five-finger rotate to 
turn off all JAWS gestures, resolved an issue where Windows-specific 
would no longer work until you restarted JAWS.
. Addressed an issue where the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons in the 
title bar of an application were not being announced by JAWS when exploring
the screen.
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Google Docs
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. You can now type text into a document using Contracted Braille.
. Added speech and braille support for navigating tables inserted into 
. Resolved several issues with JAWS not detecting live region updates.
. Addressed issues where JAWS was announcing extraneous information when 
opening menus.
. Resolved several issues with menus and focus.
. Resolved multiple issues where focus would unexpectedly jump to other 
places while editing a document.
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. Addressed an issue where Settings Center changes made after migrating or 
importing settings were not taking affect unless JAWS was restarted.
. If the mouse echo feature is disabled, addressed an issue where speech was 
still being interupted when moving the physical mouse.
. In response to customer feedback, updated the Adding Special Symbols help 
topic with the correct location for the Eloq.sbl file.
. If a Windows 10 alarm goes off, addressed an issue where the volume of 
JAWS speech would unexpectedly be lowered to an unusable level, making it 
for a speech-only user to turn off the alarm.
. Addressed an issue that was observed in multiple applications where JAWS 
was reading the wrong word when pressing CTRL+BACKSPACE to delete the prior
. Added a new Hebrew Computer Braille table. You can set this as a preferred 
table or set it as the primary table through the Braille Tables dialog box,
accessed by selecting the Computer Braille Tables option in Settings Center. 
Braille output must be set to Computer Braille before you can make this 
. A customer using the Spanish version of JAWS reported several English 
messages and keystroke conflicts. These have been resolved.
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Microsoft Outlook
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. Addressed an issue with Outlook 2016 where JAWS was not reading all of the 
info in the meeting attendees list.
. If a calendar appointment lasts for more than one day, resolved a customer 
reported issue where JAWS would not indicate the appointment after moving
past the first day.
. If a calendar event is set to all day in Outlook 2013, resolved a reported 
issue with JAWS not reading the end date.
. Addressed a reported issue with the Outlook 2016 Office Theme combo box, 
located in the Options dialog box, not being displayed properly in braille.
. Addressed a reported issue with the INSERT+F keystroke to read the font 
and point size not saying anything when used in the message list in Outlook 
and 2016.
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Microsoft Word
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. Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly restart and Word 2013 
would become unresponsive when attempting to insert a comment.
. When using CTRL+PAGE UP and CTRL+PAGE DOWN to switch pages, addressed a 
reported issue where JAWS was announcing the line from the prior page.
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Web Browsers
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. Added support for several ARIA 1.1 features including the aria-modal, 
aria-current, and aria-placeholder attributes, as well as support for 
visible tables.
. When navigating to links in Firefox with the mouse and the new mouse echo 
feature is enabled, resolved an issue where JAWS was not  announcing the 
of the link as it appears on the web page.
. Addressed an issue in Firefox where pressing INSERT+R was not toggling 
Virtual Cursor restriction as expected in web-based dialog boxes.
. If END is pressed in an edit field in Google Chrome, addressed an issue 
where text in an edit field was no longer indicated in speech or braille.
. Resolved an issue with certain edit combos not being identified correctly 
in the virtual buffer in both Firefox and Chrome.
. Resolved an issue where tab controls would appear twice in the virtual 
buffer in Chrome.
. Addressed an issue with heading level indication in Chrome.
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. Worked with Microsoft to resolve a reported issue with JAWS double 
speaking when entering text into a Windows 10 command prompt. This fix will 
be available
in a Windows update.
. JAWS now announces Microsoft UIA Alert Events. As a result you may now 
hear more Windows Notifications, and Mouse Echo can now speak more UIA 
like minimize, restore and maximize window controls.
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