JAWS 18.0.2738 Office 365 Word 2016 Paste Issue Resolution: Windows Software: Accessible Web Host’s Internet 101.

If you regularly work with JAWS for Windows 18.0.2738 in the Office 365 version of Microsoft Word 2016, you may have had the pleasure of the paste menu continually hanging around after you’ve used control V to paste something in a Word document. However, I do believe I’ve found a solution to this problem that I think even VFO’s (Freedom Scientific) tech support people might want to take note of.

Apparently; there’s a Paste Options button in Microsoft Word 2016 that appears by default when you use Word’s paste functionality. I do not know where in Word this button appears. However, JAWS 18.0.2738 picks up on this button when it arrives on screen and intermittently displays the Paste Options Menu.

“True!” Hitting escape in this version of JAWS seems to put an end to the menu’s presence, once JAWS 18.0.2738 lets us know that it is hanging around. However, “Why put up with it when you can just disable it?”

Without losing Office 365 Word 2016 cut, copy and paste functionality; we can stop JAWS from picking up on this menu “after” pasting things in a Word Document by…

  • Going into word and Performing an “Alt F” keyboard command.
  • Tapping the letter “T” to open Microsoft Word Options.
  • Arrowing down to “Advanced” in the combo box that JAWS focus presents, once the Word Options window opens.
  • Holding down the “Alt” key and tapping the letter “O” twice, landing you on a check box that reads, “Show Paste Options button when content is pasted.”
  • Unchecking the, “Show Paste Options Button,” once you’ve landed upon it by tapping your space bar.
  • Using the “Tab” key to locate the Ok Button so you can press “Enter” on it; saving your setting change and getting out of the Word Options window.

Once you’ve done the above you should be able to use JAWS 18.0.2738 in Word without being nagged by that stupid menu every time you paste something in a Word document. “And,” if you are working for Freedom Scientific (VFO); you might want to offer this solution to the rest of your clients, via tech support, should they call. “Happy writing in Microsoft Word!”

Author: Brian Schnabel

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