What is a screen reader? A screen reader is a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.
Read documents. emails, websites and apps
Easily navigate with your mouse
Scan and read all of your documents, including PDF
JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.
Two multi-lingual synthesizers: Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive
Includes drivers for all popular Braille displays
Convenient OCR feature for image files or inaccessible PDF documents
Picture Smart service to recognize images
Voice Assistant to issue infrequently used commands
Supports PEARL Camera for direct access to print documents or books
Built-in free DAISY Player and full set of DAISY-formatted basic training books
Works with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and much more
Supports Windows® 11, Windows 10, Windows Server® 2019, and Windows Server 2016
Become more efficient with Skim Reading and Text Analyzer
Compatible with ZoomText, Fusion, and OpenBook Scanning and Reading Software
JAWS Tandem Center available for free to help with support and training
Optional support for Tandem Direct, Citrix, Terminal Services, and Remote Desktop
Powerful scripting language to customize the user experience on any application
To use JAWS for Windows, we recommend a personal computer running Microsoft® Windows® with the following:
Windows® 11, Windows 10, Windows Server® 2022, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2016.
JAWS supports the x64 architecture for all operating systems.
JAWS provides additional support for the ARM64 architecture on Windows 11 operating systems.
Recommended: 2.0 GHz i5 dual core or higher processor.
Recommended: 8 GB or more.
Required hard disk space
2 GB with more space required for additional voices.
Recommended: SSD drive.
Video/Graphics card with support for DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
1024×768 display resolution.
JAWS Help System (ZIP file) Note: After unzipping and saving the help files, select JFW.CHM to launch the primary help file.
JAWS Support for ARIA (Word file): ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) is assistive technology markup used by Web content creators to make Web pages more accessible for screen readers. This is done by adding specific ARIA tags and elements to HTML code. Read this document to learn more about JAWS support for ARIA markup.
If you want to view documentation for earlier versions of JAWS, visit the Previous JAWS for Windows Downloads page and download the appropriate JAWS version. Install this program and then look in the Help folder to find the product documentation.
JAWS Screen Reading Software
The latest version of JAWS can be downloaded using the links below. For new installations, download and save the executable file to your PC and install from there. The installer can be used for full installations or to update an existing installation already on your computer.
To install additional product languages other than English, select Options from the dialog box that displays after beginning the setup. Note that you can only install additional languages when performing a full installation and not when updating a version of the software that is already installed.
Note: The following link requires an internet connection during the installation. If you need to install JAWS on a system that does not have an internet connection, choose the link below to the offline installer for secure environments.