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Hotkeys

Hotkeys are key combinations that execute ZoomText commands without having to activate the ZoomText user interface. Hotkeys exist for almost all ZoomText features, allowing you to control ZoomText while another program is active.

Some important facts about ZoomText hotkeys are:

  • Individual hotkeys can be changed or disabled to eliminate conflicts with other programs.
  • Keys and mouse buttons can be used to define a hotkey.
  • Each hotkey must be unique.

 

Hotkey Combinations

Each hotkey consists of one or more modifier keys and a single primary key. The modifier keys consist of any combination of ALT, CTRL, SHIFT, CAPS LOCKand theWindows Key. The primary key can be any other key or any mouse button.

 


Hotkeys Dialog Box

All ZoomText hotkeys can be examined and modified in the Hotkeys dialog box.

 

Hotkeys dialog

The following table describes the Hotkeys settings.

 

Setting

Description

Hotkey Group

Selects a group of related hotkeys. The hotkeys in the selected group appear in the Hotkey Command list.

Hotkey Command

Displays a list of all hotkeys in the selected hotkey group. When a hotkey is highlighted, its primary and modifier keys are displayed.

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Primary Key

Sets the primary key for the highlighted hotkey command. Any key in the drop down list can be selected, including mouse buttons.

Modifier Keys

Sets the modifier keys for the highlighted hotkey command. One or more modifier keys must be selected.

Disable Hotkey

Disables a hotkey command from functioning. When a hotkey is disabled, the primary and modifier keys are grayed out. Click on the Enable Hotkey button to re-enable the hotkey.

Restore Defaults

Restores all hotkeys to their original settings.

Configuration File

Displays the name of the configuration file associated with a Load Configuration hotkey. For more information, see Chapter 8 - "Configuration Files."

Browse...

Displays the Select Configuration dialog box, which lists the existing configuration files.   A configuration file can be assigned to a Load Configuration hotkey by selecting the desired file and choosing OK.

Note:   The Browse button is only enabled when a Load Configuration hotkey command is highlighted.

 


Changing Hotkey Settings

�   To change hotkey settings

  1. In the Settings menu, choose Hotkeys...

The Hotkeys dialog appears.

  1. Select the desired Hotkey Group and Hotkey Command.
  2. Adjust the hotkey combination as desired.
  3. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each hotkey you wish to modify.
  4. Click the OK button.

�   To assign a configuration file to a configuration hotkey

  1. In the Settings menu, choose Hotkeys...

The Hotkeys dialog appears.

  1. In the Hotkeys Group box, select Configuration Hotkeys.
  2. In the Hotkey Command box, select the desired configuration hotkey.
  3. Click on the Browse button.
  4. In the Select Configuration dialog box, select the desired configuration file.
  5. Click on the OK button.

 

Passing Hotkeys to the Current Application

When a key combination is assigned to a ZoomText hotkey, this command will only be processed by ZoomText. If the key combination is also used by the current application, this program will not respond to the command. However, you can force ZoomText to pass a hotkey to the current application.

�   To pass a hotkey to the current application

  1. Press the Pass Thru hotkey: ALT + PAUSE
  2. Press the desired key combination.

The current application will process the key combination.

 


ZoomText Hotkeys

The following tables list the command names and default assignments for all ZoomText hotkeys (by Hotkey Group). Hotkey assignments can be changed in the Hotkeys dialog box.

Note:  AppReader and DocReader 'Navigation Commands' and all 'Text Reading Commands' have fixed key assignments that cannot be changed. These commands do not appear in the Hotkeys dialog.  

AppReader and DocReader Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

General Commands

Keys

AppReader

ALT + SHIFT + A

AppReader Read from Pointer

ALT + SHIFT + LEFT-CLICK

DocReader

ALT + SHIFT + D

Toggle Reading (Play/Pause)

ENTER

Increase Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

Increase Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Reading Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS

Quiet

CTRL

Exit

ESC

 

 

 

Navigation Commands

Keys

Say Previous Word

CTRL + LEFT,   or   LEFT

Say Current Word

CTRL + NUMPAD 5,   or SPACEBAR

Say Next Word

CTRL + RIGHT,   or   RIGHT

Say Word Above

UP

Say Word Below

DOWN

Say Previous Sentence

CTRL + ALT + LEFT

Say Current Sentence

CTRL + ALT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Sentence

CTRL + ALT + RIGHT

Say Previous Paragraph

CTRL + UP 

Say Current Paragraph

CTRL + SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Paragraph

CTRL + DOWN

Say First Word On Line

HOME 

Say Last Word On Line

END

Page Up

PAGE UP

Page Down

PAGE DOWN

Beginning of Document

CTRL + HOME

End of Document

CTRL + END

Next Link

TAB

Previous Link

SHIFT + TAB

Execute Link

CTRL + ENTER

 


Background Reader Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

BGR Read Clipboard Text

CAPS LOCK + C

BGR Read Selected Text

CAPS LOCK + S

BGR Play / Pause

CAPS LOCK + ENTER

BGR Restart
(from the beginning)

CAPS LOCK + BACKSPACE

BGR Next Sentence

CAPS LOCK + RIGHT

BGR Current Sentence

CAPS LOCK + SPACEBAR

BGR Previous Sentence

CAPS LOCK + LEFT

BGR Next Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + RIGHT

BGR Current Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + SPACEBAR

BGR Previous Word

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + LEFT

BGR Show Toolbar

CAPS LOCK + T

BGR Exit

CAPS LOCK + ESC

 


Camera Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

On/Off

CTRL + WINDOWS + ENTER

Toolbar

CTRL + WINDOWS + T

Zoom In

CTRL + WINDOWS + UP

Zoom Out

CTRL + WINDOWS + DOWN

View: Full/Docked

CTRL + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR

View: Cycle Docked

CTRL + WINDOWS + D

View: Rotate Image

CTRL + WINDOWS + R

Manual Focus On/Off

CTRL + WINDOWS + M

Manual Focus In

CTRL + WINDOWS + RIGHT

Manual Focus Out

CTRL + WINDOWS + LEFT

Clarity On/Off

ALT + WINDOWS + C

Clarity Reset

ALT + WINDOWS + R

Brightness Increase

ALT + WINDOWS + UP

Brightness Decrease

ALT + WINDOWS + DOWN

Contrast Increase

ALT + WINDOWS + RIGHT

Contrast Decrease

ALT + WINDOWS + LEFT

Two-Color On/Off

ALT + WINDOWS + SPACEBAR

Two-Color Scheme

ALT + WINDOWS + S

 


Configuration Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Load Configuration 1

ALT + SHIFT + 1

Load Configuration 2

ALT + SHIFT + 2

Load Configuration 3

ALT + SHIFT + 3

Load Configuration 4

ALT + SHIFT + 4

Load Configuration 5

ALT + SHIFT + 5

Load Configuration 6

ALT + SHIFT + 6

Load Configuration 7

ALT + SHIFT + 7

Load Configuration 8

ALT + SHIFT + 8

Load Configuration 9

ALT + SHIFT + 9

Load Configuration 10

ALT + SHIFT + 0

Save Application Settings

CTRL + SHIFT + S

 

Logon Support Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Logon Support On

ALT + INSERT

Logon Support Off

ALT + DELETE

Increase Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

Color Invert On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + C

Speech On/Off

ALT + SHIFT + S

 


Magnification Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Increase Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Magnification

ALT + NUMPAD MINUS

 

Magnifier Toolbar Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Window Type

CTRL + SHIFT + Z

Adjust Window Tool

CTRL + SHIFT + A

Dual Monitor On/Off

WINDOWS + SHIFT + D

Dual Monitor View

WINDOWS + SHIFT + Z

Freeze Tool

CTRL + SHIFT + N

Freeze Window On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + E

Color Enhancements On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + C

Pointer Enhancements On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + P

Cursor Enhancements On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + R

Focus Enhancements On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + O

Font Enhancements Type

CTRL + SHIFT + F

Desktop Finder

CTRL + SHIFT + D

Web Finder

CTRL + SHIFT + W

Text Finder

CTRL + SHIFT + T

 


Miscellaneous Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Locator On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + L

View Mode On/Off

CTRL + SHIFT + V

Move Mouse To View

CTRL + SHIFT + B

Move View To Mouse

CTRL + SHIFT + Y

Smooth Panning On/Off

WINDOWS + SHIFT + P

Pass Thru (next hotkey)

ALT + PAUSE

AHOI On/Off

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + A

AHOI Status Report

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + S

Capture ZoomText Screen

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + C

Cursor Detect

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + D

Highlight Detect

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + H

MSAA On/Off

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + M

Program Information

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + P

Tracking On/Off

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + T

Update Screen Model

CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + U

 


Reader Toolbar Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

Commands

Keys

Speech On/Off

ALT + SHIFT + S

Increase Speech Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD PLUS

Decrease Speech Rate

CTRL + NUMPAD MINUS

Typing Echo Mode

ALT + SHIFT + T

Mouse Echo Mode

ALT + SHIFT + M

Verbosity Level

ALT + SHIFT + V

AppReader

ALT + SHIFT + A

DocReader

ALT + SHIFT + D

SpeakIt Tool

ALT + SHIFT + I

 


Reading Zones Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

Commands

Keys

Trigger Zone 1

CTRL + ALT + 1

Trigger Zone 2

CTRL + ALT + 2

Trigger Zone 3

CTRL + ALT + 3

Trigger Zone 4

CTRL + ALT + 4

Trigger Zone 5

CTRL + ALT + 5

Trigger Zone 6

CTRL + ALT + 6

Trigger Zone 7

CTRL + ALT + 7

Trigger Zone 8

CTRL + ALT + 8

Trigger Zone 9

CTRL + ALT + 9

Trigger Zone 10

CTRL + ALT + 0

Next Reading Zone

CTRL + ALT + N

Previous Reading Zone

CTRL + ALT + P

List Reading Zones

CTRL + ALT + L

Navigate Reading Zones

CTRL + ALT + V

New Reading Zone

CTRL + ALT + Z

Edit Reading Zones

CTRL + ALT + E

 

Recorder Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

Commands

Keys

Record Clipboard Text

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + C

Record Selected Text

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + S


Screen Reading Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

Commands

Keys

Say Window Title

CTRL + ALT + W

Say Dialog Tab

CTRL + ALT + T

Say Dialog Message

CTRL + ALT + M

Say Focus

CTRL + ALT + F

Say Default Button

CTRL + ALT + B

Say Group Name

CTRL + ALT + G

Say Status Bar

CTRL + ALT + X

Say All

CTRL + ALT + A

Say Selected Text

CTRL + ALT + S

Say Cell Row Title

CTRL + ALT + R

Say Cell Column Title

CTRL + ALT + K

Say Cell Formula

CTRL + ALT + O

Say Cell Comment

CTRL + ALT + C

Say Current Time

CTRL + ALT + I

Say Current Date

CTRL + ALT + Y

Say Clipboard

ALT + SHIFT + C

Quiet

ALT + SHIFT + Q,   or     CTRL

Change Speech Engine

ALT + SHIFT + E

 


Scroll Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Scroll Up

ALT + UP

Scroll Down

ALT + DOWN

Scroll Left

ALT + LEFT

Scroll Right

ALT + RIGHT

Jump Up

ALT + PGUP

Jump Down

ALT + PGDN

Jump Left

ALT + HOME

Jump Right

ALT + END

Jump Center

ALT + NUMPAD 5

Save View

ALT + NUMPAD /

Restore View

ALT + NUMPAD *

 


Text Reading Hotkeys (Magnifier/Reader only)

Commands

Keys

Say Previous Character

LEFT

Say Current Character

NUMPAD 5

Say Next Character

RIGHT

Say Previous Word

CTRL + LEFT

Say Current Word

CTRL + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Word

CTRL + RIGHT

Say Previous Sentence

CTRL + ALT + LEFT

Say Current Sentence

CTRL + ALT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Sentence

CTRL + ALT + RIGHT

Say Previous Line

UP 

Say Current Line

SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Line

DOWN

Say Previous Paragraph

CTRL + UP 

Say Current Paragraph

CTRL + SHIFT + NUMPAD 5

Say Next Paragraph

CTRL + DOWN

 

 

 

In addition to the Text Reading commands listed above, ZoomText will also speak when using the standard text navigation and editing keys listed in the following table.

 

Keys

Application Action

ZoomText Action

BACKSPACE

Deletes the character to the left of the cursor.

Speaks the deleted character.

DELETE

Deletes the character to the right of the cursor.

Speaks the new character to the right of the cursor.

HOME

Moves the cursor to the beginning of the line.

Speaks the first word on the line (or nothing if the line begins with a space or tab).

END

Moves the cursor to the end of the line.

Speaks "End of line."

PAGEUP

Pages the application window up.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting When the text cursor moves to a new line.

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PAGEDOWN

Pages the application window down.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting When the text cursor moves to a new line.

CTRL + HOME

Moves to the beginning of the document.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting When the text cursor moves to a new line.

CTRL + END

Moves to the end of the document.

Speaks the word or line that the cursor appears on, according to the program echo setting When the text cursor moves to a new line.

 

Note:   When holding down the SHIFT key to select text by character, word, line or paragraph, the visible text that is selected or de-selected will be spoken.

 


Tools Toolbar Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Camera On/Off

CTRL + WINDOWS + ENTER

Background Reader

CAPS LOCK + C

Recorder (start)

CTRL + CAPS LOCK + C

ImageReader

See the ZoomText ImageReader User Guide

 

User Interface Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Enable ZoomText

ALT + INS

Disable ZoomText

ALT + DEL

Display User Interface

CTRL + SHIFT + U

Help Tool

CTRL + SHIFT + H

 


Web Finder Hotkeys

Commands

Keys

Start Web Finder

CTRL + SHIFT + W

Exit Web Finder

ESC

Next Item

ENTER,
or   CTRL + RIGHT

Previous Item

SHIFT + ENTER,
or    CTRL + LEFT

First Item (in filtered list)

CTRL + HOME

Last Item (in filtered list)

CTRL + END

Execute Item

CTRL + ENTER

AppReader

ALT + SHIFT + A

Toggle List Search (open/close)

ALT + L

Cycle Page Item Type Up

CTRL + UP

Cycle Page Item Type Down

CTRL + DOWN

Next Heading

CTRL + H

Previous Heading

CTRL + SHIFT + H

Next Heading Level 1 ... 6

CTRL + 1 ... 6

Previous Heading Level 1 ... 6

CTRL + SHIFT + 1 ... 6

Next Form

CTRL + F

Previous Form

CTRL + SHIFT + F

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Next Table

CTRL + T

Previous Table

CTRL + SHIFT + T

Next Link

CTRL + L

Previous Link

CTRL + SHIFT + L

Next Control

CTRL + C

Previous Control

CTRL + SHIFT + C

Next Image

CTRL + I

Previous Image

CTRL + SHIFT + I

Next List

CTRL + S

Previous List

CTRL + SHIFT + S

 

 

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