JAWS hotkey fix for VMWare Fusion and macOS Sierra on a laptop
- Download and install the latest version of Karabiner-Elements.
- Start JAWS
- Open the JAWS Utilities menus and select Settings Center (Alt+S, E)
- Tab to the tree view and navigate to Keyboard. Expand the Keyboard item (right arrow key) then navigate to General, the first item under Keyboard when expanded
- Expand the General item (right arrow key) and arrow down to “JAWS Key for Laptop Layout”
- Select “Insert.” You can toggle between the three choices with the space bar
- Once “Insert (One of Three)” is selected, hit Apply (Alt+A) then OK (Enter)
- Shut down Windows but leave VMWare running.
- In the Key Mappings tab, click on the Add (+) button
- While in the From: combo box, tap on the key you want to use as your JAWS key. I recommend the tilde/grave key (~`) above the Tab key)
- Use the VoiceOver key combination Control+Option+Down Arrow to navigate to the To: combo box
- Press Control+Option+Space to display the list of choices
- When VoiceOver says “In list 0 items selected. Insert, text (1 of 24),” tap on the right command key
- After VoiceOver says “Insert, text (1 of 24)” again, press Control+Option+Shift+Up Arrow twice so VoiceOver says “Out of combo box”
- Now use the VoiceOver key combination Control+Option+Down Arrow to navigate to the Cancel button
- Press the Right Arrow key so VoiceOver says “OK, default, button.” You can press either the Return key or Control+Option+Space to finish
- Quit VMware Fusion
Maybe this is just me, but I was able to avoid having to deal with the built in fusion mapping entirely, and just used elements to remap the grave accent to the insert key. Changing the Jaws key for laptop layout worked, and I’m able to navigate pretty seamlessly.