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Written by Olufemi S. A. Bayode on 07 Aug 2020 @ 23:40:13 with comments


Images and pictures are often used to express ideas and support a piece of information besides sharing memorable moments. An author of children literature uses group of colourful pictures and images to create children’s story book while blogger, journalist, web designer and public speaker use images and pictures for infographics, facts, concretization of concept, etc. these are created through camera captures and computer software e.g. Coral Draw, Paint, DrawPad, Express Animation, just to mention few. They may be gotten from the internet as well; but it’s advisable to state the source of the image to avoid plagiarism.

Downloading images from the internet is somehow difficult for screen reader users who largely depend on computer keyboard. This is because there’s no Windows based keyboard shortcut to do the magic, even clicking on the graphics and images online with the ENTER key is No! No! If there’s no download link or button associated with the desired images. Thus, you are left with the option of relying on a sighted individual to help out with the mouse.

Some folks venture into saving the entire web page hosting the desired image with the keystroke CONTROL+S. The saved web page is usually accompanied with a folder comprising different folders, internet files, scripts and the image. The drawback here is that both wanted and unwanted images are saved on the computer system; and sometimes, they appear with generic name like img001, png001, ivkj111z77.gif and so on. In this case, you’ll need someone with sight, patience and tenderness to help scan through the images and pick the desired image. I pray that you’ll always have such individual at your reach every time.LOL:-D But how would you feel if you can download only desired image and picture like your sighted counterparts without leaning on them all times for assistance?
“Cool! Perfect! Great! Awesome! Beautiful! …” I believe will be your response.
If you are NVDA user, you can follow this way.

  1. Press letter G until focus is on the desired image.
  2. Press NVDA+SHIFT+M to move the mouse cursor to this image.
  3. Press NVDA+RIGHT BRACKET “]” to right-click the image.
  4. Scroll to "Copy Image" or "Save Image" with UP or DOWN ARROW key from context menu and activate with the ENTER key.

If you choose "Copy Image", the image will copy to clipboard and you can paste in any place you want.
If "Save image” is chosen, save As dialog box will appear; type a new name for the image or retain its default name but endeavor that the type (file extension) is .gif.png .jpg etc. and save to any place of your choice.

Note that if your keyboard is not set to laptop under the NVDA Preference menu, your keyboard is set to desktop by default. So, you have to press NVDA+NUMPAD-SLASH “/” to position the mouse cursor on the image while nvda+NUMPAD-ASTERISK “*” for right-click.

Should you use JAWS on your PC, follow the procedure below:

  1. Press letter G to move to the desired image (graphic).
  2. Then route JAWS cursor to PC cursor with the keystroke CAP’S LOCK+LEFT BRACKET “]” if your JAWS’ keyboard echo is set to laptop; otherwise press INSERT+NUMPAD-MINUS “-“ for the desktop keyboard echo being the default.
  3. Press the APPLICATION key or SHIFT+F10 for the context menu. You may also press the CAP’S LOCK+8 or NUMPAD ASTERISK being the right mouse button for right clicking.
  4. Scroll to “Copy image” or “Save image” with UP or DOWN ARROW key and hit the ENTER key.

Note that you can make JAWS cursor follow the PC cursor with the keystroke CONTROL+CAP’S LOCK+P for the laptop keyboard echo while the desktop keyboard echo is CONTROL+INSERT+NUMPAD-MINUS. This is handy whilst downloading a bunch of images from the internet.

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Time Uploaded: 07 Aug 2020 @ 23:40:13

Author: Olufemi S. A. Bayode