This short tutorial gives you a list of the function keys followed by a description of the actions they perform on GuideConnect.
Note: If you are using a laptop, you may find that you need to hold down the Fn key in conjunction with pressing keys listed below. Whether you need to do so depends on the model of your laptop.
F1: Opens the help page for the area of GuideConnect you are using.
F2: Opens the actions menu for the area of GuideConnect you are using.
F3: Opens the help & information menu. In this area you can access help pages, access GuideConnect tutorial videos, get the time and date, preview the days calendar events, view your internet connection, view the battery percentage of your device (if you are using a laptop or tablet), view notifications and switch between your preferred voices .
F4: Repeats the speech of the item that GuideConnect is focused on.
F5: Starts GuideConnect’s “Read from here” function.
F6: Activates the microphone for voice dictation. Note that if you wish to use the voice dictation function on a desktop computer, you will need to connect an external microphone.
F7: Reduces system volume by 10%.
F8: Increases system volume by 10%.
F9: Decreases speech rate by one level.
F10: Increases speech rate by one level.
F11: Decreases magnification by one level.
F12: Increases magnification by one level.
HOT TIP: It is possible to set the magnification level for each screen separately with GuideConnect. For example, you could have your Calendar screen set to magnification level 3, your email screen set to magnification level 5 and your address book screen set to magnification level 2. You can use these function keys to adjust those magnification levels accordingly. In addition, if you set the magnification level whilst you are on the main menu, it will be applied to all screens throughout GuideConnect. The only exception to this is websites. Websites vary hugely, so GuideConnect will always reset to its default Magnification size when you exit a web page. You can of course use these function key shortcuts to adjust magnification when you open a new web page.
This document was written by James Goldsworthy of Alternate Visions Coaching. James is an accredited Dolphin GuideConnect trainer and Certified Software Specialist. He lost his sight in 2005 and has worked with the visually impaired since 2006. He started his training and coaching business Alternate Visions Coaching in January 2014.
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