Using email with Dolphin GuideConnect, tutorial

Using email on GuideConnect.

This tutorial takes you through the steps to retrieve, read and reply to emails. It also shows you how to create new emails and send them.

Reading emails.

To retrieve emails and read them, do the following.

Step 1: When on the GuideConnect main menu, press Enter on the Emails menu option. The Email menu will open.

Step 2: Navigate to the Inbox menu option and press Enter on it. The inbox will open and a list of the emails within it will be displayed.

HOT TIP 1: You can retrieve new emails manually by pressing the F2 key whilst you are in the inbox. The first option in the actions list is, Check for new emails. Simply press Enter on this option and Guide Connect will retrieve any new emails you may have. If there are no new emails, GuideConnect will tell you.

Step 3: Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate to the email you wish to read and press Enter on it. The email will be opened and GuideConnect will display it on the screen. If you have GuideConnect’s voice turned on, the email will be read out to you.

HOT TIP 2: You can pause the email being read out by pressing the Ctrl key and can start it reading again from the paused position by pressing the F5 key. You can also navigate through the email at your own speed by using the up and down arrow keys to move a line at a time.

Replying to an email.

To reply to an email, do the following.

Step 1: Whilst you have the email you have read open, press the F2 key to open the actions menu.

Step 2: Use the down arrow key to find the Reply option and press Enter on it. A message body text box will open to allow you to type or dictate your reply.

Step 3: Once you’ve finished typing or dictating your reply, press the F2 key to open the actions menu. The GuideConnect focus will automatically be on the, Send option. Press Enter on it and your reply will be sent.

Step 4: GuideConnect will tell you when your reply has been sent successfully and will say, okay. Press Enter to confirm and clear the announcement. Once you have done this, you are returned to the emails list in the inbox.

HOT TIP 3: It is possible to perform a number of actions on an email in the inbox list, including replying to an email, without actually opening the email. To do this, instead of pressing Enter on an email to open it, press the F2 key to open the actions menu. From this actions menu, you can choose to reply to the email, forward the email etc.

Creating and sending a new email.

There are two ways to create and send new emails with GuideConnect. Follow the steps below for your preferred method.

Method A.

Step 1: When on the GuideConnect main menu, navigate to the Address Book and Calendar menu option and press Enter on it.

Step 2: The focus of GuideConnect will automatically be on the Address Book option. Press Enter on it to open it and a list of your contacts will be displayed.

Step 3: Navigate to the person in the list you wish to send the email to, then press the F2 key on it to open the actions menu.

Step 4: Use the down arrow key to find the, Send Email option and press Enter on it. A text box will open to allow you to type or dictate a subject for the email.

Step 5: Type or dictate a subject for the email, then press Enter. A text box will open to allow you to type or dictate your email message.

Step 6: Once you’ve finished typing or dictating your email, press the F2 key to open the actions menu. The GuideConnect focus will automatically be on the, Send option. Press Enter on it and your email will be sent.

Step 7: GuideConnect will tell you when your email has been sent successfully and will say, okay. Press Enter to confirm and clear the announcement. You are then returned to your list of contacts in your Address Book.

Method B.

Step 1: When on the GuideConnect main menu, navigate to the Emails menu option and press Enter on it.

Step 2: The focus of GuideConnect will automatically be on the, Write New Email option. Press Enter on it to open it and two options will be displayed.

Step 3: Option 1 allows you to type in the email address of the person you wish to send the email to. If you press enter on this option, a text box will open so you can type in the email address. Once you have done so, press Enter. A text box will open to allow you to type or dictate a subject for the email.

The second option allows you to choose a person from your Address Book. If you press Enter on this option, your Address Book will be opened. Navigate to the person in the list who you wish to send the email to, then press Enter on it. A text box will open to allow you to type or dictate a subject for the email.

Step 4: Type or dictate a subject for the email, then press Enter. A text box will open to allow you to type or dictate your email message.

Step 5: Once you’ve finished typing or dictating your email, press the F2 key to open the actions menu. The GuideConnect focus will automatically be on the, Send option. Press Enter on it and your email will be sent.

Step 6: GuideConnect will tell you when your email has been sent successfully and will say okay. Press Enter to confirm and clear the announcement. You will then be returned to the Email menu.

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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Navigating & manipulating text with Dolphin GuideConnect, tutorial

Navigating and manipulating text with GuideConnect.

This tutorial gives you the key commands you need to navigate and manipulate text when writing documents, letters or emails on Dolphin GuideConnect. The tutorial tells you which key command to use for specific actions followed by a brief description of what the key command does.

General key commands.

Use the following key commands when you are creating or editing a document, letter or email.

Press and release the Control key: Stops GuideConnect reading at current position.

Press and release the F5 key: Starts GuideConnect reading from current position.

Hold down the Left Control key and press and release the F5 key: Proof reads the text with punctuation.

Press and release the F2 key: Opens the actions menu for the letter, document or email you are working on. In the actions list you will find options such as, Spell Check, Print etc.

Navigating text.

Use the following key commands to navigate around documents, letters or emails that you are typing/editing.

Press and release the right arrow key: Reads the next character.

Press and release the left arrow key: Reads the previous character.

Press and release the down arrow key: Reads the next line of text.

Press and release the up arrow key: Reads the previous line of text.

Hold down the Ctrl key and press and release the right arrow key: Reads out text word by word forwards through the document, letter or email.

Hold down the Ctrl key and press and release the left arrow key: Reads out text word by word backwards through the document, letter or email.

Hold down the Ctrl key and press and release the down arrow key: Reads out text sentence by sentence forwards through the document, letter or email.

Hold down the Ctrl key and press and release the up arrow key: Reads out text sentence by sentence backwards through the document, letter or email.

Press and release the Home key: Moves you to the start of the current line of text.

Press and release the End key: Moves you to the end of the current line of text.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the Home key: Moves you to the beginning of the document, letter or email.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the End key: Moves you to the end of the document, letter or email.

Manipulating text.

Use the following key commands to select, cut, copy, paste or change formatting of text.

Selecting text.

You must select text before you can change its formatting, cut or copy it. There are two ways to select text.

Method 1.

A: Hold down the Control and Shift keys at the beginning of the text you wish to select. Whilst still holding these keys down press and release the right arrow key until you get to the end of the text you wish to select before releasing all of the keys. This selects each word as you move along the text and GuideConnect reads out what you have selected as you go. Alternatively, you can select text character by character by holding down the Shift key on its own whilst pressing and releasing the right arrow key or hold down the Ctrl key and use the down arrow key to select whole lines at a time.

B: Now use the key command to perform the action you want for the selected text. For example, hold down the Control key and press and release the letter C key to copy it.

Method 2.

A: Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter A key to select all of the text in the document, letter or email.

B: Now use the key command to perform the action you want for the selected text. For example, hold down the Control key and press and release the letter C key to copy it.

Manipulating text key commands.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter X key: Cuts selected text and puts it in the clipboard.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter C key: Copies selected text and puts it in the clipboard.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter V key: Pastes text that you have cut or copied into the current cursor position.

Press and release the Delete key: Deletes selected text.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter B key: Makes selected text bold. Use the same shortcut key to toggle bold off.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter U key: Underlines the selected text. Use the same shortcut key to toggle underline off.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter I key: Makes the selected text italic. Use the same shortcut key to toggle italic off.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter E key: Centrally aligns the selected text.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter L key: Aligns the selected text to the left.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter R key: Aligns the selected text to the right.

Hold down the Control key and press and release the letter N key: Returns all text formatting changes to normal.

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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How to add attachments to emails with Dolphin GuideConnect, tutorial

How to add attachments to emails with GuideConnect.

This tutorial shows you how to add attachments to emails with GuideConnect. Follow the steps below.

Note: If you are using a Dolphin remote to control GuideConnect, replace all instances of F2 key with Actions Button, all instances of Enter Key with Ok Button and all instances of Escape Key with Back Button.

Step 1: Create the email you wish to send exactly as you normally would. Then, whilst you are in the body of the email message, press the F2 key to open the actions menu.

Step 2: Use the down arrow key to find the, Add Attachments option, then press the Enter key on it. A new screen will be displayed that says, “no attachments, use the actions menu to add attachments to this email”.

Step 3: Press the F2 key to open the actions menu. Only one option will be displayed to you. This is, Add Attachment. Press the Enter key on this option and your file explorer will be opened so that you can find the file you wish to attach to the email.

Step 4: The file explorer shows you all of the folders and files on your computer and allows you to navigate around your computer to find files. Simply navigate through your folders to locate the file you wish to add to the email. When you have found the file you wish to add, press the Enter key on it. Once you have done this, you are shown a list of the attachments you have added to the email so far and GuideConnect says, “use the actions menu to add attachments to this email”.

To add another attachment, repeat steps 3 and 4.

Step 5: Once you have added all of the attachments you wish to, press the Escape key and you will be returned to the body of your email. You can now send the email by pressing the F2 key to open the actions menu and selecting the, Send option.

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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Opening attachments on emails with Dolphin GuideConnect, tutorial

Opening attachments on emails with GuideConnect.

This tutorial shows you how to open attachments that have been sent to you on emails as well as how to save them to your computer for later reference.

To open an attachment, do the following.

Step 1: Open the email which contains the attachment.

Step 2: Press the F2 key to open the actions menu, then use the down arrow key to find the, View Attachments option and press Enter on it.

Step 3: A list of the attachments that are on the email will be displayed. You can move up and down the list by using the up and down arrow keys and press Enter on an attachment you wish to open. When you do so, if the attachment is a document, GuideConnect will announce that it is recognising text and will load the document onto the screen. You can then read the document by using your down arrow key to move at your own speed. Alternatively, you can press the F5 key for GuideConnect to read it automatically from start to finish.

If the attachment is a picture or photo, GuideConnect will load it onto the screen and you can use the F11 and F12 keys to decrease or increase magnification. You can also press F2 to open the actions menu for options to rotate, change colour etc.

If the attachment is an mp3 file, GuideConnect will open the MP3 player. Simply press Enter to play and pause. Press the left and right arrow keys to skip backwards and forwards respectively.

Step 4: If you wish to save an attachment of any type, press the F2 key to open the actions menu and press Enter on the, Save option. GuideConnect will ask you if you want to change the file name. If you do, simply type the new file name you wish to use and press Enter. If you want to keep the original file name, simply press Enter. GuideConnect then saves the attachment in the, Saved Attachments folder in the Emails menu.

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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How to send an email to multiple recipients with Dolphin GuideConnect

How to send emails to multiple recipients with GuideConnect.

This tutorial shows you how to send emails to multiple recipients with GuideConnect using either a keyboard or a Dolphin Remote.

Method 1, using a keyboard.

Step 1: Go to the Address Book and Calendar option on the GuideConnect main menu and press Enter to open it. Then press Enter on the Address Book option to open your Address Book.

Step 2: Use the up and down arrow keys to find the first person you wish to send the email to and press the Space Bar on it. This will select the person. Then, use the up and down arrow keys to find the next person you wish to send the email to and press the Space Bar. Repeat these steps until you have selected all of the people you wish to send the email to.

HOT TIP: If you wish to unselect a person you have selected, simply press the space bar again and GuideConnect will announce that the person has been unselected.

Step 3: Press the F2 key to open the actions menu. Then use the down arrow key to find the, Send Email option and press Enter on it. GuideConnect will then take you through the usual steps to create the email.

Step 4: Once you are at the body of the email you can, if you wish, add additional CC and/or BCC recipients. You can do this before or after you have actually typed the email message, the choice is yours. To do so, press the F2 key to open the actions menu and use the down arrow key to find the, View Recipients option and press enter on it. You will be given three options, these are.

– To (standard recipient, such as when sending an email to a group of friends).

– CC (carbon copy. Most commonly used when copying someone into an email such as a colleague, professional or organisation).

– BCC (blind carbon copy. Used when you do not want the recipients of the email to see each other’s email addresses).

When you have selected the option you want, you will be presented with options to type in the recipient’s email address or select the recipient from your address book. Once you have chosen the recipient you are adding, you will be returned to the list of recipients you have selected to send the email to. GuideConnect will display which type of recipient they are. IE, To, CC or BCC.

If you wish to remove a recipient from the list, use the up and down arrow keys to find the recipient you wish to remove, then press the F2 key to open the Actions menu. Select the, Remove Recipient option by pressing Enter on it. GuideConnect will then ask you if you are sure you wish to remove the recipient. Select the, Yes option by pressing Enter on it. GuideConnect will then tell you that the recipient was removed successfully. Press Enter to confirm. You are then returned to the newly reduced recipients list. When you have finished adding or removing CC and/or BCC recipients, press the Escape key to be returned to the body of your email.

Step 5: You can now send your email by pressing the F2 key to open the Actions menu and pressing Enter on the, Send option.

Method 2, using a Dolphin Remote.

Step 1: Create the email you wish to send exactly as you normally would. Then, whilst you are in the body of the email message, press the A button to open the actions menu.

Step 2: Use the down arrow key to find the, View Recipients option, then press the Ok button on it. A new screen will be displayed that shows a list of people you have already selected to send the email to.

Step 3: To add another recipient, press the A button to open the Actions menu. There will be two options, Remove Recipient and Add Recipient. Select the, Add Recipient option by pressing the Ok button on it. When you do this, a list of recipient types will be displayed. These are;

– To (standard recipient, such as when sending an email to a group of friends).

– CC (carbon copy. Most commonly used when copying someone into an email such as a colleague, professional or organisation).

– BCC (blind carbon copy. Used when you do not want the recipients of the email to see each other’s email addresses).

When you have selected one of these options, you will be presented with options to type in the recipient’s email address or select the recipient from your address book. Once you have chosen the recipient you are adding, you will be returned to the list of recipients you have selected to send the email to. GuideConnect will display which type of recipient they are. IE, To, CC or BCC.

If you wish to remove a recipient from the list, use the up and down arrow keys to find the recipient you wish to remove, then press the A button to open the Actions menu. Select the, Remove Recipient option by pressing the Ok button on it. GuideConnect will then ask you if you are sure you wish to remove the recipient. Select the, Yes option by pressing the Ok button on it. GuideConnect will then tell you that the recipient was removed successfully. Press the Ok button to confirm. You are then returned to the newly reduced recipients list.

Step 4: When you have finished adding or removing recipients, press the Back button to be returned to the body of your email. You can now send your email by pressing the A button to open the Actions menu and pressing the Ok button on the, Send option.

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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Useful key commands for Dolphin GuideConnect

Useful key commands on GuideConnect.

This tutorial gives you a list of useful key commands to use with Dolphin GuideConnect. The relevant key command is given first and is followed by a brief description of what it does.

Speech and Magnification.

Control key: Pauses GuideConnect speech.

Control key and main keyboard zero key: Toggles GuideConnect’s voice on and off.

Control key and F11 key: switches to next preferred voice.

F9 key: Decreases the speed of GuideConnect’s voice by 1 level.

F10 key: Increases the speed of GuideConnect’s voice by 1 level.

F11 key: Decreases magnification by 1 level.

F12 key: Increases magnification by 1 level.

Note that, the magnification level of each screen can be adjusted separately using the F11 and F12 keys.

Other Function Keys.

F1 key: Opens the help page for the area of GuideConnect that you are using.

F2 key: Opens the actions menu for the area of GuideConnect that you are using.

F3 key: Opens the Help and Information menu. In this menu you can find the time and date along with a calendar preview of the current day, battery percentage (if you are using a laptop or tablet), internet connection, notification centre and the ability to switch between your preferred voices.

F4 key: Repeats the speech of the item that GuideConnect is focused on.

F5 key: Starts GuideConnect reading from the current position when in letters, documents, emails and on web pages.

Control and F5 key: Starts GuideConnect reading from the current position in proof read mode when in letters and documents. Reading in proof read mode will announce punctuation.

F6 key: Starts voice dictation. Note that, if you are using a desktop computer or tv pod, you will need an external microphone or microphone headset to be able to use voice dictation with this shortcut key.

F7 key: Decreases the computer volume by 10 percent.

F8 key: Increases the computer volume by 10 percent.

General key commands.

Control key, Shift key and letter C key: Turns on GuideConnect from the Windows desktop. This is particularly useful if you have turned off GuideConnect to allow a sighted family member or friend to use your computer and you need to turn GuideConnect back on without restarting the computer.

Enter key: Activates/opens an item. For example, if you’re on a link in an email and you press the Enter key, the link will be opened or if you’re on the GuideConnect main menu and are on a menu option, the menu option will be opened.

Up and Down arrow keys: Move you up and down the menu options, files, emails etc. They also move you up or down one line when in emails, documents, letters and on web pages.

Escape key pressed quickly: Takes you back one step.

Escape key held down: Returns you directly to the GuideConnect main menu. Note that, if you are listening to a radio station, podcast or audiobook, you will need to stop it and press Escape once to close the play screen before this shortcut will work.

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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How to create email folders with Dolphin GuideConnect

How to create email folders with GuideConnect.

This tutorial shows you how to create email folders with GuideConnect. To create email folders, follow the steps below.

Important note: If you are using a Dolphin remote to control GuideConnect, replace any instances of F2 key with Actions Button, any instances of Enter Key with Ok Button, any instances of Escape Key with Back Button and any instances of F6 key with Microphone button.

Step 1: Go to the, Email option on the GuideConnect main menu and press Enter to open it.

Step 2: Use the down arrow key to find the, Folders option and press Enter on it. A list of your email folders will be displayed to you.

Step 3: Press the F2 key to open the actions menu. There will be an Add New Folder option, press enter on that option.

Step 4: An empty text box will be displayed on the screen and GuideConnect will ask you to give the folder a name. Simply type or dictate the name that you wish to give the new folder and then press Enter. GuideConnect will tell you that the folder was created successfully and will say Okay. Simply press Enter to clear that announcement. Your new folder is now created and you can use the up and down arrows to find it.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1 to 4 to create other new email folders.

Step 6: When you have finished creating new email folders, simply use the Escape key to get back to the GuideConnect main menu.

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.

Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.

Using function keys on Dolphin GuideConnect

Using Function keys on GuideConnect.

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.

Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

Hints & tips for using websites with Dolphin GuideConnect tutorial

Hints & tips for using websites with GuideConnect.

This tutorial gives you hints and tips to help you use websites more effectively with GuideConnect.

Inaccessible websites.

The average website these days is pretty accessible and generally website accessibility is improving all the time. There are always exceptions however and to be honest, as a GuideConnect user, there’s not really anything you can do to fix it. Similarly, if a website is not accessible in the first place, Dolphin cannot do anything to fix it either. The best most advanced screenreader in the world will not be able to use a website if the website itself is poorly labelled, if the buttons and tick boxes on the site do not work, if interactive scroll areas do not work with screen reading software etc. Screen reading software can only operate effectively in website environments which enable them to do so. Although it won’t happen all the time, you should be prepared that as a user of assistive screen reading technology you will at some point come across websites which you will simply not be able to use properly.

Navigation.

There are an awful lot of shortcut keys available on GuideConnect to help you navigate around websites. It is unlikely that you will use all of them all of the time however. Here, I suggest the shortcut keys that you will get the most benefit from using straight away. Once you have mastered using these, you may find that you wish to start using some of the others available to you. A complete list of the shortcut keys for use on websites can be found in the, Using the internet with GuideConnect tutorial.

The skip to main content link.

Most web pages, although not all, have a “skip to main content” link near the top of the web page. This link is particularly useful as it means by pressing the Enter key when you are on it, the focus of GuideConnect will be moved down to the main content of the page. This could be an article that you wish to read, details of an item you are thinking about purchasing or just the welcome text on the home page of the website for example. Websites which have this, “skip to main content” link generally have it at the top of each page of the website, so it’s a useful way of jumping to the bits you’re interested in rather than having to navigate through a swathe of clutter populating the first quarter of a page.

Jumping to the top or bottom of a web page.

It is often beneficial to be able to jump straight to the top or bottom of a web page rather than spending ages navigating up and down it with arrow keys or shortcut keys. You can easily do this by using the following hotkeys.

– To jump to the top of a web page on a computer with a full sized keyboard, hold down the left Control key and press and release the Home key. The focus of GuideConnect will jump to the top of the page and GuideConnect will announce, “top of web page”. You can check this by pressing the up arrow key once and GuideConnect will repeat the announcement.

– To jump to the top of a web page on a laptop computer without a number pad on the keyboard, hold down the left Control key, the Fn key and press and release the Left Arrow key. The focus of GuideConnect will jump to the top of the page and GuideConnect will announce, “top of web page”. You can check this by pressing the up arrow key once and GuideConnect will repeat the announcement.

– To jump to the bottom of a web page on a computer with a full sized keyboard, hold down the left Control key and press and release the End key. The focus of GuideConnect will jump to the bottom of the page and GuideConnect will announce, “bottom of web page”. You can check this by pressing the down arrow key once and GuideConnect will repeat the announcement.

– To jump to the bottom of a web page on a laptop computer without a number pad on the keyboard, hold down the left Control key, the Fn key and press and release the Right Arrow key. The focus of GuideConnect will jump to the bottom of the page and GuideConnect will announce, “bottom of web page”. You can check this by pressing the down arrow key once and GuideConnect will repeat the announcement.

Headings.

Headings are an important part of websites and are a useful way by which those of us using screen reading software can navigate web pages. For all intents and purposes, a heading is the title of a section of a web page. This could be a main heading such as the title of an article, a subheading denoting a sub category or a list of search results on Google or on a shopping web page. Headings are divided into levels each specified with a number. For example, heading level 1, heading level 2, heading level 3 and so on. There are several ways by which we can navigate headings with GuideConnect.

1: Each time you press the letter H key when on a web page, the focus of GuideConnect will move to the next heading on that page regardless of heading level. You can move to the previous heading regardless of heading level by holding down the Shift key and pressing the letter H key.

2: Press the F2 key on the keyboard or the A button on the Dolphin remote to open the actions menu. Then, use the down arrow key to move down the actions menu to find the Headings option, then press the Enter key on the keyboard or the Okay button on the Dolphin remote. A list of all of the headings on the web page will be displayed. You can then use the up and down arrow keys to move through the list to find a heading. Once you’ve found the heading you want, press the Enter key on the keyboard or the Okay button on the Dolphin remote and the focus of GuideConnect will jump to that heading on the web page.

3: Press numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the keyboard to jump to the next heading of that heading level on the web page. To move to the previous heading of that heading level on the web page, hold down the Shift key and press and release number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 on the keyboard. Not all websites are split into headings in the same way but as a general rule of thumb, heading level 1 will be the main subject of the web page, heading level 2 will be the titles of sub categories within the main subject, heading level 3 will be search results or individual items within a list of reference. Heading levels 4, 5 and 6 are usually sub sections of sub categories, footer headings of the web page or similar. It is for that reason that heading levels 1, 2 and 3 are the most immediately useful.

An excellent example of using headings effectively is when you have done a web search and the Google search results page is displayed. Rather than using the down arrow key to move down the page item by item until you eventually get to the search results, if you press the number 1 key a few times until you hear GuideConnect announce, “search results”, you will have jumped passed all of the clutter near the top of the page and the focus of GuideConnect will be exactly where you need it to be to successfully navigate through the search results.

Then, if you press the number 3 key, you will start moving through the search results. Each time you press the number 3 key, the GuideConnect focus will jump to the next search result. If you wish to jump backwards through the search results, hold down the Shift key and press and release the number 3 key. Each time you do so you will be jumped to the previous search result. When you have found the search result you want, press the Enter key and GuideConnect will load the web page you selected.

Links.

Links are an important part of websites and are a useful way by which those of us using screen reading software can navigate web pages. For all intents and purposes, a link is an electronic pathway to opening a different page on the current website or to take you to an article, item or piece of information on another website. There are two ways by which we can navigate links with GuideConnect.

1: Each time you press the letter K key when on a web page, the focus of GuideConnect will move to the next link on that page. You can move to the previous link by holding down the Shift key and pressing the letter K key.

2: Press the F2 key on the keyboard or the A button on the Dolphin remote to open the actions menu. Then, use the down arrow key to move down the actions menu to find the Links option, then press the Enter key on the keyboard or the Okay button on the Dolphin remote. A list of all of the links on the web page will be displayed. You can then use the up and down arrow keys to move through the list to find a link. Once you’ve found the link you want, press the Enter key on the keyboard or the Okay button on the Dolphin remote and the link will be activated and the page associated with that link will be loaded.

The read from here & pause speech keys.

When you are on a web page and you have navigated to a heading or part of the page you wish to read from, you can press the F5 key on a keyboard or the speaker button on the Dolphin remote and GuideConnect will read from the current position. It will continue reading until you press the left Control key on a keyboard or the speaker key again on a Dolphin remote to pause the speech. To get it started again or to pause it, simply repeat these steps. This is an incredibly useful function and allows you to read entire articles or parts of a web page with complete control over when the reading starts and stops.

Filling in edit areas & completing forms.

Edit Areas.

Edit areas are an integral part of most websites. They can take the form of boxes to type user names and passwords into, comment boxes for writing reviews or commenting on social media posts, performing searches within websites and more.

Using edit areas on web pages with GuideConnect is very straight forward. When you move onto an edit area, GuideConnect will announce, “edit area. Select to enter text”. Once you have heard this, do the following.

1: Press the Enter key and GuideConnect will announce, “interactive mode”. This means that the focus of GuideConnect is within the edit area and you are now able to type inside it.

2: Type the desired information, then press the Escape key. GuideConnect will announce, “navigation mode”. This means that the focus of GuideConnect is now outside of the edit area and you are able to use your normal navigation keys to move around the web page, for example, to move down to the next edit area in a form or to move down to the search button.

Other items.

You will often find that an online form consists of several edit areas as well as selection lists, check boxes and buttons. Here is a breakdown of what they are and how to use them with GuideConnect.

Selection lists: Depending on the web page you are on, selection lists can be referred to as selection list, selection menu, pop up menu or scroll area. This is due to how the web page has been created rather than how GuideConnect sees the information. For all intents and purposes, they all perform the same function. Most commonly they give you the ability to select a number such as your day of birth, shoe size etc. They are also used for selecting month of birth, blouse/shirt sizes etc. They are even sometimes used to enable you to choose colours or quantities but as with most things to do with the internet, this will vary depending on the web page you are using. To use a selection list, do the following.

1: When the focus of GuideConnect is on a selection list, press the Enter key and GuideConnect will announce, “interactive mode”. This means that the focus of GuideConnect is within the selection list.

2: Use the up and down arrow keys to move within the list to find the option you want. For example, if I were looking for my day of birth, I would use the arrow keys to find the number 10.

3: Press the Escape key. GuideConnect will announce, “navigation mode”. This means that the focus of GuideConnect is now outside of the selection list and you are able to use your normal navigation keys to move around the web page, for example, to move down to the next item in a form or to move down to the Place Order button.

Check boxes: Check boxes are simply boxes which you can choose to put a tick in. If you wish to put a tick in an empty check box, simply press the Enter key on it and GuideConnect will announce, “checked check box”. If the check box already has a tick in it and you wish to remove it, press the Enter key on it and GuideConnect will announce, “unchecked check box”.

Buttons: There are a couple of different button types on web pages. These are standard buttons, which GuideConnect announces as, “button” and radio buttons, which GuideConnect announces as, “radio button”.

– Standard buttons are used for items such as Search, Submit, Login, Sign in, Place order etc.

– Radio buttons are most commonly used when you are required to make a selection out of a list of options. These could be Yes or No options or selecting a rating from 1 to 5 etc. They can also be used for selecting the same sorts of options that selection lists are used for such as, selecting a colour or size.

Regardless of the button type, the way by which we use them with GuideConnect is the same. To activate a button, simply press the Enter key whilst the focus of GuideConnect is on it.

General advice.
We all hear horror stories about the dangers of using websites for shopping, internet scams and so on. Here is some general advice to help you stay safe and minimise the risks.

1: If in doubt, don’t do it. If you are on a website and you are unsure about what you are doing, feel that there might be some sort of scam in play or fear that a link has taken you to a dodgy webpage, do not remain on the webpage. Simply hold down the Escape key on the keyboard to return to the GuideConnect main menu.

2: When on a web page, listen to the information that GuideConnect is giving you and if needs be, slow down. It is better to be slower and accurate than wizzing through things and not really understanding what you are doing. Become accurate first and your speed will naturally improve as a result.

3: Do not be afraid to explore the web page before you start pressing Enter on things. The most common statement I hear from people I work with is that when they go onto websites, they just end up going round and round in circles. This is because in general, they are not really listening to the information GuideConnect is giving them and more often than not, they are simply not exploring the web page to find out what is actually on it. As discussed in this tutorial and in the Using the internet with GuideConnect tutorial, there are many hot keys to help you navigate around web pages more easily. Don’t be afraid to use them.

4: If you are particularly trigger happy with your Enter key, find yourself pressing it automatically and getting yourself in a bit of a pickle when on web pages, here’s a handy little exercise that can help you get out of that habit. Each time you move onto an item such as a link, stop and count to 3 in your head. This will stop you from hitting that Enter key and will give you time to digest the information that GuideConnect has announced for that item. You will then be better informed as to what to do next.

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.

Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.

Using the internet with Dolphin GuideConnect tutorial

Using the internet with GuideConnect.

There are many key commands built into GuideConnect to make navigating around and reading websites easier. This tutorial gives you a list of GuideConnect internet key commands as well as giving you a brief explanation of what they do.

F2: Opens the website actions menu.

Down arrow: Moves to the next line/item on the web page.

Up arrow: Moves to the previous line/item on the web page.

B: Moves you to the next button.

Shift and B: Moves you to the previous button.

C: Moves you to the next list box.

Shift and C: Moves you to the previous list box.

D: Moves you to the next item of a different type.

Shift and D: Moves you to the previous item of a different type.

E: Moves you to the next edit box.

Shift and E: Moves you to the previous edit box.

F: Moves you to the next form.

Shift and F: Moves you to the previous form.

G: Moves you to the next graphic.

Shift and G: Moves you to the previous graphic.

H: Moves you to the next heading.

Shift and H: Moves you to the previous heading.

K: Moves you to the next link.

Shift and K: Moves you to the previous link.

P: Moves you to the next paragraph.

Shift and P: Moves you to the previous paragraph.

R: Moves you to the next option button (sometimes referred to as a radio button).

Shift and R: Moves you to the previous option button (sometimes referred to as a radio button).

T: Moves you to the next table.

Shift and T: Moves you to the previous table.

V: Moves you to the next visited link.

Shift and V: Moves you to the previous visited link.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6: Jumps to the next heading of that heading level.

Shift and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6: Jumps to the previous heading of that heading level.

Escape: Closes the web page and takes you back to the Websites menu.

Tab: Jumps to the next object on the web page.

Shift and Tab: Jumps to the previous object on the web page.

Back space: Takes you back to the previous page you visited.

Shift and back space: Takes you forward to the next page in a series of pages you have visited.

Control and I: Shows or hides images on a web page.

Control and T: switches between GuideConnect colours and original web page colours.

Control and P: Prints the web page in the colours displayed on screen.

Home: Jumps to the beginning of the line you are currently on.

End: Jumps to the end of the line you are currently on.

Control and Home: Jumps to the top of the current web page.

Control and End: Jumps to the bottom of the current web page.

Control: Pauses GuideConnect reading out the web page.

F5: Starts GuideConnect reading the web page from the current position.

To do a search or complete a form: Find the text box area either by using the shortcut keys previously mentioned or using the arrow keys to find it. Once you’ve found it, GuideConnect will announce, “Edit area. Select to enter text”. Then, press and release the Enter key. The focus of GuideConnect will move inside the text box so you can type and GuideConnect will announce, “Interactive mode”. Now you can type the information required, this could be your name, a password or search words for example. Once you have finished typing, press the Escape key. The focus of GuideConnect will then move out of the text box and GuideConnect will announce, “navigation mode”. You can then use the down arrow key or letter B shortcut key to navigate to the search, submit, go, login, sign in button etc.

To add a web page to your FAVOURITES LIST: Make sure you are on the page of the website you want to add then press the F2 key to bring up the actions menu. Use the down arrow key to find the “Add page to favourites” option and press ENTER. GuideConnect will then tell you that the web page has been successfully added to your list of favourites. Simply press the Enter key to confirm.

To delete a web page from your FAVOURITES LIST: Go to the FAVOURITES menu option in the Websites area on the GuideConnect main menu. Then, use the up or down arrow keys to find the favourite you wish to delete from the list. Once you’ve found it, press the F2 key to open the actions list. Use the down arrow key to find the “Delete” option then press the Enter key. The favourite will then be deleted.

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.

Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

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