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Bella has four modes that can be progressively used to learn the landscape and location of keys on a Computer-Based keyboard:

1) Key Mode announces each key as you press it.

2) Word Mode announces a word after you type it.

3) Sentence Mode announces a sentence after you type it.

4) Game Mode is an interactive way to engage and improve your skills.

Within each Mode, there are Hot Keys, which are designated keys that can be used for specific actions in a Mode.

The following are summaries of each Mode and their related Hot Keys.

Key Mode

Summary:

Key Mode is the default mode and begins each time Bella is powered on.  This mode allows you to press any key on the keyboard and hear that key read out loud. This is a great Mode to use first to begin learning the location and description of keys.

Key Mode Hot Keys:

There are no Hot Keys for Key Mode.

Word Mode

Summary:

Word Mode allows you to type a word and hear that word spoken back. No automatic spell checking is included at this time, so Bella will do its best to read the keys that were typed. This could also be utilized as a way of checking your spelling of a word; if it doesn’t sound right, try typing the word again.

Word Mode Hot Keys:

To hear the word spoken back, press either the SpaceBar or the Enter / Return key to signal that the word is complete. To hear the same word spoken back again, before typing another word, press either the SpaceBar or the Enter / Return key again.

To delete a letter, press the BackSpace key. For example, if the last letter typed in was an “E” and you press the BackSpace key, Bella will say “E deleted” and remove that last “E” from the word. You can then continue typing the word and press either the SpaceBar or the Enter / Return key to signal that the word is complete.

To delete a whole word, press the Delete key. Bella will say “Delete word deleted” and you can then type a new word and press either the SpaceBar or the Enter / Return key to signal that the word is complete.

To turn Key Echo off and on, press the F5 key. Bella will say “F5 key echo is now disabled” or “F5 key echo is now enabled”. Once you exit the Mode, Key Echo will automatically revert to On / enabled.

Sentence Mode

Summary:

Sentence Mode allows you to type a sentence and hear it read out loud.  No automatic spell checking is included at this time, so Bella will do its best to read the keys that were typed. This could also be utilized as a way of checking your spelling of a word; if it doesn’t sound right, try typing the sentence again.

Sentence Mode Hot Keys:

To hear the sentence spoken back, press the Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, or the Enter / Return key to signal that the sentence is complete. To hear the same sentence spoken back again, before typing another sentence, press the Enter / Return key.

To delete a letter, press the BackSpace key. For example, if the last letter typed in was an “E” and you press the BackSpace key, Bella will say “E deleted” and remove that last “E” from the word. You can then continue typing the sentence and press the Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, or the Enter / Return key to signal that the sentence is complete.

To delete a whole sentence, press the Delete key. Bella will say “Delete Sentence Deleted” and then you can type a new sentence and press the Period, Question Mark, Exclamation Point, or the Enter / Return key to signal that the sentence is complete.

To turn Key Echo off and on, press the F5 key. Bella will say “F5 key echo is now disabled” or “F5 key echo is now enabled”. Once you exit the Mode, Key Echo will automatically revert to On / enabled.

Key Game Mode

Summary:

Key Game Mode allows you to find and press keys on the keyboard in an interactive way.  The objective of this Mode is not only to engage and challenge you in mastering the keyboard, but also to give those who may be working alongside you an idea as to where your skill level is at.

Key Game Mode populates a list of random keys and reads them off one at a time, upon which you attempt to press the correct key.

Key Game Mode provides options for scoring and game length that you can choose before starting a game.  Games can be scored or unscored.  A scored game will provide statistics about the current game when you have completed it. If you select an incorrect key, the game will still continue.  Scoring statistics include game length, amount of keys incorrect and correct. Alternatively, an unscored game does not provide statistics and does not allow you to continue until you find and press the correct key. Game length is automatically set at five keys.  Bella can populate and read a minimum of five and a maximum of one hundred keys during each Game. You can change the game length each time you enter Key Game Mode.

Key Game Mode Hot Keys:

To turn Key Echo off and on, press the F5 key. Bella will say “F5 key echo is now disabled” or “F5 key echo is now enabled”. Once you exit the Mode, Key Echo will automatically revert to On / enabled.

To change the game length, press the F6 key. Bella will say “F6 please type in the number of keys you want the game to use, followed by the enter key”. Simply enter a number between five and one hundred, press Enter and follow instructions to begin a new game with the game length you selected.

To turn game scoring off and on, press the F7 key.  Bella will say “F7 game scoring is now disabled” or “F7 game scoring is now enabled”

To hear game statistics read back again after a scored game, before starting a new game, press the F8 key.

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