Before you begin to explore and learn the Keyboard, it is good to know a few things in general:
- While most keys are a square shape, there are some that are rectangular, some that are longer than others, some that are a hexagon shape with 6 sides and even some that are round. Use these shapes to your advantage as you learn their placement and function.
- There are thousands of keyboards out there. We’ve done our best to describe key shapes, locations and descriptions of keys in ways that are most frequently found on most keyboards but they may vary slightly from keyboard to keyboard.
- This may all seem overwhelming at first, but we know that with practice and patience comes knowledge, confidence and comfort when using a keyboard.
The Control Keys are the first keys we recommend finding and remembering while using Bella. There are two of them and they have the letters Ctrl on them. Left Control is located in the lower left corner of the keyboard. Right Control is on the opposite side, before the arrow keys. If you have your finger on the Left Control key and slide your finger to the right, passing over six keys, the seventh key is the Right Control.
Pressing either of the Control Keys when Bella is talking will make Bella stop talking, until you press another key. For example, if you are listening to Bella reading a menu and you want to go back to the mode you were in, press either the Left or Right Control and Bella will stop talking. Then press Escape and Bella will begin talking again and tell you that you are back in the mode you were in.
The Escape Key is the next key we recommend finding and remembering while using Bella. The Escape key is located in the upper left corner of the keyboard and is spaced away from most of the keys. It has the letters Esc on the key. Use the Escape key at any time to hear what Mode you are currently in and access the Quick Actions Menu and Information Menu.
Function Keys are the next keys we recommend finding and remembering while using Bella. When you have your finger on the Escape Key (which is in the upper left corner of the keyboard), slide your finger to the right and you will feel a gap about the same size as a Key is. Then keep to the right and you will feel a key, which is the first of twelve Functions Keys. They have the letters F1, F2, F3 through F12 going across the top of the keyboard. Function Keys are grouped in three sets of four keys with a small space in between the groupings. The first grouping from the left is F1, F2, F3, F4. The second grouping is F5, F6, F7, F8. The third grouping is F9, F10, F11, F12.
Place a finger on the Right Control Key and slide to the right; you will feel a gap about the same size as a Key is. Then keep to the right and you will feel a key, which is the Left Arrow Key. This is a grouping of Keys, often in the shape of an upside down letter T. Here you will find Left Arrow, Down Arrow, Right Arrow and Up Arrow.
Place a finger on the Up Arrow and slide upwards; you will feel a small space and then some Keys. This is a grouping of six keys, often shaped like a horizontal or vertical rectangle, and often referred to as the “Six Pack”. Depending on if this grouping is horizontal or vertical on your Keyboard the following Keys may be in a different spot but always within this grouping.
They are as follows:
Insert; has the letters Ins on the key
Home; has the letters Hm on the key
Page Up; has the letters PU on the key
Page Down; has the letters PD on the key
End; has the letters End on the keyDelete; has the letters Del on the key
Place a finger on the F12 Key and slide down; you will feel a gap about the same size as a Key is. Then keep going down and you will feel a key, which is the Backspace Key. It has the letters BACK and/or an arrow pointing to the left. (Hint: If you have a finger on the Backspace key and slide to the right, you’re now at the Six Pack Keys!)
The Space Key is the largest Key on a Keyboard. It is a long rectangle about 4.5 inches long, along the lower center of the Keyboard. When you were introduced to the Left Control Key and Right Control Key, you passed over it while sliding from the Left Control to the Right Control. It has the word Space on the key.
The Enter Key, which can also be called the Return Key, is typically the second largest Key on a Keyboard. With your finger placed on the Backspace Key, slide down and you will feel a key that is larger than others around it, and can be described as a hexagon shape or large square. It has the word Enter, Return, and/or an arrow pointing down and to the left.