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Lesson #10

* Utilize the Block Commands menu

* Cut, copy, and paste text as necessary

Introduction #10:
In many BrailleNote applications, it is helpful to used the Block Commands menu. By using this menu, you can complete a variety of tasks such as deleting a block of text, copying text to the clipboard, and pasting text in a new location. For example, when on a web page, you might find it helpful to copy a block of text onto the clipboard. That text may be placed in a word processor document or in an e-mail message. In this lesson, you will learn about the Block Commands Menu.
Work Time #10:
This lesson assumes you are using a BrailleNote MPower or an Apex using the BT (braille style) keyboard. The lesson also assumes you are familiar with the parts and keys of the BrailleNote.
1. Open a document you have previously created or create a new document.

For this lesson you need at least two documents to practice with, so create or have more than one document that you can use for practice.

2. Write a sentence or two.

3. Let's "copy" everything in the document onto the clipboard. When you copy text to the clipboard the text will remain in its original location. When you "cut or move" text to the clipboard, you are actually removing it from the original location and putting it onto the clipboard.

4. Go to the top of the document.

5. Take note of the cursor position. Ensure the cursor is at the top of the document.

6. Open the Block Commands menu. Press space + b (dots 1 2).

7. You may space or backspace through Block Commands menu options. You will find the following choices:
a. Append block to clipboard: add text to the end of what is already on the clipboard.

b. Copy block to clipboard: make a copy of the text within the block and place it on the clipboard. Text will remain in the original location as well as being placed on the clipboard.

c. Delete block: delete the text that is blocked.

d. Insert file: insert file at cursor position.

e. Move block to clipboard: remove text from original location and place on the clipboard. This is often referred to as "cutting" text to the clipboard.

f. Paste clipboard: take text from the clipboard and place it at the cursor position.

g. Read block: read the text within the block (top block marker and bottom block marker.

h. Store the block: store the block of text in a specified location.

i. Top marker insertion: set the top marker. This is where you want the block of text to begin. On a PC, this might be called "highlighted text".

j. Bottom marker insertion: this is the bottom of your block of text, where you want the block (highlighted text) to end.

k. Erase file and exit keyword: erase the file and exit word processing.

l. Zap: this will erase any block markers you have set.

m. Grade: change the braille grade of the block of text.
8. At this time we will set the top block marker. Your cursor is at the beginning of the document. We'll set the top block marker there. To set the top block marker, you can space to "top marker insertion" and press enter or simply press the letter t (dots 2 3 4 5).

9. You should be back in your document. Let's select the entire document. Jump to the end of the document. Press space + b to open the Block Commands menu.

10. Either space to "bottom marker insertion" and press enter or just press the letter b (dots 1 2).

11. Now that you have both a top marker and a bottome marker set, you have a block of text highlighted or selected. BrailleNote keeps you in the block commands menu because it is expecting that you want to do something with the text you have selected.

12. Copy the block of text to the clipboard. Press letter c (dots 1 4) or space to "copy block to clipboard" and press enter.

13. For practice, let's paste the text into another document. A quick way to open the document you previously had open is space + dots 1 2 5 6.

13. BrailleNote displays "document to open?" and will show the last document you had open. Press enter to open the document.

14. If this document is not the one you want, you can space to view documents in the same folder and enter on the one you want to open.

15. If the document you want to open is in a different folder, press backspace at the "document to open?" prompt. Then locate a folder and document as you normally would.

16. Once the document is open, place the cursor at the end of the document or anywhere you would like to "paste" the text from the clipboard.

17. Press space + b to open the Block Commands menu.

18. Press letter p (dots 1 2 3 4) or space to "paste clipboard" and press enter.

19. Did the paste work? Read your document to find out.

20. Explore various aspects of the Block Commands menu as time.
Quiz Yourself 10:
After reading the paragraphs and following the steps in Work Time, take this quiz. Questions are taken from this lesson or prior lessons.
If the statement is true, write or say true. Write or say false if the statement is false.
1. To append text to the clipboard means to add text to the end of the text that is currently on the clipboard.

2. Space + b will open the Block Commands menu.

3. In the Block Commands menu, using the initial letter of each item is a shortcut to carry out the action you want.

4. It is possible to delete a block of text.

5. Space + 2 3 4 5 is the shortcut to open the previously opened document.

6. To move text to the clipboard means the text will also be left in its original location.

7. To check the time, press space + t.

8. In the calculator, dots 3 6 are the symbol for subtraction.

9. Enter + dot 4 will make the volume softer.

10. Enter + dot 3 will make the voice rate slower.
Quiz # Answers #10:
1. true

2. true

3. true

4. true

5. false

6. false

7. false

8. true

9. false

10. true
Commands to Know Lessons 1 through 10:

1. Return to Main Menu with space + dots 1 2 3 4 5 6.

2. Press Previous thumb-key + space to toggle among the speech modes.

3. From Main Menu, press letter w to open the Word Processor.

4. Exit a document with e + space.

5. Enter + t to check the time.

6. Check the date by using enter + d.

7. From Main Menu, press u to open the Utilities Menu.

8. Space + dots 3 4 to toggle among choices.

9. From Main Menu, open the File Manager by pressing letter f.

10. Turn the volume up by pressing enter + dot 4.

11. Enter + dot 1 will turn the volume down.

12. Enter + dot 6 will increase the rate.

13. Decrease the rate by pressing enter + dot 3.

14. Make the pitch higher by pressing enter + dot 5.

15. Enter + dot 2 will make the pitch lower.

16. Move forward by word = space + dot 5

17. Back by word = space + dot 2

18. Read current word = space + dots 2 5

19. Move forward by character = space + dot 6

20. Back by character = space = dot 3

21. Read current character = space + dots 3 6

22. Move by line = space + dot 4

23. Back by line = space + dot 1

24. Read current line = space + 1 4

25. Check the power status with o + space, then letter p.

26. Move to top of document or file list with space + dots 1 2 3.

27. Space + 4 5 6 will jump to the bottom of a document or list of folders or files.

28. Advance thumb-key will move forward by display width.

29. Back thumb-key will move back by braille display width.

30. Use cursor keys to place cursor and edit as needed.

31. From anywhere on the BrailleNote, enter + backspace + f will open the File Manager.

32. From anywhere on the BrailleNote, enter + backspace + w will open Word Processor.

33. Backspace + r to rename a folder or document from within a list.

34. Backspace + dots 1 4 (c, for clear) to delete a folder or document from within a list.

35. Enter + backspace + s is the shortcut to open the Scientific Calculator.

36. Use space + h to get help.

37. Go forward reading with space + g.

38. Space + backspace to stop reading after space + g was used.

39. Space + dots 2 3 4 5 6 to start automatic reading with the braille display.

40. While automatic reading, previous to slow the rate and next to increase the rate of braille display movement.

41. Previous + next will stop automatic reading.

42. Space + f will find a string of text.

43. Space + n will find the next occurrence of the last searched for text string.

44. Open the block commands menu with space + b.

45. Press space + 1 2 5 6 to open the document you last had opened.
Calculator Commands:
1. Clear a calculation with space + dots 3 5 6.

2. Use backspace to delete the last key pressed.

3. For addition, use the plus symbol, dots 3 4 6.

4. Dots 3 6 are used for subtraction.

5. For multiplication, use dots 1 6.

6. Dots 3 4 are used for division.

7. For the decimal point, use dots 4 6.

8. To here the last number or operator, press space + 2 5.

9. Previous + next will change between displaying the result or the whole calculation.

Quick Assessment #10:
* Open block commands menu

* Move text to the clipboard

* Paste text from the clipboard
I = independent v = verbal cue p = physical assist na = not applicable














1. Open a document.

2. Place cursor at top or beginning of text you want to select.

3. Set a top block marker (space + b, then letter t).

4. Place cursor at the end of text you want selected.

5. Set the bottom block marker (space + b, then letter b).

6. Move the text to the clipboard (letter m in the block commands menu).

7. Place cursor at location where the text should be pasted.

8. Paste text from the clipboard (space + b, then letter p).



Possible Goal for Lesson #10:

Given a BrailleNote and text, student will move or copy and then paste text with no more than one verbal cue for 3 of 4 evaluated trials.
Rosa Mauer 7/7/2012

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