Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word, Spell Check and Find Synonyms, September 16, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – Quick Spelling Correction and Finding Synonyms

As you are typing, you might make a typo or hear a misspelled word. If you press the Applications key on the incorrect word, a context menu will open, and Windows will suggest what it thinks is the correct word. Simply press Enter to accept the correction, or Escape to return to your document, or press Tab for additional options such as adding the word to the spelling dictionary, or ignoring it. IF a new word is not suggested when you press the Applications key, then Windows is not aware of the misspelling.

 

Also, when you think you might have used a word too frequently or think there might be a better word to use but you can’t think of one, just press the Applications key on the word. When the context menu opens, arrow down to the Synonyms submenu and press Enter. You will be placed in a list of synonyms. IF one of them is desirable, just press Enter and your original word will be replaced with the chosen synonym. If you don’t like any of the choices, just press Escape to close the menu.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word F12 Save As Shortcut, September 9, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – F12 Save As Shortcut

When editing a new Microsoft Word document that has not yet been saved, you may press Control+S to save the document. However, this brings up the Back Stage Save-As dialogue which is accessible but somewhat awkward to use from the keyboard.

  • Instead of Control+S, you may prefer to press F12. This brings up the more familiar Save-As dialogue with focus in the file name edit box where you can type your new document’s file name. If you want to choose a specific folder to save the document, then Shift+Tab twice to reach the list of files of the current destination folder from where you can navigate to another folder.
  • Note that there are many controls in the Save As dialogue. Rather than pressing TAB many times to reach the Save button, you may just press Alt+S from any of the dialogue fields to activate the Save button.
  • The “Save As Type” field is worth noting. Press TAB once from the file name field to reach it. You may use this list field to convert your document. Arrow up and down the list to see which types of documents you can convert to. For example, you may want to convert your Word document (DOCX type) to a flat text (TXT) type document or to a PDF document. Suppose you want your Word document to be converted to a web page. To do this, select document type, web page HTM or HTML. A second copy of your file will be saved in the new document type you select, and your original document type will also be retained.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys Part 2, September 2, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 2

  • Press Control+O to open a new document. You will be placed in the Backstage view where you can press Up/Down arrows to select from the list of Backstage categories, press Left/Right to choose the Tabs for the selected category, and press Enter to open a Tab. The Recent Tab allows you to browse a list of recently used documents. The Document Tab lets you browse your computer folders.
  • While editing a document, press F6 to cycle between the document pane, the status line at the bottom of the screen, and the ribbon. Press Shift+F6 to cycle in the reverse direction.
  • Press Control+F6 to cycle between documents if you have more than one document opened.
  • Press Control+F to search the document. Press Escape to exit the Find dialogue and return to the document.
  • Press Control+PageDown to find the next search item or Control+PageUp to find the previous search item.
  • Press Control+H to search and replace within the document. Note this search and replace dialogue has an option to replace one or all of the search items. For example, you could replace all occurrences of John with Jane.
  • Press Control+Shift+E to toggle the Track Changes feature on or off. With Track Changes on, your revisions will be highlighted so others can see what you have changed in the document.
  • Press F3 to toggle lower/upper case.
  • Press F7 to spell check your document.
  • Press F12 to Save a new document (Save AS window).
  • Press Control+S to save an amended document that has been previously saved.
  • Press Control+W or Control+F4 to close a document window. If you have modified the document since you last saved it, you will be prompted to save or don’t save it.
  • Press Control+P to print a document.
  • Press Control+Z to undo your last action. This is valuable to restore something you accidentally delete or type or paste. You can undo multiple actions by pressing Control+Z multiple times.
  • Press Control+Shift+C to copy the formatting of the current paragraph (e.g. font, bullets, indentation etc.). You can then position to another paragraph and press Control+Shift+V to apply that same formatting to the other paragraph.
  • Press Control+Shift+N to restore the default formatting of the current paragraphs or selected text. This is a quick way to remove headings, font changes, underlining, bolding, bullets or any other formatting that you may have accidentally applied. The text will simply be returned to your default document format.
  • Press Alt to focus on the Office upper ribbon. Press the left/right arrow to move among the upper ribbon tabs.
  • Press TAB to move to the first command for a given ribbon tab. Press TAB and Shift+TAB to move forward and backward among the commands. Press Control+Left/Right arrow to move from one command group to another.
  • For button items, press spacebar or Enter to activate. For a split button, which acts like a menu with multiple choices, press Enter to activate the default choice, or press Alt+Down arrow to open the split button menu and then press Tab or arrow keys to move between the other choices.
  • If you reach a ribbon item you want to use often, press the Applications key to open a context menu for that item . Arrow down the menu and press Enter to add the item to the Quick Access Tool Bar. The next time you require that item, press Alt to reach the ribbon, then up arrow to focus on the Quick Access Tool Bar and then arrow to the required item. Finding an item from the Quick Access Tool Bar is typically much faster than finding it on the ribbons.

 

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 1, August 26, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 1

While working in a Microsoft Word document (or other documents such as Outlook emails) you can:

  • Press Backspace to delete the previous character.
  • Press Control+Backspace to delete the previous word.
  • Press Delete key to delete the current character at the cursor.
  • Press Control+Delete to delete the next word.
  • To bold text press Control+B, type the text, then press Control+B to turn off bolding. Or, if the text is already typed, select what you want bolded using the Shift plus arrow keys and then press Control+B.
  • The above procedure is identical for underlining text or italicizing text. Just substitute Control+U for underlining and Control+I for italics.
  • Press Control+E to centre the current line.
  • Press Control+Shift+. (period) to increase the font size.
  • Press Control+Shift+, (comma) to decrease the font size.
  • Press Control+Z to undo the last edit action.
  • Press left/right arrow keys to move from character to character.
  • Press Up/Down arrows to move from line to line.
  • Press Home or End keys to move to the beginning or end of a line.
  • Press Control+Home or Control+End to move to the start or end of the document.
  • Press Control+Left/Right arrow keys to move between words.
  • Press Control+Up/Down arrows to move between paragraphs.
  • Include the Shift key with the above navigation shortcut keys to select the text.
  • Press Control+C to copy selected text to the clipboard.
  • Press Control+V to paste text from the clipboard into the document.
  • Press Control+Alt+V to open the paste special menu which allows you to decide how to paste the clipboard contents. For example, you can select to paste as html, plain text, picture, Word object, or RTF. Press Escape to exit the menu without making a choice. It’s important to paste as plain text if you are copying from other documents such as an email in order that you don’t paste the font or formatting of the source document into your Word document. Pasting as plain text will ensure the copied text conforms to the formatting of your Word document.
  • Press Alt+Up/Down arrow keys to move between sentences.
  • Press Control+G to enter a page number to jump to in the document.
  • Press Control+Enter to enter a page break into the document.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, August 23 to August 29, 2020 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the (note) notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

PLEASE NOTE…..Enhanced security procedure in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, August 24, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Corry Stuive

Open discussion plus: Aira, social media and who knows what else…..

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, Setting up and using the Dolphin Easy Reader app with CELA library and Bookshare.  

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

GTT Weekly Youth Gathering Use this link to attend, provided you’re between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact David Green at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

(NOTE) If you are a beginning learner of IOS, Android, PC, Mac, or other new devices: Have you enjoyed the monthly Beginner’s calls? Would you like them to continue? What topics would you like to see discussed? We  will be having a discussion meeting on this topic. If interested, e-mail Kim Kilpatrick at gtt@ccbnational.net

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, August 28, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

Open discussion, Tech and/or other, Come join the community!

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

CCB-GTT Using CELA Library from the Keyboard Part 2 of 2, Magazines and Newspapers, August 19, 2020 with a link to the podcast episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the voice of the blind in Canada.

Summary Notes:

August 19, 2020

Theme:  CELA Library Magazines and Newspapers

Use the above link to play and/or download the CCB podcast

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com

 

In this 15 minute second of two presentations, Gerry presents the magazine and newspaper services offered by the  CELA Library from a keyboard user’s perspective. CELA is Canada’s largest nationwide library service for persons unable to read print. It offers materials in alternate print formats such as recorded DAISY audio , digital text, and braille. Gerry shows how to find a magazine in Direct to Player format and apply search filters. He also shows how to subscribe to magazines. He then describes how to find and read newspapers online. His explanations describe keyboard navigation  and shortcuts for blind users who cannot use a mouse.

For more information about the GTT Program including one on one tech training contact:

Phone: (613)567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968

Email: ccb@ccbnational.net

Web www.ccbnational.net

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Search for Outlook Email Messages, August 19, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook – Search for Messages

If you want to find an older message which may be in your Sent items or Deleted items, first move to the folder where you believe the message is. Do this with Control+Y to bring up the tree view of folders and then arrow to the folder or press its first letter, and then press Enter to open the folder. Now, to search in that folder, press Control+E. An edit box opens. Type one or more words you believe are in the message such as an email name, a unique word from the subject line or within the message body. Then press TAB several times and you will be in a list of messages where your search text was found.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, August 16 to August 22, 2020 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(note)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.

PLEASE NOTE…..Enhanced security procedure in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, August 17, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

Open discussion plus: What tech do you use for work?

CCB-GTT RURAL AND NORTH CALL

Tuesday August 18, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

The topic will be learning how to use One Drive and Dropbox to store and share files. Your presenter will be Brian Bibeault. There will be lots of time for questions!

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Gerry Chevalier

Topic, Using CELA library, part 2 of 2. This week focusing in on Newspapers and Magazines. Q&A to follow

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

GTT Weekly Youth Gathering Use this link to attend, provided you’re between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact David Green at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com.

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Tracy and Matthew have put this group together to share their experiences navigating Android devices. We welcome the input from users of all experience levels so we can learn together. Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

(NOTE) Registration required, Email: aaug.canada@gmail.com

CCB-GTT TORONTO CALL

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 6:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Pacific:

This month, GTT creator, Kim Kilpatrick, David Green, CCB’s national GTT tech advisor, and CCB Member Debbie Eva Williams will be presenting the Apple Watch, a wearable world on your wrist!  You can use it for time, apple pay, transit app, messages, calendar, texting, and more! 

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, To get the call in information please e-mail Gtt.toronto@gmail.com

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, August 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

Open discussion, Tech and/or other, Come join the community!

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

Using CELA Library from the Keyboard Part 1 of 2, Overview and Book Search, August 12, 2020 with a link to the CCB podcast

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the voice of the blind in Canada.

Summary Notes:

August 12, 2020

Theme:  CELA Library Overview and Book Search

Use the above link to play and/or download the CCB podcast.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com

 

In this 27 minute first of two presentations, Gerry presents an overview of how to use the CELA Library service from a keyboard user’s perspective. CELA is Canada’s largest nationwide library service for persons unable to read print. It offers materials in alternate print formats such as recorded DAISY audio , digital text, and braille. Gerry explains these formats and service options. Gerry demonstrates how to login to the service and reviews the main page. He shows how to set search preferences, search for a book in Direct to Player format, apply search filters, and browse for books. His explanations describe keyboard navigation  and shortcuts for blind users who cannot use a mouse.

For more information about the GTT Program including one on one tech training contact:

Phone: (613)567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968

Email: ccb@ccbnational.net

Web www.ccbnational.net

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Quickly Move to Outlook Folders, August 12, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook Email – How to Quickly move to Other Folders

While in your email view, you may press Control+Y to bring up a tree view of other email folders that you have created in the past. Arrow up and down the list to the folder you want, and press Enter to open it. Or, you can also use first letter navigation to jump to a folder in the tree view whose name begins with that letter. For example, to quickly get to your Sent items folder, press Control+Y and then press S multiple times until you find Sent items. Then press Enter to open the Sent items folder. Similarly, to open your deleted items folder, press Control+Y, then press D multiple times until you reach deleted items. Then press Enter to open it. To quickly return to your main inbox folder, press Control+Shift+I. To move a message from one folder to another, press Control+Shift+V. Focus is placed in the tree view of folders. Arrow down or press its first letter to choose the destination folder and press Enter to move the message. The folder list is a tree view. If you have subfolders, you may need to arrow down to find the top level folder and then arrow right to open the subfolder. First letter navigation also works to jump to a desired folder but only if the branch of the folder tree that contains the desired folder is open. For example, suppose you have a folder called Math that is a subfolder of School. You can press M to jump to the Math folder but only after you first press S to jump to the School folder and then press right arrow to open the school folder.

 

Note that the Control+Y tree folder does not offer the ability to create new folders, rename folders, or delete folders. To do these functions you need to press Shift+F6 from the list of messages to focus on the tree view of folders. You navigate this tree as explained above but in this view you are able to press Applications key on any of the folders to obtain functions such as delete or rename.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Disable Show In Groups Feature in Outlook Email, August 5, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook Email – How to Disable the Show in Groups  Feature

For keyboard users, the Outlook email feature to group your messages can cause confusion. It allows messages to be grouped by date and when you arrow up and down your message list this may result in messages not appearing that you know should be there. You can collapse or expand the ‘Show in Groups’ by using left or right arrow respectively. On the other hand, you may wish to just disable the Show in Groups feature. To do this, while in your Outlook email, press Alt+V to go to the View Tab of the ribbon. Then, press Tab until you reach the Arrange By submenu. Press Enter to open this submenu and Tab to the Show in Groups checkbox and press space bar if it is checked. This disables the Show in Groups feature for your current email folder. Unfortunately, you will need to do this for each of your email folders.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, August 2 to August 8, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

CCB GTT Open Chats,

CCB GTT Presentation

and

 CCB GTT Youth Zoom Conference Call

You’re invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of August 2nd to August 8th, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

PLEASE NOTE…..Enhanced security procedure.

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim,

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name.

If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of August 2 to August 8, 2020:

Please Note, There will NO open Chat on holiday Monday, August 3rd, 2020. Wishing you all a happy and safe long weekend!

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green

  • Theme: What to keep in mind when buying a new computer. 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Nolin Jenikov

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, August 7, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

1-877-304-0965 Ext 550

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Create an Outlook Meeting Request, July 29, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – Creating a Meeting Request
Outlook provides a special type of appointment called a meeting request. It allows you to send a meeting request to several people at the same time and each of them can accept your meeting request which will automatically create an appointment in their Outlook calendar. You will also be informed with an email from each person who accepts your meeting request. Follow these steps to use the keyboard to create a meeting request.
• From any Outlook view, press Control+Shift+Q to start a new meeting request. The meeting request window will open where you can enter your meeting details.
• Type the title of your meeting and press TAB. You will be placed in the “Required” field.
• Type the email addresses of the people you need to attend the meeting. Outlook will auto complete email addresses just as when you are filling in the “To” field of an email. Press TAB after entering all the required emails and you will be placed in the Optional field.
• Type the email addresses of the people who can optionally attend your meeting or just press TAB to leave this field blank.
• TAB through and enter the date and times your meeting will begin and end.
• There is a field to find a meeting room which you can ignore.
• Don’t forget to fill in the Location field because everyone needs to know where to meet, or which teleconference number to dial, or, if it is an online Zoom meeting, you could paste the link to the Zoom meeting room here.
• Then press Alt+S to save the meeting time in your Outlook calendar as well as send it to the Outlook outbox for emailing the request to your recipients.
• Each recipient will receive an email with your Meeting Request. To accept/decline your request they can press the Applications key on the request email in their inbox. A context menu will open allowing them to choose to accept or decline.
• As each person accepts or declines your meeting, you will receive an email notification in your own inbox. These emails are just for information and can be deleted.

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, July 26 to August 1, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats, 

CCB GTT Beginner’s call 

and 

 CCB GTT Youth Zoom Call

You’re invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 26 to August 1, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

PLEASE NOTE……Enhanced security procedure necessitated via security issues! Please review, note and implement were required. Thanks!

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim, 

When you enter the waiting room for the meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name.

If you are calling in from a land line, please e-mail the CCB receptionist (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. shelley’s email address is ccb@ccbnational.net.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you. 

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of July 26 to August 1, 2020:

CCB GTT Open Chat, Monday, July 27, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host Kim Kilpatrick

Topic: What tech helps you most since the onset of COVID 19.

CCB GTT Beginners Call, Tuesday, July 28, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific time: host Kim Kilpatrick

  • Topic, learning to use the IOS app Seeing AI.

CCB GTT Open Chat, Wednesday, July 29, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host Kim Kilpatrick, , 

  • Topic, open discussion

CCB GTT Youth Zoom Call, Wednesday, July 29, 2020,

2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific: Host , Nolan Jenakov,

CCB GTT Open Chat, Friday, July 31, 2020,

1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: host David Green, 

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net  

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Outlook – Protected Email Attachments, July 22, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – Protected Documents on Email Attachments
By default, Windows will protect Office documents that originate from the Internet such as downloaded documents or documents attached to emails. You have probably received an email with an attached Word or Excel document. After saving the attached document and opening it, you notice it has opened in protected view. With a screen reader, you can verify the protected view by reading the screen title line when the document is open. Windows automatically protects documents that originate from the Internet to inhibit malware macros that could be present in the document. However, protecting the document prevents you from editing it, and it may also cause some accessibility issues with screen readers even if you just want to read the document.
If you trust the sender of the document, you can easily turn off the document’s protection.
• With the document open, press Alt+F. This will bring up the list of categories in the document Backstage view. Sometimes, my screen reader tells me the protected document is not open and it is unresponsive to my keyboard. If I Alt+TAB away from the document and Alt+Tab back to it then it unlocks, and I can press Alt+F.
• Arrow down to the Info category of the Backstage view which gives access to the document properties.
• TAB repeatedly through the document properties of the Info category until you reach the “Enable editing” button and press the space bar. This turns off the document’s protected mode so you can edit it.
• Note: If you Tab beyond the Enable Editing button you will find a link to take you to the Trust Centre where you can modify the global protection settings. For example, you could prevent future documents received from the Internet from being automatically protected. However, for safety, I recommend leaving the global protection settings unchanged because it’s safer to have Internet documents protected by default.

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, July 19 to July 25, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats,

  • (Including a special guest and topic Wednesday)

CCB GTT Rural and Northern Ontario Call

and

 CCB GTT Youth Zoom Conference Call

You’re invited to the CCB GTT’s Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 19 to July 25, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

NEW, PLEASE NOTE…..

Enhanced security procedure. Please review, note and implement were required.

Special note about zoom bombing from Kim,

Recently a few of our meetings have been derailed by Zoom Bomber(s). These are folks that come into meetings with no intent to participate. There sole intention is to disrupt the session. There arrival includes vulgar language and/or disturbing video content. Once in the zoom room it is impossible for a host to get rid of them, so…..

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable first and last name.

If you are calling in from a land line, please e-mail the meeting host ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in.

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.

Phone 1-877-304-0968 or

email gtt@ccbnational.net

Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

Week of July 19 to July 25, 2020:

Monday, July 20, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host Nolan Jenakov, email him at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific time:

host Brian Bibeault, email him at gtt.northbay@gmail.com

  • Theme: a discussion about podcasts, podcatchers, what are they? How do you use them? CCB GTT Open Chat, use this link to atttend

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host Kim Kilpatrick, , email her at GTTProgram@Gmail.com

  • Theme: Our special guest Wayne Antle will describe and lead a discussion about IPhone reading apps. Followed by open chat starting around 2pm Eastern IPhone reading apps , use this link to attend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

host Nolan Jenakov, email him at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net

Friday, July 24, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host David Green, email him at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Brian Bibeault, Volunteer, North Call Coordinator:

gtt.northbay@gmail.com

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Save Outlook Attachments, July 15, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – How to Save an Attached Document
If you receive an email with one or more attached documents and wish to save the documents, follow these steps:
• From the email message, press Shift+Tab to focus in the email attachments list.
• If there is more than one attachment, arrow left or right to select the document you wish to save. If you wish to save all the attachments press Control+A to select them all.
• Press Control+C to copy the selected attachment(s) to the clipboard.
• Use File Explorer to open the folder where you wish to save the attachment(s).
• Press Control+V to paste the attachment(s) to this folder.
Here’s a second way to save attached documents without using File Explorer.
• From the email message press Shift+Tab to focus in the email attachments list.
• If there is more than one attachment, arrow left or right to select the document you wish to save.
• Press the Applications key or Shift+F10 to open a context menu.
• Arrow down the menu and press Enter on the Save As menu item.
• This opens the Windows Save As dialogue so you can save the attachment.
Note that one of the items in the context menu is to save all attachments so it is not necessary to repeat the above steps for each attachment. If you use the Save All Attachments menu option, you will be placed in a dialogue to confirm and then a second dialogue to select the folder you wish to save all the attachments to.

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, July 12 to July 19, 2020 via Zoom Conference

This week……..

Weekly CCB GTT Open Chats,

CCB GTT Youth Zoom Conference Call,

(NEW) CCB GTT Android Users Group

and

CCB GTT Toronto Group.

You’re invited to the CCB GTT’s Zoom Conference call meetings for the week of July 12 to July 19, where we will focus on the needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones or computers.  See below for the Zoom link and phone numbers.

Week of July 12 to July 19, 2020:

Monday, July 13, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: Brian Bibeault and Corry Stuive will host.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: Gerry Chevalier:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific Time: Kim Kilpatrick and Guest host:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific: Rebecca Jackson, Nolin Jenakov and David Green

(NEW) Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 Pm Pacific: CCB GTT Android Users Group

  • Have you ever found yourself asking which type of phone should I get for my needs? An IPHONE or an Android? The truth is both have their advantages and disadvantages, but Apple gets most of the press. That is why your hosts for the call, Tracy and Matthew, have put this group together. We want to share some of the perks of using an Android device. More importantly we want your input as blind or partially sighted users and are here to discuss any questions you may have. This is not an android Only group, we welcome the input of Apple users and users of all experience levels. In our first meeting we will be discussing the purpose and goals of this group and will mention some of the excellent accessibility features available on Android devices. After that, the floor is yours!!! We want to hear what works for you and what issues you may have. The group can help you with your issues. We look forward to your participation!!!   CCB GTT Android User Group use this link to attend.

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:00 PM Eastern, 3:00 PM Pacific: CCB GTT Toronto Group

  • Topic, Are you in the market for a new phone? Bewildered by the choices? The options? The features? Apple or Android? This month our own Jason Fayre will be helping us talk about what matters when choosing a phone.
  • (NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting than the regular CCB-GTT Zoom Log-in.
  • Meeting Id 93700586904,  Password 005761

Friday, July 17, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: David Green and Guest host.

You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

https://zoom.us/j/9839595688?pwd=N01yeERXQk4rWnhvNCtHTzZwdXcwQT09

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+15873281099,9839595688#

BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+17789072071,9839595688#

Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+12045151268,9839595688#

Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+14388097799,9839595688#

Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:

+16473744685,9839595688#

Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, GTT East Coordinator

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

Brian Bibeault, Volunteer Coordinator:

gtt.northbay@gmail.com

Corry Stuive, National Program Coordinator

corry.gtt@ccbnational.net 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, 10 tutorial Podcasts now available for download, July 10, 2020

Beginner Podcast Series on Using Windows from the Keyboard

Hosted by the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Program,

An initiative of the

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), the voice of the blind in Canada™.

 

Basic Windows from The Keyboard Podcast Tutorials

by Gerry Chevalier
GTT.Edmonton@Gmail.com

During the spring of 2020 Gerry presented 10 Zoom webinars on how to use Windows from the Keyboard. If you are blind or experiencing progressive vision loss that makes it difficult to use a mouse, these lessons teach the basics of using Windows without a mouse. The lesson recordings are available on the Canadian Council of the Blind podcast feed. The lessons are not about screen readers. The lessons emphasize Windows keyboard shortcuts and techniques so they will be relevant to both low vision users and screen reader users.

Links to the 10 recorded episodes and show notes are listed below.

If you have additional suggestions for CCB podcasts, please let us know.

Phone: (613)567-0311

Tol Free: 1-877-304-0968.

Email: ccb@ccbnational.net

 

To listen to each of the 10 episodes listed below from your computer or smart device, simply click on the individual session links provided, and PC screen reader users can use their Quick Navigation key B once on the episode site to access the Play/Pause button.  Press the Space Bar to activate it once found.

You can subscribe to the CCB Podcast feed by searching for CCB/Canadian Council of the Blind Podcast on the Victor Reader Stream, or your favorite smart device Pod Catcher.

Happy listening!

Session 1: April 29, 2020

Theme: Intro Session Keyboard, Desktop, Start Menu, Task Bar, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 2: May 6, 2020

Theme: Desktop Shortcuts, Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Bonus Session: May 8, 2020

Theme: Typio Accessible Typing Tutor App, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 3: May 13, 2020

Theme: Task Bar, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 4: May 20, 2020

Theme: Navigating and Selecting Text in Word and Outlook, Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Session 5: May 27, 2020

Theme:  Windows File Explorer, Show Notes and Podcast Link.

Session 6: June 3, 2020

Theme: Windows Recycle Bin and Using External Media, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 7: June 17, 2020

Theme: Internet Browsing, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 8: June 24, 2020

Theme: Microsoft Ribbons, Show Notes and Podcast link.

Session 9: July 1, 2020

Theme:  Microsoft Backstage View and Save As Dialogue

Session 10: July 8, 2020

Theme:  Microsoft Outlook

How to access and download CCB Podcast Episodes:

PC Computer: all the above podcast episodes can be accessed and downloaded from; http://www.ccbpod.podbean.com/. Here’s how:

  1. Open the episode you wish to download and navigate to the Download Link.
  2. In the Social Sharing section of the page is a Download Link along with the number of downloads to date. First letter navigation from the screen reader’s Links List won’t work to access this Download Link. Down arrow to it and press Enter once found.
  3. In the page that loads you will find another Download Link, and once the links are listed using the screen reader’s Links List first letter navigation will work. Press Enter to activate the function. The podcast will be found in your Downloads folder.
  4. To close the Downloads Page Use Control W, which will take you back to the episode page, and Alt left arrow will take you back to the main CCB Podcast page.

Moving Podcast Episodes to the VR Stream:

  • To move all your above episodes to the VR Stream as MP3 files, first create a folder in the $VROtherBooks titled Windows from the Keyboard Tutorials and move the episodes into it.

What is GTT?

Get Together with Technology (GTT) is an initiative

of the Canadian Council of the Blind. GTT aims to help people who are blind or have low vision improve their independence using technology.  You can learn more about GTT Zoom sessions and other activities  by following the GTT blog. This site also contains much of the information and more from Gerry’s tutorials in written form as weekly blog posts. Look under the category, Windows from the Keyboard Tips.

 

CCB-GTT Windows from the Keyboard Tips Summary Notes, Microsoft Outlook, July 8, 2020 with a Link to the CCB PODCAST Episode

Get Together with Technology (GTT)

Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)

Summary Notes:

July 8, 2020

Theme: Microsoft Outlook

Use the above link to play and/or download the CCB podcast.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

In this 31 minute 10th and final episode of the Windows from the Keyboard series, Gerry discusses Microsoft Outlook. He demonstrates some changes to the View settings to make the display less cluttered for keyboard users. He examines the different Outlook views, mail, Calendar, and contacts. He comments on navigation on the folder list and message list. He demonstrates attaching a file to an email and saving a file attached to an email. He notes some very important shortcut keys for JAWS users for reading message headers. He concludes with a quick look at the Calendar and Contact forms. You may find much of the information presented in these 10 episodes in written form as a series of weekly blog posts under the category, Windows from the Keyboard Tips on the GTT Program blog site.

For more information please contact your GTT Coordinators/Trainers:

Kim Kilpatrick 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 513

GTTProgram@Gmail.com

David Green 1-877-304-0968 Ext. 509

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

CCB-GTT Backgrounder:

The CCB was founded in 1944 by a coalition of blind war veterans, schools of the blind and local chapters to create a national self-governing organization. The CCB was incorporated by Letters Patent on May 10, 1950 and is a registered charity under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

The purpose of the CCB is to give people with vision loss a distinctive and unique perspective before governments.  CCB deals with the ongoing effects of vision loss by encouraging active living and rehabilitation through peer support and social and recreational activities.

CCB promotes measures to conserve sight, create a close relationship with the sighted community and provide employment opportunities.

The CCB recognizes that vision loss has no boundaries with respect to gender, income, ethnicity, culture, other disabilities or age.

The CCB understands in many instances vision loss is preventable and sometimes is symptomatic of other health issues.  For the 21st century, the CCB is committed to an integrated proactive health approach for early detection to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

As the largest membership organization of the blind and partially sighted in Canada the CCB is the “Voice of the Blind™”.

GTT is an exciting initiative of the Canadian Council of the Blind, founded in Ottawa in 2011 by Kim Kilpatrick and Ellen Goodman.  GTT aims to help people who are blind or have low vision in their exploration of low vision and blindness related access technology.  Through involvement with GTT participants can learn from and discuss assistive technology with others walking the same path of discovery.

GTT is made up of blindness related assistive technology users, and those who have an interest in using assistive technology designed to help blind and vision impaired people level the playing field.  GTT groups interact through social media, and periodically meet in-person or by teleconference to share their passions for assistive technology and to learn what others can offer from their individual perspectives.

CCB National Office

100-20 James Street Ottawa ON  K2P 0T6

Toll Free: 1-877-304-0968 Email: info@ccbnational.net URL: www.ccbnational.net