CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, November 1 to November 7, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, November 2, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter Gerry Chevalier

(NOTE) Gerry Chevalier will host a Q&A session on his Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves part 2 podcast which describes the Online bookshelves including CELA Library Direct to Player. The podcast is available on the CCB podcast feed or you can Download the MP3 of the podcast. Listen to the podcast and bring your questions to the November 4 Zoom session. Gerry will also give a couple of bonus tips at the session that are not in the podcast.

CCB-GTT All ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, November 4, 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. We have an additional meeting on November 4th continuing on how to get started with your Android device. Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

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

 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, November 6, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, 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

Victor Reader Stream Podcast Part 2 of 2, Online Bookshelves, October 29, 2020

Podcast Show Notes:

October 29, 2020

Theme: Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Part 2 of 2

Use the above link to download the recorded podcast MP3 file.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton

In this 68 minute second of two presentations, Gerry demonstrates how to use the Victor Reader Stream online bookshelves to organize and play different types of Internet media. The Victor Stream is a popular digital talking book player for blind people manufactured by HumanWare. This second presentation focuses on managing online content including CELA Library Direct to Player books, Podcasts, Internet radio, and Wikipedia and Wiktionary articles.

You will learn how to:

  • Connect your Stream to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Configure your Stream to use the CELA Library Direct to Player service.
  • Perform Stream multi-tap text entry.
  • Download CELA Library Direct to Player Books comparing the Stream’s automatic or manual download modes.
  • Use your computer to search the CELA Library for Direct to Player books.
  • Navigate the Stream Direct to Player bookshelf.
  • Return a Direct to Player book to CELA.
  • Navigate the Stream’s Podcast bookshelf and play podcasts.
  • Download new podcast episodes and delete episodes.
  • Configure the Stream for manual or automatic episode download.
  • Move an episode to the SD card.
  • Add or remove podcast feeds.
  • Backup your list of feeds to the SD card.
  • Change the HumanWare suggested podcast feeds.
  • Use the Stream’s Internet radio bookshelf to listen to radio stations.

Add stations to your favorites and delete stations you no longer want.

  • Select different HumanWare suggested playlists.
  • Create your own playlists.
  • Backup your playlists to the SD card.
  • Use the Stream’s References bookshelf to find articles on Wikipedia and Wiktionary.
  • Save articles or move them to the SD card.

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

Web www.ccbnational.net

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – Creating Repetitive Documents, October 28, 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 – Tips for Creating Repetitive Documents

Those of us who use Word at work, school, or for volunteer activities, often find the need to create a new document that is similar to an existing document. For example, for the GTT Edmonton Chapter I produce a monthly meeting agenda in Word. Each month’s agenda is like the previous month in layout, formatting, headings, fonts, contact info etc. so it is usually easier to modify the previous month’s agenda than start with a blank document. This ensures a consistent look to the document which is more professional than producing inconsistent looking documents. Here’s the basic steps I follow to produce my agenda document. These steps should work for most of your repetitive documents as well.

  • Find the previous document with Windows File Explorer.
  • Don’t open the previous document. Just Press Control+C to copy it to the clipboard.
  • Then immediately press Control+V. This will paste a second copy of the document into the same folder. Windows will name the copied document with the same filename plus “copy” at the end.
  • Press F2 on this copied document and retype the name of your new document and then press Enter. Now you have a new document with your new filename, and you can proceed to edit it.
  • Press Enter to open the new document in Word.
  • Press Control+H to replace all words in the document’s old contents that need to be changed for the new document. For example, in the case of my agenda document, I might want to replace all occurrences of January with February.
  • Now position the cursor at the start of any text that is not needed in the new document and navigate to the end of that unneeded text. This highlights or selects the text. Press Delete key to delete that highlighted text.
  • Type new text that you need for the new document.
  • For new sections or sub sections don’t forget to make level 1 or level 2 headings . Place the cursor at the beginning of the heading and press Alt+Control+1 for a level 1 heading or Alt+Control+2 for a level 2 heading. This shortcut only works for level 1, 2, or 3 headings.
  • If your new section needs specific formatting, such as headings, bullets or fonts, that are in an existing section, then you can copy the formatting. Place your cursor somewhere within the old section. Now press Control+Shift+C which copies the text formatting (not the text) to the clipboard. Then highlight (select) the new section you just typed and press Control+Shift+V to apply the formatting to that section.
  • Press F7 to spell check your new document contents.
  • When finished editing just press Control+S to save the document.

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, October 25 to October 31, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, October 26, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter Gerry Chevalier

(NOTE) Gerry Chevalier will host a Q&A session on his Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves part 1 podcast which is available on the CCB podcast feed or you can Download the MP3 of the podcast. Listen to the podcast and bring your questions to the October 28 Zoom session. Gerry will also give a couple of bonus tips at the session that are not in the podcast.

CC-Boo!-GTT EVENING OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Elmer Thieson (the original ET), co-host Corry Stuive

Topic, whatever is on your mind, tech or other. Let’s call this the Halloween edition! Tricks or Treats anyone? We look forward to hearing you there!

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 30, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

Victor Reader Stream Podcast Part 1 of 2, SD Card Bookshelves, October 22, 2020

Podcast Show Notes:

October 22, 2020

Theme: Victor Reader Stream Bookshelves Part 1 of 2

Use the above link to download the recorded Podcast MP3 file.

Presenter: Gerry Chevalier

GTT.Edmonton

In this 67 minute first of two presentations, Gerry demonstrates how to use the Victor Reader Stream SD card bookshelves to organize and play different types of content. The Victor Stream is a popular digital talking book player for blind people manufactured by HumanWare.

The Stream uses a bookshelf paradigm to manage content. Gerry explains the SD card bookshelves and what kind of content to place on each bookshelf folder of the SD card including DAISY books, Audible books, MP3 books, Podcasts, text files, and voice notes recorded by the Stream. You will learn how to:

  • Use Windows File Explorer to create folders .
  • Rename folders and place files into them.
  • Extract book folders from Zip files that you download from CELA Library and other content providers.
  • Unprotect a file downloaded from the Internet.
  • Transfer DAISY books and other types of files from your computer to the Stream SD card bookshelf folders.
  • Transfer an Access Technology Institute text book to the Stream.
  • Organize songs by genre, artist, and album using subfolders on the Stream’s music bookshelf folder.
  • Archive Stream recorded notes by moving them to the Other Books and Podcasts bookshelves.
  • Navigate different book types on the Stream including Microsoft Word documents and DAISY Text books and use the Stream to search within these text books.
  • Search Wiktionary and Wikipedia using the Stream.
  • Safely remove SD card media from your computer.

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

Web www.ccbnational.net

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – Determining Word or Character Counts, October 21, 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 – Determining Word or Character Counts
While in a Word document, you can find out how many words or characters are in the entire document or a selected block of text. Select the block of text of interest or don’t select anything if you are interested in the counts for the entire document. Press F6 to jump to the Status tool bar at the bottom of the screen. Arrow right to the Word count button. Press spacebar on the word count button to find the number of characters, lines, and paragraphs. Press Escape to go back from the status tool bar to the body of your document.
Note: For users of the JAWS screen reader, you can press the JAWS+NumPad3 key to read the document status line which announces the number of pages and words.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, October 18 to October 24, 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.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Monday, October 19, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB-GTT RURAL AND NORTH CALL

Tuesday October 20, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host/co-host, Dorothy Mc Naughton and Brian Bibeault

We encourage everyone from across Canada to take part.  The topic is Apps – those that are most accessible and useful for people with vision loss, as well as other apps we enjoy using.  Our speaker is Elmer Thiesen.  There will be lots of time for questions and for everyone to share their favourite apps.

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Topic, All about Aira

Presenter Janine Stanley from AIRA, Host Kim Kilpatrick

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID

Wednesday, October 21, 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. For the next three sessions we are going to discuss how to get started with your Android device. Please identify yourself when registering with your proper name and zoom screen name.

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

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, 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

GTT Edmonton Meeting Notes, CELA Update, October 13, 2020

Summary Notes

GTT Edmonton Meeting October 13, 2020

The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held October 13 7pm as a Zoom virtual meeting.

12 people attended.

Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading. Read the Additional Resources section following the meeting notes to learn about one on one telephone support, the National blog, CCB Podcast, Zoom meetings, and the support email list.

October Topic –CELA Library Update

CELA Update

Gerry led a discussion on changes and upgrades to the CELA Library service this year. These updates include:

  • Access to eleven newspapers has been restored
  • New search and delete options on Direct to Player Bookshelf
  • Search preferences are now available
  • Magazine subscriptions are now available
  • You can now filter search results by human-narrated audio or human-transcribed braille
  • More than 150 DAISY magazines are available

For a more complete description of recent CELA website updates including step by step instructions on their use, you may visit:

https://celalibrary.ca/website-updates

CCB Online Membership

CCB has opened an online form where you can register your 2021 membership and pay your $10 membership fee via credit card or PayPal. This is a secure form so it is safe to fill it out. CCB will not retain your credit card information. You may also indicate the local chapter you are supporting. In our case please indicate “GTT Edmonton” as the name of your chapter. Note that the birthdate field is optional. A link to the membership form is available on the home page or you can reach it from this direct link.

CCB 2021 Membership Form

Please consider supporting CCB programs and advocacy work by joining as a GTT Edmonton Chapter member.

 Vision Loss Rehab Alberta

We were joined by Stephannie Leach and Dave Winchester from Vision Loss Rehab Alberta. Dave helps clients obtain high tech devices such as CCTV readers, JAWS/Fusion/Zoomtext software, BrailleNote, Iris Vision and other technology. These devices are subsidized by the STEP program through Alberta Aids to Daily Living. Stephannie talked about low tech aids such as talking watches, talking book players, color detectors and other low tech devices that can also be purchased with support from the STEP program. You may contact either Stephanie or Dave for more information about acquiring technology through the STEP program at 780.488.4871.

Accessible Washer/Dryer

Russell let us know of a recent  new LG WM3500CW washer/dryer pair that he and Sarah just purchased. Russell states:

It has WI-FI capability and you can interface with the settings through the LG ThinQ app. In the app you can choose cycles, temperature, extra spin and so forth. The app will send you push notifications when the load is done washing. The dryer also has WI-FI, but I haven’t connected it to WI-FI yet.

The set was quite expensive, $945 for the washer and the same for the dryer. This model was highly rated in Consumer Reports. We bought our set at Coast Appliances, but it’s available at various outlets.

Next Meeting (Monday November 9at 7pm)

  • Topic TBA and will again be a virtual Zoom meeting. The meeting link will be included in the agenda which will be emailed in early November.
  • As always, for help with technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.

Additional Resources

Telephone Training and Support

Contact the CCB national office GTT coordinators to book one on one telephone training.

Kim: 877-304-0968 Ext. 513

Email: GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

GTT Blog and Regular Zoom Meetings

CCB sponsors about 14 monthly Zoom meetings on technology, lifestyle, and open chat socialization.  You may wish to read the GTT blog to find email notices of the Zoom meetings and other information such as the weekly Windows from the Keyboard Tips. If you would prefer to receive the blog posts in your email inbox, then you may activate the Follow link at the bottom of the blog web page to enter your email. IF you have difficulty contact Kim or David for assistance.

CCB Podcast

CCB sponsors a podcast feed. Use your favorite pod catcher app or the Victor Reader Stream book playing device to subscribe to the feed. Search for “CCB” (Canadian Council of the Blind). You will find episodes on technology as well as general interest topics such as CELA Library, NNELS Library, WBU, and more.

GTT Email Support List

CCB also sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians.  To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:

GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

GTT Edmonton Overview

  • GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
  • GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
  • Each 2 hour meeting consists of a feature technology topic in the first hour and a general tech discussion in the second hour. If you know someone in the Edmonton area who would like to be a part of our group, simply ask them to email their full name and vision status (blind, low vision, sighted) to:

Gtt.edmonton@gmail.com

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Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – How to Create a Table of Contents, October 14, 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 – How to Create a Table of Contents

If you have a long document, and have taken care to use Style headings for your sections and subsections, then you not only have a well organized document that can also be easily navigated with screen readers, u have also gained the advantage of being able to use those headings to create an automatic table of contents. Each heading will become an entry in the table of contents.

  • Position your cursor where you want to insert the table of contents.
  • Press Alt+S, T to open the Table of Contents submenu on the References Tab of the ribbon.
  • Press Enter to select the Automatic Table 1 or Automatic Table 2 style. The table of contents will be inserted at your cursor position. Note that each heading appears in the table of contents as a link so readers of your document can activate those links to jump directly to the corresponding section of your document.
  • If you change the document and need to update the table of contents, just position the cursor within the existing table of contents and press the Applications key. Then choose Update Field from the resulting context menu.

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, October 11 to October 17, 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.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Date and Time communicated to invited participants.

If you feel that you are in a beginners category and would like more training in a small group setting where there are no silly questions, please contact David Greene and become part of a beginner’s small group. David’s email is accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com or call him at 1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

This week’s meetings….

(NOTE)  There will be no Open Chat session on Monday October 12, 2020. Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Wayne Antle, Co-host Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, Using voiceover on the Mac.

 

CCB-GTT NATIONAL CALL

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific

Presenter Peter Tucic (brand ambassador) Blindness products at Humanware. Host Kim Kilpatrick

Topic, Peter will be talking about all that is new with Humanware’s Blindness product portfolio. This would include covering what is new with the BrailleNote Touch Plus, as well as talking about the new Mantis Q40 and upcoming Brailliant BI40. He will also cover what is new with the Victor Reader Trek. and will be happy to take questions from participants.

 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 16, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Security procedure remains in effect.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, 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, Microsoft Word – Easy Way to Add Headings, October 7, 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 – Easy Way to add Headings

It is very useful to use Microsoft Stylized headings in your document for organization. Headings make the document more visually appealing, allow for creation of a table of contents, and allow screen readers to navigate from heading to heading when in document scan mode. Full access to the heading styles of Microsoft Word can be found under Styles on the Home tab of the ribbon. However, there are easy keyboard shortcuts to also mark headings.

  • Type the text of your heading.
  • While positioned on the heading text, press Alt+Control+1 to make that text a level 1 heading.

Press Alt+Control+2 to make the text a level 2 subheading.

  • Press Alt+Control+3 to make the text a level 3 sub-subheading. Note that these shortcut keys only work for the first 3 levels of headings. If you need a level 4 or higher, you can press Control+Shift+S to open a drop down list of all the heading styles and select the one you want.
  • If you make a mistake such as marking text as a heading level 2 and you meant it to be at level 3 just reposition your cursor on the text and press Alt+Control+3 to change it to level 3.
  • If you mistakenly mark text as a heading and it should not be, then select the text and press Control+Shift+N to remove the heading and set the text to the normal document style.

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

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, October 4 to October 10, 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.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Date and Time communicated to invited participants.

Our first group of participants are moving forward and making great progress.  We have limited the group size of this, and future CCB-GTT Beginners Call groups to a small number to ensure maximum support. If you are a beginner and would like to be included in a future group, please contact David Greene at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

This week’s meetings….

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT

Monday, October 5, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

topic, Open discussion

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Diana Brent, Co-host Corry Stuive

Topic, Organizing your I device screens, How to create folders, move apps and more.

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 9 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

(NOTE) Advance notice, there will be no Open Chat session on Monday October 12, 2020

Enhanced security procedure remains in effect.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, 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, Microsoft Word Shortcut for Bulleted or Numbered Lists, September 30, 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 – Shortcut for Creating a Bulleted or Numbered List

You may quickly create a bulleted list of items in your document as follows.

  • Press the asterisk (*) key plus a space at the start of your first item. Type the item text and press Enter.
  • The asterisk will be changed to a bullet and the next line will also start with a bullet so you can type the second item.
  • Continue typing the remaining items of your list and press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto-bullet marking.
  • You can also bullet text that is already typed by selecting the line or lines of text and pressing Control+Shift+L.

 

Similarly, you can type a numbered list.

  1. Press “1.” Without the quotes Followed by a space and the text of your first item and then press Enter.
  2. The next line will begin with “2.”. Continue typing the items in your list and press Enter after each item. Each new line will be numbered incrementally.
  3. Press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto numbering.

If you later delete one of the numbered items, or insert a new item, the remaining items are automatically renumbered.

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 27 to October 3, 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.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Date and Time communicated to invited participants.

Our first group of participants had another great session last week.  We have limited the group size of this, and future CCB-GTT Beginners Call groups to a small number to ensure maximum support. If you are a beginner and would like to be included in a future group, please contact David Greene at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

This week’s meetings….

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT

Monday, September 28, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

topic, Open discussion

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick, and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, VoiceOver commands part 2. Using Bluetooth keyboards and customizing commands.

 

(NEW) CCB-GTT EVENING OPEN CHAT

Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific

Host, Elmer Thieson (the original ET)

You asked for it, here it is! Our first attempt at an evening open chat session. We especially welcome those who have been unable to join us at the daytime chat sessions due to work, school or other commitments.

 

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, October 2 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

Enhanced security procedure remains in effect for all meetings.

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

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

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, 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, Microsoft Word Manual Spell Check, September 23, 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 – Manual Spell Check

The previous tip discussed the automatic spell check that Word can do as you type your document. However, you may manually want to spell check after you complete the document or perhaps spell check a document written by someone else.

With your Word document open, press F7 to start the spell checker. The spell check window will open, show the number of spell check issues, and place focus on the “Review all Results” button.

  • Press spacebar to activate this review button and you will be taken to the first issue. Word will show what it considers to be the issue, suggest a correction, and show the sentence containing the error. If you use JAWS, it will automatically speak that information for you. If you don’t use a screen reader there is also a button to have Word read the sentence containing the error to you.
  • If you agree with the suggested correction, just press Enter and Word will make the correction and move to the next issue.
  • Otherwise, you may TAB through the correction dialogue where you have multiple choices of actions you may take. There is a button to ignore the issue, ignore all occurrences of that issue in the document, or add the item to Word’s dictionary so it will not be flagged in the future. You may activate those buttons as needed and you will then be moved to the next issue in the document. You may also press Escape anytime to close the spell check window and return to your document.
  • Also, rather than pressing TAB to move through the dialogue controls, you may simply press a single shortcut letter. For example, press key I to ignore the issue, key G to ignore all issues, or key A to add the item to the dictionary. If you press I or G, the item is ignored, and you are moved to the next issue.
  • Thus, you can quickly move through all issues by simply pressing Enter to accept the correction, I to ignore it, or G to ignore all occurrences.
  • There is also a Settings button in the dialogue that you may activate to change how the spell checker behaves.

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

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 20 to September 26, 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.

Enhanced security procedure remains 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.

YOU SPOKE….WE LISTENED!

One of the changes suggested by a few of the participants at our September 9th planning meeting was to have an CCB-GTT Open Chat in the evening. Great idea lets give it a go! The first Evening open chat will take place on Wednesday September 30th (we thought we would give you the scoop now so you can plan and mark your calendars) …. See you there!

CCB-GTT PODCASTS

Have you checked out any of our podcasts lately? Several of the recent CCB- GTT Presentations and CCB-GTT National calls have been turned into Podcasts. A special thanks goes out to Nolan for his hard work in putting the audio together! So, just in case you missed a presentation you may have a second chance to hear it via the podcasts. 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 favourite smart device Pod Catcher.

CCB-GTT BEGINNERS CALL

Date and Time communicated to invited participants.

Our first group of participants are well underway and progressing in a friendly and informative fashion!  We have limited the group size of this, and future CCB-GTT Beginners Call groups to a small number to ensure maximum support. If you are a beginner and would like to be included in a future group, please contact David Green at accessibilitytraining7@gmail.com

This week’s meetings….

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT

Monday, September 21, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick

topic, Open discussion

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick, and Nolan Jenikov

Topic, VoiceOver gestures (rescheduled because of last week’s technical difficulties)

CCB-GTT YOUTH ZOOM CALL

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 pM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net.

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT

Friday, September 25, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time:

host, David Green,

Topic, Open discussion,

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

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

GTT Edmonton Meeting Notes, GTT History and Resources, September 14, 2020

Summary Notes

GTT Edmonton Meeting September 14, 2020

 

The most recent meeting of the Get Together with Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held September14 at 7pm as a Zoom virtual meeting.

12 people attended.

Reading Tip: These summary notes apply HTML headings to help navigate the document. With screen readers, you may press the H key to jump forward or Shift H to jump backward from heading to heading. Read the Additional Resources section following the meeting notes to learn about one on one telephone support, the National blog, CCB Podcast, Zoom meetings, and the support email list.

 

September Topic –GTT History

Our guest was Kim Kilpatrick from the Ottawa national office of Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). Kim is the founder of the GTT initiative in CCB and she presented a short history of GTT.

Kim, blind from birth, and an avid braille user and technology user has always been keen to learn from other blind people. She especially wanted to share their experiences with technology. She organized a small group and they had their first meeting in the CCB Ottawa office in 2012. They were enthusiastic and wanted to continue to meet and ‘get together with their technology’. However, they did not want to take on the bother of making a legal organization and board of directors. So, they asked if CCB would sponsor their group.

That was the birth of the GTT program within CCB and Kim was hired in 2014 to lead the program.

GTT now has chapters in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, and Northern  Ontario. Training others to use technology became an important GTT initiative. David Green was hired to train over the telephone and via the Zoom meeting app. David now trains full time – for example he had 6 students on our meeting day, September 14. Kim also does one-on-one training especially for students who want help with braille technology. Their contact information follows these notes.

Kim also highlighted the increased use of Zoom to reach out to GTT members across Canada which has become a significant innovation that grew out of the Covid requirements for isolation.  Currently, there are Zoom meetings every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am Edmonton time as well as a national zoom meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 5pm Edmonton time. An Android user group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5pm. A youth group now meets every Wednesday afternoon. The meeting invitations are posted on the GGT blog (see below). If you have ideas for Zoom meeting topics Kim wants to hear from you. Her contact information is below.  Kim and David can also help you install the Zoom app on your phone or computer if you don’t have the app and want to participate in the GTT Zoom meetings. Thanks for a great presentation, Kim.

 

New Members

We welcomed to new attendees at the meeting Pamera and Katherine.

Additional Resources

Telephone Training and Support

Contact the CCB national office GTT coordinators to book one on one telephone training.

Kim: 877-304-0968 Ext. 513

Email: GTTProgram@Gmail.com

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

AccessibilityTraining7@Gmail.com

GTT Blog and Regular Zoom Meetings

CCB sponsors about 14 monthly Zoom meetings on technology, lifestyle, and open chat socialization.  You may wish to read the GTT blog to find email notices of the Zoom meetings and other information such as the weekly Windows from the Keyboard Tips. If you would prefer to receive the blog posts in your email inbox, then you may activate the Follow link at the bottom of the blog web page to enter your email. IF you have difficulty contact Kim or David for assistance.

CCB Podcast

CCB sponsors a podcast feed. Use your favorite pod catcher app or the Victor Reader Stream book playing device to subscribe to the feed. Search for “Canadian Council of the Blind”. You will find episodes on technology as well as general interest topics such as CELA Library, NNELS Library, WBU, and more.

GTT Email Support List

CCB also sponsors a GTT email support list to provide help and support with technology for blind and low vision Canadians.  To subscribe to the email list, send an empty email to:

GTTsupport+subscribe@groups.io

 

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.

 

CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings, September 13 to September 19, 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. 

 

THANK YOU! 

A special THANKS goes out to all that participated in last Wednesday’s planning session.  We sincerely appreciate your input and will be implementing several of then in the weeks and months ahead.  If you were unable to attend and have some feedback about the CCB GTT program and/or any of it’s offerings (zoom, support list, blog, etc) please feel free to contact  anyone of the CCB GTT staff listed at the bottom of this email/post.  We thank you all for your participation…….stay safe everyone! 

 

CCB-GTT METRO VANCOUVER MEETINGS 

We are in the process of revamping our program in the Metro Vancouver area.  In doing so we will be having a meeting to invite participants input later this month.  There will be no CCB-GTT VCC or CCB-GTT NEW WEST meetings this month, and any sort of Face to Face meetings have been suspended for the balance of the calendar year, if not beyond.  The CCB-GTT NORTH VANCOUVER program has been suspended indefinitely, with the hope that participants from there can join us at one of the other meetings and/or the online Zoom calls.  

This weeks meetings….. 

OPEN CCB-GTT CHAT 

Monday, September 14, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific Time: 

Host, Kim Kilpatrick 

Open discussion 

 

CCB-GTT RURAL AND NORTH CALL 

Tuesday September 15, 2020, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific: 

The topic will be how do you watch TV? What kind of TV do you have? How do you manage to use the remote, etc?  We are looking forward to a great discussion. Doug Leavens from Sault Ste. Marie will be sharing his recent experience with a new Apple TV box.  If time permits feel free to ask other questions.  We will discuss your topic suggestions for future meetings.  

 

CCB-GTT PRESENTATION 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific: 

Presenter, Kim Kilpatrick and Nolan Jenikov 

Topic, (as requested by previous participants) Getting started with Voiceover gestures for the iPhone.  

 

CCB-GTT ALL ABOUT ANDROID 

Wednesday, September 16, 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 YOUTH ZOOM CALL 

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM 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 new day and time! The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at nolan.gtt@ccbnational.net. 

 

CCB-GTT OPEN CHAT 

Friday, September 18, 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 

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, 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.