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Freedom Scientific Inc
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The Focus 40 Blue refreshable braille display provides a compact, tactile interface to your computer. Used together with screen access software such as JAWS® for Windows, the Focus 40 Blue can enhance your computing experience.
The Focus 40 Blue includes the following features:
This device has no user-serviceable components. Any unauthorized attempt to service or replace internal components by opening the case will void the product warranty.
The Focus package includes the following items. If you find that you are missing any of the components listed below, please call Customer Service at (800) 444-4443.
On the left side of the display, going from front to back, you will find the Power button (1) and a standard micro USB port (2). The USB port allows you to connect the display to a computer using the supplied USB cable, or to the AC adapter.
The refreshable braille cells (3) are located toward the front of the unit. There is a cursor router button (4) above each braille cell. At each end of the display's surface are NAV Rockers (5) used for easy navigation. Positioned above each NAV Rocker is a mode button (6) which cycles through the different navigation modes.
Positioned directly above the cursor router buttons, there are eight keys similar to those on a Perkins-style braille keyboard (7). The eight braille keys from left to right are: 7, 3, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8. These keys are used to enter commands. On the front edge, directly under and in the center of the display is a SPACEBAR (8). This key is used together with the braille keys when entering commands.
On the front edge of the Focus display are the following controls, located from left to right:
The Focus 40 Blue display provides two NAV Rockers, two mode buttons, two panning buttons, two rocker bars, two selector buttons, and cursor router buttons above each braille cell. See the chart following the Cursor router Buttons section for a full listing of all multiple-control functions.
Note: If you choose to use the Focus display with a third-party screen reading application on a computer or mobile device, refer to the documentation that came with the software as the functions of these controls may be different from how they work with JAWS.
The Focus NAV Rockers allow you to move quickly through files, dialog boxes, lists, and menus. In a file, you can move by line, sentence, paragraph, or pan backward and forward. To switch between the four navigation modes, press the mode button located directly above each NAV Rocker. In a dialog box, you can move between the available controls, and even interact with them. In a menu, you can move up and down through the menu items.
The Focus panning buttons pan left or right one display width (40 cells) each time they are pressed. Press the panning button on the left front edge of the Focus, the button with a raised double left arrow symbol, to pan left; press the panning button on the right front edge of the Focus, the button with a raised double right arrow symbol, to pan right. The functions of the panning buttons can be reversed so that pressing the left panning button will pan right and pressing the right panning button will pan left. Please refer to help for the JAWS Keyboard Manager for details on modifying these and other control assignments.
The rocker bars provide movement up or down by line. Press the top of the rocker bar to move up one line; press the bottom of the rocker bar to move down one line. The rocker bars, in combination with the panning buttons, move to the beginning or end of the line on which the cursor is positioned. Press a panning button and the top of a rocker bar to move to the start of the line. Press a panning button and the bottom of a rocker bar to move to the end of the line.
Used by themselves, the concave-shaped selector buttons control Auto Advance. When pressed in combination with other controls, the selector buttons perform multiple functions.
There are cursor router buttons above each braille cell. Press a Cursor router button to move the cursor to that point, or to select a link in a Web page or e-mail message. In line mode, press a cursor router button to open a menu or select menu items.
Press and hold the LEFT or RIGHT PANNING BUTTON while simultaneously pressing a CURSOR ROUTER BUTTON to simulate a right mouse click at that location.
|Enable Auto Advance Mode||LEFT SELECT+RIGHT SELECT|
|Decrease Auto Advance Speed||LEFT SELECT|
|Increase Auto Advance Speed||RIGHT SELECT|
|Left Mouse Click||PANNING BUTTON+CURSOR ROUTER BUTTON|
|Control+Left Mouse Click||router BUTTON CHORD|
|Page Down||LEFT or RIGHT SELECT+ROCKER DOWN|
|Page Up||LEFT or RIGHT SELECT+ROCKER UP|
|Top of File||LEFT PANNING BUTTON+SELECT BUTTON|
|Bottom of File||RIGHT PANNING BUTTON+SELECT BUTTON|
|End||PANNING BUTTON+ROCKER BAR DOWN|
|Home||PANNING BUTTON+ROCKER BAR UP|
|Next Line||ROCKER BAR DOWN|
|Prior Line||ROCKER BAR UP|
|Pan Left||LEFT PANNING BUTTON|
|Pan Right||RIGHT PANNING BUTTON|
|Select Text||LEFT SHIFT+CURSOR ROUTER BUTTON|
|Select Block||RIGHT SHIFT+CURSOR ROUTER BUTTON at beginning of block; repeat at end of block|
|Toggle NAV Rockers On/Off||LEFT or RIGHT MODE BUTTON CHORD|
The power button turns the Focus on or off when not connected to USB. Press and hold it for three seconds to turn the display on and press and hold it for three seconds again to turn the display off.
The Focus 40 Blue contains an internal battery for Bluetooth operation. While using the Focus over a Bluetooth connection, you will get approximately 20 hours for typical usage. To check the battery status while the display is in use, press the power button to display the percentage of battery charge used. Press a cursor router or any other control to return to normal operation.
When the battery is at 20 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent respectively, a low battery warning is displayed indicating it is time to plug in the AC adapter. You can dismiss this message by pressing a cursor router button. In addition, once the battery drops below 10 percent, dots seven and eight in the last five cells will show each percentage drop. For example, when the battery is at one percent, DOT 8 in cell 40 will be raised.
Use the AC adapter supplied with your unit to charge the battery. The unit takes three hours to charge using the supplied AC adapter even when the Bluetooth connection is active. Charging time will be less if the battery is not completely discharged before the display is plugged in. The Focus will also charge while connected to a computer using the USB cable, however, charging time will take longer than with the supplied AC adapter. As the Focus charges, the battery charging indicator, a circle of dots, is displayed to the right of the percentage until the unit reaches 100 percent. You can continue using the Focus while it is charging.
Caution: No user serviceable parts. Risk of High Voltage shock.
You can connect the Focus braille display to your computer using either the USB port or Bluetooth. If you connect using USB, the display is powered from the computer through the USB connection cable. This also charges the internal battery.
As soon as you connect the USB cable to the computer, the Focus immediately turns on. When the USB cable is removed, the Focus turns off. Pressing the power button while connected to USB causes the focus to display the model, firmware version, battery status, and the connection type, USB, in the last three cells. Pressing a cursor router button returns the display to normal operation.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless communications technology. Devices with Bluetooth capabilities can communicate with each other over a distance of about 10 meters (30 feet) without requiring a physical connection. Using the Focus wirelessly over Bluetooth means you do not have any cables to worry about and you can relax on your couch and use the Focus as both a braille display and keyboard to access your computer from across the room.
In order to use Bluetooth, you must establish a partnership with a Bluetooth enabled computer. The majority of modern notebook computers and mobile phones as well as some models of desktop computers offer built-in Bluetooth support. However, not all computers offer this. If your computer does not have built-in Bluetooth, you will need to purchase an external USB Bluetooth adapter and install the appropriate drivers on your system to enable this functionality. Refer to the documentation that came with your Bluetooth hardware to ensure Bluetooth is properly configured on your computer.
If you are using the Focus Blue with JAWS 10 or earlier, you will need to first install the driver included on the Companion CD that came with your display before connecting it to your computer.
Note: Disconnect the Focus display from your computer when performing the following steps. Having the display connected during this process results in improper installation and failure of the display to operate properly.
JAWS 11 and later automatically installs the files necessary to use the Focus Blue during the JAWS installation. Make sure JAWS 11 or later is installed and running before attempting to establish a USB or Bluetooth connection with the Focus 40 Blue.
Note: If you choose to use the Focus display with a third-party screen reading application, you must install the driver from the Companion CD. However, once installed, refer to the documentation that came with the software for information on configuring and using the Focus with the particular application as certain commands may be different.
To configure the Focus Blue braille display to operate with JAWS over USB, do the following:
Note: Windows XP will display a Found New Hardware Wizard, prompting you to locate the driver. Choose the option to automatically install the software then select Finish to complete the installation.
In order to use the Focus Blue with JAWS wirelessly over Bluetooth, you must first configure a Bluetooth partnership between the Focus and computer.
To set up a Bluetooth partnership between the Focus display and computer using Windows 7 or Vista, do the following:
If you are using JAWS 12 or earlier, you will need to find the outgoing port number assigned to the Focus as this is the port JAWS will use to communicate with the display. To view COM port information, select Change Bluetooth settings to open the Bluetooth Settings dialog box, then navigate to the COM Ports page. JAWS 13 and later automatically detects the appropriate COM port.
To set up a Bluetooth partnership between the Focus display and computer using Windows XP, do the following:
Note: Your settings will not be saved if you do not exit both the wizard and Bluetooth Devices dialog box as described in step 9.
You must now configure JAWS to use the Bluetooth connection. Note that it is not necessary to first establish a USB connection before using Bluetooth. If you have not yet set up a USB connection with the Focus display, do the following:
If you are currently using the Focus display over USB and you want to switch the connection to use Bluetooth, do the following:
Once JAWS is configured to communicate with the Focus Blue over Bluetooth, you can switch back and forth between USB and Bluetooth and JAWS will automatically detect the connection without the need to change any settings. For example, if you connect the USB cable and restart JAWS, the display will work with JAWS over USB. If you disconnect the USB cable, then power on the Focus Blue and restart JAWS, the display will work with JAWS over Bluetooth.
To check the battery status, press the power button to display the percentage of battery power remaining. The letters “BT” are also displayed in cells 38 and 39 to indicate the Bluetooth connection is active. Press a cursor router button to return to normal operation.
If you are using the Focus display over a USB connection and you need to access a Bluetooth device you have previously paired with the Focus, you can use the Power 123 feature to quickly toggle the active connection between USB and Bluetooth. For example, if the Focus is connected over USB to your primary computer running JAWS and you receive a text message on your smartphone that you want to read and respond to using the braille display, you can switch to Bluetooth to access the smartphone and then back to USB to resume braille access to your computer.
To switch the active connection to use Bluetooth, press the power button to display the status information and then press DOTS 1-2-3 from the Perkins-style keyboard on the Focus display. If the Focus has been paired and the device is on, the Focus will immediately begin displaying information from the Bluetooth device. Press the power button and then press DOTS 1-2-3 again to switch back to the USB connection.
Note: When initially pairing the Focus Blue with another Bluetooth device, ensure the display is powered on and not connected to USB. Once paired, you can connect the USB cable and then use this feature to toggle the active connection.
Note: Android and iOS devices must first be locked before the display is switched from USB to Bluetooth connectivity. Once the display is switched to Bluetooth, unlock your mobile device so that it will find the display and begin using it as usual. Once the connection is established, you can switch back and forth using the Power 123 command without having to first lock and unlock the device.
The BrailleIn™ feature allows you to use the Perkins-style braille keyboard on your Focus display to control your computer using both Windows and application specific commands. In addition, you can also enter both contracted and uncontracted braille input from your braille display’s keyboard. The advantage is that you no longer have to switch between your computer’s keyboard and your display’s keyboard, or enter a special typing mode in order to use contracted braille to run your computer or programs. For a list of keystrokes, refer to the Focus Keyboard Commands Overview section of this manual.
With BrailleIn, as you type in contracted braille using the Perkins-style keyboard, your input is immediately translated back as normal text in the current e-mail, document, or form. If an application or specific edit box does not support contracted braille, JAWS announces “Computer Braille” when tutor messages are enabled.
Contracted braille input is off by default. To turn it on, do the following:
Note: Contracted Braille Translation can also be turned on or off using the Translation Options (INSERT+V) in those applications where it is available.
Available in JAWS 9.0.2169 or later, Braille Study Mode is a training tool for teaching and learning braille. When Braille Study Mode is on, JAWS will announce the current braille character in a display cell when you press the Cursor router button immediately above that cell. When you press the particular Cursor router button in conjunction with the left or right selector button, JAWS will announce and spell the braille word.
To enable Braille Study Mode, do the following:
In addition, the following commands are available even when Braille Study Mode is disabled:
This is useful when you need a quick reminder, but you do not want to go through the process of turning on Braille Study Mode as previously described.
Note: JAWS returns to normal operation after announcing the braille character or word.
The Focus braille display provides features that you can customize to suit your needs. You can adjust the location of the status cells and vary the firmness of the braille dots.
These settings are all adjusted using Settings Center (JAWS 12 or later). In Settings Center, choose Braille, then Advanced. For more information on using Settings Center, refer to the JAWS help for Settings Center. If you are using JAWS 11 or earlier, these settings are adjusted through the JAWS Configuration Manager.
You can specify if the informational Status Cells are to be located on the left or right end of the display, or choose to not display them at all. The status cells are located at the left end of the display by default.
Specify the firmness of the braille dots on the Focus display. There are five levels of firmness. Adjust the display to the level of firmness most suited to the sensitivity of your fingers.
When using your Focus Blue in front of your computer’s QWERTY keyboard, you can lock the Perkins-style keys on the top of the display to prevent accidentally pressing them and entering unwanted text or commands.
To lock the Focus Blue keyboard, press the Power button to display the status information and then simultaneously press a Cursor Router and the left Mode button. To indicate that the keyboard is locked, DOTS 2-3-4-6-7-8 and DOTS 1-3-5-6-7-8 will be displayed in two cells toward the right end of the display, just before the connection status. Press any other control to return to normal operation. Once locked, pressing DOTS 1 through 8 or the SPACEBAR will no longer send keystrokes through to the computer.
To unlock the keyboard so you can once again enter text or perform commands from the Focus Blue, press the Power button to display the status information and then simultaneously press a Cursor Router and the right Mode button. Press any other control to return to normal operation and you can once again enter text using the Focus Blue keyboard.
Pressing DOTS 1-4-7-8 CHORD while the Focus status information is displayed activates a menu where you can change the Focus display’s Bluetooth ID, change the key repeat interval for the NAV Rockers, and adjust the length of time the display will wait after a control is pressed before going to sleep.
When the menu first opens, you are on the Bluetooth ID. To move through the available settings, press DOTS 4-5 CHORD or DOTS 1-2 CHORD. To move through the available options for a setting, use the rocker bars. To exit the menu and save any changes you have made, press DOT 8. Press Z CHORD (DOTS 1-3-5-6 CHORD) to exit the menu without saving any changes. Both of these commands will also return the display to normal operation.
The available menu options are described in the following sections.
This option displays the Bluetooth ID used by the Focus 40 Blue to identify itself when pairing the display with a computer or mobile phone. The default Bluetooth ID for the Focus 40 is Focus 40 BT. You can also change the ID to Focus 40 BT plus the 8-digit Bluetooth MAC address. Using the Bluetooth MAC address makes your Focus more unique as it is different for each Focus display. This is useful if you will be pairing the Focus with a computer in an environment where there are other Focus Blue displays with Bluetooth enabled and you want to make sure you pair the correct one.
This option controls how fast the NAV Rockers on the display repeat when held down for a length of time, such as when you want to scroll quickly through the items in a list. The four settings are off, slow, medium, and fast. Off is indicated by a full braille cell at the far left of the display in cell one. Two full braille cells indicate slow, three full braille cells indicate medium, and four full cells indicate fast. By default, two full cells are shown, which means the key repeat is set to slow.
This menu option lets you specify how long the Focus display waits after a control is pressed before it goes to sleep. You can choose to have the display go to sleep after 5, 15, 30, or 45 minutes of inactivity. The number 5 is indicated by dots 2-6, 15 by dot 2 and dots 2-6, 30 by dots 2-5 and dots 3-5-6, and 45 by dots 2-5-6 and dots 2-6.
This section describes the keyboard command assignments for JAWS and the Focus braille display. The commands are separated into modifier Keys, function keys, special keys, navigation commands, Microsoft Word navigation quick keys, text selection commands, Braille commands, Windows commands, selection commands, JAWS commands, cursor functions, and utility functions. Focus commands are consistently based on JAWS and Windows commands. If you are familiar with JAWS and Windows keyboard commands, Focus commands are very easy to learn. If you become familiar with Focus commands, JAWS and Windows keyboard commands are also easy to learn.
The keystrokes listed here are for JAWS 12 and later. To view Focus keystrokes for earlier versions of JAWS, visit the Freedom Scientific Braille Displays documentation page.
Note: Some of these commands duplicate functions of the panning buttons, rocker bars, and selector buttons, detailed earlier in this manual.
Use the modifier keys to simulate key combinations (keystrokes) that include CTRL, ALT, WINDOWS Key, SHIFT, or the JAWS Key (INSERT). To use these modifiers when typing a keystroke, do the following:
|Function Keys (F1 through F12)
For more information, see the Function Keys description.
|WINDOWS Key||DOT 4|
|JAWS Key||DOT 5|
To simulate the function keys (F1 through F12), press DOTS 1-8 CHORD followed by A through L (which correspond to 1 through 12). For example, to simulate the F6 key, press DOTS 1-8 CHORD, then F (DOTS 1-2-4). If the function key is part of a key combination, add the appropriate modifiers while holding down DOTS 1-8 CHORD. For example, to simulate the keystroke INSERT+F2, press DOTS 1-2-8 CHORD, then B (DOTS 1-2).
Use these keystrokes to simulate certain keys that are not available on the Focus braille keyboard. These keys can be combined with the modifier keys described previously. Punctuation and other symbols will be entered using their contracted braille equivalents if Contracted Braille Translation is set to Input and Output. For your convenience, both keystrokes and braille dot patterns are provided. If no dot pattern equivalent is available, a dash appears in the table cell.
|Key Name||Keystroke||DOTS Pattern|
|ESC||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 1 or Z CHORD||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 1 or DOTS 1-3-5-6 CHORD|
|ALT||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 2||-|
|APPLICATION Key||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 2 CHORD||-|
|NUM PAD ASTERISK||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 3||-|
|WINDOWS Key||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 4||-|
|NUM PAD SLASH||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 7||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 7|
|CAPS LOCK||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 7 CHORD||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 7 CHORD|
|NUM PAD PLUS||RIGHT SHIFT+DOT 8||-|
|CTRL+BACKSPACE||DOTS 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 CHORD||-|
|TAB||DOTS 4-5 CHORD||-|
|SHIFT+TAB||B CHORD||DOTS 1-2 CHORD|
|HOME||K CHORD||DOTS 1-3 CHORD|
|END||DOTS 4-6 CHORD||-|
|PAGE UP||LEFT SELECT+ROCKER BAR UP or RIGHT SELECT+ROCKER BAR UP or DOTS 2-3-7 CHORD||-|
|PAGE DOWN||LEFT SELECT+ROCKER BAR DOWN or RIGHT SELECT+ROCKER BAR DOWN or DOTS 5-6-7 CHORD||-|
|DELETE||FOR CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3-4-5-6 CHORD|
|RIGHT BRACKET||DOTS 1-2-4-5-6-7||-|
|LEFT BRACKET||DOTS 2-4-6-7||-|
|LEFT PARENTHESIS||DOTS 1-2-3-5-6||-|
|RIGHT PARENTHESIS||DOTS 2-3-4-5-6||-|
|QUESTION MARK||DOTS 1-4-5-6||-|
|EXCLAMATION MARK||DOTS 2-3-4-6||-|
Use these keystrokes to perform various JAWS navigation commands. Both keystrokes and braille dot patterns are provided in the table. If no dot pattern equivalent is available, a dash appears in the table cell.
|Say Prior Character||DOT 3 CHORD||-|
|Say Next Character||DOT 6 CHORD||-|
|Say Character||DOTS 3-6 CHORD||-|
|Say Prior Word||DOT 2 CHORD||-|
|Say Next Word||DOT 5 CHORD||-|
|Say Word||DOTS 2-5 CHORD||-|
|Say Prior Line||DOT 1 CHORD or LEFT ROCKER BAR UP||-|
|Say Next Line||DOT 4 CHORD or LEFT ROCKER BAR DOWN||-|
|Say Line||C CHORD||DOTS 1-4 CHORD|
|Say Prior Sentence||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT ROCKER BAR UP||-|
|Say Next Sentence||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT ROCKER BAR DOWN||-|
|Say Sentence||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT SHIFT+C||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-4|
|Say Prior Paragraph||RIGHT SHIFT+LEFT ROCKER BAR UP||-|
|Say Next Paragraph||RIGHT SHIFT+LEFT ROCKER BAR DOWN||-|
|Say Paragraph||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3-5-6-7-8||-|
|Move to Top of File||L CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3 CHORD|
|Move to Bottom of File||DOTS 4-5-6 CHORD||-|
|Say to Cursor||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-7||-|
|Say from Cursor||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 6-8||-|
|Say All||DOTS 1-2-4-5-6 CHORD||-|
|Say Top of Line of Active Window||LEFT ROCKER BAR UP+RIGHT ROCKER BAR UP||-|
|Say Bottom of Line of Active Window||LEFT ROCKER BAR DOWN+RIGHT ROCKER BAR DOWN||-|
|Previous Document Window||DOTS 2-3 CHORD||-|
|Next Document Window||DOTS 5-6 CHORD||-|
|Open List Box||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT ROCKER BAR DOWN||-|
|Close List Box||LEFT SHIFT+RIGHT ROCKER BAR UP||-|
|Exit Forms Mode||X CHORD||DOTS 1-3-4-6 CHORD|
|Say Window Prompt and Text||G CHORD||DOTS 1-2-4-5 CHORD|
Use these keystrokes to navigate Microsoft Word documents. Navigation Quick Keys must be enabled in order for these commands to function (DOTS 2-8 CHORD followed by DOTS 1-3-5-6). Note that you can add DOT 7 to most of the keystrokes in the table below to move to the previous element of that type in the document. Both keystrokes and braille dot patterns are provided in the table. If no dot pattern equivalent is available, a dash appears in the table cell.
|Next Bookmark||B||DOTS 1-2|
|Next Comment||C||DOTS 1-4|
|Next Endnote||E||DOTS 1-5|
|Next Form Field||F||DOTS 1-2-4|
|Next Graphic||G||DOTS 1-2-4-5|
|Next Heading||H||DOTS 1-2-5|
|Next Footnote||O||DOTS 1-3-5|
|Next Paragraph||P||DOTS 1-2-3-4|
|Previous Paragraph||P+DOT 7||DOTS 1-2-3-4-7|
|Next Section||S||DOTS 2-3-4|
|Next Table||T||DOTS 2-3-4-5|
|Previous Page||BACKSPACE||DOT 7|
Use these keystrokes to perform various text selection commands. Both keystrokes and braille dot patterns are provided in the table. If no dot pattern equivalent is available, a dash appears in the table cell.
|Select Prior Character||DOTS 3-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Next Character||DOTS 6-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Prior Word||DOTS 2-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Next Word||DOTS 5-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Prior Line||DOTS 1-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Next Line||DOTS 4-7 CHORD||-|
|Select Prior Screen||LEFT SHIFT+K||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3|
|Select Next Screen||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-6||-|
|Select from Start of Line||K+DOT 7 CHORD||DOTS 1-3-7 CHORD|
|Select to End of Line||DOTS 4-6-7 CHORD||--|
|Select from Top||L+DOTS 7 CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3-7 CHORD|
|Select to Bottom||DOTS 4-5-6-7 CHORD||-|
|Move To Beginning Of Line||ROCKER BAR UP+PANNING BUTTON||-|
|Move To End Of Line||ROCKER BAR DOWN+PANNING BUTTON||-|
To select with the cursor router buttons, press and hold down the LEFT SHIFT, then press the cursor router button above the text where you want to begin the selection. Release both keys. Move to where you want to end the selection, and press the LEFT SHIFT plus the cursor router button at that location. Use any navigation commands to move from the beginning point to the end point of the text you are selecting, even the NAV Rockers, but if the window containing the text scrolls, this affects the information that is selected.
Use these keystrokes to configure various braille functions. Both keystrokes and braille dot patterns are provided in the table.
|Top of Document||L CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3 CHORD|
|Bottom of Document||DOTS 4-5-6 CHORD||DOTS 4-5-6 CHORD|
|Adjust Braille Verbosity (JAWS 12 and earlier)||DOTS 2-3-8 CHORD followed by DOTS 1-2||DOTS 2-3-8 CHORD followed by DOTS 1-2|
|Grade 2 Expand Current Word||T CHORD||DOTS 2-3-4-5 CHORD|
|Grade 2 Translation||DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD||DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD|
|Toggle Characters and Attributes||CH Sign CHORD||DOTS 1-6 CHORD|
|Cycle Among Braille Display Modes||M CHORD||DOTS 1-3-4 CHORD|
|Toggle 8/6 DOTS Braille||8 CHORD||DOTS 2-3-6 CHORD|
|Change Cursor Shape||SH Sign CHORD||DOTS 1-4-6 CHORD|
|Restrict Braille Cursor||R CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3-5 CHORD|
|Repeat Last Flash Message||F CHORD||DOTS 1-2-4 CHORD|
Use these keystrokes for basic editing functions in Windows.
|Description||Braille Sign||DOTS Pattern|
|ALT+TAB||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-5||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-5|
|Paste from Clipboard||LEFT SHIFT+V||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3-6|
|Copy to Clipboard||LEFT SHIFT+C||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-4|
|Cut to Clipboard||LEFT SHIFT+X||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3-4-6|
|Undo||LEFT SHIFT+Z||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3-5-6|
|Delete||LEFT SHIFT+D||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-4-5|
Use these keystrokes to select characters, lines, and other page elements.
|Description||Braille Sign||DOTS Pattern|
|Select Next Character||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 6||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 6|
|Select Prior Character||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 3||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 3|
|Select Next Line||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 4||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 4|
|Select Prior Line||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 1||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 1|
|Select to End of Line||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 5||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 5|
|Select from Start of Line||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 2||LEFT SHIFT+DOT 2|
|Select from Top||LEFT SHIFT+L||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3|
|Select to Bottom||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-5-6||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-5-6|
|Select Next Screen||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-6||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 4-6|
|Select Prior Screen||LEFT SHIFT+K||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3|
|Select All||LEFT SHIFT+FOR Sign||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3-4-5-6|
|Select a Frame||RIGHT SHIFT+9||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-5|
|Select a Heading||RIGHT SHIFT+6||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3-5|
|Select a Link||RIGHT SHIFT+7||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3-5-6|
Use these keystrokes to perform some of the more common JAWS functions.
|Description||Braille Sign||DOTS Pattern|
|JAWS Window||RIGHT SHIFT+J||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-4-5|
|Quick Settings (JAWS 13 or later) or Adjust JAWS Verbosity (JAWS 12 or earlier)||RIGHT SHIFT+V||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3-6|
|Open Task List||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-5-6||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-5-6|
|List System Tray Icons||RIGHT SHIFT+K||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3|
|Say System Time||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-3|
|Drag and Drop||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-7 CHORD||-|
|Refresh Screen||RIGHT SHIFT+Z||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-3-5-6|
|Say Font||RIGHT SHIFT+F||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-4|
|Windows Keys Help||RIGHT SHIFT+W||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-4-5-6|
|Read Current Window||RIGHT SHIFT+B||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2|
|Default Button in Dialog||RIGHT SHIFT+E||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-5|
|Shut DOWN JAWS||RIGHT SHIFT+4||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-5-6|
|Select a Voice Profile||RIGHT SHIFT+S||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3-4|
Use these keystrokes to select a cursor for navigating JAWS.
|Description||Braille Sign||DOTS Pattern|
|JAWS Cursor||J CHORD||DOTS 2-4-5 CHORD|
|PC Cursor||P CHORD||DOTS 1-2-3-4 CHORD|
|Touch Cursor||DOTS 1-2-5-6 CHORD||DOTS 1-2-5-6 CHORD|
|Route JAWS to PC||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-6 (MINUS Sign)||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-6|
|Route PC to JAWS||RIGHT SHIFT+ING Sign (PLUS Sign)||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 3-4-6|
|Braille Follows Active||DOTS 1-2-6 CHORD||DOTS 1-2-6 CHORD|
|Active Follows Braille||DOTS 1-2-7 CHORD||DOTS 1-2-7 CHORD|
|Route Braille Cursor to PC Cursor||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 3-4-6||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 3-4-6|
|Route Braille Cursor to Active Cursor||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 3-6||LEFT SHIFT+DOTS 3-6|
Use these keystrokes for general utility functions.
|Description||Braille Sign||DOTS Pattern|
|Run JAWS Manager||RIGHT SHIFT+2||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-3|
|Set Frame Top LEFT||RIGHT SHIFT+OW Sign||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-4-6|
|Set Frame Bottom RIGHT||RIGHT SHIFT+ER Sign||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-4-5-6|
|Graphics Labeler||RIGHT SHIFT+G||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-4-5|
|JAWS Find||RIGHT SHIFT+F CHORD||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 1-2-4 CHORD|
|JAWS Find Next||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-5||RIGHT SHIFT+DOTS 2-5|
Temperature 0 to 45 C (32 to 113 F)
Temperature 5 to 35 C (40 to 95 F)
The Focus braille display has built-in diagnostic tests for the cursor router buttons, braille display, NAV Rockers, mode buttons, braille keys, panning buttons, rocker bars, and selector Buttons.
Before entering Diagnostics Mode, disconnect the Focus from your computer and make sure it is powered off.
Simultaneously, press the first two cursor router buttons farthest to the left (above cells one and two) while pressing the power button. The text, "press cr key/nav/panel keys," is displayed to indicate that Diagnostics Mode has been entered.
Press the power button again by itself to exit Diagnostics Mode.
The routing button test ensures that each of the cursor router buttons on the braille display work properly. Press any cursor router button to activate all dots in the cell below the button.
It is necessary to disconnect the Focus 40 Blue from your computer and make sure it is powered off before beginning this test. The display test is used to ensure that each pin on the braille display can be activated. The display test also allows you to clean the braille display. Press the power button while pressing the rightmost cursor router buttons (above the last two cells) simultaneously. This action causes all cells to be activated for cleaning. Use a soft cloth moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Do not use any other substance to clean the cells.
While in this mode, pressing down on either the right or left NAV Rocker will cause all of the cells to be deactivated. Pressing up on either the left or right NAV Rocker will reactivate all cells.
Pressing the left or right mode button causes the cells to toggle up and down. To stop this action, press the mode button again.
The key and controls test ensures that each of the keys and controls operate properly. You can begin the key test after entering Diagnostics Mode by pressing any of the keys or controls listed in the table below. The braille display reflects each key that is pressed. Refer to the following table for the exact dot position for each of the keys. Press each of the keys and controls and verify that the appropriate response is displayed.
|LEFT PANNING BUTTON||pl|
|RIGHT PANNING BUTTON||pr|
|LEFT SELECTOR BUTTON||sl|
|RIGHT SELECTOR BUTTON||sr|
|LEFT MODE BUTTON||nml|
|LEFT NAV Rocker UP||nlu|
|LEFT NAV Rocker DOWN||NLD|
|RIGHT MODE BUTTON||nmr|
|RIGHT NAV Rocker UP||nru|
|RIGHT NAV Rocker DOWN||nrd|
|LEFT ROCKER SWITCH UP||rlu|
|LEFT ROCKER SWITCH DOWN||rld|
|RIGHT ROCKER SWITCH UP||rru|
|RIGHT ROCKER SWITCH DOWN||rrd|
Before entering this mode, disconnect the Focus from your computer and make sure it is powered off. Press the power button while simultaneously pressing the cursor router button above cell two. The Focus displays additional information about the internal battery.
|The display will not turn on.||Charge the battery using the supplied AC adapter, or by connecting the Focus to a computer using the USB cable. The unit will always power on when connected to USB. If not connected to USB, make sure you press and hold the power button for at least three seconds.|
|The battery is not charging or is taking longer to charge than expected.||Make sure you are charging the Focus Blue using the Freedom Scientific supplied AC adapter. The battery takes a maximum of three hours to charge using the supplied AC adapter. If you are charging the Focus using a USB connection to your computer, the battery will take longer to charge. To verify the Focus is charging correctly, press the power button to display the Focus status information.|
|Extra dots are appearing on the display and dots are sticking.||Clean the display by activating the Display Test diagnostic mode then use a soft cloth moistened with isopropyl alcohol to clean the cells. Refer to the Display Test/Clean section of this manual for more information.|
|The Focus display is not communicating with the computer.||If you are using JAWS 11 or later, make sure JAWS is properly installed on your computer. See the section Adding JAWS Support to the Focus Display for more information on configuring both USB and Bluetooth. If you are using JAWS 10 or earlier, or a third-party screen reading application, you must install the driver from the Focus Companion CD before you can use the display.|
|Pairing with an Apple device does not work.||Change the display’s Bluetooth ID to not include the MAC address before attempting to establish a Bluetooth partnership with an Apple device as the MAC address will not be recognized. Refer to the section on using the display menu for more information on the Bluetooth ID.|