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To get the most from your braille edge 40 it is

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To get the most from your Braille EDGE 40, it is important to become oriented to the buttons on your Braille EDGE 40 as well as learning their functions. This section explains the physical configuration of the Braille EDGE 40. The Braille EDGE 40 is 12.2 inches long by 4 inches wide by 0.86 inches high. Place the Braille EDGE 40 on a desk or table top with the Braille display nearest you. Its shape resembles a long, thin rectangular box. This section of the manual describes each side of the Braille EDGE 40 and the basic function(s) of each button. We will discuss the panels in the following order: top panel, left panel, right panel, front panel, and rear panel. 1.4.1 Top panel The top face of the unit contains the keyboard and Braille display. Along the front edge of the top panel are 40 refreshable Braille cells. Just above the Braille display. There are 40 small, oval-shaped buttons corresponding to each of the 40 Braille cells. These buttons are called cursor routing keys. When you are editing documents, you can use these keys to route your cursor to the character of the corresponding Braille cell.
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On each side of the Braille display are two capsule shaped keys. These are the "UP" and "DOWN" scroll keys. The scroll keys are used to scroll the Braille display through menus, fields, lists or text. You can use the scroll keys to scroll by display length or line. Above the Braille display are the Perkins keyboard and the function and navigation keys. Near the center of the unit is a 9 key Perkins-style keyboard, consisting of Braille dots 1:6, "SPACE", "BACKSPACE", and "ENTER". When you are typing, you should place your fingers on these 9 keys in the following manner: Place the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger of your left hand on the left four buttons. Then, place the index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky finger of your right hand on the right four buttons. Finally, place both of your thumbs on the spacebar. The button where you placed your left index finger corresponds with dot one in Braille. The button that your left middle finger is on corresponds to dot two, and the button under your left ring finger corresponds to dot three. The button on which your left pinky finger is placed is the Backspace key. The button under your right index finger corresponds with dot four in Braille. The button under your right middle finger is dot five, and the button on which your ring finger is placed corresponds with dot six in Braille. The button on which your right pinky is placed is the Enter key. And, the long bar shaped button under your thumbs is the spacebar. On the same row as the Space bar are 8 rectangular function keys: four to the left of the spacebar, and four to the right. Moving from left to right, these keys are numbered f1-f8 and are programmed with the following functions: Esc, Tab, Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Insert, Windows, and Applications.
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