Narrator supports the following Alva braille displays in the Windows 10 Creators Update. To learn more about braille in Narrator, see Chapter 8: Using braille with Narrator.

For a list of all supported braille displays, see Appendix C: Supported braille displays.

Supported Alva braille displays

ABT [3nn] and Delphi [4nn] (large)

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva ABT [3nn] and Delphi [4nn] (large) model.

Notes: 

  • The two long keys are named Left and Right.

  • The small keys immediately to their left and right are named Up and Down.

  • The three small keys at the left are named Prog, Home, and Cursor.

  • The three small keys at the right are named Cursor 2, Home 2, and Prog 2.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

Secondary action

  • Prog + Up

  • Cursor

Show context menu

  • Prog + Home

  • Prog + Home + Up

  • Cursor

Pan braille right

  • Right

Pan braille left

  • Left

Braille home

  • Home + Left

Braille end

  • Home + Right

Braille next

  • Down

Braille previous

  • Up

Braille first

  • Home

  • Home + Up

Braille last

  • Home + Down

Select navigation mode

  • Prog + Cursor

Start text selection at specified character

  • Prog + Routing Key

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Prog + Home + Down


ABT [3nn] and Delphi [4nn] (small)

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva ABT [3nn] and Delphi [4nn] (small) model.

Notes: 

  • The two long keys are named Left and Right.

  • The small keys immediately to their left and right are named Up and Down.

  • The three small keys at the left are named Prog, Home, and Cursor.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

Secondary action

  • Prog + Up

  • Cursor

Show context menu

  • Prog + Home

  • Prog + Home + Up

  • Cursor

Pan braille right

  • Right

Pan braille left

  • Left

Braille home

  • Home + Left

Braille end

  • Home + Right

Braille next

  • Down

Braille previous

  • Up

Braille first

  • Home

  • Home + Up

Braille last

  • Home + Down

Select navigation mode

  • Prog + Cursor

Start text selection at specified character

  • Prog + Routing Key

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Prog + Home + Down


BC640, BC624

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva BC640, BC624 model.

Notes: 

  • There are four ETouch keys, two at each end of the text cell area. Each is sub-named according to the side it's on (Left, Right), and according to its position on that side (Rear, Front). The two Rear keys are identified by two vertical bars. The two Front keys are identified by one horizontal bar.

  • There's a Smartpad in front of the text cell area. The outer key on the left, identified by three horizontal bars, is sub-named F1. The inner key on the left, identified by one horizontal bar, is sub-named F2. The inner key on the right, identified by one vertical bar, is sub-named F3. The outer key on the right, identified by three vertical bars, is sub-named F4. The keys in the middle form a five-way directional pad:

  • The round key in the middle is sub-named Enter.

  • The short, thin keys that form a square around it are sub-named Left, Right, Up, and Down.

  • The five Thumb keys on the front, from left to right, are sub-named Left, Up, Home, Down, Right. The Home key is identified by a vertical bar in the middle. The Left key is identified by a vertical bar near its left edge. The Right key is identified by a vertical bar near its right edge. The Up key is identified by a horizontal bar along its top edge. The Down key is identified by a horizontal bar along its bottom edge.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Right

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 6

Secondary action

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • ETouch Left Front + ETouch Right Rear

  • Space + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

  • ETouch Left Rear + Thumb Down

  • Thumb Home

Show context menu

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • ETouch Left Rear + ETouch Right Rear + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot -2

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 7

  • ETouch Left Rear + Thumb Up

  • Thumb Home

Pan braille right

  • Thumb Right

Pan braille left

  • Thumb Left

Braille home

  • ETouch Left Rear

Braille end

  • ETouch Right Rear

Braille next

  • Thumb Down

Braille previous

  • Thumb Up

Braille first

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Up

Braille last

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Down

Select navigation mode

  • ETouch Left Front + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

Start text selection at specified character

  • ETouch Left Rear + Routing Key 1

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • ETouch Right Rear + Routing Key 1

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Smartpad Enter

  • ETouch Right Rear + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6

Toggle braille keyboard

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 8

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 7


BC680

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva BC680 model.

Notes: 

  • There are four ETouch keys, two at each end of the text cell area. Each is sub-named according to the side it's on (Left, Right), and according to its position on that side (Rear, Front). The two Rear keys are identified by two vertical bars. The two Front keys are identified by one horizontal bar.

  • There are two Smartpads in front of the text cell area. The outer key on the left, identified by three horizontal bars, is sub-named F1. The inner key on the left, identified by one horizontal bar, is sub-named F2. The inner key on the right, identified by one vertical bar, is sub-named F3. The outer key on the right, identified by three vertical bars, is sub-named F4. The keys in the middle form a five-way directional pad:

    • The round key in the middle is sub-named Enter.

    • The short, thin keys that form a square around it are sub-named Left, Right, Up, and Down.

  • There's a group of five Thumb keys at each end of the front. The outer key of each group is sub-named Home. The four inner keys of each group, from left to right, are sub-named Left, Up, Down, Right. The Home key is identified by a vertical bar in the middle. The Left key is identified by a vertical bar near its left edge. The Right key is identified by a vertical bar near its right edge. The Up key is identified by a horizontal bar along its top edge. The Down key is identified by a horizontal bar along its bottom edge.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Right

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 6

Secondary action

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • ETouch Left Front + ETouch Right Rear

  • Space + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

  • ETouch Left Rear + Thumb Down

  • Thumb Home

Show context menu

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • ETouch Left Rear + ETouch Right Rear + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot -2

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5 + Dot 7

  • ETouch Left Rear + Thumb Up

  • Thumb Home

Pan braille right

  • Thumb Right

Pan braille left

  • Thumb Left

Braille home

  • ETouch Left Rear

Braille end

  • ETouch Right Rear

Braille next

  • Thumb Down

Braille previous

  • Thumb Up

Braille first

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Up

Braille last

  • Thumb Left + Thumb Down

Select navigation mode

  • ETouch Left Front + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

Start text selection at specified character

  • ETouch Left Rear + Routing Key 1

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • ETouch Right Rear + Routing Key 1

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Smartpad Enter

  • ETouch Right Rear + ETouch Right Front

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6

Toggle braille keyboard

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 8

  • Space + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 7


Optelec Easylink 12 Touch

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva Optelec Easylink 12 Touch model.

Notes: 

  • The six round keys near the back are a braille keyboard.

  • From left to right, they're named Dot 3, Dot 2, Dot 1, Dot 4, Dot 5, Dot 6.

  • From left to right, the three long function keys are named Shift, Space, Control.

  • This table maps Shift to Dot 7, and Control to Dot 8.

  • The joystick between the dot and function keys has five positions named Up, Down, Left, Right, Enter.

  • The round scroll keys at either end of the braille display are named Left, Right.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Joystick Enter

  • Shift + Joystick Enter

Secondary action

  • Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Joystick Enter

  • Scroll Left + Scroll Right + Joystick Down

  • Scroll Left + Scroll Right + Joystick Enter

Show context menu

  • Dot 1 + Joystick Enter

  • Dot 1 + Joystick Right

  • Dot 1 + Joystick Left

  • Scroll Left + Scroll Right + Joystick Up

  • Scroll Left + Scroll Right

Pan braille right

  • Scroll Right

Pan braille left

  • Scroll Left

Braille home

  • Shift + Joystick Left

Braille end

  • Shift + Joystick Right

Braille next

  • Scroll Right + Space

Braille previous

  • Scroll Left + Space

Braille first

  • Shift + Joystick Up

Braille last

  • Shift + Joystick Down

Select navigation mode

  • Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Joystick Enter

Start text selection at specified character

  • Control + Joystick Left

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • Control + Joystick Right

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Control + Joystick Enter


Satellite [5nn] (large)

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva Satellite [5nn] (large) model.

Notes: 

  • The keypads at either side of the top are named Left Pad and Right Pad. The four inner keys of each are sub-named Left, Right, Up, and Down. The two outer keys of each are sub-named F1 and F2.

  • The two long, flat keys are named Up and Down.

  • The two long, bent keys are named Left and Right.

  • The two round keys are named Home and Cursor.

  • The two three-position, sliding keys are named Left Tumbler and Right Tumbler.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Right Pad F2 + Right Pad Right

Secondary action

  • Right Pad Right

  • Right Pad Down

  • Home

Show context menu

  • Status 2B

  • Right Pad Up

  • Cursor

Pan braille right

  • Right

Pan braille left

  • Left

Braille home

  • Home + Left

  • Right Tumbler Left

Braille end

  • Home + Right

  • Right Tumbler Right

Braille next

  • Down

Braille previous

  • Up

Braille first

  • Home + Up

  • Cursor + Down

Braille last

  • Home + Down

  • Cursor + Down

Select navigation mode

  • Right Pad Left

Start text selection at specified character

  • Right Pad F1 + Routing Key 1

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • Right Pad F2 + Routing Key 2

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Right Pad F2 + Right Pad Left


Satellite [5nn] (small)

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva Satellite [5nn] (small) model.

Notes: 

  • The keypads at either side of the top are named Left Pad and Right Pad. The four inner keys of each are sub-named Left, Right, Up, and Down. The two outer keys of each are sub-named F1 and F2.

  • The two long, flat keys are named Up and Down.

  • The two long, bent keys are named Left and Right.

  • The two round keys are named Home and Cursor.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Right Pad F2 + Right Pad Right

Secondary action

  • Right Pad Right

  • Right Pad Down

  • Home

Show context menu

  • Status 2B

  • Right Pad Up

  • Cursor

Pan braille right

  • Right

Pan braille left

  • Left

Braille home

  • Home + Left

Braille end

  • Home + Right

Braille next

  • Down

Braille previous

  • Up

Braille first

  • Home + Up

  • Cursor + Down

Braille last

  • Home + Down

  • Cursor + Down

Select navigation mode

  • Right Pad Left

Start text selection at specified character

  • Right Pad F1 + Routing Key 1

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • Right Pad F2 + Routing Key 2

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Right Pad F2 + Right Pad Left


Voyager Protocol Converter

Use the following commands with Narrator when using your Alva Voyager Protocol Converter model.


Narrator action

Display buttons

Primary action

  • Routing Key

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 6

Secondary action

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

  • Thumb 3 + Down

  • Left

Show context menu

  • Two adjacent routing keys

  • Left + Up

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 4 + Dot 5

  • Thumb 3 + Up

  • Right

Pan braille right

  • Thumb 4

Pan braille left

  • Thumb 1

Braille home

  • Thumb 4 + Left

Braille end

  • Thumb 4 + Right

Braille next

  • Thumb 3

Braille previous

  • Thumb 2

Braille first

  • Thumb 1 + Thumb 2

  • Thumb 4 + Thumb 2

Braille last

  • Thumb 1 + Thumb 3

  • Thumb 4 + Thumb 3

Select navigation mode

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 2 + Dot 3 + Dot 4

Start text selection at specified character

  • Thumb 1 + Routing Key

End text selection and copy to clipboard

  • Thumb 3 + Routing Key

Paste from clipboard at cursor point

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 4 + Dot 6

  • Thumb 2 + Thumb 3

Toggle braille keyboard

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 3

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 8

  • Thumb 2 + Dot 1 + Dot 3 + Dot 7


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