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ClassMasterNotebook

Dear Parent,

At VTech® , we know that kids have a lot to juggle these days - busy school schedules, sports, extracurricular activities, and of course, homework. That’s why we created theXL Series™ — an innovative line of portable learning companions designed to fit the alwayson-the-golifestyle of yourschool-agedchild.

The XL Series™ is a powerful system of learning tools that helps give your child themuch-neededcompetitive edge in school through fun, age appropriate activities

— and helps them learn essential skills. Created with portability in mind, XL products have a sleek, compact design in both handheld and notebook formats that allow kids to bring the learning fun anywhere, anytime. Plus, all the XL Series™ products are easily connectable to a PC and the Internet. Using the vPort accessory, kids can wirelessly access reference tools or download new educational activity sets for theirXL Series™ products.

At VTech® , we are committed to creating fun learning toys that foster a child’s intellectual and social development. We thank you for trustingVTech® with the important job of helping your child succeed in school!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at VTech®

To learn more about XL Series™ and other VTech® toys, visitwww.vtechkids.com

ClassMaster™ Notebook

Thank you for purchasing the VTech® ClassMaster™ Notebook learning toy. The

ClassMaster™ Notebook is a sleek,computer-connectedlearning device in a compact design that provides kids age 9+ with a competitive edge in the classroom. ClassMaster features powerful school tools as well as fungame-styleactivities where children can practise key skills such as grammar, reading comprehension and advanced math. ClassMaster also allows kids to research information, access the web, and practise important writing and communication skills. Children can express themselves with tools such as a dynamic word processor, dictionary and a thesaurus.

Get connected to school success. Excel with the XL Series™ !

We at VTech® are committed to providing the best possible products to entertain and educate your child. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call our Consumer Services Department at1-800-521-2010in the US,1-800-267-7377in Canada, or (01235) 546810 in the UK.

Contents

 

INTRODUCTION ..........................................................

1

PREPARATION ............................................................

2

GETTING STARTED ......................................................................

2

CONNECTING THE MOUSE .............................................................

2

CONNECTING A PRINTER ..............................................................

2

POWER SOURCE.........................................................................

2

BATTERY INSTALLATION ...............................................................

3

STANDARD FOR BATTERY TOYS ......................................................

3

AC ADAPTOR .............................................................................

4

USING THE AC ADAPTOR .............................................................................................

4

STANDARD FOR TRANSFORMER TOYS .......................................................................

4

NOTICE TO PARENT ......................................................................................................

4

BACKUP BATTERY INSTALLATION ....................................................

5

AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF .................................................................

5

IF YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook STOPS WORKING OR DOESN’T TURN ON . 5

RESETTING YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook ........................................

5

RECONFIGURING YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook ..................................

5

MOUSE ....................................................................

6

CONNECTING THE MOUSE ...........................................................................................

6

USING THE MOUSE ......................................................................................................

6

CLEANING THE MOUSE ................................................................................................

6

PLAYER GUIDE ...........................................................

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SPECIAL ICONS ..........................................................................

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CONTRAST/VOLUME CONTROL BUTTON ............................................

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GENERAL BUTTONS .....................................................................

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Power Button ................................................................................................................

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Main Menu Button ........................................................................................................

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Creation Station Button .................................................................................................

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Print Screen Button .......................................................................................................

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Sync Button ..................................................................................................................

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IR Button .......................................................................................................................

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KEYBOARD & CURSOR PAD............................................

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BASIC OPERATION .......................................................

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MOVING THE CURSOR FROM ONE FIELD TO ANOTHER ...........................

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CONFIRMING A SELECTION OR COMMAND ..........................................

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SELECTING A FOLDER ...................................................................

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SELECTING OPTIONS FROM A PULL-DOWN MENU ................................

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LAUNCH THE ACTION MENU ............................................................

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INTRODUCTION TO COMMON COMMANDS ........................

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CREATING A NEW DOCUMENT .......................................................

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EDITING A DOCUMENT ................................................................

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DELETING DOCUMENT(S) .............................................................

10

COPYING/CUTTING AND PASTING TEXT ............................................

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SORTING RECORDS OR FILES ........................................................

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SEARCHING FOR RECORDS OR FILES ..............................................

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PRINTING A RECORD OR FILE ........................................................

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SAVING A DOCUMENT .................................................................

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MANAGING YOUR PROGRAMS .......................................

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OPEN A PROGRAM .....................................................................

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DELETE A PROGRAM ..................................................................

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DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMS ........................................

12

SCHOOL TOOLS.........................................................................

12

DICTIONARY ...............................................................................................................

12

NETLINK ENCYCLOPEDIA ...........................................................................................

12

PERIODIC CHART .......................................................................................................

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SIMPLE CALCULATOR ................................................................................................

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SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR ..........................................................................................

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ADVANCED WORD PROCESSOR ................................................................................

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LANGUAGE LAB ..........................................................................................................

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UNIT CONVERTER ......................................................................................................

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TYPING CHALLENGE ..................................................................................................

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CLASS SCHEDULE ......................................................................................................

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GRAMMAR CORRECTION ...........................................................................................

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READING COMPREHENSION ......................................................................................

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GEOMETRY .................................................................................................................

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PRE-ALGEBRA ............................................................................................................

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ENTERTAINMENT .......................................................................

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SOLITAIRE ..................................................................................................................

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DOMINO CRISIS .........................................................................................................

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FENCES .......................................................................................................................

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BALLOON BLOW OUT .................................................................................................

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BRIXX .........................................................................................................................

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CATCH IT! ...................................................................................................................

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SOCCER ......................................................................................................................

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REVERSI .....................................................................................................................

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3D TIC TAC TOE ..........................................................................................................

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PEGGED ......................................................................................................................

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PUZZLER ....................................................................................................................

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MUSIC PLAYER ...........................................................................................................

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TRIVIA ........................................................................................................................

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BIO-TRIVIA .................................................................................................................

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TECH-TRIVIA ..............................................................................................................

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MY WORLD ..............................................................................

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ADDRESS BOOK .........................................................................................................

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PERSONAL PROFILE ...................................................................................................

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CALENDAR ..................................................................................................................

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MEMO PAD .................................................................................................................

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TO DO LIST .................................................................................................................

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DIARY .........................................................................................................................

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CREATIVITY .............................................................................

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CREATION STATION ....................................................................................................

27

ART WORK STUDIO ....................................................................................................

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ANIMATION EDITOR ...................................................................................................

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MUSIC COMPOSER ....................................................................................................

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ACCESSORIES ..........................................................................

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MY SETUP ..................................................................................................................

30

ON BOARD HELP ........................................................................................................

31

FILE AND UPLOAD MANAGER ....................................................................................

32

WORLD TIME ..............................................................................................................

32

WELCOME ..................................................................................................................

32

Sync ......................................................................

33

VTech vPort ..............................................................................

33

Add a New User Account in Desktop Software .....................................

33

Syncing Your ClassMaster™ Notebook with Your Computer ....................

34

Adding New Activities into Your ClassMaster™ Notebook .......................

34

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Deleting Activities From Your ClassMaster™ Notebook .........................

35

Uploading Files From Your ClassMaster™ Notebook to Your Computer ......

35

IR ..........................................................................

36

Effective Working Position for IR Communication ................................

37

TROUBLE SHOOTING ...................................................

38

DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.......................

39

TECHNICAL SUPPORT..................................................

39

FCC NOTICE .............................................................

40

COPYRIGHT NOTICES ..................................................

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INTRODUCTION

Thank you for buying the VTech® ClassMaster™ Notebook learning aid! We atVTech® are committed to providing the best possible products to entertain and educate your child. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call our Consumer Services Department at1-800-521-2010in the U.S. or1-800-267-7377in Canada.

ClassMaster™ Notebook is one of the VTech® XL Series™products. It is an electronic learning aid that challenges young minds with 47 activities ranging from word, math and logic games, to school tools like Unit Converter.

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ClassMasterNotebook

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PREPARATION

GETTING STARTED

Please remove tab from the backup battery cover located on the back of ClassMaster™ Notebook before playing, otherwise the saved information might be lost.

CONNECTING THE MOUSE

Make sure the unit is off.

Locate the mouse port on the back of the unit and plug the mouse into it.

CONNECTING A PRINTER

Make sure both your unit and the printer are off.

Only the VTech® VT-41is compatible with your unit.

Locate the printer port on the back of the unit and plug the printer cable into it

Turn the unit on, then turn the printer on

POWER SOURCE

ClassMaster™ Notebook operates on 4 “AA” size batteries(UM-3 /LR6) orVTech® 9V adaptor (sold separately).

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BATTERY INSTALLATION

1. Make sure the unit is OFF.

2. Open the battery cover on the bottom of the unit.

3. Insert 4 new “AA” batteries (UM-3 /LR6) as illustrated.

DO NOT USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES in this unit.

4. Close the battery cover.

NOTE: Remove allpre-installedbatteries and the use of new, alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum performance.

STANDARD FOR BATTERY TOYS

Non-rechargeablebatteries are not to be recharged;

Rechargeable batteries are to be removed from the toy before being charged;

Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult supervision;

Different types of batteries or new and used batteries are not to be mixed;

Only batteries of the same or equivalent type as recommended are to be used;

Batteries are to be inserted with the correct polarity;

Exhausted batteries are to be removed from the toy;

The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited;

The toy is not to be connected to more than recommended number of power supplies.

NOTE: If the unit suddenly stops working or the sound becomes weak, turn the unitOFF for 15 seconds, then turn it backON. If the problem persists it may be caused by weak batteries. Please install a new set of batteries and try the unit again.

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AC ADAPTOR

Use VTech® or any standard adaptor complying with EN61558 DC 9V300mAACcentre-positiveadaptor.

USING THE AC ADAPTOR

1.Make sure the unit is OFF.

2.Locate the adaptor jack on the left side of the unit.

3.Insert the adaptor plug into the unit’s adaptor jack.

4.Plug the adaptor into a wall outlet.

5.Turn the unit ON.

NOTE: If the unit suddenly stops working or the sound seems weak, it may be the result of the adaptor connection.Turn the unitOFF and unplug the adaptor for 15 seconds. Next, plug the adaptor back in and turn the unitON. If the problem persists, it may be the result of the adaptor’s wiring or the unit.

Do not leave the adaptor plugged in for long periods of time if the unit is not in use.

STANDARD FOR TRANSFORMER TOYS

The toy is not intended for children under 3 years old;

The toy must only be used with the recommended transformer;

The transformer is not a toy;

Toys liable to be cleaned with liquid are to be disconnected from the transformer before cleaning;

The toy is not to be connected to more than recommended number of power supplies.

NOTICE TO PARENT

The transformer used with the toy is to be regularly examined for damage to the cord, plug, enclosure and other parts, and that, in the event of such damage, the toy must not be used with this transformer until the damage has been repaired.

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BACKUP BATTERY INSTALLATION

ClassMaster™ Notebook comes with a backup already installed. Before using the unit, remove the protective strip from the backup battery by pulling on the plastic tab. To avoid damage to the unit from leaky batteries, replace the backup battery at least once a year.

To replace the backup battery:

1.Make sure the unit is OFF.

2.Using a a small cross-headscrewdriver, loosen the battery cover.

3.Insert 1 CR2032 size battery as illustrated.

4.Close the battery cover and tighten the screws to secure the battery cover.

Important: While replacing the backup battery, the 4 “AA” size batteries must be kept in the unit or the unit must be connected to the 9V adaptor while the adaptor is plugged in. If not, you will lose all saved information.

AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF

If ClassMaster™ Notebook does not receive any input for several minutes, the unit will automatically shut off to save power. After the automaticshut-offis activated, you will need to press thebutton to turn the unitON.

We recommend that you turn the unit OFF when not playing with it. IfClassMaster™ Notebook is not going to be used for a long period of time, remove the batteries and unplug the adaptor.

IF YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook STOPS WORKING OR

DOESN’T TURN ON

Check your batteries. Make sure the batteries are fresh and installed properly.

Insert the tip of a paperclip (or a similar object without a sharp tip) into the small hole labeled “Reset” on unit.

If you are still having problems, visit our website at www.vport.com for troubleshooting tips.

RESETTING YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook

If your unit freezes up or stops responding, you can insert the tip of a paperclip (or a similar object without a sharp tip) into the small hole labeled “RESET” and restart your unit.

RECONFIGURING YOUR ClassMaster™ Notebook

If you want to erase all of the information and restore the unit to the factory setting on the ClassMaster™ Notebook, press the Power button while at the same time as inserting a paperclip (or a similar object without a sharp tip) into the small hole labeled ‘RESET’. Make sure you release the paperclip prior to the Power button.

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MOUSE

Left mouse button

Right mouse button

Mouse door

Once the mouse is installed, you may move the cursor around the screen freely. The mouse has a roller ball in it; therefore, it should be used on a clean, flat surface. The mouse is compatible with VTech® products only.

CONNECTING THE MOUSE

Make sure the unit is off.

Locate the mouse port on the back of the unit and plug the mouse into it.

USING THE MOUSE

1.Move the mouse in the direction you want the cursor to move.

2.Click the left mouse button to make a selection.

3.Click the right mouse button to open or close the action menu.

CLEANING THE MOUSE

1.Use a screwdriver to open the cover on the bottom of the mouse (twist in the direction of the arrows).

2. Take the ball out of the mouse and use a dry cloth to clean the contents of the mouse and the ball.

3. Place the ball back in the mouse, place the cover back on the mouse, and use the screwdriver to twist the cover closed.

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PLAYER GUIDE

SPECIAL ICONS

Caps Lock

Caps Lock:

Indicates capital letters locked or unlocked

Insert:

Insert

Indicates whether you are typing over

 

existing information or inserting new info

Power:

Indicates the unit is on or off

 

Power

CONTRAST/VOLUME CONTROL BUTTON

Slide the Volume control to adjust the loudness of the sound.

Slide the Contrast Control to adjust the darkness/lightness level of the screen.

GENERAL BUTTONS

Power Button

Press this button to turn the unit ON. Press it again to turn the unitOFF.

Main Menu Button

Press this button to return to Main Menu at any time.

Creation Station Button

Press this button to go to the Creation Station activity directly.

Print Screen Button

Press this button to print what is displayed on the screen. ClassMaster™ Notebook is compatible withVTech’sVT-41printer only.

Sync Button

Press this button to Sync with PC.

IR Button

Press this button to launch the action menu with IrSend or IrReceive command.

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KEYBOARD & CURSOR PAD

Here are some special function keys:

Esc

Press to exit the current activity

Tab

Press to move the blinking cursor forward

Caps Lock

Press to type in capital letters, press again to type in lower

 

case letters

Shift

Hold the Shift key down to type letters in upper case

Symbol

Press to display the Symbol screen

Insert

Toggle between Insert mode (add new info) and Overwriting

 

mode (typing over existing info)

Alt

Press together with other keys to access a special function

Space

Press to insert a space between words or letters

Action

Press to open the Action menu

Backspace

Press to delete any character to the left of the cursor

Delete

Press to delete selected files, symbols, words or phrases

Enter

Press to confirm your selection

Help

Press to see the help information available for the current

 

program

Arrow Keys

Use these four keys to move the cursor up, down, left and right

Cursor Pad

Use the Cursor Pad a lot like your mouse. To move the pointer

 

around the screen, put your finger on the pad and move it

 

around. The buttons on the Cursor Pad sides have the same

 

functions as the buttons on the mouse — to view options and

 

make selections.

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BASIC OPERATION

MOVING THE CURSOR FROM ONE FIELD TO ANOTHER

To move the cursor between fields, categories or folders, you can:

Use the mouse or Cursor pad to click on the area you want to go

Press the Tab key.

Press the Up or Down Direction keys.

OR

Press the Enter key.

CONFIRMING A SELECTION OR COMMAND

To confirm a highlighted command or selection, you can:

Press the Enter key.

Click the left key on Cursor Pad.

Click the left mouse key.

SELECTING A FOLDER

There are seven folders located on the left of main menu screen, to select a folder you can either:

Use mouse to click on any folder directly.

Use the Up/Down arrow keys to select a folder.

Press Tab to move the cursor down and scroll through the folders.

SELECTING OPTIONS FROM A PULL-DOWNMENU

Move the cursor to the pull-downmenu and press Enter to open it.

If you are using the Cursor Pad or Mouse, click on the down arrow next to the menu.

Select and confirm your selection by pressing Enter or clicking on it with the left Cursor Pad button or left mouse button.

LAUNCH THE ACTION MENU

Press the Action key on keyboard or click on right mouse key to open the action menu.

Select the command you want to use and confirm your selection by pressing Enter or clicking on it with the left Cursor Pad button or left mouse button.

Some programs may have up to three Action menu levels. Press Action again to display these additional menus.

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INTRODUCTION TO COMMON COMMANDS

Here are some of the most common commands used in our unit:

Menu Item

Functions

 

 

 

 

New

Create a new document

 

 

Edit

Change, delete, or add new text to a selected record

 

 

Delete

Remove selected record

 

 

Delete All

Remove all records, words or phrases in program

 

 

Save

Save the document

 

 

Save As

Save the document with another filename

 

 

Print

Print the current document

 

 

Cut

Cut the selection and store it in the clipboard

 

 

Paste

Insert the clipboard contents at the insertion point

 

 

Copy

Copy the selection and store it in the clipboard

 

 

Find/Replace

Find and replace a letter, word or phrase

 

 

Sort

Arrange records in an order that you set

 

 

IrSend

Send information to other device (See IR for details)

 

 

IrReceive

Receive information from other device (See IR for details)

 

 

CREATING A NEW DOCUMENT

Press the Action key and then select New from the Action menu. Or you can press the onscreen New button if no document has already been opened.

EDITING A DOCUMENT

Select the record or file you want to edit first, then press the Edit button. Or you can press the Action key and select Edit from the Action menu.

DELETING DOCUMENT(S)

Select the record or file you want to delete. Press the Delete key, or press the Action key and select Delete from the Action menu. To delete all the files in program, select the Delete All command.

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COPYING/CUTTING AND PASTING TEXT

Press the Shift key + the Direction keys to highlight the text you want to copy. Press the Action key and select the Copy command or select Cut command from the Action menu. After you have copied the text, place the cursor in the field you want the text to appear. Press the Action key and select Paste from the Action menu.

SORTING RECORDS OR FILES

Press the Action key and select Sort from the Action menu. With the next screen, you'll be able to select how and in what order to sort.

SEARCHING FOR RECORDS OR FILES

Press the Action key and select Search from the Action menu. In the next screen, type the letter, word or phrase you are searching for and press the OK button to begin searching. You can press the Next button to find next match or press the Back button to go to the previous match. To end, press the Close button.

PRINTING A RECORD OR FILE

Select the record or file you want to print, press the Action key and select Print from the Action menu.

Note: ClassMaster™ Notebook is compatible withVTech®’sVT-41printer.

SAVING A DOCUMENT

To save a file or save changes you’ve made to an existing document, press the Action key and select the Save command.You can select the Save As command to save the current document with a new name.

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MANAGING YOUR PROGRAMS

OPEN A PROGRAM

The ClassMaster™ Notebook helps you organize by saving programs in files. To open program, open the folder first, then you’ll see the folder’s programs displayed on the screen. Select the program you want to use by moving the cursor with your mouse or the arrow keys and press Enter.

DELETE A PROGRAM

If you want to delete a program you’ve downloaded, go to the Main Menu Screen and choose the program you want to delete. Select the Delete App command from the action menu and then press Enter. Note: Only download programs can be deleted.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMS

SCHOOL TOOLS

DICTIONARY

Put away the big books: with the ClassMaster™ Notebook you can access professional dictionaries from the World Wide Web! First, select the New Search option, then type the word(s) or phrase(s) you want to look up and press the Done button or the Esc key.

Then perform the IR Sync with your computer and select the View Result option. In the next screen, select the result you want to view and press Enter. To clear the input fast, select the Clear All command from Action menu.

NETLINK ENCYCLOPEDIA

With the NetLink Encyclopedia you can get information at your fingertips! It's as easy as following the “Dictionary” directions above.

PERIODIC CHART

You’ll be at the head of the class with the Periodic Chart. The Periodic Chart details the world of chemistry showing element names, symbols, atomic numbers and atomic mass. Select an element with mouse or arrow keys , the corresponding information about the element will be displayed in the message box of the screen. If you want to find a specific element, press Action and select the Search command.

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SIMPLE CALCULATOR

The simple calculator lets you solve everyday math problems of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Use the mouse to click on the calculator buttons or use the keyboard to enter numbers and math symbols. Then click the “=” button or press Enter to get the correct answer. You can change numbers from positive to negative or vice versa by clicking the “+/-”button. To add the displayed value to value in memory, you need click “M+” button.

Also you can click “M-”button to subtract the displayed from value in memory. If you want to display the value stored in memory, press “MR” button, or press “MC” button to clear any value stored in memory. For best results, clear the display before each calculation by click CE or C.

You can use these keys on the keyboard for the following functions:

 

Hard Keys

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Shift + =

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K

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Multiply

 

 

 

 

 

J

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H or /

 

Divide

 

 

 

 

 

Enter

=

Performs the operation

 

 

 

 

 

=

=

 

 

 

 

 

 

G

+/-

Toggles between negative and positive value

 

 

 

 

 

D

CE

Clears the displayed number

 

 

 

 

 

F

C

Clears the current calculation

 

 

 

 

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