Communicator Tips for the Visually Impaired

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At, we have a phone that is not a phone. Let me explain.

Our Communicator softphone lets you make and receive calls from any laptop or desktop computer connected to the Internet. No need for an office desk phone plugged into the wall.

We have many customers who use Communicator with their service, and just the other day, one of our California-based service agents was on the line with a customer, walking him through his account setup and how to use Communicator. Our agent Darren realized in the course of discussion that the customer he was helping was blind.

Those who are visually impaired often use screen readers to navigate web-based applications. A screen reader uses text-to-speech (TTS) technology to translate on-screen information about menus, icons, action buttons and so on into audible cues that users can act on. And most screen readers rely on keyboard commands, rather than mouse actions, to perform tasks.

Which brings us back to Communicator. Darren had a list of keyboard shortcuts handy that our customer could use to make and manage calls without a mouse, and we thought we’d share them here!


Communicator Shortcuts

Action     Keyboard Shortcut
To get to menu options Press ALT+ direction
Navigating through options Click TAB to navigate through options, and the Spacebar key to select an option.
Make a call Dial number + ENTR
Transfer a caller CTRL + T, then type in the extension number and press ENTR to complete transfer
Place a caller on hold CTRL + H
Mute yourself CTRL + M
End a call CTRL + E
Redial the last number CTRL + R
Quit Communicator CTRL + Q


Have you tried Communicator? If so, we’d love to hear whether you’ve used our keyboard shortcuts.

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