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Solution 22330: Using the Tab and Arrow Keys on a TI-Nspire™ Family.

When do I use the tab and/or arrow keys on TI-Nspire family handhelds?

While the pointer allows users to access the many features and tools contained in Graphs App users can also use the [tab] and [◄] [►] [▲] [▼] keys to access these features. Using these keys is easier or more convenient than using the pointer.

Using the [tab] key:

1) First [tab] press: places the cursor to the right of the equal sign on the function entry line. This allows users to create a new expression.
2) Second [tab] press: highlights the Expand/Collapse entry line history button.
3) Third [tab] press: highlights the Hide/Show button on the entry line.
4) Fourth [tab] press: highlights the Attributes button on the entry line.
5) Fifth [tab] press: focuses on the Pause/Start button of the animation control bar, if present. If the Data Collection control bar is displayed, focuses on the Start/Stop button.
6) Sixth [tab] press: focuses on the graphing portion of the page and commits any editing changes. The pointer is active on the page.

    The [◄] [▲] [►] [▼] keys:

    1) [▲] and [▼] - moves up and down among functions in the function history list. Moves up and down any tool menu list as well as the attributes list. When using the Trace tool, it enables the user to move to and trace a different graph when more than one graph is on the page.
    2) [◄] and [►] - moves along the entry line, one space or one button at a time. When using the Trace tool, moves the trace cursor along the graph, either left or right. When viewing an attribute list, steps through the options for one attribute.

    Please see the TI-Nspire family guidebooks for additional information.