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The Ainsworth Keyboard Options program is a separate software program that you can run at any time to view or change several Keyboard Trainer settings and options. In a classroom, for example, it may be helpful at times to restrict the sound effects of the typing games in the Keyboard Trainer to simple beeps. Or you may wish to temporarily limit access to the Ainsworth Writer or the Conversation Piece programs. The options program that allows you to make these and similar changes quite easily is normally located in the same folder as the Keyboard Training System files.

When this Ainsworth Keyboard Options program is run, changes are automatically saved and recorded in the Ainsworth ini file, an initialization file that determines which options have been selected. It is not necessary to run Setup or install the original Ainsworth CD-ROM to view or adjust any of the following changes in the program configuration.

In a network system, the Ainsworth Keyboard Options program is installed automatically in the same folder as the Ainsworth Keyboard Trainer software.


History files

Several different methods may be used for storing individual history files. If the Ainsworth Keyboard Options program is not used to change these settings, the Multi-user open list is automatically selected as the Default in stand-alone installations.


In a network system, this option is used to automatically create a single history file that is stored in a specific folder on the network server. This folder is set as the Default location in a mapped drive that contains individual folders for all users. The drive letter for storing history files must be specified to complete this option for history files.

With a single computer, this option creates one file. If only one person is using the program, this automatic setting will be the easiest.


Entering a password when the program starts automatically creates or selects the correct history file. These files are stored in the same location as the main program.


A roster at the beginning of the program shows all current users in alphabetical order and allows each person to select his or her name. Any number of people may sign in and use the program. Names may be added to the list or deleted easily at any time.

No history files saved

In a testing and evaluation session you may not wish to create any permanent computer storage of test results. In this configuration, a person may use the program for a practice session, or take a specific test, without saving history files in any permanent location. Test results can be printed immediately after any test is taken. This documentation includes test scores and a graded copy of the test as typed.


Ainsworth Writer

This unique word processing system is designed specifically for use with our Keyboard Trainer. With the Default setting, the Ainsworth Writer program is available at any time to create and print letters, reports, and similar documents. In the full access mode, the File Open and File Save options are available. Files saved by this program are in text mode and may be opened and printed in any word processor or desktop publishing program.

Include the Ainsworth Writer
The Ainsworth Writer may be used at any time for open-screen practice or for typing and printing documents. If this program is installed as part of the setup and this option is included in the Ainsworth Keyboard Options settings, the Ainsworth Writer program will be available from the Keyboard Trainer menu under View.

Do not include this program
In this configuration the Ainsworth Writer program is not available and cannot be selected from the Keyboard Trainer menu.


Conversation Piece

In the Default setting, the Ainsworth Conversation Piece program will be available from the Keyboard Trainer menu. This program allows additional practice for both typing and writing skills.

Include Conversation Piece
The Default setting allows switching between normal typing practice and conversational or creative keyboarding practice at any time.

Do not include Conversation Piece
In the classroom you may wish to limit access to the Ainsworth Conversation Piece program. With this setting, the program is not available and may not be selected from the Keyboard Trainer menu.



Up to eight word processing tests may be presented and scored automatically. The test titles that are currently available are listed in the Ainsworth Keyboard Options program with both title and file name. Any of these tests may be replaced by custom tests, as described in the Custom Tests section.


Lesson Advance

In the Default mode, lessons may be moved manually by pressing the F2 or the F3 key. The F3 key moves ahead one lesson, and the F2 key repeats the previous lesson. If no progress is made and no new keys are learned after the change, the program will automatically revert to the place in the lessons where you were more successful at the next startup.

Option included
Lessons may be repeated or moved ahead manually with the F2 and the F3 keys.

Option removed
In the classroom, disabling the manual advance option may be necessary if students attempt to use the manual program advance feature inappropriately.



In the Default mode, all sound effect options are available and may be selected from the program menu. Program sounds are used for feedback and for special effects in the Type-OH! game. Silent operation is always an option at any time.

All sounds available from menu
The full range of sound effects may be selected, including silent operation, if desired.

"Beep" sounds only
In the classroom, sound effect options may be limited to simple beep sounds in both the program and the game. If this option is selected, students can select either the relatively quiet beep mode or silent operation.

Silent operation only
In the classroom, turning off all program sounds may be the only option if noise is a problem and students cannot be relied upon to select reasonable sound levels for the program and game. Silent operation can always be selected from the program Help menu at any time. If the silent option is selected here, no adjustment is possible from within the program. Operating the Keyboard Trainer in silent mode eliminates the error beep which is a powerful teaching component.



The complete program documentation is normally available from the keyboard program menu.

Include documents in program menu
Documentation (including this document) may be opened and read at any time.

Do not include documents
The documents options are not included in the program menu.© 2014 Ainsworth & Partners,