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Math Keyboard User Manual

Click the link below to view the following:

Quick Startup Instructions (or accessible txt version)

Operating Instructions PDF (or accessible txt version)

Full Math Keyboard User Manual PDF (or accessible txt version) for additional details on installation, operation, screen readers, and trouble shooting .











Quick Startup Instructions

Of course, first carefully remove the keyboard from the shipping box and packaging; then, remove the keyboard from the carrying case.


STEP 1. Attach the cord.






Plug the USB connector into your laptop or desktop computer.  If you’re using a computer without a USB-A port (i.e., a Mac Operating System), a female USB-A to male USB-C adapter will be necessary.

STEP 2. Select the correct operating system (OS) for Chrome/Linux, Mac, or Windows.








Turn the keyboard over and note the label with arrows pointing to the 3 different OS. Using a slim tool such as a pencil or pen, push the small button twice inside the hole closest to the desired OS. This will light up the OS that matches your computer in the adjacent hole. The keyboard will keep your selection unless a code update is performed. This hidden system is created to prevent inadvertent OS switching during use or transfers.



Chromebook/Linux            press the corresponding button twice for CHROME/LINUX. That’s it! You’re ready to type.


Macintosh/Apple            press the corresponding button twice for MAC.

Next, please click the Mac Installer button here                                and follow the steps to help your computer identify the keyboard and enable Unicode Hex Input. For additional help with this installation, please see the Full Keyboard Operation Manual.

Microsoft Windows 10 or newer (note: older versions not supported)            press the corresponding button twice for WINDOWS.

Next, download the free WinCompose app here,                                open the download, and complete the installation process.

(Please note, if this app download is blocked by your school district account, it can be downloaded from an alternate non-school account onto the computer or downloaded onto a removable USB drive and then uploaded to the student’s computer).                

STEP 3.  Simply open the compatible document editor or website, and then you can start typing math!

 **(Note: If your keyboard does not start typing characters immediately, wait 5 seconds. If still not output, simply unplug and re-plug the keyboard and start typing again. Also, you may want to double check that you selected the correct Operating System on the back side of the keyboard. For additional troubleshooting, please see the Full Keyboard Operation Manual.)


Compatible Editors and Extensions:

Google suite editors (such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)

Microsoft editors (such as Word, Excel, OneNote, etc.)

MacBook editors (such as Notes or TextEdit)

EquatIO, MathType

PDF viewers: Kami, OrbitNote, and more!

Compatible Browsers:

Chrome is preferred and the keyboard is optimized for this browser. For best performance, we recommend that you utilize Chrome.


Compatible Websites:




Most standard websites (with exception of dedicated Google Docs keys) 

Compatible Screen Readers: (the few non-spoken characters can be added with the screen reader software)

NVDA (preferred)


Limited Compatibility:

Apps: KiwiWrite Math, Free Math App (FM)

Screen Readers: ChromeVox, MacBook VoiceOver 


Section Covers

Please use the enclosed section covers to tailor the keyboard to the user’s current abilities and hide unused sections to decrease vision distraction. Section covers can be removed as the student progresses in their skills. In addition, the covers can also be used to rest the hand on while typing in an adjacent section. The approximate grade level math skiils for the three sections are as follows:


Center section: early elementary skills

Left section: upper elementary skills

Right section: middle and high school skills

Cartoon of ArithmeType being plugged into a laptap
Close up cartoon of a USB plug nearing the USB port on the computer.
Cartoon of the back of the math keyboard with a label showing the different operating systems listed vertically. Two sets of holes are laterally right of the OS. 
Code Update, with one hole, is at the bottom of the list.
Quick Startup instructons
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