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Frequently Asked Questions

ArithmeType hardware Math Keyboard

How do I start using the keyboard?

Plug the ArithmeType keyboard into the USB port of your computer (or USB adapter). Please see the Keyboard User Manual for further instructions including Quick Start Up Instructions.

Is the ArithmeType keyboard a calculator?

No, it is a way to type on the computer, do your own work, and show what you know!  However, it is compatible with online calculators such as  Desmos and DeltaMath.

Does this keyboard work on all sites and documents?

Due to many different coding systems in use for mathematics in the digital world, it is not possible for all keys to work correctly on all applications. The ArithmeType keyboards were designed to be compatible with as many documents, extensions, add-ons, websites, and screen readers as possible. 

Thusfar, there are known compatibility issues with a few websites: KiwiWrite Math and Free Math App; and Screen Readers: ChromeVox on ChromeOS, and VoiceOver on MacOS only

Will my regular keyboard still work while the ArithmeType keyboard is plugged in?

YES, both keyboards work simultaneously.

How do I use the "Start GD EQ key" (or "Start Google Docs EQ" key)?

This key opens the Equation Editor in Google Docs. The second option opens the Equation Editor in Word or OneNote. Please click the Keyboard Set & Downloads page for further instructions on using this key.


1. Push the purple "Start GD EQ" key (or "Start Google Docs EQ" key)
2. Choose the button for what you want to do next:

          a. For a fraction: push either the purple a/b button,

          b. For an exponent, start typing your equation and then use the exponent button when needed to                               insert the exponent

          c.  For a fancy square root with extended top bar, push the blue 2nd button followed by the square root                     button

How do I exit GD EQ (Google Docs Equation Editor)?

Simply push ENTER until the box disappears.

Does the Start GD EQ button only work in Google Docs?

Yes, the first keypress of "Start GD EQ" only functions correctly in Google Docs and opens the Equation Editor.  It will not perform correctly in Google Image, Sheets, or Slides due to programming differences between those sites. 

However, "Word EQ" will function on Microsoft Word and OneNote in Windows OS and opens that Equation Editor. To start Word EQ First push the "2nd" key and then push the "Start GD EQ Word EQ" key.

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