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LeaseyBite 17, If I Only Had Time

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

If I only had time to tell you about all the things Leasey can do, it would be a very good thing. For now, I'll be contented with focusing on the subject of time itself.

We've learned that there are keystrokes allowing you not only to hear the current time, but also insert it into an edit area. Leasey can do much more with time. She has a stopwatch, a countdown timer, you can set an alarm, and even year Westminster chimes at intervals which you can specify.

Keystrokes exist to access all of the items directly, and I will tell you what they are. But as well as those, you can bring into view a menu of items pertaining to the clock functions by pressing the Leasey Key then Control+Shift+C.
Of course, all the keystrokes are listed in Leasey's help system. We'll go through each function in turn.
We're going to press Escape to exit the clock menu as we are not going to use it in this tutorial. We're going to use the global hot keys instead. But all the options I'm going to describe are on this menu. You can press the Down Arrow key to reach the item you want, then press Enter.
We will work through all of the functions of the LeaseyClock in the order they appear on the menu. Global keystrokes will also be given. In most cases, the
LeaseyClock keystrokes can easily be accessed by holding down the ALT+Control+Windows keys, (usually the three keys to the immediate left of the Space Bar), and while doing so, press any one of the function keys from F1 through to F9.

Start the Stopwatch, ALT+Control+Windows+F1. Will start the stopwatch counting up. This can run for an indefinite period, weeks if necessary.

Stop the Stopwatch, ALT+Control+Windows+F2. Will stop the watch, however if it is restarted again using the option above, the watch is not cleared and continues counting from the time it was stopped.

Hear Elapsed Time, ALT+Control+Windows+F3. Speaks the elapsed time for which the stopwatch has been running.

Clear the Stopwatch, ALT+Control+Windows+F4. If the stopwatch has been stopped it is cleared. When it is restarted, the count begins at 0.

Change the Number of Decimal Places, ALT+Control+Windows+F5. Changes the number of decimal places spoken by the stopwatch. It rotates between 0, 1, 2 or 3 decimal places.

Set Countdown timer by entering the number of minutes, ALT+Control+Windows+F6. When prompted, enter a value between 1 and 59 to represent the number of minutes for the countdown timer. Press Enter to begin. When the desired minutes have elapsed, a chime sound will play. Press this keystroke a second time to stop the countdown timer.

Set Alarm Time, ALT+Control+Windows+F7. When prompted, enter an alarm time, 2 figures for the hour, then a colon, followed by 2 digits for the minutes. Press Enter to set the alarm. When the alarm time is reached, a tune will play. Press ALT+Control+Windows+S to stop the alarm sound.
Press ALT+Control+Windows+F7 while the alarm is running to cancel it.

Hear How Many Minutes Remain on the Countdown Timer or Alarm, ALT+Control+Windows+F8. When the countdown timer or alarm is running, use this option to hear how many minutes remain .

Customise Chime Sounds, ALT+Control+Windows+F9. Leasey can play Westminster chimes throughout the day. This is a very useful method of being able to keep track of time. If you press this keystroke repeatedly, you will cycle through the available options. These are "Chimes will be heard every 15 minutes", "Chimes will be heard every 30 minutes", "Chimes will be heard every hour", or "None" to disable chime sounds. When the option you would like is spoken, it is immediately set and will remain so even if you restart the computer. You can change it at any time by pressing the same keystroke, ALT+Control+Windows+F9.

If you find that the alarm or chime sounds are not at an acceptable volume, press ALT+Control+Windows+Up or Down Arrow to change the level. If an alarm or chime sound is not playing, you will hear a tune instead so you can adjust the volume to your requirements. When the desired level has been reached, and if the tune is playing, press ALT+Control+Windows+S to stop it, although it will automatically be stopped after one minute. If you reach 100 per cent of the volume level, you will be advised of this. If the lowest level at 0 per cent is reached, you will be advised of this, followed by the words, "Not Recommended".

Leasey from Hartgen Consultancy, the lady who is always on time.

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