How do I set a board as a temporary home board in CoughDrop?

Many AAC users like to have their speech boards set to return to their home board after a button is selected.  This can make navigation of speech boards faster for many users.

However, there may be some speech boards for which you would like to stay on that board and not return to the home board until you specifically choose that option.  For example, on a keyboard type board or numbers composition board, it might make sense to make multiple selections on that board before returning to your regular home board.  

**If you ALWAYS want to stay on a secondary board until you choose to navigate back to your home board, you can make that adjustment on your preferences page.  Find instructions for that option here. **

Set a Button to Open a Temporary Home Board

To set a secondary speech board to perform as a temporary home board, first, open the speech board containing the button that opens that board in edit mode.

**Note:  You will need to edit the board which holds the button that opens your secondary board -- do NOT open your secondary board in edit mode for this option.**  For example, if you are setting a keyboard page as a temporary home board you would open the board with the "keyboard" button NOT the keyboard page itself in edit mode.

To open a board in edit mode, hit the "i" icon in the top right corner of a board preview image then select "board actions" OR enter exit speak mode on the needed speech board.  This will bring you to the board actions page.  

If you plan to edit your home board you can also hit the "home" icons on your dashboard or under the "boards" heading.  

Once you are in edit mode, tap on the button you need to edit to open the button settings window.  Remember, this is the button that opens the secondary speech board which you want to set as a temporary home board.  Now select "action" from the options on the left of the button settings window.  

Finally, check the box that reads "set as temporary home when loaded."  

Be sure to save your changes before you exit edit mode.  

Once the board is set as a temporary home board you will note that the corner highlight shows as a square rather than a rounded corner.  A square corner highlight indicates that the secondary board linked to that speech button will behave as a temporary home board when it is loaded.

When in speak mode, if you hit a button which connects to a secondary board that is set as a temporary home board you will see a lock icon in the home board image indicating that the program will stay on this board until you hit the home button a second time to return to your regular home board.

Set a Temporary Home Board While in Speak Mode

You can also set a board to behave as a temporary home board while you are in speak mode.  Maybe you want a board to be the home board just for the moment or just for a certain activity.  You can tell the program to treat a speech board as a temporary home board for just that speak mode session.

To do this, open the drop-down menu under your user icon while in speak mode.  Hit the "set as temporary home" option from the list.  

Stay on This Board

A temporary home board will still allow you to move throughout the board set and open connected speech boards.  

If you want to stay only on one selected board and not allow buttons to open additional board or move to other places within the board set, you can select "stay on this board" from the menu under your user icon.  This setting will keep you ONLY on the current speech board.  

You can release this lock by returning to the menu under your user icon and selecting "release board lock."

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