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This page explains how to get Plover running on your computer.
- Keyboard with n-key rollover or steno machine compatible with Gemini PR, Baron TX, Treal, or Stentura protocol. Stentura protocol requires a serial or serial-to-USB connection. The other steno protocols will work through serial, serial-to-USB, or regular USB. Keyboards without n-key rollover can try to get by without by rolling or arpeggiating keypresses as explained here
Choose the instructions based on your operating system
- Start Plover
- Press Alt-F2 and type "plover" into the textbox
- Click on the Plover icon (a large green 'P')
- A red 'P' should appear on the top-right of the menu bar
- Open a text editor
- Press Alt-F2 and type "gedit" into the textbox
- Click on the gedit icon (looks like a open notepad)
- Type a message into the text editor using Plover (assuming you're on a qwerty keyboard)
- Click on the red 'P' on the top-right of the menu bar (this should make it turn green)
- Simultaneously press R, N, and O (left index finger on 'R', right thumb on 'N', and right ring finger on 'O')
- Simultaneously press R, F, and V (left index finger between 'R' and 'F', and left thumb on 'V')
- Simultaneously press J, K, L, and ; (right index finger on 'J', right middle finger on 'K', right ring finger on 'L', and right pinky finger on ';')
- Simultaneously press D, V, J, O, and [ (left middle finger on 'D', left thumb on 'V', right index finger on 'J', right ring finger on 'O', and right pinky finger on '[')
- Simultaneously press U, I, O, and P (right index finger on 'U', right middle finger on 'I', right ring finger on 'O', right pinky finger on 'P')
- If you wrote out the message "hello, world.", then congratulations! Your installation of Plover was successful!
- As you could probably tell, it was quite tedious to tell you how to type a simple message. The key strokes probably seemed really random, too. But as you continue learning, you'll learn the steno key layout, proper finger placement, and pseudosteno ("HEL/LO/-RBGS/WORLD/FPLT" for the message above) to make life easier and things will start to make more sense.