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  • Page 1 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 2 3Com Corporation or its subsidiaries. The following are registered trade- marks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States and/or other countries: IBM and WorkPad. Other company, product and ser- vice brand names may be trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Chapter 1: Getting Started With Your WorkPad Locating Front Panel Controls.............2 Protective Flip Cover ................3 Locating Back Panel Components ............4 Installing the Batteries ................5 Calibrating the Screen................6 Setting the Time ..................8 Setting the Current Date...............9 Connecting the Cradle ................10 Installing WorkPad Desktop Software..........10...
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  • Page 5: Chapter 1: Getting Started With Your Workpad

    WorkPad, refer to the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad. This chapter explains the physical buttons and controls on your WorkPad, how to install the batteries, start your WorkPad for the first time, and set up your WorkPad Desktop software. Chapter 1...
  • Page 6: Locating Front Panel Controls

    Scroll Displays text and other information that extends button beyond the area of the WorkPad screen. Pressing the lower half of the scroll button “scrolls down” to view information below the viewing area, and pressing the upper half of the button “scrolls up” to view the information above the viewing area.
  • Page 7: Protective Flip Cover

    Protective Flip Cover The cover protects the WorkPad screen when it is not in use and helps reduce glare while you use your WorkPad. You can open the cover so that it is at an angle, open it fully or remove it altogether by pulling the cover out of the holes on the sides of the WorkPad.
  • Page 8: Locating Back Panel Components

    Stylus Slides in and out of the slot on the back side of the WorkPad. To use the stylus, remove it from the slot and hold it as you would a pen or pencil. Important: Always use the point of the stylus for tapping or making strokes on the WorkPad screen.
  • Page 9: Installing The Batteries

    Installing the Batteries To use your WorkPad, you must install two AAA alkaline batteries. The batteries fit behind the battery door on the back of the WorkPad. To install the batteries in your WorkPad: 1. Press the latch on the battery door and lift the battery door away from the WorkPad.
  • Page 10: Calibrating The Screen

    Follow the steps in this section to align the internal circuitry of your WorkPad with its touch-sensitive screen. To calibrate your WorkPad: 1. Press the power button on the front panel of your WorkPad to display the calibration screen. Power...
  • Page 11 After you tap each of the targets, continue with the following sections to set the time and date. About the Backlight Feature If you have difficulty seeing the information on your WorkPad, you can use the backlight feature to illuminate your screen. To activate the backlight feature: Press the power button and hold it down for about two seconds.
  • Page 12: Setting The Time

    The General Preferences screen is the first screen to appear after you align the digitizer on your WorkPad. Note: If the General Preferences screen is not on your WorkPad screen, you may have pressed one of the application buttons on the front panel. See “Opening Preferences Screens” in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad for information on displaying the General Preferences screen.
  • Page 13: Setting The Current Date

    4. Tap the current date to close the Set Date dialog and return to the General Preferences screen. Note: You do not need to adjust the other General Preference settings at this time. See “General Preferences” in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad for information about the remaining options. Chapter 1 Page 9...
  • Page 14: Connecting The Cradle

    WorkPad Desktop software extends many of the functions of your WorkPad to your computer. Although using WorkPad Desktop software is optional, when you use it with your WorkPad and the built-in HotSync technology, you can fully synchronize the information on your WorkPad with the information on your computer.
  • Page 15 Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 IBM-compatible 486 computer or higher 8 MB RAM (memory) minimum, 16 MB recommended 12 MB available hard disk space VGA monitor or better (the WorkPad Quick Tour requires a 256 color video display) CD-ROM drive Pointing device...
  • Page 16 To ensure a safe and uninterrupted installation of the WorkPad Desktop software, please do the following before installing: Connect the cradle to your computer. If you have placed your WorkPad in the cradle, remove it during software installation. Exit all programs, including those that run automatically at...
  • Page 17: Chapter 2: Working With Your Workpad

    WorkPad. You can also open the four main applications — Date Book, Address Book, To Do List and Memo Pad — with the buttons on the front panel of your WorkPad. Tip: When you press the buttons on the front panel, you have instant access to the selected application.
  • Page 18 2. Tap the icon of the application that you want to open. If you have many applications installed on your WorkPad, tap the scroll bar to see all of your applications. Tip: As a shortcut, you can write the Graffiti character stroke for the first letter of the application you want to use.
  • Page 19 To display applications by category: 1. Tap the icon on the WorkPad screen to open the Applications Launcher. 2. Tap the icon on the WorkPad screen to open the Applications Launcher menus.
  • Page 20: Using The On-Screen Keyboard

    7. Tap the Done button to return to the Applications Launcher screen. Using the On-Screen Keyboard You can activate the on-screen keyboard any time you need to enter text or numbers on your WorkPad. Note that you cannot enter Graffiti characters while using the on-screen keyboard. To use the on-screen keyboard: 1.
  • Page 21 You can switch among the three dialogs at any time to enter the exact text you need. 5. After you finish, tap the Done button to close the on-screen keyboard and place the text in your WorkPad application. Chapter 2 Page 17...
  • Page 22: Writing With The Stylus

    This section explains the basics of the Graffiti alphabet, and how to make strokes in the Graffiti writing area. Your WorkPad also includes Giraffe — a game you can use to practice writing Graffiti characters.
  • Page 23 Always begin the stroke at the heavy dot. Most characters require only a single stroke. When you lift the stylus from the Graffiti writing area, your WorkPad recognizes and displays the text character immediately. The Graffiti writing area is divided into two parts: one for writing the letters of the alphabet and one for writing numbers.
  • Page 24 Don’t try to draw the dot shape itself. The heavy dot is there to show the starting point of the stroke. 5. Lift the stylus from the screen at the end of the stroke shape. Page 20 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 25 That’s all there is to it! When you lift the stylus from the screen, your WorkPad recognizes your stroke immediately and prints the letter at the insertion point on the screen. As soon as you lift the stylus from the screen, you can begin the stroke for the next character you want to write.
  • Page 26 The Graffiti Alphabet Letter Strokes Letter Strokes Space Back Space tap twice Carriage Period Return Page 22 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 27 Lock Tip: When Caps Lock is active, an underlined “up arrow” symbol appears in the lower-right corner of the WorkPad screen. To return to lowercase, make the Caps Shift stroke. Writing Numbers With Graffiti Strokes Writing numbers with Graffiti strokes is similar to writing letters of the alphabet, except that you make the character strokes on the right- hand side (numbers side) of the Graffiti writing area.
  • Page 28 The next stroke you make with the stylus creates a punctuation mark. Punctuation shift Symbol Stroke Symbol Stroke Period Dash — Comma Left Paren Apostrophe Right Paren Question Slash Exclamation Dollar Page 24 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 29 Graffiti writing area (the letters or numbers side). Writing Symbols and Extended Characters All symbols and extended characters begin with the stroke in the Graffiti writing area of your WorkPad: Symbol Shift When the Symbol Shift is active, a slanted shift symbol appears in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  • Page 30 You can write the following characters in the lowercase alphabet mode without any special punctuation or shifting: Note: You must write these non-English characters in the left side of the Graffiti writing area. Page 26 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 31 45 characters. For example, you might create a ShortCut for your name, or for the header of a memo. See “ShortCuts Preferences” in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad to learn about creating your own ShortCuts.
  • Page 32: Using Application Controls

    For example, if you want to enter the current date and time, you would draw the following strokes: Using Application Controls WorkPad applications include several types of controls. Once you become familiar with using these controls, you can easily select options and navigate through your WorkPad applications. The following table lists the controls and how to use them.
  • Page 33: Using Menus

    WorkPad application in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad. To activate the menus: 1. Open a WorkPad application (such as the Memo Pad, as described earlier in this chapter). 2. Tap the icon to open the menus for the application at the top of the screen.
  • Page 34 The menus and menu commands that are available depend on the application that is currently running on your WorkPad. Also, the menus and menu selections vary depending on which part of the application is currently on the screen. Using the Memo Pad application as an example, the menus are different for the Memo List screen and the Memo screen.
  • Page 35 To use the Graffiti menu commands, draw the Command stroke followed by the corresponding command letter. When you draw the Command stroke, the Command symbol appears just above the Graffiti writing area to indicate that you are in Command mode. Command For example, to activate the Select All command in the previous diagram, draw the Command stroke, followed by the letter “s.”...
  • Page 36 Removes the selected text and stores it temporarily in the memory of your WorkPad. You can paste the text you cut into another area of the WorkPad application or into a different WorkPad application. Copy Copies the selected text and stores it temporarily in the memory of your WorkPad.
  • Page 37: Choosing Fonts

    Choosing Fonts In most of your WorkPad applications, you can change the font style to make the text on the screen easier to read. You can even choose a different font style for each application that supports this feature. Note: The Expense application does not support changing fonts.
  • Page 38: Using Categories

    1. Tap a To Do item or Memo, or tap an Address Book entry then tap the Edit button in the Address View screen (refer to the descriptions in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad for details). 2. Tap the Details button to open the Details dialog.
  • Page 39 Pressing the application button on the front panel of the WorkPad toggles through the available categories. Defining a New Category Your WorkPad comes with two default categories: Business and Personal. In addition, the Address Book contains the QuickList category, designed as a “quick reference” of commonly used names, addresses and phone numbers (such as doctor, lawyer, etc.).
  • Page 40 5. Tap the OK button to close the first Edit Categories dialog and view your new category in the pick list. Note: You can edit any of your records and file them in the new categories as appropriate. Page 36 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 41 Renaming Categories You can also use the Edit Categories dialog to change the names of any existing category. To change the name of an Address Book category: 1. Tap the category pick list in the upper-right corner of the screen. 2.
  • Page 42: Attaching Notes

    Attaching Notes WorkPad applications (except the Memo Pad) enable you to attach a note to an entry. A note is anything that you want to write, and can be up to several thousand characters long. For example, if you have an appointment in the Date Book application, you could attach a note with directions to the location.
  • Page 43: Beaming Information To Other Workpads

    2. Tap the Beam command from the Record menu to open the Beam Status dialog (see the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad.) 3. Point the IR port directly at the IR port of the receiving WorkPad. Tip: For best results, the WorkPads should be between five...
  • Page 44 1. Turn on your WorkPad. 2. Point the IR port directly at the IR port of the transmitting WorkPad to open the Beam Status dialog. 3. Tap the Yes button to accept the transmission. 4. Wait for the Beam Status dialog to indicate that the transfer is complete, and then tap the OK button to display the new entry.
  • Page 45: Chapter 3: Finding Information With Your Workpad

    Using the Find Command The Find command locates any text that you specify and is available in any WorkPad application. You can search for whole words or the beginning letters of a word. The Find command automatically searches all the data on your WorkPad and lists which applications contain the text.
  • Page 46: Using Phone Lookup

    Note: As your WorkPad searches for the text, you can tap the Stop button at any time. You may want to do this if the entry you want appears before your WorkPad finishes the search. To continue the search after you tap Stop, tap the Find More button.
  • Page 47 The Phone Lookup feature also works for selected text. Drag to highlight the text, and then write the Phone Lookup Command stroke “/L.” Your WorkPad replaces the selected text and adds the phone number to the name that it finds.
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  • Page 49: Chapter 4: Installing And Removing Applications

    WorkPad Desktop software from your computer. Installing Applications Your WorkPad comes with the Date Book, Address Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Expense, Calculator and Mail applications installed and ready to use. You can also install additional applications on your WorkPad, such as games and other WorkPad-compatible software.
  • Page 50 3. Click the Install button to open the WorkPad Install Tool dialog. You can also access the Install Tool dialog by selecting Tip: Install Tool from the WorkPad Desktop program group or by double-clicking any file with a PRC file extension.
  • Page 51 4. Select the name that corresponds to your WorkPad in the User drop-down list. 5. Click the Add button to open the Open dialog. 6. Click the application(s) that you want to install on your WorkPad. 7. Click the Open button to return to the Install Tool dialog.
  • Page 52: Installing Games

    6. Point the IR port of the transmitting WorkPad directly at the IR port of the receiving WorkPad and tap the Beam button on the transmitting WorkPad. 7. On the receiving WorkPad, tap the Yes button to accept the application.
  • Page 53: Removing Workpad Desktop Software

    7. Tap the Done button to close the Delete dialog and return to the Applications Launcher. Removing WorkPad Desktop Software If you no longer want to use the WorkPad Desktop software, you can remove it from your computer. To remove the WorkPad Desktop software: 1.
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  • Page 55: Chapter 5: Getting Help With Your Workpad

    Displaying Online Tips Many of the dialogs that appear on your WorkPad contain an online tips icon in the upper-right corner. Online tips contain a summary of what is required by the dialog, shortcuts for using the dialog or other useful information.
  • Page 56: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you encounter a problem with your WorkPad, look in this section for the description that most closely matches the symptoms you observe and try the suggestions listed. Important: For troubleshooting tips not included in this handbook, refer to either the README.TXT file or the HelpNotes file located in the WorkPad Desktop folder.
  • Page 57 Check the following on your WorkPad: Make sure you are using the special modem cable to connect to your modem. Important: Do not attempt to use other cables to connect a WorkPad to a modem. Check the modem cable connection between your WorkPad and your modem.
  • Page 58 WorkPad does not turn on: Adjust the contrast control. Make sure batteries are installed properly. Replace the batteries. If your WorkPad still does not operate, try a soft reset; see “Resetting Your WorkPad.” Low battery warning after replacing the batteries: The battery warning message may appear immediately after replacing the batteries.
  • Page 59 Purge the Date Book and To Do List applications. This deletes complete To Do items and past Date Book events from the memory of your WorkPad. Note that you may need to perform a HotSync operation to recover the memory.
  • Page 60 WorkPad applications. Tapping the Today button doesn’t display the current date: Your WorkPad is not set to the current date. Make sure the Set Date box in the General Preferences screen displays the current date. See “General Preferences” in the Applications Handbook for the IBM WorkPad for more information.
  • Page 61: Technical Support, Service And Repair

    Day View for the particular day to see the overlapping events. Technical Support, Service and Repair If you have a problem using your WorkPad, make sure you have reviewed the following: The “Troubleshooting” section earlier in this chapter...
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  • Page 63: Chapter 6: Maintaining Your Workpad

    Protect your WorkPad from temperature extremes. Do not leave your WorkPad on the dashboard of a car on a hot day, and keep it away from heaters and other heat sources. Do not store or use your WorkPad in any location that is extremely dusty, damp or wet.
  • Page 64 If the batteries drain to the point where your WorkPad does not operate, it stores your data safely for about a month. In this case, there is enough residual energy in the batteries to store the data, but not enough to turn on your WorkPad.
  • Page 65 WorkPad running again. Performing a Soft Reset A soft reset tells your WorkPad to stop what it’s doing and start over again. All records and entries stored in your WorkPad are retained with a soft reset. After a soft reset, the IBM WorkPad welcome screen appears followed by the General Preferences screen (to set time and date).
  • Page 66 3. When a message appears on the WorkPad screen warning that you are about to erase all the data stored on your WorkPad, do one of the following: Press the upper half of the scroll button on the front panel of the WorkPad to complete the hard reset and display the Digitizer screen.
  • Page 67: Index

    28 Date finding text 41 setting 9 font style 33 Deleting information 16 applications 48 installing 45 WorkPad Desktop 49 Launcher 13, 14 Digitizer 6 menus 29 removing 48 Edit Menu 31 sorting 15 Entries starting 13 assigning categories 34...
  • Page 68 35 choosing categories 34 Letters finding 41, 42 font style 33 private 38 Graffiti 19, 22 Removing on-screen keyboard 16 applications 48 WorkPad Desktop 49 Reset Button 4, 61 Maintenance Information 59 Page 64 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...
  • Page 69 23 search for text 41 on-screen keyboard 16 serial port 5 punctuation marks 24 starting 6 symbols 25 starting applications 13 with WorkPad 18 stylus 4 writing tips 21 technical support 57 Time troubleshooting 52 setting 8 writing text 18...
  • Page 70 12 system requirements 11 Writing accent characters 26 capital letters 23 Graffiti shortcuts 27 numbers 23 on-screen keyboard 16 punctuation marks 24 symbols 25 text with WorkPad 18 tips 21 Page 66 Basic Handbook for the IBM WorkPad...