How to Edit a Button in Compass

julio 27, 2016

1.  Select the Modify button in the top right corner of your screen.


If the Toolbar is disabled, when you select the Modify button, a dialog will open with two options: Modify or Settings. Select Modify.


You will enter Modify mode. (A red bar will appear at the bottom of the screen with the message, "Modify Mode. Select an object to modify").

2.  Select the button to be modified.  The Properties panel will open.

The Properties panel contains five tabs:


On the Contenttab, you can assign a label, a message, a symbol, and apply actions that will execute when that button is selected.



The label will appear on the face of the button. To assign a label:

1. Select the Labelfield.

2. Type the new label using the onscreen keyboard.

3. Select Done on the onscreen keyboard.


The message will not appear on the face of the button.  Messages can be used for a more lengthy or a  more complex line of text.  For example, if the label of the button is "Address," the message could be the user's actual address.  When using messages, be sure to assign corresponding actions. See Actions below.

To assign a message:

1. Select Replace.

2. Type the new message using the onscreen keyboard.

3. Select Done on the onscreen keyboard.


Symbols help users associate concepts more quickly and easily.

To assign a symbol:

1. Select the blue Selectbutton next to the Symbolfield.  Symbols based on the label you entered will be suggested, but you can search for different symbols using the search window at the top of the screen.  Just select the Searchfield, and use the onscreen keyboard to type what you're searching for.  When you've finished, select OK, and new symbols will appear.

You can use a symbol from the Symbol Library, an image from the Media Library, or the T10 camera to take a photo for use on buttons.

To use a Symbol:

2.  Touch the symbol to select it.  When a symbol is selected, a blue check mark will appear over the symbol.  To choose a different symbol, just select a new one.  The first choice will automatically de-select.


3.  Select the green Selectbutton at the top right of the screen.

To select an image from the Media Library to use as a symbol:

2.  Select the Imagestab.


3.  Select the image you want to use as a symbol.

4.  Select the green Select button at the top right corner of the screen.

To use the camera to take a picture for use as a symbol:.

2.  Select the blue Camera button.


3.  Select the blue directional button at the top right corner of the screen to toggle between the rear-facing and front-facing camera.

4.  When the subject of your photo is in view, select the green Snap Imagebutton.

5.  Select the green Selectbutton at the top right corner of your screen to use your new photo as a symbol.


Actions make the button do something.  Whether you want to speak a label directly from a button or compose text in a message window, you'll need to assign actions to your button.

To assign actions:

1.  Select the Editbutton next to Actions.

2.  From the pull-down menu, select what kinds of actions you're looking for.  For example, if you're assigning actions to a button, select Buttons. A list of popular button actions will be displayed.


3. A list of available actions will display in the panel on the left.  For example, if you selected Buttons, button actions will be displayed with a brief description of each action.

4.  Select the action to assign to your button.  As you make your selections, actions assigned to your button will appear in a list on the right.
To delete actions, make selections from the list of assigned actions, and select the red trash can icon kA1G00000008tmRKAQ_en_US_1_7 at the top of the screen.

5.  After assigning actions, select the green Donebutton at the top right corner of the screen.


Font choices are available for all text, including button labels.  Select the Fonttab to choose font types, styles, sizes, and colors.


Various layout options are available to accommodate the user's preferences and needs.

Additionally, the Layout tab includes the following Button Type choices:
  • Standard - Standard buttons most often contain a label, a symbol, and have assigned actions.
  • Group - Group buttons contain multiple, smaller buttons.  Using group buttons can often help those who use the scanning access method easily make faster choices.
  • Word Prediction - A Word Prediction button anticipates the next logical word choice and displays various options for quick selection.  Typically used on keyboard and spelling pages, these buttons can greatly enhance the rate at which the user communicates.
  • Phrase Prediction - Similar to Word Prediction, Phrase Prediction buttons anticipate logical phrases.



Many style choices are available, including theme styles and colors, border colors and thickness, and button shapes.



For Auditory scanning users, a field for an audio cue is provided.  To enter an audio cue

1. Select Replace next to the Audio Cue field.

2. Type the new audio cue using the onscreen keyboard.

3. Select Done.

To make a button not scannable, select the Touch Only.

Select Accessible When Paused to access buttons when the pause feature is enabled in the Eye Gaze access method.



Visibility. Select Hidden to hide the button from view 


After making button modifications, select the green checkmark at the top right corner of the screen.