How do I use the BlueNoteGo shortcut button and the GoFocus light strip?

This feature is included in Version 9, but not in previous versions. Scroll to the bottom of this article to view the latest GoFocus features added in Version 9.3.

Engaging the BlueNote Lights application on any Windows desktop is simplified by turning on BlueNoteGo, which is a floating taskbar that can be placed anywhere on the user's desktop. Users can decide which options appear on the Go button. In the video clip below, this BlueNoteGo button has been programmed to pull up the Conversations window, open and close the Light Panel, and toggle Do Not Disturb on or off.

What actions can BlueNoteGo perform?

Its primary use is to create "object permanence" on the screen, so that the notification system can be quickly brought up to the top of all other windows or minimized easily. Use BlueNote Go to achieve the following actions:

1. Bring the Light Panel up and down quickly to turn lights on, off, or to glance at all current Lights activity. To bring the Light panel up and down, click the 'B' on the Go button.

2. Open Conversations to reply to an existing thread by clicking the speech icon. This can also be used to start a new Conversation, or to view previous message history. To close the Conversations window, right-click on the speech icon on the Go button.

3. Temporarily disable all of BlueNote's visual and audible notifications on the specific computer with a single click of the Do Not Disturb button, which appears as a moon icon when active.

4. Turn on up to three pre-programmed Quick Lights with a single click.

Turning on BlueNoteGo

To turn on BlueNoteGo, open the BlueNote Lights program and choose Menu > Preferences > BlueNote Go and toggle the red button under the BlueNoteGo tab to On. The bar will appear in the middle of the window. Toggle it back Off to remove the Go button from the user's screen, When BlueNoteGo is On, this is where you'll also choose whether or not the Conversations and Do Not Disturb buttons are enabled. If the Go Button seems too large in relation to the other windows on the monitor, the user has the option to make the Go UI button smaller.

Turn on BlueNote Go

Moving BlueNoteGo

To move the BlueNoteGo bar, grab the entire bar by pressing on the "B" and then dragging it wherever you'd like to place it on the screen.

Programming a BlueNoteGo Quick Light

Even though Lights can be used quickly, BlueNoteGo offers an even more instant option for turning key Lights on with the use of super-shortcuts. Note that BlueNoteGo is only used to turn lights On, not Off.

In the example below, the client's user works at the front desk and often finds themselves alone, in need of assistance without wanting to search for the light panel or the specific Light. Instead, the user can program a red Quick Light directly on the BlueNoteGo button that turns on the Front Office Needs Help light with minimal effort.  A Quick Light can be mapped out to include any Light, any BlueNote, as well as a customized, pre-typed comment.

At the bottom of the illustration you'll see what BlueNoteGo looks like when the 'Front Office Needs Help" Light is active. Only one Quick Light has been added and used in this example; however each client can be programmed with up to three Quick Lights for various immediate functions.

Creating a Quick Light

Focused Notifications on the GoFocus Dock

New feature (Beta)

GoFocus Docked Left

The GoFocus light strip Dock is a replacement for having multiple popups that appear over other software programs. Instead, when this feature is enabled, a small bar appears on the left-hand or right-hand side of the user's primary monitor, and an icon is added to the Go button. When the user clicks on this icon, or their mouse hovers over the GoFocus Dock, all notifications included in this user's Focused view appear in sequential order that indicates when each Light was turned on. When GoFocus is turned On, popups only appear for 20 seconds whenever Lights are activated, updated, or refreshed. The Gofocus Dock is designed to function as a single strip of colored bars, so that notification data is always visible on a dedicated portion of the monitor, and all data can be viewed, but on an as-needed basis.

Options available:

  • Dock Left (seen above) or Dock Right - only the strip and the popup appears - clicking on the icon or hovering over the strip is how the user is able to read all the Light notifications at once in sequential order. The number of active Lights appears at the top of the strip. Below is a closeup of the Dock Left appearance when the user hovers over the strip.
Docked Left

  • Undocked - no strip is visible; instead the Undocked mode can be resized and moved anywhere on the screen. This view is designed to stay On Top of other windows.
Undocked GoFocus
  • Light Interaction from Docked or Undocked - click on an active Light to open the Light Action Window in the full BlueNote client (Light Panel), to turn the Light Off, or Refresh it, or to Escalate or add a Priority.

Clicking on a Light within GoFocus
  • Advanced features - not only can the user choose to see a clock timer at the top of the GoFocus window, they can remove individual Lights from appearing in both Focused view and the GoFocus Dock. Users may also remove the Focused icon from their BlueNote Go button, as well as to disable the quick popup that appears when any Light is activated. The Temporary popups are helpful when GoFocus is Docked, but users with GoFocused in Undocked mode may find them unnecessary.

Advanced options within GoFocus

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