Tip: Editing – Getting Started

TalkingTILES is an AAC tool that can be used by many - from toddlers to elderly, from non-verbal autistic to stroke patients, there versatility of the app means that it can meet their needs.

But how can one tool work for so many?

The answer is simple. The powerful editing capabilities of TalkingTILES means that users can customize it to their needs.

Entering the Edit Mode

In order to customize TalkingTILES you must first enter the edit mode. To do this you simply tap on the Edit Mode icon in the upper right corner three times in a row.

The Edit Mode Icon

Editing Tiles

Once you’re in the edit mode you will notice that the screen changes and you have a number of new options available. Among these is the “Edit” button.

The Edit Button

To edit an existing tile first tap the edit button, then the tile you wish to edit. (Blank tiles can be edited just by tapping them while in the edit mode.) This opens the “Edit a Tile” window.

Edit a Tile Window

All tile editing in TalkingTILES is done by making selections in the six fields in this window - Image, Audio, Title, Tile-Color, and Link To.


In the tablet version of TalkingTILES you have three sources for images - Library, Camera, or Camera Roll. The desktop computer version has two image sources - Library and Browse File.

“Library” (available only with a CareFUZION subscription) gives you access to over 50,000 symbols in a number of popular third party catalogues including SymbolStix, Pictograms, Bliss, Mulberry, Sclera, and Widgit. With these catalogues at your fingertips you should be able to find the right image for any need or age group.

“Camera” will access the tablet’s camera and allows you to take pictures right from within the TalkingTILES app.

The “Camera Roll” or “Browse File” options will allow you to search the hard drive of your device for an appropriate picture - whether it’s one you’ve taken before, received in an email, or found on the net.


There are two ways to add audio to a tile in TalkingTILES - “Record” and “Text to Speech”.

With the “Record” option you will be able to record voices directly from within the TalkingTILES program using the tablet’s built in microphone or one attached to your desktop computer.

The “Text to Speech” option will generate voice recordings based on the text that you enter. A CareFUZION subscription gives you access to additional Text-to-Speech engines including Google TTS, Microsoft TTS, and iSpeech TTS. These engines greatly expand the number of voices that are available to you, including dozens of language and accent options.


The text that you enter for the title of the tile is displayed under the tile image. It is also the text used in the Text to Speech option to generate voice output.


You can set the background color of your tile using the Tile-Color drop down box. This is an excellent way to code different parts of speech (i.e. nouns are red, verbs are blue) or to create a high contrast between the background and foreground for individuals with sight impairments.

Link To

Using the Link To dropdown you can turn your tile into a shortcut between pages. This is an excellent way to add additional navigation options to TalkingTILES (like a “Food” tile that links to a page full of food themed tiles) or to make potential phrases easy to access (for example an “I feel” tile that links to a page with a number of ‘feeling’ tiles).

You can also use the Link To option to link to a webpage. Just select URL from the dropdown box and then enter the website address in the URL box. Whenever the tile is pressed it will launch the page in your web browser!

Editing a Page

Caution: Before editing a Speech Page it is a good idea to back it up, either by uploading a copy to the cloud or by creating a new speech page using the one you are copying as a source. For details on uploading and creating new speech pages see Lessons 7 and 9 of our Video Tutorial Series. Failure to back up your Speech Page may result in the permanent loss of tiles.

Page editing in TalkingTILES is done using the “Swap”, “Cut”, “Copy”, “Paste” and “Delete” buttons available in the Edit Mode.

The Swap, Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete Buttons

To switch the positions of two tiles on the same page, tap “Swap” and then the two tiles you’d like to move.

The “Cut” and “Copy” buttons are used to move a tile from one location to another, either on the same page or on different pages. (Cut will leave a blank tile in the original position, while Copy will leave the original tile intact.)

If you are copying or moving the tile to another location on the same page simply tap the Cut or Copy button, tap the tile that you wish to copy or move, and tap the tile that you wish to copy or move it to. Copying or moving the tile to another page is similar - tap Cut or Copy, tap the tile you wish to copy or move, use the Speech Page Selector to navigate to the page you want to copy or move it to, tap the Paste button, and then tap the tile you’d like to move or copy to.

Warning: If you copy or paste over an existing tile the tile that has been written over will be lost.

If you no longer need a tile and wish to remove it from a page tap the Delete button and then the tile that you wish to delete. A dialogue will ask if you are sure - tap Yes.

With the techniques you’ve just learned you can customize TalkingTILES for virtually any assistive communication need. You have the ability to create a completely unlimited vocabulary suitable to any user or situation.

For more tips on editing, be sure to check out our video tutorials or sign up for a Talking Tuesday session. If you have any specific questions about editing, contact us directly!

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