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How to Use the Fn Key on Your Laptop

To make up for a lack of keys, early laptops came with a special function key, the Fn key. This was used in combination with other keys like a Shift key, giving those keys multiple purposes. [more…]

The General Keyboard Layout on a Laptop

A typical laptop keyboard layout has typewriter keys, shift keys, function keys, and cursor control keys.

The below figure illustrates a typical laptop keyboard layout, where all the common keys found on [more…]

The Math Symbols on Your PC Keyboard

Clustered around the numeric keypad, like yuppies lurking near Starbucks, are various math-symbol keys. You find these math keys come in handy, especially if you’re dabbling with a spreadsheet or other [more…]

The Hidden Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The numeric keypad that exists on standard keyboards still exists on laptops. The key to finding a laptop’s numeric keypad is to use the Num Lock key. Follow these steps to see an example of using the [more…]

How to Use the Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The first thing the laptop designers decided to sacrifice on their keyboards was the numeric keypad. Rather than just saw off that end of the keyboard, laptops since the Model 100 have used a combination [more…]

How to Connect Your Keyboard and Mouse to Your PC

Connecting your keyboard and mouse to your PC is a breeze. Before you connect your keyboard and mouse to your computer, you need to decide where to place both the keyboard and mouse in relation to the [more…]

How to Add an External Keyboard to Your Laptop

If you miss the full size and action of a real PC keyboard, get one! Just plug it into your laptop, either into the keyboard port or a USB port, whichever is available. You can start using the keyboard [more…]

The Basic PC Keyboard Layout

PC keyboards are anything but standard. Customized keyboards, with special buttons and features, seem to be the rule, not the exception. Still, the basic PC keyboard layout has 104 keys common to all PC [more…]

Change Keyboard Settings on Your PC

Your keyboard is the primary input device for your PC. Knowing how to control the keyboard or change keyboard settings is critical to operating your computer. [more…]

Your PC Keyboard’s Modifier Keys

Four keys on your keyboard are modifier keys. A modifier key works in combination with other keys to do various interesting and unbelievable things. You can find these modifier keys somewhere on your keyboard [more…]

Some Useful PC Keyboard Keys

Your computer keyboard is a virtual playground of buttons — some famous keys, some familiar keys, and some mysterious keys. Here's a list of some of the most important keyboard keys [more…]

Your PC Keyboard’s Lock Keys

The three Lock keys are special keys designed to change the way other keys on the keyboard behave. You press a Lock key once to activate it, and you press that Lock key again to deactivate it: [more…]

What to Do When You Spill Something on Your Laptop's Keyboard

If you spill coffee, water, or some other liquid on your laptop’s keyboard, the first thing to do is not panic. The second thing to do is to turn off the power, because water and electricity are an unpleasant [more…]

Your PC’s Keyboard and Mouse Ports

The PS/2 keyboard-and-mouse ports are designed to connect your keyboard and mouse. This figure illustrates the plug that fits in the keyboard and mouse ports. The keyboard and mouse use the same kind of [more…]

How to Establish Keyboard Ergonomics

To keep yourself happy and healthy while using your PC’s keyboard, establish some keyboard ergonomics. It's important to observe proper posture and sitting position when using the keyboard, especially [more…]

How to Update Your Computer Keyboard

Whether your computer keyboard isn’t working properly or you just want to upgrade, you can buy an updated keyboard and install it on your computer. Before buying a new computer keyboard at the store, remove [more…]

Set Your Keyboard’s Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate

You can control a few things about how your computer’s keyboard works. Two of them that are most crucial — especially if you are a touch-typist — are the repeat delay and the repeat rate: [more…]

Turn Off the Sticky Keys Warning on Windows PCs

A keyboard problem you may need to troubleshoot is the Sticky Keys warning that pops up when Shift is pressed 5 times in a row. Some video games use the Shift key as an action key, so learning to undo [more…]

How to Clean Your Laptop’s Case, Screen, and Keyboard

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require more cleaning than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. Here’s how to clean your laptop case, screen [more…]

Your Laptop and Airport Security

The airport security situation is becoming increasingly complex. Travelling with a laptop presents a special issue in the airport security line. Here’s what you need to know and do to get through airport [more…]

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