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Compaq keyboard i would like to know how to assign the very top row of buttons as a shortcut. or what is the purpose of that row of buttons. The top Row of Keys on the included keyboard have no pre-progammed functions. How can I assign fuctions to these buttons? Keys: Connect, Search, Email, Club Q, ?, Calculator

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You probably need to load the Compaq utility that assigns and activates the keys. Go to
enter the model number of your compaq computer, and search the available downloads for the utility.

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I want to change what a key types e.g. the numeral 2 key has the @ sign but you need to use the ctrl key to get it. I want to use the shift key to get it.

Create a shortcut

Open the folder or directory that contains the program you wish to create a shortcut for.

Right-click on the program and click Create Shortcut.

This will create a shortcut named "Shortcut to <your program> in the directory you are in. If you wish to rename this shortcut, right-click the file and click rename.

Once the above steps have been completed, you can copy or cut this shortcut and paste it anywhere to execute this program.

Assign shortcut key to that Windows shortcut

Once the shortcut has been created to assign a shortcut key to that Windows shortcut follow the below steps.

Right-click the shortcut and click Properties.

Click the Shortcut tab.

Click in the Shortcut key box and press a letter. For example, if you press "p" the shortcut key will automatically be made Ctrl + Alt + P. Which means if saved when pressing Ctrland Alt and "P" all at the same time will run that shortcut.



MapKeyboard enables you to remap your keyboard and alter any key to function as a different one or optionally disable it as well.

The program can be quite useful for laptop users and people with keyboards that differ from the standard

hope this helps

Aug 22, 2012 | HP PC Desktops

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Keyboard meaning


With the indulgence of the other posters.

The Acer Aspire AST180-UD400B or better known as Aspire T180 comes with a standard keyboard as shown below


Should this be what you have, the basic keys on the top left are:
Esc - Escape key. It is basically a shortcut to STOP or get out of a program sequence. Often this is as a shortcut key for the Stop button in many web browsers
F1 - usually launches a program's Help Guide
F2 - usually launches Rename command
F3 - usually launches Find or Search command
F4 - formerly a DOS for launching previous OS but currently used in conjunction with Alt that closes an active, open window and/or exits a program. With no active, open windows, it prompts you to exit.

If for some reason your keyboard is different, it is possible that the dealer could have bundled a different/after market keyboard such as those web or multimedia as shown below. The top left keys then would be either for web browser shortcut keys or multimedia shortcut keys or some other specialized functions.


Should this be the case, pls post back with the brand/model which may be determined by looking at the bottom or any of the markings at the top.

Hope this be of additional help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kindest regards.

Feb 11, 2008 | PC Desktops


More Tips For Windows 7

So I been Messing Around With Windows 7 and Created a list of new things for people that don't know much about windows 7. <br /> <span> <p><b>Minimize (Almost) All Windows:</b> <b>Win + Home</b><br /> <p>This combo lets you send all open windows packing--except the one that's currently active. Sure beats clicking Minimize on a bunch of individual windows. When you tap the shortcut a second time, it restores all previously open windows.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Make Windows Transparent: Win + Space</b><br /> <p>This is the keyboard equivalent of mousing over the transparency tool in the right corner of the System Tray--great for those times when you need to something on the desktop (like a gadget) but don't want to minimize all your windows. After tapping <i>Win-Space</i>, your windows will stay see-through until you let go of the Windows key.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Quick-Launch Taskbar Apps: Win + (1-9)</b><br /> <p>As you know, Windows 7 makes it a snap to "pin" frequently used programs to the taskbar. But did you also know that these programs are automatically assigned a number and corresponding Windows-key shortcut? Just press <i>Windows-1</i> to launch the first pinned program (the one closest to the Start button), <i>Windows-2</i> to launch the next one, and so on. Fastest app-launching known to man! Except, of course, for this...<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Quick-Launch Any App: Hotkey</b><br /> <p>Like Vista before it, Windows 7 lets you assign a quick-launch hotkey to any installed program. Just right-click the program's icon, choose <i>Properties</i>, and then click the <i>Shortcut</i> tab. Click once in the <i>Shortcut key field</i>, then press the hotkey combo you want to assign (<i>Ctrl-Shift-H</i>, for instance). Click <i>OK</i> and you're done! Assuming you have a good memory, app launching doesn't get any faster than this.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Dock Active Windows: Win + Left or Right Arrow</b><br /> <p>A great shortcut for users with widescreen monitors, this combo docks the active window to the left or right half of the screen (depending on which arrow you tap), at the same time maximizing it top-to-bottom.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Magnify Your View: Win + (+)</b><br /> <p>Windows 7's built-in magnifier lets you zoom in wherever you place your cursor. Just tap <i>Win-plus</i> (that's the Windows key and the plus key) to enable the magnifier and set a 200% zoom level. When you mouse to any edge of the screen, your view scrolls accordingly. The more you tap the keys, the higher the zoom. Of course, you can just as easily zoom out again with <i>Win-minus</i>.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Open Presentation Settings: Win + P</b><br /> <p>Good news for business users constantly struggling to get Windows to cooperate with<a href="">projectors</a>: A quick tap of <i>Win-P</i> activates a monitor-settings panel. Click <i>Duplicate</i> or <i>Projector only</i> to send your display to the big screen, or <i>Extend</i> if you've connected a second monitor and want extra screen real estate.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Create a New Folder: Ctrl + Shift + N</b><br /> <p>Forget the old way of creating new folders. In Windows 7, all it takes is a tap of <i>Ctrl-Shift-N</i>. This works in any open Explorer window, but also on the desktop. After the new folder appears, just type in a name as usual and hit <i>Enter</i>.<br /> <p><br /> <p><b>Bring Gadgets to the Fore: Win + G</b><br /> <p>Now that Windows' gadgets are no longer relegated to the Sidebar, they're free to sit anywhere on your desktop. Of course, that means they can get obscured by other windows. As you now know, a tap of <i>Win-Space</i> makes those windows temporarily see-through, but what if you want to put the gadgets on <i>top</i> of your windows? No problem: Just tap <i>Win-G</i>.<br /></span>

on Dec 11, 2010 | PC Desktops


The Five ways to make your keyboard easier to use

5 ways to make your keyboard
easier to use For most people, the keyboard is the main way to enter information into and control their computer. But are you controlling your keyboard, or is your keyboard controlling you?
If you make typing mistakes or find your keyboard a bit uncomfortable, it’s not hard to correct those problems. Here’s how to quickly and easily change your keyboard settings and comfort options.
1. Get to know your keyboardEven if you’ve been using a PC for a long time, there may be features on your keyboard you don’t know about. Take a moment to get to know your keyboard so you can be more efficient when you're working.
2. Change keyboard settingsOnce you’ve gotten more familiar with your keyboard, there are a few settings you can change to help you work more smoothly.
You can alter:
  • How long you need to press a key before the keyboard character starts repeating.
  • The speed at which keyboard characters repeat, which helps you to avoid typing errors.
  • The rate at which the mouse pointer blinks, which can help its visibility.
Here's how to change keyboard settings in Windows Vista or in Windows XP .
3. Take shortcuts Even if you're a whiz with the mouse for Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, keyboard shortcuts are typically a more efficient way to work. They're called shortcuts because they reduce multiple clicks into one quick press of keys, like hitting a chord on a piano.
Getting to know a few keyboard shortcuts for the things you do all the time, like saving or closing files, can make using your PC much easier and faster.
Here are just a few popular keyboard shortcuts that work for both versions of Windows:
Press this
To do this
Windows logo keykey_win_logo.png Open the Start menu
Switch between open programs or windows
Save the current file or document (works in most programs)
Copy the selected item
Undo an action
Windows logo key key_win_logo.png +F1
Display Windows Help and Support
Cancel the current task
Application key key_application.png Open a menu of commands related to a selection in a program. Equivalent to right-clicking the selection.
For more, see the detailed list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows Vista, or Windows XP. Note: shortcuts for Windows 7 are the same as those listed for Windows Vista.
4. Make it easier to press multiple keysDo you find it difficult to press multiple keys at once? For example, if pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL is an acrobatic feat, you can set up Sticky Keys. With Sticky Keys you can hit one key at a time in a keyboard shortcut. You can even set it to make a noise so you know it's working.
together.gifYou can set up Sticky Keys in Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP. (Hint: Press your “SHIFT” key 5 times in a row, then click on the link, to get going with Sticky Keys in Windows 7 or Windows Vista.)
5. Find a comfortable keyboardIt might also be time for you to evaluate the ergonomics of your desktop. Microsoft offers a full line of Natural and Comfort Curve ergonomic keyboards to ensure you're comfortable when you're working on your computer. Having the right keyboard can really make a difference!
Tips for using your keyboard properly
If a new keyboard isn’t in your future, be sure to use your current keyboard properly to avoid soreness or injury to your wrists, hands, and arms. This is particularly important if you use your computer for long periods of time.
Curious about how to create a more ergonomic work space for yourself? Check out these tips to help you work more comfortably and reduce your risk of painful injuries or disorders.
Here are some general tips to help you avoid problems:
  • Place your keyboard at elbow level, with your upper arms relaxed at your sides.
  • Center your keyboard in front of you. If your keyboard has a numeric keypad, you can use the spacebar as the centering point.
  • While typing, use a light touch and keep your wrists straight.
  • When you're not typing, relax your arms and hands.
  • Take short breaks every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Type with your hands and wrists floating above the keyboard, so that you can use your whole arm to reach for distant keys instead of stretching your fingers.
  • Avoid resting your palms or wrists on any type of surface while typing. If your keyboard has a palm rest, use it only during breaks from typing.

on Jan 29, 2010 | PC Desktops

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The top row of keys are called Function Keys. They're usually used for special purposes of programs. Examples are: F1 produces the Help page for the current program OR F2 renames a file that is currently highlighted.

Apr 11, 2011 | PC Desktops

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What are the keys that have words under the letters mean and what do they do how to use them

these are the shortcut keys that are to be used with the ctrl (control) button on the keyboard
like the button that has copy written you can press ctrl and then copy to copy some thing
similarly ctrl paste to paste
try n check out the function of every button by using the ctrl button

Aug 05, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Compaq keyboard randomly stopped working. Caps lock/Numb lock/ ect. light do not light up, shortcut buttons on top of keyboard flash once when I unplug the keyboard and plug it back in (not usb)


Have you tried another keyboard? What troubles me is you said that lights blink when you unplug and replug it in. This jack was never intened to be hot swappable (meaning plug and unplug with power on. I hope the only thing wrong is the keyboard else you'll need a serviceperson to diagnose the motherboard.

Jul 28, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario SR1720NX (EL435AA) PC...

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And you are going to need to download the Software for the Keyboard. Then you can assign the Hot Keys

Jun 05, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Software to make use of keys at the top of compaq keyboard sdm4700p

There is special software available from HP/Compaq that will allow the "Easy Access" buttons to work. I think there is also a template for Word, to make the label for the buttons. The software is about 7mb. For download check this HP page:

The file name is SP20295

May 29, 2009 | Compaq PC Desktops

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Technical problem just need advices

This is a very common error message. You have simply logged yourself off of the machine, and it is telling you that no-one is assigned to use this register. You need to log back on.

Now, it depeds upon whether anyone has changed the key labels. If not, then look for a button called:

CASH# or
CLK# or

On your model, I think it is the CLK# along the top row. It will usually be along the top of the keyboard, or near the paper feed button(s).

You need to press 1 on the number pad, then CLK# (or whatever it is labelled). This will log operator 1 onto the machine. Do this in REG mode by the way. If you get it right, most Sharps will show '-01-' on the display.

Then you should be able to use it again.

If it doesn't work, just let me know.


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