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How do I program the Connect, Search, Email Keys on my Compaq Keyboard?

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Compaq Keyboard you press f1 key to active you special key.

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What are the 8 keys above the function keys, my keyboard doesn't state what the keys are and I have no idea


Those keys do not exist on normal keyboards so they are unique to your keyboard. You need to look at the make and model of your keyboard and use Google.com to search for information about it. Typically, manufacturers add extra keys to make it easier to change volume settings and open email or internet programs. The icons on the buttons should be a clue to their function.

I hope this helps.

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My fn button wont work


Function keys are special keys used for assigning program shortcuts and specialty tasks to the keyboard.
They are located at the top of most keyboards and labeled "F1" through "F12."
Some keyboards may only feature 10 function keys, while others may have as many as 18. These keys often go unutilized by the average computer user, but they may have very important tasks for some users, which can lead to problems when the keys do not respond.
Fixing nonresponsive or malfunctioning function keys is quite simple, and should only take a few minutes.

Connect your keyboard to your computer, and power it up.
Open a program that uses the function keys such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Check your keyboard for an "F-Lock" or "Function Lock" key.
This key is used to toggle function-key support; when it is toggled on, the function keys will not work.
Press the "F-Lock" key and then try using a function key in the selected program. "F1" is a good key to test, because it is set to open a "Help" document in all Microsoft software.
If the key does not work, press the "F-Lock" key a second time, and test the keys again.
If the keys still do not work and you are running the Windows 7 operating system, you may need to install a "hotfix" from Microsoft to fix the key functionality.
Navigate to the link entitled "Microsoft Support: Some Function Keys do not Work Correctly." (See Below.)
Some function keys or keyboard shortcuts do not work correctly on a computer that is running Windows 7
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975741
Resolve unexpected Function (F1 - F12) or other special key behavior on a Microsoft keyboard
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894513
Click on "View and request hotfix downloads" located beneath the title of the article to access the Microsoft Hotfix database.
Agree to the terms and conditions, then download the hotfix.
When the download is finished, run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.
You may need to restart your computer after the installation is complete.
Your function keys should now work properly.

Jun 27, 2013 | Packard Bell Computers & Internet

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Why wont my fn button


Function keys are special keys used for assigning program shortcuts and specialty tasks to the keyboard.
They are located at the top of most keyboards and labeled "F1" through "F12."
Some keyboards may only feature 10 function keys, while others may have as many as 18. These keys often go unutilized by the average computer user, but they may have very important tasks for some users, which can lead to problems when the keys do not respond.
Fixing nonresponsive or malfunctioning function keys is quite simple, and should only take a few minutes.

Connect your keyboard to your computer, and power it up.
Open a program that uses the function keys such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Check your keyboard for an "F-Lock" or "Function Lock" key.
This key is used to toggle function-key support; when it is toggled on, the function keys will not work.
Press the "F-Lock" key and then try using a function key in the selected program. "F1" is a good key to test, because it is set to open a "Help" document in all Microsoft software.
If the key does not work, press the "F-Lock" key a second time, and test the keys again.
If the keys still do not work and you are running the Windows 7 operating system, you may need to install a "hotfix" from Microsoft to fix the key functionality.
Navigate to the link entitled "Microsoft Support: Some Function Keys do not Work Correctly." (See Below.)
Some function keys or keyboard shortcuts do not work correctly on a computer that is running Windows 7
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975741
Resolve unexpected Function (F1 - F12) or other special key behavior on a Microsoft keyboard
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894513
Click on "View and request hotfix downloads" located beneath the title of the article to access the Microsoft Hotfix database.
Agree to the terms and conditions, then download the hotfix.
When the download is finished, run the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.
You may need to restart your computer after the installation is complete.
Your function keys should now work properly.

Jun 27, 2013 | Packard Bell Computers & Internet

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There are certain keys on the left side of my laptop that will not work?


If you have had to re-establish the operating system in your Compaq, you've probably lost the programs for the special keys that are often present on laptops.The special driver programs should be available for free download on Compaq/HP's website. Installing the drivers may require reinstalling the OS, also.
If you're talking about regular typing keys that are bad, you probably need a new keyboard. Search the Web and eBay for your exact model and "keyboard."

Sep 20, 2010 | Compaq Computers & Internet

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I have a keyboard with icons directly to internet, search ,music,shopping etc. and can't activate same


Do you have the correct Compaq keyboard driver installed on your computer? Most computers just have a generic keyboard driver, which works fine for regular keys, but won't recognize "special" buttons.

Your keyboard should have come with a CD with the driver on it; if not, you can download it from the Compaq website if you know your keyboard's model number.

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Sep 18, 2010 | Compaq Keyboard

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My hp keyboard has special keys that are not working.


I had an hp keyboard on my old pavilion 512. The same problem with special keys. Go to the control panel, click keyboard and see if there is a Buttons tab. The special keys can be programed there.
If no Button tab. Go to the hp website and locate the specific model you have and see if there is a download for the keyboard driver.

Jun 28, 2009 | HP P2360AA Keyboard/Mouse

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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 Computers & Internet

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Special keyboard keys not working.


You need install or reinstall the driver software that came with the computer this keyboard was supplied with. Windows itself doesn't know what those keys do.

If you are still using that computer and you haven't erased the original factory software, the drivers should be in a directory somewhere on the hard drive. Compaq usually has a folder called "compaq" on the root (that is, it should be c:\compaq) and a folder in that called "drivers". This isn't always true, but the drivers you need should be in a similar folder somewhere.

If you don't have the drivers on the disk, you can download them from the HP/Compaq website, but you'll have to have the computer model number.

Nov 18, 2008 | Compaq Keyboard

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Compaq keyboard


You probably need to load the Compaq utility that assigns and activates the keys. Go to http://h18000.www1.hp.com/cpq_support.html
enter the model number of your compaq computer, and search the available downloads for the utility.

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