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Q: Change Laptop Keyboard

Hi all,

I was wondering if it is possible or particularily unadvisable to change my laptop keyboard to one by a different manufacturer?

I've recently got a new laptop (Acer Aspire 5742G) and all is grand, except for the fact that I can't stand having a keyboard with a numpad. The arrow keys are too small and the Fn + whatever keys are all in places I don't like.

This isn't a big problem or anything, I'm just curious to know if anyone has done it.


P.S I know I cant just buy an external keyboard. I'm talking about replacing the internal keyboard the laptop has on it

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A: Change Laptop Keyboard

Hi stubbyhs, I'm afraid you will find all laptop keyboards are like that, I don't know what would happen if you tried a standard size usb keyboard plugged in ait works with a mouse so possible I suppose never tried it
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hello ,

did you try useing the language toolbar ?

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Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff

I have a Logitech keyboard that has a email button on it, many of you are probably aware of these keyboards. The key is pre-programmed for Outlook only, is there any way to change it, so it works with gMail or Hotmail ?

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Quote: Originally Posted by Thijzzzzz

Hi' I have an hp laptop with a british keyboard. the problem is that I need to write in french and other langauges so the e with an accent is impossible to write, the thing that I want to achieve is that according to my computer i still have a british keyboard, but I want it to behave like an international one is this possible?

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Read the Use the US-International Keyboard section

I found a tutorial here in the forums as well

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1.) Click your Start Orb
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Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Please open the on-screen keyboard and test those same things using it.

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try control panel -> region & language -> Format (english US) & Location
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I have turned on the system beep noise to let me know when I have Caps Lock on or off as it was driving me bonkers finding I had typed several lines then looking over to see it was all in capitols.

This is how I got there ......
All Programs/Accessories/Ease of Access/ Ease of Access Centre Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/Ease of Access Centre/Make the keyboard easier to use/Turn on toggle keys

I would like to ask please if there is any way to change the sound from the standard quiet beep
(I have looked in Sounds but found nothing there)

As always any help or guidance gratefully received
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I have a change hotkey after Keyboard settings Logitech reboot Logitech Y-ST Internet keyboard that works fine it has seven assigned function buttons across the top of the board Search Files E-Mail WWW Mute - and volume but I ve noticed that the one of them WWW keeps giving me the quot Files quot function instead Logitech Keyboard hotkey settings change after reboot of the Internet I ve successfully re-set this several times in the Control Panel so that all works fine but on rebooting the same problem returns as if I d made no correction at all I have Windows XP Home Edition and all other hardware and software works fine Is there something I can activate to permanently set the changes I make Maybe Control Panel keyboard is not the right place to set changes The keyboard came with the PC and doesn t have a separate software CD so I ve unplugged and re-plugged so that it detects and installs the hardware drivers just to make sure they re the right ones but to no avail Everything else on the keyboard works well nbsp

A:Logitech Keyboard hotkey settings change after reboot

By using a bit of lateral thinking, I have found a solution to this baffling problem, though not a cause for it.
When the WWW button opens Files, the path is C:\Windows\Program Files\Internet where there are some files associated with my ISP, not currently in use. By moving this folder into another (Internet Explorer), the WWW button can no longer find the folder it seeks, so its function has apparently reverted to opening the web browser as it should do.
Why it started opening files in the first place is still a mystery.
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A:Unable to change keyboard layout Windows 7 Ultimate x32

Scroll down to "Vista" and see if this works for you:

In Vista, you have to click on Regional and Language Options from the Control Panel. Then you need to click on Keyboards and Languages and then Change Keyboards.

How to Change the Keyboard Language in Windows
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My keyboard layout is Dvorak.
There is only one user on my computer.
It works fine in Windows 8.  But it does not activate until after I sign in to Windows.
For the login screen, I have to type my password in QWERTY.
Is there any way to have Windows 8 change the keyboard layout to Dvorak before login?

A:How to change keyboard layout for login and password in Windows 8?

Open "region" > then on the "administration" tab > click "copy settings" > then check the box "for home screen & new users".