Lock Keys and embedded numeric keypad

The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.

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Caps Lock

When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.

Num Lock <Fn> + <F11>

When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric mode. The keys function as a calculator (complete with the arithmetic operators +, -, *, and /). Use this mode when you need to do a lot of numeric data entry. A better solution would be to connect an external keypad.

Scroll Lock <Fn> + <F12>

When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively. Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.

The embedded numeric keypad functions like a desktop numeric keypad. It is indicated by small characters located on the upper right corner of the keycaps. To simplify the keyboard legend, cursor-control key symbols are not printed on the keys.

Desired access

Num Lock on

Num Lock off

Number keys on embedded keypad

Type numbers in a normal manner.

Cursor-control keys on embedded keypad

Hold <Shift> while using cursor-control keys.

Hold <Fn> while using cursor-control keys.

Main keyboard keys

Hold <Fn> while typing letters on embedded keypad.

Type the letters in a normal manner.

The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.



Windows key

Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as clicking on the Windows Start button; it launches the Start menu. It can also be used with other keys to provide a variety of functions:

< > + <G>: Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

< > + <L>: Lock your computer (if you are connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you're not connected to a network domain)

< > + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar

< > + <X>: Open Windows Mobility Center

< > + <BREAK>: Display the System Properties dialog box

< > + <SHIFT+M>: Restore minimized windows to the desktop

< > + <TAB>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

< > + <SPACEBAR>: Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

<CTRL> + < > + <F>: Search for computers (if you are on a network)

<CTRL> + < > + <TAB>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D Note: Depending on your edition of Windows Vista, some shortcuts may not function as described.

Application key

This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; it opens the application's context menu.

The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS utility.

To activate hot keys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hotkey combination.

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<Fn> + <F1>


Hotkey help

Displays help on hotkeys.

<Fn> + <F2>


Acer eSettings Management

Launches Acer eSettings Management in Acer Empowering Technology.

<Fn> + <F3>


Acer ePower Management

Launches Acer ePower Management in Acer Empowering Technology.

<Fn> + <F4>



Puts the computer in Sleep mode.

<Fn> + <F5>

Display toggle

Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both.

<Fn> + <F6>


Screen blank

Turns the display screen backlight off to save power. Press any key to return.

<Fn> + <F7>

Touchpad toggle

Turns the internal touchpad on and off.

<Fn> + <F8>


Speaker toggle

Turns the speakers on and off.


Brightness up

Increases the screen brightness.

<Fn> + < >


Brightness down

Decreases the screen brightness.

<Fn> + <F1>


Hotkey help

Displays help on hotkeys.

<Fn> + <F2>

Acer eSettings Management

Launches Acer eSettings Management in Acer Empowering Technology.

You can locate the Euro symbol and the US dollar sign at the upper-center and/or bottom-right of your keyboard.

Acer Aspire 7540 Keyboard Symbols

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