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The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys.

Lock Keys and embedded numeric keypad

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

Desktop Keypad

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.

Windows Keys

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


Windows key Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as clicking on the vV Windows Start button; it launches the Start menu.

It can also be used with other keys to provide a variety of functions:

: Open or close the Start menu

<(fS)> + <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)

<(SS)> + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar

<(SS)> + <U>: Open Ease of Access Center

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

<CTRL> + <(SS) > + <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 This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; key it opens the application's context menu.

Hot Keys

The computer employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like sreen 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

Launches Acer eSettings in Acer Empowering Technology.

<Fn> + <F3>

Acer ePower Management

Launches Acer ePower Management in Acer Empowering Technology. See

<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.

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Brightness up

Increases the screen brightness.

<Fn> +

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Brightness down

Decreases the screen brightness.

Special Key

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

Type Euro Symbol

The Euro symbol

  1. Open a text editor or word processor.
  2. Either directly press the < > symbol at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or hold <Alt Gr> and then press the<5> symbol at the upper-center of the keyboard.

NOTE: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to typography/faq/faq 12.htm for more information.

The US dollar sign

  1. Open a text editor or word processor.
  2. Either directly press the < > key at the bottom-right of the keyboard, or hold <Shift> and then press the <4> key at the upper-center of the keyboard.

NOTE: This function varies by the operating system version.

Acer Empowering Technology

Acer's innovative Empowering Technology makes it easy for you to access frequently used functions and manage your new Acer notebook. It features the following handy utilities:

  • Acer eAudio Management allows you to easily control the enhanced sound effects of Dolby Home Theater on your system.
  • Acer ePower Management optimizes battery usage via customizable power plans.
  • Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and encryption (for selected models).
  • Acer eRecovery Management backs up and recovers data flexibly, reliablyand completely.
  • Acer eSettings Management accesses system information and adjusts settings easily.

For more information, press the < > key to launch the Empowering Technology menu, then click on the appropriate utility and select the Help or Tutorial function.

Empowering Technology password

You must set the Empowering Technology password to use the password protection feature of Acer eRecovery Management to protect your data. To set the Empowering Technology password:

1 Launch Acer eRecovery Management.

2 Click the Restore tab.

3 Click Password settings. The Empowering Technology Password Center dialog box pops up.

4 Click Create a new password.

Empowering Technology Password

You can also use this password for Acer eRecovery Management

^^^ Acer eRecovery Management

5 In the Create a New Password dialog box, key in and confirm your password in the appropriate boxes. Your password should have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 characters.

6 Enter a password hint that will help you remember your password.

7 Make sure the box Use for Acer eRecovery Management is checked.

8 Click OK to set the password.

Create a New Password

New Password: .****

(4-12 characters)

Confirm Password: | *#*#

Password Hint QŒf

Uje for Acer eRecovery Management

to OK

Acer eAudio Management allows you to easily control the enhanced sound effects of Dolby Home Theater on your system. Select Movie or Game mode to experience the awesome realism of 5.1-channel audio output from the speakers fitted to your system via Dolby Surround sound technology. Music mode lets you enjoy your favorite tunes, in vivid detail.

Acer Mobility Center

To choose your playback device, click the icon on the upper right side of the Acer eAudio Management window.

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Acer ePower Management

Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface for configuring your power management options. To access this utility, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology toolbar, run the program from the Acer Empowering Technology program group in Start menu, or right-click the Windows power icon in the system tray and select Acer ePower Management.

AC Mode (Adapter mode)

The default setting is "Maximum Performance." You can adjust CPU speed, LCD brightness and other settings, or click on buttons to turn the following functions on/off: Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, CardBus, FireWire (1394), Wired LAN and Optical Device if supported.

DC Mode (Battery mode)

There are four pre-defined profiles - Entertainment, Presentation, Word Processing, and Battery Life. You can also define up to three of your own.

To create new power profile

  1. Change power settings as desired.
  2. Click "Save as..." to save to a new power profile.
  3. Name the newly created profile.
  4. Select whether this profile is for Adapter or Battery mode, then click OK.
  5. The new profile will appear in the profile list.

Battery status

For real-time battery life estimates based on current usage, referto the panel on the lower left-hand side of the window.

Setup Phoenix Bios Acer Extensa 5235

For additional options, click "Settings" to: Set alarms.

Re-load factory defaults.

Select what actions will be taken when the cover is closed or the power button is pressed. View information about Acer ePower Management.

Acer eDataSecurity Management (for selected models)

Acer eDataSecurity Management is an encryption utility that protects your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows Explorer as a shell extension for quick data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook. On first use, the Acer eDataSecurity Management setup wizard will prompt you to create the Master Password. You will use this password to access the Personal Secure Disk (PSD). The Master Password may also be used to encrypt/decrypt files by default.

If you set a different password to encrypt a file, but you forgot the encryption password, you can use the Master Password to decrypt the file.

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