Using the Keyboard

The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock, Windows, function and special keys.

Lock Keys and numeric keypad

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

Lock key


Caps Lock

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

Num Lock

When Num Lock is on, the numeric 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 keyboard has a numeric keypad with cursor-control 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 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 3D

< > + <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.


This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; 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 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.





<Fn> + <F2>

System property

Starts System Property for displaying system information.

<Fn> + <F3>



Enables/disables the Bluetooth function.

<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> + <F8>


Speaker toggle

Turns the speakers on and off.

<Fn> + < >


Brightness up

Increases the screen brightness.

<Fn> + < >


Brightness down

Decreases the screen brightness.

<Fn> + < >

Volume up

Increases the sound volume.

<Fn> + < >


Volume down

Decreases the sound volume.

Special Key (only for certain models)

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

The Euro symbol

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

NOTE: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to typography/faq/faq12.htm for more information.

The US dollar sign

  1. Open a text editor or word processor.
  2. Either press < > 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 according to the language settings.

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The Windows Mobility Center collects key mobile-related system settings in one easy-to-find place, so you can quickly configure your Acer system to fit the situation as you change locations, networks or activities. Settings include display brightness, volume, power plan, wireless networking on/off, external display settings, synchronization status and presentation settings.

Windows Mobility Center also includes Acer-specific settings like sharing folders overview/sharing service on or off, Bluetooth Add Device (if applicable), and a shortcut to the Acer user guide, drivers and utilities.

To launch Windows Mobility Center:

Start Windows Mobility Center from the Control panel.

Start Windows Mobility Center from the Accessories program group in the Start menu.

Launch Windows Mobility Center by right-clicking f "1 in the system tray and select Windows Mobility


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