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 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.


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 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.





<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.

<Fn> + <A>

Volume up

Increases the sound volume.

<Fn> + <V>


Volume down

Decreases the sound volume.

<Fn> + <>>


Brightness up

Increases the screen brightness.

<Fn> + <<>


Brightness down

Decreases the screen brightness.

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