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Lock Key

Description

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.

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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.

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Windows key ss

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 function:

+ <Tab> Activates next taskbar button.

+ <E> Opens the My Computer window

+ M Minimizes all windows.

<Shift>+ + <M> Undoes the minimize all windows action.

Applicati on key

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.

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Displays help on hot keys.

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Acer eSetting

Launches the Acer eSettings in Acer eManager.

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Acer ePowerManagement

Launches the Acer ePowerManagement in Acer Empowering Technology. See "Acer Empowering Technology" on page 19.

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Puts the computer in Sleep mode.

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

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

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Turns the internal touchpad on and off.

<Fn>+<F8>

Speaker toggle

Turns the speakers on and off.

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Increases the speaker volume.

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Decreases the speaker volume.

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Increases the screen brightness.

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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:

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  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 www.microsoft.com/ typography/faq/faq12.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:

q Acer eDataSecurity Management protects data with passwords and advanced encryption algorithms.

q Acer eLock Management limits access to external storage media.

q Acer ePerformance Management improves system performance by optimizing disk space, memory and registry settings.

q Acer eRecovery Management backs up/recovers data flexibly, reliably and completely.

q Acer eSettings Management accesses system information and adjusts settings easily.

q Acer ePower Management extends battery power via versatile usage profiles.

q Acer ePresentation Management connects to a projector and adjusts display settings conveniently.

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

Acer eDataSecurity Management

Acer eDataSecurity Management is handy file encryption utility that protexts your files from being accessed by unauthorized persons. It is conveniently integrated with Windows explorer as a shell extension for quick and easy data encryption/decryption and also supports on-the-fly file encryption for MSN Messager and Microsoft Outlook.

There are two passwords that can be used to encrypt/decrypt a file; the supervisor passowrd and the file-specific password. The supervisor passwork is a "master" password that cna decrypt any file on your system; the file-specific password will be used to encrypt files by default, or you cna choose to enter your own file-specific password when encrypting a file.

NOTE: The password used encrypt a file is the unique key that the system needs to decrypt it. If you lose the password, the supervisor password is the only other key capable of decrypting the file. If you lose both passwords, there will be no way to decrypt your encryped file! Be sure to safeguard all related passwords!

Acer eLock Management

Acer eLock Management is a security utility that allows you to lock up your removable data, optical and floppy drives to ensure that data can't be stolen while your notebook is unattended.

q Removable data devices - includes USB disk drives, USB pen drives, USB flash drives, USB MP3 drives, USB memory card readers, IEEE 1394 disk drives and any other removable disk drives that can be mounted as a file system when plugged into the system. q Optical drive deivces - includes any kind of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives. q Floppy disk drives - 3.5-inch disks only.

To activate Acer eLock Management, a password must be set first. Once set, you may apply lock to any of the three kinds of devices. Lock(s) will immediately be set without any reboot necessary, and will remain locked after rebooting, until unlocked.

If you do not set a password, Acer eLock Management will reset back to the initial status with all locks removed.

NOTE: If you lose your password, there is no method to reset it except by reformatting your notebook or taking your notebook to anAcer Customer Serivce Center. Be sure to remember or write down your password.

Acer ePerformance Management

Acer ePerformance Management is a system optimization tool that boosts the performance of your Acer notebook. It provides you with the following options to enhance overall system performance:

q Memory optimization - releases unused memory and check usage. q Disk optimization - removes unneeded items and files.

q Speed optimization - improves the usability and performance of your Windows XP system.

Acer eRecovery Management

Acer eRecovery Management is a powerful utility that does away with the need for recovery disks provided by the manufacturer. The Acer eRecovery Management utility occupies space in a hidden partition on your system's HDD. User-created backups are stored on D:\ drive. Acer eRecovery Management provides you with:

q Password protection. q Recovery of applications and drivers. q Image/data backup:

q Back up to HDD (set recovery point). q Back up to CD/DVD. q Image/data recovery tools:

q Recover from a hidden partition (factory defaults). q Recover from the HDD (most recent user-defined recovery point). q Recover from CD/DVD.

NOTE: If your computer did not come with a Recovery CD or System CD, please use Acer eRecovery Management's "System backup to optical disk" feature to burn a backup image to CD or DVD. To ensure the best results when recovering your system using a CD or Acer eRecovery Management, detach all peripherals (except the external Acer ODD, if your computer has one), including your Acer ezDock.

Acer eSettings Management

Acer eSettings Management allows you to inspect hardware specifications and to monitor the system health status. Furthermore, Acer eSettings Management enables you to optimize your Windows operating system, so your computer runs faster, smoother and better.

Acer eSettings Management also:

q Provides a simple graphical user interface for navigating through the program effortlessly. q Displays general system status and advanced monitoring for power users. q Logs when a hardware component has been removed or replaced. q Permits you to migrate personal settings. q Keeps a history log of all alerts that were previously issued.

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Acer ePower Management

Acer ePower Management features a straightforward user interface. To launch it, select Acer ePower Management from the Empowering Technology interface, or double-click the Acer ePower Management icon in the task tray.

Acer 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, Memory Card, Audio, and Wired LAN.

DC Mode

To suit your usage, there are four pre-defined profiles - Entertainment, Presentation, Word Processing, and Maximum Battery. Or, you can define up to three of your own profiles.

Create new power scheme

  1. Assign a name for the new scheme.
  2. Choose existing scheme to use as a template.
  3. Select whether used for mains (AC) or batery mode.
  4. Choose which power options best fit your needs, then click OK.
  5. The new profile will appear on the main screen.

Battery status

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

You can also click "Advanced Settings" to:

q Set alarms. q Re-load factory defaults.

q Select what actions will be taken when the cover is closed, and set passwords for accessing the system after Hibernation or Standby. q View information about Acer ePower Management.

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Acer ePresentation Management

Acer ePresentation Management lets you select from two of the most common projector resolutions: XGA and SVGA.

Acer OrbiCam

The Acer OrbiCam is a 1.3 megapixel CMOS camera appropriately mounted on the top of the LCD panel. The camera's 225-degree ergonomic rotation allows you to capture high-resolution photos or videos up front or at the back of the LCD panel. The Acer OrbiCam fully supports the Acer Video Conference technology so that you can transmit the best video quality over an instant Messenger service.

Getting to know your Acer OrbiCam

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