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Located beside the keyboard are application buttons. These buttons are called easy-launch
buttons. They are: WLAN, Internet, email, Bluetooth, Arcade and Acer Empowering Technology.
The mail and Web browser buttons are pre-set to email and Internet programs, but can be reset
by the user. To set the Web browser, mail, and programmable buttons, run the Acer Launch
Empowering Technology Launches Acer Empowering Technology. (This
button is user-programmable.)
Acer Arcade Launches the Acer Arcade utility.
Wireless communication button/
indicatorEnables/disables the wireless function. Indicates
the status of wireless LAN communication.
Web browser Launches the Internet browser. (This button is
Mail Launches the Email application. (This button is
Bluetooth communication button/
indicatorEnables/disables the Bluetooth function. Indicates
the status of Bluetooth communication.
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The following teaches you how to use the touchpad:
❑Move your finger across the touchpad to move the cursor.
❑Press the left and right buttons located beneath the touchpad to perform selection
and execution functions. These two buttons are similar to the left and right
buttons on a mouse. Tapping on the touchpad is the same as clicking the left
Note: When using the touchpad, keep it—and your fingers—dry and
clean. The touchpad is sensitive to finger movement. The lighter the
touch, the better the response. Tapping too hard does not increase
the touchpad’s responsiveness.
Using the keyboard
The keyboard has full-sized keys and an embedded numeric keypad, separate cursor, lock,
Windows, function and special keys.
FunctionLeft ButtonRight ButtonMain touchpad
Execute Quickly click twice. Tap twice (at the same speed
as double-clicking a mouse
Select Click once. Tap once.
Drag Click and hold, then use
finger on the touchpad to
drag the cursor.Tap twice (at the same speed
as double-clicking a mouse
button); rest your finger on
the touchpad on the second
tap and drag the cursor.
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The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.
Caps Lock When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in uppercase.
Scroll Lock + 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.
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.
Caps lockScroll lockNum lock
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The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.
keyPressed 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
< >: Open or close the Start menu
< > + : Display the desktop
<> + : Open Windows Explore
<> + : Search for a file or folder
<> + : Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
<> + : Lock your notebook (if you are connected to a network domain), or
switch users (if you're not connected to a network domain)
<> + : Minimizes all windows
<> + : Open the
Run dialog box
<> + : Cycle through programs on the taskbar
<> + : Open Ease of Access Center
<> + : Open Windows Mobility Center
<> + : Display the
System Properties dialog box
<> + : Restore minimized windows to the desktop
<> + : Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
<> + : Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
+ < > + : Search for computers (if you are on a network)
+ < > + : 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.
key This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button. It opens the
application's context menu.
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The notebook employs hotkeys or key combinations to access most of the notebook’s controls like
screen brightness, volume output, and the BIOS Setup Utility.
To activate hotkeys, press and hold the key before pressing the other key in the hotkey
+ Hotkey help Displays help on hotkeys.
+ Acer eSettings
ManagementLaunches Acer eSettings Management in Acer
+ Acer ePower
ManagementLaunches Acer ePower Management in Acer
+ Sleep Puts the notebook in Sleep mode.
+ Display toggle Switches display output between the display
screen, external monitor (if connected) and
+ Screen blank Turns the display screen backlight off to save
power. Press any key to return.
+ Touchpad toggle Turns the internal touchpad on and off.
+ Speaker toggle Turns the speakers on and off.
+ < > Brightness up Increases the screen brightness.
+ < > Brightness down Decreases the screen brightness.
+ < >Volume up Increases the volume.
+ < >Volume down Decreases the volume.