Quick Tip: Where is the “Caps Lock” key on my Chromebook?

When I first started using my Chromebook (Acer Chromebook 15), coming from using Windows all my life, the first mystery I encountered was; “Where is the Caps Lock Key?“. You know; the key you push down to toggle between lower and uppercase text.

Well, Google had to be different. Where the “Caps Lock” key typically is located (or labeled) on the keyboard (left side above the “Shift Key”),  you will notice there is a magnifying glass icon on the key. That key on the Chromebook is the “Search” key. On the newer Chromebooks this also can serve as the “Google Assistant” key that allows you to use Google Assistant. Typically, If you push the “Search” key on the Chromebook, the search option will pop up where you can search your device, apps and even the web (or Google Assistant will be activated, if you have the newer Chromebook). So, if that key is being used for search purposes, “Where is the Caps Lock Key?

Mystery Solved: In Google’s method to their madness strategy, the “Caps Locks” key is not a readily identifiable key; instead, you must use a keyboard shortcut. If you hold the “ALT” key + “SEARCH” key in combination, this serves the same purpose as the “Caps Lock” key (to change to uppercase text). When you do that you will see in the notification area (bottom right corner) a small notification popup alerting you that the “Caps Lock” is “on”. To toggle it “off” either hit the “ALT” key + “SEARCH” key” again OR simply hit the “SHIFT” key.  Also, as an added note, if you really do not like this at all, you can go into your Chromebook settings, look for “Keyboard” and you will see an option where you can change (or remap) what the “Search” key performs.

If you can overcome some of the keyboard quirks on the Chromebook you will come to find that these Chromebooks are great computers; especially, for folks at home, kids and our elders (which is the category I am now heading into : ) …

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Windows 10: How to Create A Shortcut For The Onscreen Keyboard

Windows 10 has two variations of onscreen keyboards available. There is one of the two that I especially like (which WAS sort of difficult to get to). Once I discovered this keyboard (the one that I like) I decided there had to be a better way to launch it; and, as a result I came up with the following solution.

You are probably wondering; Why would I want an onscreen keyboard?  I have a TV set up connected to a Windows 10 computer where the onscreen keyboard is a great addition when I am too lazy to go to the real keyboard. You would be surprised how fast you can point, click and type using an onscreen keyboard. I could also see me using an onscreen keyboard in a training scenario or if I had a disability.

To create a shortcut to the keyboard that I use, right mouse click on the  “Windows Start button (bottom right corner)”, then click on “run” and in the “run dialog box” type “osk”; then click on “OK”. At this point, the onscreen keyboard (the one I like) launches. If the keyboard is too big you can resize it by dragging the sides or corners. If you notice on the top right side of the keyboard there is a “Windows minimize button”.  Click on the “minimize button” and the keyboard will minimize to the Windows Taskbar (at the bottom of the screen).  At this point, right mouse click on the keyboard icon that is now on the taskbar and select “pin to taskbar”.  There you have it…

Now when you want to quickly launch the onscreen keyboard, just go to the taskbar and click on the onscreen keyboard icon and the keyboard will quickly launch. There are other ways to get to this keyboard, but this is the method I prefer and found to be the most user-friendly.


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Price Break – Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus

Noticed a price break on the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus. Where this keyboard excels is when it is connected to a computer that is connected to your TV (as a home entertainment setup). Battery life is up to 18 months… Excellent customer review ratings. See complete details below…

 

Integrated wireless keyboard with touchpad

Control your streaming entertainment without the clutter of multiple devices. A compact, slim living room keyboard puts all your controls in a single device. Comfortable, quiet keys and a large (3.5-inch) touchpad make navigating PC-to-TV entertainment effortless.

Long-range wireless connection

A wireless range of 10-meter (33-feet)* enables a responsive, uninterrupted connection in even the largest rooms. Watch video, stream music, connect with friends, browse web pages, and more— without annoying delays or dropouts.

*Wireless range may vary depending on operating environment and computer setup.

Familiar, media-friendly key layout

There’s no learning curve. You already know how to use the K400 Plus. Your media interactions are enhanced with comfortable keys, easy-access volume controls, and an arrow-key layout that simplifies navigation.

A second left-click button permits two-hand navigation and selection. Shortcuts simplify control for Android and Windows users. Hot keys work right from the box—no configuration is required.

Plug-and-play setup

Just plug the tiny Unifying receiver into a USB port and you’re ready to go. Plus, you can use the keyboard receiver to wirelessly connect up to six Unifying devices to your computer.

18-month** battery life

Virtually eliminate the hassle of replacing batteries. Use the on-off switch to extend battery life even further.

**Assumes up to two hours typing per day. Actual battery life will vary with use, settings

Works with multiple operating systems

Use K400 Plus with Windows 10 or later, Windows 8 or 7, Android 5.0 or later, or Chrome OS.


SOURCE: Amazon – Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus

Logitech K380 – Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There

Stating, “Best Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard Out There” is my personal opinion; HOWEVER, I will tell you that the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard is, by far, the best bluetooth keyboard I have ever owned. I have tried quite a few bluetooth keyboards and my experience with them have not been good. I would often experience lag time when typing and disconnects from the device I was using.

The Logitech K380 changes all of that: but, the main feature of this keyboard is that you can connect up to three devices to the keyboard and toggle between the three on the fly. For example, I connected my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC, my Samsung Galaxy Tab S, and my smartphone to this keyboard. Toggling between the three is a simple as 1-2-3 (number’s individually assigned to each device). I cannot get over how fluid this keyboard is. As a matter of fact, I am composing this article using this keyboard; AND, even though it is a mini keyboard, I would not hesitate in using it as my main keyboard. Another biggie with this bluetooth keyboard is that it takes two AAA batteries and according to Logitech the keyboard will give you 2 years of use between battery changes. The keyboard is available in four different colors.

As of this posting of this article, Amazon has the Logitech K380 on sale for around $30… Normally it is priced at $39.99… In my opinion, this price is reasonable, due to the fact that you have the option of connecting to 3 different bluetooth devices and that it is very reliable for a bluetooth keyboard.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard

 

Google Keyboard Update (to Gboard)

If you are an Android user, you will soon see a noticeable change to the Google Keyboard. One change is in the name. Following the update, it will be called Gboard with all the features that came to iOS users earlier this year. Apparently, Gboard has been big hit with the iOS users. One feature I am seeing that is nice is that you will be able to perform searches directly from the keyboard.

Source: Gboard FINALLY comes to Android and replaces Google Keyboard

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard

Keyboard ShortcutsDid you know that there are built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer?  Well, there are, and they are good to remember in the event the mouse becomes unresponsive. The keyboard shortcuts differ between Windows XP and Windows Vista/Windows 7; however, the initial key press for all of these shortcuts commands are dependent on the Windows key (which is located to the left of the spacebar that displays the Windows Logo on the key).

For Windows XP:

SHUTDOWN – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter “U” twice

RESTART – press the WINDOWS KEY, then the letter  “U” once and  then the letter “R” once

LOGOFF – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter  “L” twice

SLEEP – press the WINDOWS KEY and the letter “U” once and the letter “S” once

For Windows Vista/Windows 7:

SHUTDOWN – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “U” to shut down

RESTART – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “R”

LOGOFF – press the WINDOWS KEY then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “L”

SLEEP – press the WINDOWS KEY, then press the RIGHT ARROW key three times and the letter “S”


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