Microsoft Wireless Keyboard Instructions

by David Lipscomb Google

    Introducing a Microsoft wireless keyboard helps you achieve a clutter-free workspace by eliminating at least one cable. Microsoft wireless keyboards use either Bluetooth or radio frequencies to connect the device to its corresponding receiver. Since the keyboard and receiver do not require line-of-sight to operate, you can place the keyboard on your lap or desk as you prefer. Installing and using the wireless keyboard is designed to be intuitive and quick, getting you on your way toward completing your next computing task.

    First Steps

    Insert the installation CD that came with the wireless keyboard. Follow the onscreen prompts to continue and complete the process, installing drivers for the Bluetooth or radio frequency keyboard and receiver. Flip the unit over and locate the battery compartment. Pop off the battery compartment cover, insert the batteries observing the proper polarity, and snap the cover back on. Place the keyboard receiver someplace on the desk out of the way but within 6 feet of the keyboard while in use. Plug the USB connector on the receiver into a free USB port on the back of your computer.

    Problems

    If you encounter issues while using the Microsoft wireless keyboard, adjust the positioning of the receiver. The unit should sit no closer than about 8 inches from the wireless keyboard, with a maximum distance of 6 feet. If you continue to have problems, sequentially discontinue use of any microwave ovens, cordless phones or baby monitors to isolate which device might be causing interference. Press and release the button on the bottom of the wireless keyboard to switch the wireless channel. Should this not work, disconnect and reconnect the receiver's USB cable on the back of your PC. Finally, check the batteries' polarity, ensuring they're installed correctly. Replace them if the unit continues to disconnect or malfunction.

    Customization

    You can swap or replace functions of certain keys on the Microsoft wireless keyboard to best fit your preferences and habits. To do this, Click Start, then "Programs" to locate the software for your wireless keyboard. Click on the "Key Settings" tab. Click on the key or keys you want to reassign, then click "Configure." Choose the individual options you want to assign to each key, then click "Apply." Click "OK" to exit. Flip up or down the legs on the back of the keyboard to adjust the operating angle to your preference. For additional comfort, click the palm rest (if included) into the tabs on the front of the keyboard.

    Staying Current

    If you need software or drivers for your wireless keyboard and no longer have the original setup disc, head to the Microsoft site listed in the first resource below. Click on the name of your wireless keyboard, then select your origin country from the list. Click on your operating system, language and the software version you seek. Wait for the download to complete, then click on the zipped file. Click "Run" and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the driver install.

    About the Author

    David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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