Acer 2500 Series, 2000 Series User Manual

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Indicators

Your computer provides an array of seven indicators located below the display screen, showing the status of the computer and its

components.

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Icon

Function

Description

 

Wireless

Indicates status of wireless or Bluetooth

 

communications

(optional) communications.

 

 

Orange--WLAN;Blue--Bluetooth

 

Power

Lights when the computer is on.

 

Sleep

Lights when the computer enters Standby

 

 

mode, and blinks when it enters into or

 

 

resumes from hibernation mode.

 

Media activity

Lights when the hard disk or optical drive is

 

 

active.

 

Battery charge

Lights when the battery is being charged.

 

Caps Lock

Lights when Caps Lock is activated.

Num Lock

Lights when Num Lock is activated.

 

 

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Indicators on cover

When the cover of your computer is closed, two easy-to-readicons are shown, indicating which state or feature is enabled or disabled.

Icon Description

Lights up when the computer is on.

Lights when the computer enters Standby mode, and blinks when it enters into or resumes from hibernation mode.

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Keyboard

The keyboard features full-sizekeys with an embedded keypad, separate cursor control keys, two Windows keys, and twelve function keys (hot keys).

Lock keys

The keyboard has three lock keys which you can toggle on and off.

Lock Key

Description

 

 

Caps Lock

When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are in

 

uppercase.

 

 

Num Lock

When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric

(Fn+F11)

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

When Scroll Lock is on, the screen moves one line up or down

(Fn+F12)

when you press the up or down arrow keys respectively.

 

Scroll Lock does not work with some applications.

 

 

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Embedded keypad

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-controlkey symbols are not printed on the keys.

 

 

 

 

Desired Access

Num Lock On

 

Num Lock Off

 

 

 

 

Number keys on

Type numbers using

 

 

embedded keypad

embedded keypad in a

 

 

 

normal manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cursor-controlkeys

Hold Shift while using

 

Hold Fn while using

on embedded

cursor-controlkeys.

 

cursor-controlkeys.

keypad

 

 

 

Main keyboard keys

Hold Fn while typing letters

 

on embedded keypad.

Type the letters in a normal manner.

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Windows keys

The keyboard features two keys that provide Windows-specificfunctions.

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Key

Description

 

 

 

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:

 

 

+ Tab

Activates the next Taskbar button.

 

+ E

Opens the My Computer window.

 

+ F1

Opens Help and Support.

 

+ F

Opens the Find: All Files dialog box.

+ M Minimizes all windows.

Shift +

+ M Undoes the minimize all windows

 

(

+ M) action.

+ R

 

Opens the Run dialog box.

Application key This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; it opens the application's context menu.

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Hot keys

Using the Fn key with another key creates a hot key, providing a quick and convenient method for controlling various functions.

To use a hot key, first hold down the Fn key. Next, press the second key in the combination. Finally, release both keys.

Your computer provides the following hot keys:

Hot Key

Icon

Function

Description

 

 

 

 

Fn-F1

 

Hot key help

Displays help on hot keys.

 

 

 

 

Fn-F2

 

Setup

Accesses the computer’s

 

 

 

property window.

 

 

 

 

Fn-F3

 

Power

Switches the power

 

 

Management

management scheme used by

 

 

Scheme toggle

the computer (function

 

 

 

available if supported by

 

 

 

operating system).

 

 

 

 

Fn-F4

 

Sleep

Puts the computer in Sleep

 

 

 

mode.

 

 

 

 

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Hot Key

Icon

Function

Description

Fn-F5

 

Display toggle

Switches display output

 

 

 

between the display screen,

 

 

 

external monitor (if

 

 

 

connected) and both the

 

 

 

display screen and external

 

 

 

monitor.

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-↑

 

Volume up

Increases the sound volume.

Fn-↓

 

Volume down

Decreases the sound volume.

Fn-→

 

Brightness up

Increases the screen

 

 

 

brightness.

Fn-←

 

Brightness down

Decreases the screen

 

 

 

brightness.

Fn-PgUp

 

Home

Functions as the Home key.

Fn-PgDn

 

End

Functions as the End key.

Alt Gr-

 

Euro

Types the Euro symbol.

Euro

 

 

 

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The Euro symbol

If your keyboard layout is set to United States-Internationalor United Kingdom or if you have a keyboard with a European layout, you can type the Euro symbol on your keyboard.

Note for US keyboard users: The keyboard layout is set when you first set up Windows. For the Euro symbol to work, the keyboard layout has to be set to United States-International.

To verify the keyboard type:

1Click on Start, Control Panel.

2Double-clickon Regional and Language Options.

3Click on the Language tab and click on Details.

4Verify that the keyboard layout used for "En English (United States)" is set to United States-International.

If not, select and click on ADD; then select United StatesInternational and click on OK.

5Click on OK.

To type the Euro symbol:

1Locate the Euro symbol on your keyboard.

2Open a text editor or word processor.

3Hold Alt Gr and press the Euro symbol.

Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to http://www.microsoft.com/typography/faq/ faq12.htm for more information.

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Touchpad

The built-intouchpad is a PS/2- compatible pointing device that senses movement on its surface. The cursor responds to your finger movements on the touchpad. In addition, the two click buttons provide the same functionality as a computer mouse, while the scroll key enables easy4-wayscrolling in documents and web pages.

The touchpad is located in the middle of the palm rest area, providing maximum comfort and efficiency.

Touchpad basics

Use the touchpad as follows:

Slide your finger over the surface of the touchpad to control the movement of the cursor. Tap the touchpad to perform selection and execution functions.

Press the left (1) and right (3) click buttons to perform selection and execution functions, just as you would use the buttons on a computer mouse.

Use the scroll key (2) to scroll through long documents and web pages. Press the top of the key to scroll up, bottom to scroll down; left to scroll left, and right to scroll right.

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Function

Left Button

Right

4-Way

Tap

Button

Scroll Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Execute

Click twice

 

 

Tap twice

 

quickly.

 

 

quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Select

Click once.

 

 

Tap once.

 

 

 

 

 

Drag

Click and hold.

 

 

Tap twice

 

Then, slide your

 

 

quickly. On the

 

finger across

 

 

second tap,

 

the touchpad to

 

 

slide your

 

drag the cursor

 

 

finger across

 

over the

 

 

the touchpad

 

selection.

 

 

to drag the

 

 

 

 

cursor over the

 

 

 

 

selection.

 

 

 

 

 

Access

 

Click

 

 

content

 

once.

 

 

menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scroll

 

 

Click and

 

 

 

 

hold the up/

 

 

 

 

down/left/

 

 

 

 

right button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Keep your fingers, as well as the surface of the touchpad, clean and dry. The touchpad is sensitive to your finger movements: the lighter your touch, the better the response. Tapping hard will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.