Acer 5000 User Manual

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Using the keyboard

The keyboard has full-sizedkeys and an embedded keypad, separate cursor keys, two Windows keys and twelve function keys.

Lock keys and embedded numeric keypad

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


Lock key


Caps Lock

When Caps Lock is on, all alphabetic characters typed are


in uppercase.

Num Lock <Fn> When Num Lock is on, the embedded keypad is in numeric + <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.



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 in a normal


embedded keypad






Cursor-controlkeys on

Hold <Shift> while using

Hold <Fn> while using

embedded keypad






Main keyboard keys

Hold <Fn> while typing

Type the letters in a


letters on embedded keypad.

normal manner.




Windows keys

The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specificfunctions.





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






> + <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.



> + <R>

Opens the Run dialog box.



> + <M>

Minimizes all windows.


<Shift> + <

> + <M> Undoes the minimize all windows



> + <M>) action




This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse


button; it opens the application's context menu.





Hot keys

The computer employs hot keys or key combinations to access most of the computer's controls like screen brightness, volume output and the BIOS utility.


To activate hot keys, press and hold the <Fn> key before pressing the other key in the hot key combination.


Hot key Icon



<Fn> +

Hot key help

Displays help on hot keys.




<Fn> +

Acer eSetting

Launches Acer eSetting in Acer eManager. See



"Acer eManager" on page 19.

<Fn> +

Acer Power

Launches Power Management options.




<Fn> +


Puts the computer in Sleep mode.




<Fn> +


Switches display output between the display



screen, external monitor (if connected) and




<Fn> +

Screen blank

Turns the display screen backlight off to save



power. Press any key to return.

<Fn> +


Turns the internal touchpad on and off.




<Fn> +


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.








Hot key Icon



<Fn> +


Decreases the screen brightness.




Special keys

You can locate the Euro symbol at the upper-centerand/orbottom-rightof your keyboard. To type:

The Euro symbol

1Open a text editor or word processor.

2Either directly press the <Euro> key at the bottom-rightof the keyboard, or hold <Alt Gr> and then press the <5> key at theupper-centerof the keyboard.

Note: Some fonts and software do not support the Euro symbol. Please refer to for more information.

The US dollar sign

1Open a text editor or word processor.

2Either directly press the <Dollar> key at the bottom-rightof the keyboard, or hold <Shift> and then press the <4> key at theupper-centerof the keyboard.

Note: This function varies according to the language settings.


Ejecting the optical (CD or DVD) drive tray

To eject the optical drive tray when the computer is turned on, press the drive eject button.

When the power is off, you can eject the drive tray by using the emergency eject hole.

Using a computer security lock

A security keylock notch, located on the left hand side of the computer, lets you connect a Kensington-compatiblecomputer security lock.


Wrap the computer security lock cable around an immovable object such as a table or handle of a locked drawer. Insert the lock into the notch and turn the key to secure the lock. Some keyless models are also available.




The computer comes with 16-bithigh-fidelityAC'97 stereo audio, and dual stereo speakers.

Adjusting the volume

Adjusting the volume on the computer is as easy as pressing some buttons. See "Hot keys" on page 14 for more information on adjusting the speaker volume.


Using the system utilities

Acer eManager

The innovative Acer eManager software is designed for easy access to frequently used functions. Press " ," to launch the Acer eManager user

interface, featuring three main settings: Acer eSettings, Acer ePresentation and Acer eRecovery .

To set the " " key, see"Launch keys" on page 10.

Acer ePresentation

simplifies resolution settings when connecting to a projector.

Acer eRecovery

creates backups and recovers system configurations reliably.

Acer eSettings

makes managing system settings and security easy.


For more information, open Acer eManager, click on the appropriate application and select the Help function.



Acer GridVista (dual-displaycompatible)

Note: This feature is only available on certain models.

To enable the dual monitor feature of your notebook, first ensure the second monitor is connected, then, select Start, Control Panel, Display and click on Settings. Select the secondary monitor (2) icon in the display box and then click the check box Extend my windows desktop onto this monitor. Finally, Apply the new settings and click OK to complete the process.

Acer GridVista is a handy utility that offers four pre-defineddisplay settings so you can view multiple windows on the same screen. To access this function, please go to Start, All Programs and click on Acer GridVista. You may choose any one of the four display settings indicated below:

Double (Vertical), Triple (Major at left), Triple (Major at right), or Quad

Acer Gridvista is dual-displaycompatible, allowing two displays to be partitioned independently.

Acer GridVista is simple to set up:

1Run Acer GridVista and select your preferred screen configuration for each display from the taskbar.

2Drag and drop each window into the appropriate grid.


3 Enjoy the convenience of a well-organizeddesktop.

Note: Please ensure the resolution setting of your second monitor is set to the manufacturer's recommended value.




Launch Manager

Launch Manager allows you to set the four launch keys located above the keyboard. "Launch keys" on page 10 for the location of the

launch keys.

You can access the Launch Manager by clicking on Start, All Programs, and then Launch Manager to start the application.