When a laptop is configured by the manufacturer it will either include a keyboard which is backlit (lights behind the keys) or non-backlit. The more common configuration is non-backlit.
A non-backlit keyboard has one data cable. You can easily recognize a backlit keyboard by a 2nd narrow cable.
If you need to replace a non-backlit keyboard there are just a few exceptions where the keyboard can be substituted for a backlit version. Most manufacturers will not have a system board installed which will have the extra connector needed to make such a change. Before you change from a non-backlit to a backlit keyboard make sure your manufacturer used a board that allows for the change. You can, however, change from a backlit keyboard to a non-backlit keyboard by simply not connecting the backlit cable.
Sure, just plug in an external keyboard usually through the USB port. Your internal keyboard will not interfere with it.
A chiclet keyboard has elevated keys that have some space between them. A chiclet keyboard’s keys are rectangular in shape with rounded edges. A non chiclet, traditional keyboard has slanted edge keys.
Depending on your laptop model a keyboard will either install on top of or under the palm rest. If the keyboard installs above the palm rest then it should already have a frame or the design of the keyboard is such where there is no space between the keys.
If the keyboard for your model laptop installs under the palm rest a frame is not necessary as the palm rest will include the frame between the keys which creates the chiclet style.
The typical US key layout keyboard uses a rectangular ENTER key. Another style may be a ‘J’ shaped key. An upside down ‘L” key is common to the UK. A US style keyboard may have either but we sell only keyboards which have the rectangular ENTER key. If your keyboard sits under the palm rest you must purchase a keyboard which matches the style of your palm rest.
Yes, this is the data cable and come with every keyboard. If this cable is torn or missing you will have a faulty keyboard. There is a 2nd cable on most backlit models which is narrower than the data cable.
These laptop keyboards have a think layer of Mylar film under the keyboard. It should protect the laptop’s components from minor liquid spills.
A Few Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows 10)
PRINT SCREEN key will save a screenshot of your display to your clipboard.
WINDOWS key + PRINT SCREEN key will save a screenshot of your display in a folder. IE: ThisPC>Pictures>Screenshots
WINDOWS + ‘+’ OR ‘-‘ key will open the magnify app and magnify your desktop.
View or Switch between running Applications:
CTRL key + ALT key + TAB key will show you all the running applications on your PC. You can also close any app from this new window.
WINDOWS key + TAB key will do the same
ALT key + TAB key will show a momentary window where you can switch between applications
CTRL key + X key cuts highlighted selection
CTRL key + C key copies highlighted selection
CTRL key + V key pastes selection
WINDOWS key + R key starts the Run dialog command window.
WINDOWS key + , key will temporarily show you the desktop behind the windows.
WINDOWS key + I key will open the Settings.
WINDOWS key + E key will open File Explorer.
WINDOWS key + S key will open Search Box.