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I actually wore a hole in some of my keyboard letters... nm

Posted By: Amanda on 2008-02-26
In Reply to: Keyboard that the letters won't wear off - Kathy


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I once wore a hole in my spacebar...
I loved that keyboard. the letters were intact, just that figgind hole.
what is 'ars e hole?' Fix your keyboard..nm
letters for keyboard
there's a place called Gold Violin (1-877-648-8400) or www.goldviolin.com that has a set of letters (1-black letters and the other one white) that you can buy for about $10. they're enlarged too which makes it easier as well to see, if you've got that problem. i got a set and just haven't taken the time yet to clean up my keyboard to put them on. i love my cordless Logitech keyboard and mouse as well. i like the touch on my keyboard as well so don't want to buy another one just because the keys wore off, so this fit the bill for me.
Looking for black keyboard that letters don't rub off.
Been through several, haven't found one yet that numbers didn't rub off.  I have this one approximately 2 weeks from Logitec and I can see signs already where the letters and faiding.
keyboard letters/numbers
I had the same problem with the Dell keyboard that came with the computer.  I bought a Logitech keyboard then ordered a protective keyboard cover from protectcovers.com.  It fits like a glove and was under $20.00.  I'm hoping this will prevent the same problem.  All you do is tell them your keyboard model number.  And, of course, it keeps crumbs, dust and other assorted things from getting down in your keys.
Letters wearing off on keyboard
I admit, I purchased a very inexpensive keyboard, but the letters have worn off within a month! In looking at other keyboards at different stores, it looks like they all have the same kind of stuck-on letters that would wear off pretty quickly. Can anyone recommend a keyboard that retains its letters for a very long time with a lot of use? Or has anyone tried the stickers they make to cover the keys?
Keyboard that the letters won't wear off
Does anyone have a suggestion of a keyboard where the letters don't wear off. Got a new keyboard one month ago and I can hard see the letters. I have tried the flexible keyboard and totally hated it. (I think I have too much acid in my body or that is what I have been told).

How to replace letters on keyboard? (sm)

The letters on my keyboard get rubbed off within a couple of weeks of buying the darn things (just bought a new Microsoft ergonomic keyboard 2 weeks ago and already the A is half gone).  Is there anyway to buy replacement letters for these darn things?  Or do they make white sharpie markers?

I end up replacing the stupid keyboard at least yearly because after the letters are worn off, I find I wear grooves into the keys.  This is ridiculous.


Thanks in advance!

How to replace letters on keyboard
I have the same problem.  I have worn 11 of mine off and my keyboard is new too.  I am going to try that keyboard sticker idea.  Anything is worth a try.   My husband and son also use my keyboard from time to time and they fuss about those missing keys.  Thanks for the idea. I will try.  I do not use any lotion on my hands when I type.  They just do not make them like they used to.
DUH ... yes of course I do ... however, since my daughter uses this keyboard also I want letters! :(
Doesn't your keyboard have the numbers just above the letters--sm
on you keyboard. I thought all of them did. I use those in preference to the numbers on the right. they do the same thing.
keyboard shortcut/make letters larger
Somewhere I saw a simple keyboard shortcut that would make the letters in a program appear larger without changing the font size. I have a program I have to access at work and the letters are hard to read, but I'm not allowed to change the size. Does anyone know about this? Thanks!
You dug your own hole- pay h er - sm
If you had been professional and paid her on time, none of this would have happened. Yes, $100 is not a huge amount, but to those of use w/o it, it is a lot. Someone tried to screw me out of $100 and I relentlessly pursued them until they coughed it up after threat of legal repercussions. She/he used the leverage she had and contacted your client, I might have done the same thing in her position. As for your client not being happy, ask them, simple enough and if they aren't then fix that too. So swallow your anger at her for not being a good IC and juat pay her what is owed. She did the work good or bad and deserves to be compensated. Once you pay her she will go away, think about that.
I had them - GREAT! Wore them out in 3 years. nm
Black Hole
Hi - If you would care to email me personally I would be happy to speak with you. We strive to follow through on everything, and we know the importance of experienced MTs so we do try to make them happy with the account/accounts they are working on. Please feel free to email me.

I cut a hole in the plastic
on the back of the cassette (surgery!) and then pulled both ends out a little to make the tape job easier, and then respooled the tape back. No anesthesia needed; pt recovered well.
HELP- I don't know my head from a hole
in the ground. You can say, well she's old and overlook me because it was a splitter I needed because only 1 serial port on the new Dell. Again, thanks to all who responded.
Did this for 2 years. Wore me out! Finally, gave one up.
I wore one, but by all means DO WHAT YOU WANT! Your comfort is what matters.:-) nm
I wore a Spanish mantilla - it stayed out of the way and was still fun.

I wore mine on a 900 mile drive

to florida. Didn't leak a bit.


Do not get sucked into the black hole -
MDI is not as great as they want everyone to believe and as far as the OP goes, her word is very "questionable" to say the least.
They never, never follow through with what they say they are going to do!

I like being in my MT hole - been in here for 17 years and never coming out! LOL
Do people really still do the second hole thing???
I stopped that so long ago my second holes closed up.
Well then just crawl back in your hole and do that. nm
yep, had a space bar with a hole. doesn't
say much for the quality they are putting out there. right now I am dealing with letters worn off the keys - keyboard 3 months old.

oh yeah, at that wedding, the bridesmaids wore black, too sm
with dark red rose boquets.  It really was beautiful, at night, with candle light...ooh, I wanna get married again...
I did for a while and they paid on alternating weeks, which was nice. But wore me out so I
remember when nurses wore the little hats...hahaha
Friends tried hypnosis for smoking. It lasted for about 2 weeks then wore off. nm
Who was it! I'll contact them and rip em a new A-hole! YOU need the money. How rude of that snot.
The only person that bothered me at my wedding was the one who wore a white dress. Black is fine.

Ditto....mine is acting like last night never happened - I told him he is a total A-hole when he is
drunk.  He doesn't remember all the crap he said last night of course. I have to start tape recording him, think its time to get a digital recorder.......might come in handy in the future if I ever need it. 
I use a MSFT Natural keyboard at home and the laptop keyboard on the road. nm

favorite keyboard over the holidays is called "no keyboard"
If you use a standard keyboard you can buy an old IBM model M keyboard on ebay or clickykeyboards.co

That key printing never wear down because the letters are part of the key itself.  They just don't make them that way anymore because it is too expensive to make.  Some of the mechanical keyboards like Cherry have what they double shot key imprinting and the letters are part of the key itself and don't wear off. That IBM keyboard is very noisy from the type of keyswitch it has so you may not like that.  Logitech and Belkin make some membrane switch keyboards that are supposed to have longer lasting key imprints.  I have a logitech that has the longer lasting key imprints and it is pretty good.  You have to look on the specs to find out if has the longer lasting key printing.

I have experimented so much with keyboards and have done a lot of research.  Way too much info.  


I use a laptop with a full-size keyboard (no separate keyboard)
I'm using a lap desk but previously was using a pillow with a book on it under the laptop. No additional keyboard though, I bought one with a full-sized board with regular size keys (an HP) which I LOVE and it took no time at all to get used to it. I also love that when the weather improves, I can take my computer outside and get some fresh air! What a great job... :)
Keyboard and mouse. Is there such a thing as a keyboard that has a mouse on the actual keyboard?

Has anyone used the Smartboard keyboard? Everyone tell what keyboard they have and rate it nm
Kinesis Keyboard and keyboard tray

Okay, any lefties use this keyboard? How long did it take to get used to? I use my left thumb for the space bar and I notice on a diagram of the keys that I would always be hitting the backspace key.

I'm really interested in getting a better keyboard. I destroyed my left hand and wrist the other week when I fell because I'm becoming a real klutz.

I bought the Soft Flex gloves, but they only help a little bit. My production is down because of it and it's driving me crazy. I can only type an hour without stopping and then have to rest the hand for some time.

I did buy a Microsoft 2000 keyboard but have yet to recieve it. Is this a good one?

Do you use a keyboard tray with it or just set it on the desk? Do you think a kayboard tray would be the least expensive item right now that would help with a straight keyboard?

Any info you can provide to help me in making any decision would be greatfully appreciated.

'Scuse me for being old school, but I've only ever used a straight keyboard.


Does anyone know of a keyboard that has the backspace key in the center of the keyboard? NM
Regarding letters
We have an account with our national where all the consults are dictated in letter format.  So for every single consult we get we have to look up the correct names, spelling, and addresses for the referring physicians because the dictators never give them. Once we get them we can save them in autotext, but it's still a pain to have to look them all up.
No letters
My daughter could not use my computer because of no letters left on the keyboard.
three letters: CTS
some of us CAN'T do much else at this point. I can't even write anymore!! And we blessed, fortunate ICs don't qualify for disability pay or unemployment... so yes, it's upsides and downsides, but in the end, right now I'm facing having to quit MT and I have NO idea what to do for a living, at the tender age of 36, and, with the pay cuts and such, no money to invest in an education. So please try to have some compassion... not all bellyaching is unfounded.
Think again - big letters at top saying
Not to post there unless you work for MQ
letters sm
The written word can come back to bite you. Be careful what you say. If they care enough, they'll ask and then you can verbalize. Otherwise, it will become part of your permanent record. Don't say anything to make them angry, One never knows down the road when you will have to list them in your past employment history. Sometimes we would like to pour our hearts out but it would depend on what you have to say. I once wrote a note which was not really that bad but everyone in the company said I left a scathing letter which was totally untrue. The less you put in writing, the better, IMHO.
for me, the only ones that letters don't rub off....
and on the back of mine it does say Key Tronics.......
Use a name that is 4 letters or more and you get the... sm
AutoComplete tip box showing your entry, then you can press F3 or enter to expand it. Make sure the first 4 letters of the name are not the same as the first 4 in another entry or Word won't know which one you want and no tip will appear. You can use less than 4 letters in the name but no tip appears. You'd have to remember it and hit F3.

Just remember that AutoText only works in Word and you might want to think about a true text Expander that works in all of your programs. You can also bog down your normal.dot file if that is where you choose to save AutoText and you will be at high risk of corrupting the file. Make sure you keep a backup.
As soon as I started doing letters...
I would fly like the wind. That is what hourly paid secretaries are for! Good luck in finding something else, but do like I do... let them know from the gitgo I WILL NOT DO CORRESPONDANCE!
Despise letters! UGH...nm
DS, H&P, CONS, letters
are the basics. Doing OPs is another level up