Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs About Hooleon's Keyboard Products

Are keyboard label kits Mac compatible?
Is there iMac large print keyboard support?
What is offered for color-coding of keyboard keys?
How would one blank-out the keyboard keys for schools or teaching typing?
Can Hooleon re-legend the key tops with Point-of-Sale specific snap-caps?
How can one lock out unwanted or dangerous keys?
Are the labels and templates durable?
Can one remove key-top sticker labels?
Will the label sets fit a laptop keyboard?
How should Color Options on the Label Kits be selected?
Where are legends located on the Label Kits?
How can I start typing another language on my computer?
How can I start typing Dvorak on my computer?



Are keyboard label kits Mac compatible?

All keyboard label kits will fit both PC's as well as Macintosh keyboards. We produce our label sets in a generic size, .435 x .525 inches (small 1x size key-top label measurement) that should fit both the PC clone and Apple keyboards.  We sell a lot of label sets to the Apple keyboard users and have had no complaints regarding their fit on these boards.

Is there iMac large print keyboard support?

At the present time, we support the iMac with large print labels, but do not have actual large print keyboards for this application.

What is offered for color-coding of keyboard keys?

We have a couple of products to color-code your keyboards, one of which should work for you.

-If you want to keep the original legend showing through from the keytop, we have a Rainbow (transparent) Label kit, part# OV-0648.  These are transparent color-coding labels, pastel, not bright colors.

-If you want to block out the original legend and cover it with a blank colored label, you would use this Do It Yourself Kit OV-0576. These colored labels are opaque with bright, not pastel colors (11 labels of red, 11 green, 11 blue, 11 yellow). This kit will also allow you to put new legends on the label top, if you need to rename the keys. Directions, of course, come with the kit.

How would one blank-out the keyboard keys for schools or teaching typing?

Here are the options:

1. Molded black flexible material covers blank-out the complete keyboard This is removable and replaceable (as it has adhesive along the outer edge, but can be removed/replaced at will).

These are molded specifically for each keyboard, so it will fit only that particular keyboard. We need to have the keyboard Brand, Model#, FCC ID#, etc, off the back of each keyboard to achieve this.

2. Self-adhesive blank labels adhere directly to the top of the keys to cover the original legends. Once removed, they are not re-useable. Available in Ivory or Black.

3. A keyboard with no print on the letter or number keys (keyboard comes with original keys & key-puller to replace actual printed keys when desired). Hooleon p/n KB-0157.

4. Our color-coded keyboard with no print keeps each finger on the correct keys for new typing student. KB-0158

Can Hooleon re-legend the key tops with Point-of-Sale specific snap-caps?

Relegendable Keys consist of a base (usually gray or ivory) and a clear lens that snaps over the top of the base. This allows you to put a colored paper label under the lens to designate the legend and the color desired on that particular key. Because it must fit into the switch mechanism on your particular keyboard to activate the key, the base must be an exact fit, replacing the key you will be removing.  Tooling for relegendable keys is not available for all keyboards.  Please give us the brand keyboard, the model number and any other information on the back of the keyboard so we can determine if we have the correct relegendable key for your keyboard.  Also, how many keys you need for each row.  Are you doing one keyboard or a quantity of them?

Another solution, if you need many keys, is to consider a complete Re-legend Keyboard 

We have some PC clone keyboards available that we can supply with relegendable keys if desired.

How can one lock out unwanted or dangerous keys?

To order the hard lock out key items, we will need to know what keyboard you are needing the lockouts for.  Please give us the information off the back of your keyboard, such as: Brand, Model#, part#, FCC id#, etc, plus any other numbers that might reference that particular keyboard.  It will be a starting point to identify which lockout is needed.

Another option is to purchase our Sample Lockout Kit containing eleven of the most common lockouts.

Are the labels and templates durable?

We manufacture our label and template products using an extremely durable polycarbonate material. Legends are printed on the underside of material so that you would have to wear through the material in order to damage the print. All labels and templates are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase.

Can one remove key-top sticker labels?

Yes. Our labels can be removed from your key-tops without damage to the key or existing key legend. However, due to the aggressiveness of the adhesive used, a very tight bond is created between the key and label. Once you remove the label after this bond is achieved (approximately 24 hours) the adhesive is not suitable for reuse.

Will the label sets fit a laptop keyboard?

Touchdown™ Key-top Label kits are die-cut to fit a standard PC keyboard. In the world of laptop computers there are a variety of key sizes and layouts used on the keyboard. Our experience has been that our label sets will work on most laptops. In cases where the labels are slightly too large, many of our customers will trim the label to fit. This is not the best solution but is quite functional.

How should Color Options on the Label Kits be selected?

The color scheme of the transparent label set that you purchase should be based on the actual print color on your keys. The color of your keyboard keys should also be the color of your labels. For example: If you have black keys on your keyboard, the installed label should appear to have a black background. You will need enough contrast between the key color and legend color to be able to comfortably see the new legend. Our white print labels work great on black or dark keys.

If you are purchasing an opaque label set (large print, replacement labels, etc.), the color scheme you choose is simply personal preference. These labels will block out the existing keyboard legend and will have both background and legend colors printed. We make every effort to use color combinations that have high contrast for easier viewing.

Where are legends located on the Label Kits?

Most keyboards have their original legends printed in the upper left quadrant of each key. Our transparent label kits are designed to allow you to see the existing legend as well as the "new" legend. Therefore, our transparent label kits are printed with the legends placed in the lower right quadrant or in instances of multiple legends (example: mid-range/mainframe emulation) we right and/or bottom justify the new legends. Many of our label sets are designed to mask the original legend and replace it with a new legend. In these instances we attempt to make legend placement as close to original legends as possible which is the upper left quadrant of the label.

How can I start typing another language on my computer?

Answer: There are two basic solutions. You can either buy a "dedicated" keyboard that has the language layout "hard wired’ into it, or use conversion software and a "standard" keyboard (that's the type we sell), or inexpensive language labels.

Dedicated language keyboards cost more money and some are not readily available, of course they have this advantage; you can take your keyboard from one computer to the next (if it is the same brand computer) and just plug it in, ready to start typing.

Software conversions have this compelling advantage: they’re free (part of the Windows operating system), and the only thing you have to do is purchase a Non-dedicated language keyboard or keytop labels you need.

Some popular software conversions for Windows operating systems are shown below.

For Windows 95 - Windows XP, the language layout is also part of the operating system. To activate it, follow these steps from the desktop:

1. Double click "My Computer".

2. Double click "Control Panel".

3. Double click "Keyboard", tab, click "Properties" button.

4. Select "Language" for keyboard layout.

5. Click ‘OK’.

 

How can I start typing Dvorak on my computer?

Answer: There are two basic solutions. You can either buy a "dedicated" keyboard that has the Dvorak layout "hard wired’ into it, or use conversion software and a "standard" keyboard (that's the type we sell), or inexpensive Dvorak Keytop Labels.

 

Dedicated Dvorak keyboards cost more money and some are not readily available, of course they have this advantage; you can take your keyboard from one computer to the next (if it is the same brand computer) and just plug it in, ready to start typing.

 

Software conversions have this compelling advantage: they’re free (part of the Windows operating system), and the only thing you have to do is purchase a Non-dedicated Dvorak keyboard or keytop labels you need.

 

 Some popular software conversions are listed below.

Windows 95 - Windows XP, the Dvorak layout is also part of the operating system. To activate it, follow these steps from the desktop

1. Double click "My Computer"

 2. Double click "Control Panel".

3. Double click "Keyboard", tab, click "Properties" button.

4. Select "Dvorak" for keyboard layout.

5. Click ‘OK’.

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