how long did it take you to get used to a new computers keyboard?

United States
March 4, 2009 1:37am CST
i just got my new laptop which is totally sweeeeeetttt!!! but the keyboard is set up different.. i hate it when you change computers and they are either a little bit bigger/smaller or the keys arent as bouncy as others etc to where you cant type worth a CRAP! i have had to switch to all kinds of sizes during my life from different kinds of desktops to webtv to laptops and then this newest laptops keyboard is wider and then has the seperate number area (the side area) which forces some of the other buttons to be arranged a little different such as the delete button over the backspace is on the far right instead of the inner left.. GRR!! needless to say its taking me forever to type out ANYTHING because im hitting the wrong keys all the time.. how long does it take you to get used to a new keyboard style/size? or do you never experience any problems?
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20 responses
• India
4 Mar 09
Hi friend, I can change my self easily.For any new work,only 5-10 minutes to adjust.I have computer and laptop with me.Even though it is difficult for me it seems easy.Of course computer keyboarding is hard compared to laptop keyboard.There is no need to worry,you would soonly adjust to your keyboard. Have a nice day
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• United States
4 Mar 09
i just got it today so im hoping in the next day or two it will get easier lol
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@IngramWu (194)
• China
4 Mar 09
You finally appear! are you just get up? what's the time there, here is 5pm. I will off soon
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• United States
4 Mar 09
yeah its 5:37am.. i havent been to bed yet.. i havent been sleeping well between having to be awake at different times for shipments to come in and then having other things to do.. ive missed being on here sigh..
• Canada
4 Mar 09
Funny you should ask. I got a new laptop in August, and the keyboard was totally screwed to the wall, when compared to the keyboards i was used to...even the ones on my previous two laptops. It took me about three days to get used to it. My husband needs a new coomputer and is using my laptop, in the meantime. He HATES the crap out of this thing!!! It's driving him completely crazy, and he doesn't think he'll ever get used to it. Then again, he's quite a bit older than I am, and has been using computers since the early 1960s. I guess he's just set in his ways. LOL
• United States
4 Mar 09
im hoping that it will only be a day or two.. i should be doing other things but i figure i need to be on not only to continue to set everything up but more time in early on in hopes i will get used to it faster lol
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
Boy, have you hit on the problem of the century! Right now, I am using my wife's laptop and I absolutely hate it because the keys are totally wrong. I left my PC in Arizona when I moved and I really miss the keyboard. For years I used a DEC LK-450 keyboard, which I am the most comfortable with. When they went out of business I bought a dozen of the keyboards and still have one in Arizona to be shipped to me when I'm ready with a new PC. I am used to a numeric keypad, which the laptop doesn't have.
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• Canada
4 Mar 09
I HATE MYLOT!!! When you log out, it doesn't really log you out. My first post of the day always shows with my wife's login. I know that she hit the logout last night, but when I go to mylot, it always shows up as hers. I not only have to use her laptop, but I end up giving her extra points every day. I can't wait to be able to file my taxes (if SSI ever gets on the stick and sends my 1099) so that I can have my own PC again.
• United States
5 Mar 09
ugh i know about the log in issues.. when my best friend comes up to stay a few days every month or so she uses my laptop and it takes about a week after she leaves before mylot will stop logging her in instead of me..
@mathss1 (1181)
• United States
5 Mar 09
It takes no time for me I just start using keyboards without realising the difference Have a gr8 day Njoy
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• United States
5 Mar 09
at my last job i had several different kinds but i dont remember having such a hard time with those.. im wondering if its just how my new one is laid out
@KrauseHome (34982)
• United States
5 Mar 09
Well, I have used different keyboard over time as well, and then now that I am on a Computer at work even, it is a little different than my keyboard at home as well. But it bothers me when I use my laptop as the keyboard keys seem so close together, etc. and not as smooth to use as my regular keyboard so a lot of times I am not using my laptop because of this. I sometimes wish that they could make smoother keyboard for laptops for sure.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
worse case scenario i think you can buy regular keyboards to attach to laptops but ugh i dont wanna do that!!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
5 Mar 09
It really only takes me a day or two to get comfortable with a new keyboard. That is providing it is the same general size. A smaller keyboard is what trips me up. I can't say I ever really get used to those.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
this one is bigger but cramped since it has that number keypad thing on the side where as the last laptop i had didnt
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
5 Mar 09
i can get used to laptops quite easily but those straight keyboards i just can't get the knack of, the keys are to deep for me i've alway;s had laptops never had a big home pc, you'll pick it up quickly especially if your not like me using 2 fingers.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
nope i use all fingers and up till a few years ago i always used desktop computers.. i dont think the switch to laptop was as bad as this laptop from the other one.. maybe its just this computer in general
• United States
5 Mar 09
I just got a new laptop myself, so I can relate to how trying it can be to get used to a new keyboard. It's been about a week or so since I got it, and I'm only just starting to get used to the keyboard (it's smaller than I'm used to).
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• United States
5 Mar 09
this one is bigger than the old one which i didnt think it would be but it is.. then it has the extra number keypad too so its off centered as far as the regular part.. thats messing me up too!
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
4 Mar 09
I find that after a few hours I tend to adapt, although it does depend on how much I type, if I am writing something short I tend to remember and get everything right whereas in large articles there will always be some mistakes, right now I am using an old keyboard with ergonomic lay out which forms a triangle in the middle, as my newer keyboard had coffee spilled on it and the row of wsx stopped working, that was frustrating, I actually bought this keyboard on purpose because I had severe pain in my wrists for a while and the keyboard helped it's just so bulky I end up using a normal one. Most keyboards do not bother me much, the biggest difference is the old typewriters all manual, and with a AZERTY layout that I used to play around with when I was younger, that really made a huge difference, not having to smack the keys, my first keyboard poor thing.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
i bet it was a shock!!
• United States
4 Mar 09
I usually experience problems for the first week or so. I do enough typing that as long as I use it like I normally use my other one then I get used to it fairly quickly. I love my keyboard at my normal computer, but sometimes get stuck on the other computer because my husband is using this one. I am slower at the other one then this one. Of course, the m on this one is getting harder to push and I sometimes miss it on accident because of that....
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• United States
5 Mar 09
its so nice that this keyboard works good.. my other one's "5" was sticking to where you had to slam down on it to register
@lucas16 (98)
• Philippines
4 Mar 09
hehehehehehehehehehehehe...well, you have to get used to it.. i mean, you can't just replace that keyboard since your are using a laptop....EHEHEHEHEHEHEHE.. it takes time to get used to your new computer.. HAVE FUN!!!
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• United States
5 Mar 09
today has been better thank god.. still having issues though
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
4 Mar 09
I am presently back on my desk computer as my laptop stopped working. It took awhile to get used to my laptop because it was slighty different than a regular keyboard but I used it almost exclusively so it became my default typing position. It took awhile to get used to the standard keyboard but it has been a few months so I have settled back into that. Quite frankly I find the flat keyboard with square keys and neatly laid out rows of keys lined up one above the other quite awkward. If you ever have the opportunity to try one of those antique typewriters, you will notice that the keys are round and are laid out in tiers. These were actually easier to use and probably were better for your hands than the present day arrangement. Some people use those undulating keyboards in an effort to get back to a more natural movement but they are still laid out fairly flat and stay with the square keys.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
yeah they are quite different.. but i have never really used a typewriter much since the age i would have started type i got a pc.. but yeah i can see what you mean
@pratik87 (1928)
• India
4 Mar 09
it took a few days...nornally it doesnt seem like we should take time to get used to a keyboard but it happens
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• United States
5 Mar 09
yeah its been better today at least
@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
4 Mar 09
LOL - I honestly can't use a laptop because the flat keyboard drives me nuts. I have my good old pc with an ergonomic keyboard. People either love them or hate them and I love mine. It took a few days to get used to it, but in the end it works so much better for me.
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• United States
5 Mar 09
yeah those take some getting used to
• United States
4 Mar 09
Well,I havent used to many diffrent style keybords. But my mothers laptop keybords,im sure I will never get used to using. I hate it.. I suppose it has alot to do with my short arms. its so uncomfterble. but also when u type your arms somtimes accidently graze the mouse pad and the typing flashy bar thing get all jumpled in and next you know youtyping at the beginning of the paragraph THAT is frustrating,, i wanna smash it sometimes because somtimes I dont pay attention to the screen when i type.. but I recieve my new computer today and mabey it will have a diffrent style keybord,not really sure I have a dell keybored now so it might not be any diffrent...well see:).. thanks for the discussion:) hagd
• United States
5 Mar 09
yeah it took me awhile to figure out how to STOP grazing the mouse pad while typing lol
@sharay (2776)
• India
4 Mar 09
Finally, you got the system..good! for new users changing keyboards will not matter much, but for the ones who are well-versed with typing, it would be a big headache, thats why i always try to repair it somehow and never try to change my keyboard, the last time i did was a year ago, there were some differences in the placement of keys in the other keyboard, so got 2 weeks for me to get used to it during which time, my typing speed also diminished, but now its perfect
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• United States
4 Mar 09
yeah im stumbling typing wise all over the place lol.. but i love the new computer.. it runs so nice and its got a huge hard drive and best of all its not a dell lol.. im hoping with less pc issues and a better system i will get more done online when i am online. but only time will tell on that lol
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
8 Mar 09
i never experience it yet.but hubby ask me last week if i need a new keyboard but i disagree because i am sure i am not comfortable for it
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
5 Mar 09
That sort of think does not bother me very much since I'm only a slow typist anyway, and I'm not to much bothered if I have to spend a second or two looking for the right key. After all, what's a second or two in the face of eternity??
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@regal_aeros (2606)
• Singapore
4 Mar 09
i take some time to change to keyboards. because i'm used to flat keys that don't require much strength to hit the buttons. so give me an afternoon, and i think i'd be able to conquer it.
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