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Author Topic: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard  (Read 3720 times)

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Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:36:27 PM »
I've encountered a problem with the referenced keyboard.  For some strange reason it does not have a Break/Pause key.  I'm trying to figure out how to set FARR up to launch using some other key combination, but I'm not having any luck.  I'm fairly certain this is operator error, as I don't completely understand how to assign the keys.  I would appreciate any assistance. 

Also, if anyone knows how to add a "Break/Pause" function to this keyboard, I would appreciate any advice as I'm sure the lack of this key(s) will cause problems down the road.

Thanks,


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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 06:45:10 PM »
You can customize what keys launch FARR from the hotkeys tab in options.  Desktop keyboards usually have a Pause/Break key, but on laptop keyboards that don't i sometimes use the ` (backtick or reverse apostrophe) key or alt+backspace.  You could also use a function key.

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 07:36:17 PM »
Got it!  Works fine. 

Thanks!

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 07:49:51 PM »
Just did a search for images of the keyboard -- seems you are right they got rid of the pause/break key -- that's too bad.  At least they still left me the PrtScr key.

Which key did you go with for activating FARR?

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 09:56:05 PM »
I went with the backtick.  I avoided the function keys because this keyboard has a manual switch between the function keys and keyboard hot keys.  I think the idea was to come up with a keyboard that provides a transition to Windows 8, but it's kind of a mess (they also didn't include indicators to show "Num Lock" and "Caps Lock", if you can believe it).

I bought this model because it was on a great sale and I wanted the ergonomic profile.  I had a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard previously and I like the format much better than a standard (non-ergonomic) arrangement.  I don't type enough for the oddities to be an issue and, if they do bother me, I'll use my old keyboard and look for another ergonomic model.  I do, however, use FARR a lot so that was an issue I had to resolve.

Again, thanks for the quick response (and great program!).

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 10:10:49 PM »
Someone on this forum bought me an ergonomic microsoft keyboard as a gift many many years ago -- and i still use one to this day. 

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 01:43:30 AM »
Interesting that they got rid of the Pause/Break key it is used in combination with Ctrl to cancel a running build in Visual Studio. So I must assume that none of Microsoft's own developers is using such a keyboard (or is ever cancelling a running build without using the mouse ;) ).

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 01:52:25 AM »
I've been using a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 since it's been available (i.e. many years). And while I like it I'd very much like to try a Truly Ergonomic Keyboard. One could argue that 250$ is not much for what is basically your primary tool but nevertheless, I can't get it over with to just order one.

Besides the mechanical keys it's the reduced width I'd prefer to bring the mouse closer to the keyboard (I never use the keypad).
« Last Edit: April 01, 2014, 02:32:06 PM by phitsc »

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 02:10:44 PM »
The 4000 is what I use as well.

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Re: Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014, 03:06:22 PM »
I have used the same keyboard for nearly fifteen years; the original Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro.  I'm so used to it that I have a few extras stockpiled as potential replacements should this one fail.

800px-MS_Natural_Keyboard_Pro[1].JPGMicrosoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard