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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Most ordinary (cheap or expensive) keyboards have a little bump on the home keys. A lot of keys can be found by dead reckoning from there, and the function keys, Esc, etc. on a full sized keyboard ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

Someone I know would advise you to look in the fridge first. (And if you are a hot drink drinker, around the kettle or coffee machine.) Seriously, walk the way through the house as you would have ...
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Sometimes, a good hack is a proper solution. Just buy a keyboard with lit keys. You can find plenty of them even at very low prices. If the keyboard is a laptop keyboard (you did not mention) then one ...
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How do I prevent/fix holes in the front pockets of my jeans?

Preventative maintenance is the answer - when you buy a new pair of pants, put an iron-on patch on the inside of your pockets. I realize that most of us don't think about worn spots on a brand new ...
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

Glow-in-the-dark paint, such as this, just above or below a key (or if the keys are indented, in the grooves of the letters) might help orient you. Of course the paint needs to be "charged" ...
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

Try a canister of compressed air. Shoot quick blasts of air directly at the "crud" between the keys. Don't spray continuously for more than 1-2 seconds, or the air will get too cold and may damage ...
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

There should be a screw under the emblem - though idk how replaceable that loop is once you get in. It looks like just a small bent piece of metal with an angle at one end & the loop at the other.....
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

This happened to my thumb drive that I like to carry on my keychain. I used Velcro strips to affix it to my key fob. Do you have something else on your keychain that you could attach the key to with ...
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How to open a lock if key broke into the lock?

If a short bit of the key is still sticking out of the lock, you may be able to grab it tightly with a pair of pliers and slowly pull the half-key out. That will allow other keys to be inserted into ...
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What are ways to modify a key for tactile differentiation?

The geometrical approach: For someone who does not want to modify the key itself, use a deliberate disorder: If all keys are on one ring, have all keys oriented in the same direction, the one to be ...
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How do I prevent/fix holes in the front pockets of my jeans?

You could put your keys in a Keybone or similar device. They come in a wide range of designs and colours, and many have loops or hooks for attaching to a lanyard or keychain.
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

Rather than fighting the problems of the typical key ring, you may want to consider a different design. Here is a review that covers about two dozen ideas about ways to hold your keys: http://www....
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Finding primary keyboard keys in the dark - alternative to purchasing adhesive dots

There’s always the cheap way: Memorize the layout and learn to infer location from context. Most good keyboards designed for touch-typists have ridges on specific keys. On a standard English QWERTY ...
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How can I (painlessly) add or remove keys to my key ring?

As a preventative measure, I keep a small carabiner on my main key ring, and attach peripheral keychains to the carabiner instead of the ring when I need them. It reduces the number of times I have to ...
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How to prevent keys/keyrings from snagging on clothes

Use a thicker, better quality ring to replace the smaller ring. The wire type key ring holder is meant for quick attachment of keys to a tag, not long term use in a pocket. You can find an assorted ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

Try looking underneath things that you recently touched and may have put down on top of your keys. Try looking at or above eye level in case you set them on top of something higher than normal. Try ...
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Tips to find misplaced keys somewhere in my house

You don't have to come to that if you choose a specific place to put your specific keys, that way wouldn't lost it at first place(unless you're very much drunk). You can buy LED key ring so that it ...
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Lost my car keys inside my car. I am definitely unable to find them again despite 5 peoples paid me for a 700 Km ride tomorrow evening

Ask your neighbors to help shift the engine. Or use a crowbar or other lever to move the engine. Or put a wedge under the engine near the keys, use a hammer to push the wedge under the engine (you ...
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Lost my car keys inside my car. I am definitely unable to find them again despite 5 peoples paid me for a 700 Km ride tomorrow evening

Based on your comments, you actually have a second engine tucked away in the boot/trunk of your car, and your keys are underneath that engine, out of reach. The rear sets of a Yaris fold down. ...
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

If I wanted to avoid paying for a new case, I would probably try making a replacement for it from a cotter pin: You can usually buy a whole bag/case of assorted sizes at the local hardware store for ...
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Broken Key in Safe Lock

Try sticking one or two fine bladed screwdrivers down the side of the key sufficiently that you can turn them and operate the lock. Dont force it! If it wont turn easily it would be better to try ...
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What can I use to attach bulky things to my keyring?

There are several shapes of carabiner like hooks and connectors on the market. I am personally fond of S shaped ones that are available from about 5 mm by 10 mm to about 40 by 80 mm, or an even wider ...
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How to distinguish keys of identical type from each other?

My solution is to mark they key shafts by a small number of rubber O-rings that are slightly smaller than the key shaft diameter. By buying a collection of O-rings of varying sizes, one can get enough ...
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Broken Key in Safe Lock

There are several videos on video sharing sites showing solutions for this problem. The easiest solution is to take some plastic object (stick-shaped is best, a glue-gun stick is shown in the videos)....
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Fix a broken loop on a car key

Since you've already extracted the broken part, it would be best to replace it. I see 2 handy options: 1) Superglue and soda This is pretty simple - you pour some soda on damaged place, add a drop of ...
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

Use a toothbrush to remove dirt in between the narrow spaces.
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

One more eeasy method that you can use a soft brush to clean your laptop keyboard ,it's also not harmful for your laptop,and don't waste your time or energy.
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

A useful hack that I have seen passed around is to use Post-It notes and scoop up dirt with their glue-covered edge when moving that below a row of keys. Later I modified that technique and now use ...
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

In the past I've pried up all the keys one at a time and really cleaned up the crud which accumulated beneath them. All are easily removed and replaced. The long keys which have guide wires beneath ...
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

First, to clean a laptop keyboard, you must disassemble it to reach the membrane of the keys, now if you just want to clean the surface of the keyboard, you must pass a towel or paper slightly soft ...
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