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There are a number of products that plug into the USB port to cast light on the keyboard. But that is not a life hack solution, it is product recomendation. The life hack solution is to tip the screen forward so the light from the screen lights the keyboard.


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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 your laptop. I also recommend doing this outside, so the crud that flies out of your keyboard doesn't make a mess on the floor.


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In Windows 10 Settings, for controlling the brightness of your device. Go to "Settings" and then select "System". Now under "Display", you will find a "Change Brightness" slider at the top. Move that slider to adjust the brightness of your device. If your device comes with sensors capable of light intensity detection, then you might also see "Change ...


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A layer of high-density, low-rebound foam (material like Sorbothane is very good) on each side of the laptop, backed with a glued-on layer of something rigid and strong, like fiberglass reinforced sheet, should do the job. Make the padding a little bigger than the laptop, the rigid sheet a little bigger than that (ideally, the same size as the inside of the ...


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Thanks for all the answers. Weather Vale and Elmy. Thanks for your ideas, but unfortunately my laptop doesn't open wide enough for that to work in this circumstance. Glorfindel, I don't actually have an iPad, but that would be ideal I went for something closer to what John and Moab suggested, but without the permanency. I found a laptop stand that had ...


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There is an application called F.lux, which reduces blue light and irritation to eyes during the evening. It is available on most platforms, including phones and tablets. EDIT: This program can be set up to individual preferences. For instance, you can change the warmth of the light depending on your own preferences. As well, it has the ability to ...


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If you are seated at the piano stool, it looks as though you can't use the keyboard at that angle anyway. If yours is a laptop that will open flat to 180° do that and stand it on the plinth behind the piano keys. The laptop screen will be in about the same position. There is a lip along the front of the control panel to stop music slipping forwards, as can ...


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Go to another room / area where you can turn on the light: kitchen, bathroom(?), balcony, porch... This has a double advantage: it helps you use your laptop; the light from the laptop's screen will not bother your room-mates. A higher tech alternative is to use a forehead lamp. Some of them even have the ability to adjust the light intensity. However, ...


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What you're asking for (how to prevent the battery from being recharged before it's empty) is not the best way to achieve what you want (avoid wearing out the battery). Discharging to 5% is not good for the battery, you want the minimal state of charge to be higher than that. A battery has a limited number of charge/discharge cycles available (usually 1000 ...


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Alternatively, you can clock down your CPU through a standard windows setting to change the maximum speed, lowering the heat generated. Obviously, this will lower performance, but if noise is your primary issue, it may be a worthwhile tradeoff.


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It sounds like you have a touch screen laptop that you try to avoid touching but sometimes have to? Have you considered, for the times where you need to do a single tap/drag rather than a multi finger one, bending your fingers and touching the screen with the middle finger's "elbow" (the part most people knock on a door with) Your finger tips do the most ...


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First, unplug the laptop and remove the battery (or, it it's not removable, open the case and disconnect one wire from the battery). Also remove the clock battery. This prevents damage due to short-circuit and electrolytic corrosion. Now, take the time to wash the spill from the laptop with distilled water. Remove the HDD and loudspeaker, if possible, but ...


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The lid of the piano could prop the laptiop up vertically, like this: Black is the piano, blue is the laptop. Red is some kind of stopper that keeps the lower edge of the laptop from sliding forwards. That could be glue-on rubber stoppers (for small furniture) or just anything you can secure to the piano that is thick enough to stop the laptop from sliding. ...


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I'm not sure if you're already able to, but an alternative solution is to learn touch typing. This has the advantage of being faster as well. (This answer has been typed without directly looking at the keyboard, but admittedly not in complete darkness.)


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Keeping your needs into consideration, you can wrap your laptop with 2 layers of bubble wrap before placing inside your laptop slot so that it does not take much space nor make it heavier and provides a layer of protection from scratches. Hope this helps!


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Capacitance changes with humidity. Trackpads and touch sensitive screens need enough humidity to work optimally. If you moisten your finger very slightly by breathing on it or the track pad itself, does the response improve? Yes? Try increasing the humidity of your environment with some plants close by.


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I found that polyethylene foam blocks touches, even when in a very thin layer (< 1 mm). This is a firm but soft (closed cell) translucent foam sometimes used to protect packages. I planned to attach it using a spray adhesive like 3M Super 77 (spraying on the foam but not the computer), but realized mounting tape would stick without an adhesive. I covered ...


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You can impose your will on your laptop battery drain and charge limits using the power management utility found in your system preferences. Usually, this is set to optimize the balance between system performance and power requirements. You can ignore the recommendations to adapt your system to your requirements and limitations. If the operating system does ...


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Maybe you can find an old laptop for cheap and salvage the keyboard. I don't know which resources are available to you, but you might Go to a scrap yard (preferably one specialized in electronics) and search for a broken laptop with the same keyboard. Scrap dealers are mostly interested in the metals, but plastic keys are worthless for them. Use online ...


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Laptops have been designed to work within a safe temperature range, normally 50 - 95°F (10 - 35°C). This range refers both to optimal usage temperature of the outside environment and the minimum temperature the laptop should be warmed to before using. A good temperature for your computer's CPU is around 120°F (50°C) when idle, and under 175°F (80°C) when ...


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There are a multitude of devices intended for illuminating a book or kindle, that are a battery and switch with a built in clamp, a flexible neck and a white LED. One of these should fit your laptop lid That's if you don't fancy buying, or making, an "led on one end of a flexible metal arm, and a USB plug on the other" In terms of stuff you already ...


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Not exactly a hack. Search online for "luminous keyboard stickers". Make sure however they use Light Charged Paints as described in this article that warns against old-fashioned radioactive paint. https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/luminous.php#:~:text=Radium%20based%20luminous%20paint%20was%20banned%20in%20the,health%20grounds%2C%20is%20plain%...


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Some pictures, and the exact brand and model of the laptop would have helped greatly. Missing that information, I can only brainstorm. It is possible that the dirt you removed was actually a layer of carbon, making the keyboard being a keyboard. That is the same technology used in cheap (and not so cheap) TV remote controls. During the entire chain of ...


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There are plenty of metal polishing/buffing compounds around, as well as buffing wheels for bench top grinders, angle grinders, and roto-tools which all can be Googled. If you have an colored anodized finish, a bit of paint or nail polish might work. Use a fine brush to paint some on, then wipe off anything that overflows the scratch, which can be difficult ...


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Disconnect keyboard from PC/Mac (if not a laptop): you don’t want to be pressing random keys. If a laptop, turn off. Tip it upside down and give it a few shakes and a few good whacks. Tip it back over and if needed, use a shaving brush or soft makeup brush (lots of soft bristles) and get as far under the keys as you can. Can of compressed air if needed. Wipe ...


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In fear of stating the obvious, the safest way is to use a vacuum cleaner to remove as much of the dust as possible. Then use an air duster to loosen any stubborn dust and vacuum AGAIN to remove the freshly-loosened material. This will get you the best result for the least effort. Anything beyond that will involve popping the keys out of the keyboard and ...


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Use a toothbrush to remove dirt in between the narrow spaces.


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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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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 strong tape (duct tape style, the stronger the better). I take a small spatula (ideally one with a bent head) and wrap it with the tape outside-in, then move ...


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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 them require special care in replacing, but they all seemed to go back and function again. Surprising all that junk has been sitting under the keys. LOL


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