How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to PC

How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to PC

How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to PC

How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to PC

Netgenz - Technology Computer and Internet | This tutorial will teach you how to connect a wireless keyboard to a Windows 10 PC. Most keyboards can be connected to a PC wirelessly using a small USB receiver. Usually, this kind of keyboard doesn't need a Bluetooth radio because it uses a special radio frequency (RF) to connect to the receiver. Meanwhile, other keyboards require Bluetooth (or allow you to switch to a Bluetooth connection if you prefer). If your keyboard supports Bluetooth, you should see a Bluetooth symbol that looks like a bow tie sideways on the box or packaging.

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Step

1. Insert a new battery and/or charge the keyboard. If the keyboard has a battery slot, insert the battery according to the instructions on the box/keyboard packaging. Some keyboards use built-in rechargeable batteries instead of AA or AAA batteries. If the keyboard has a charger, charge the keyboard first before turning it on.

2. Install the keyboard signal receiver. If your wireless keyboard has a receiver or small USB dongle, plug it into an empty USB port on your computer. A USB port is a flat rectangular hole that is usually available on the side of a laptop or the front of a desktop computer's CPU.

  • Some keyboards allow you to choose between the manufacturer's default radio frequency or Bluetooth. If you want to use Bluetooth, you need to slide the switch or switch on the keyboard to the Bluetooth position. Look for a symbol that looks like a sideways bow tie.

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3. Install the driver if prompted. Windows may install the driver automatically (or ask you to download it from the manufacturer's website) after connecting the receiver, depending on the keyboard used. Pairing is usually requested if the keyboard is not using Bluetooth. If the driver is installed automatically, you can start using the wireless keyboard right away.

  • If Windows has the drivers installed and the keyboard is working right away, the setup process is complete! However, if the keyboard has additional features (eg programmable media keys), you will need to install software from the manufacturer's website in order to use these features. Check the user manual to be sure. If you don't have a manual, look online for information using the keyboard model number to find out what to do.
  • If you're setting up a Bluetooth keyboard, keep reading this article!

4. Put the keyboard into pairing mode (Bluetooth keyboards only) Image titled Macbluetooth1.png. If you're using Bluetooth, you'll usually see a button labeled "Connect," "Pairing," or "Bluetooth." You may need to press and hold the button for 5 seconds to put the keyboard into pairing mode. [1]

  • Most keyboards have an LED light that will flash when ready to pair with another Bluetooth device. The light will usually light up steadily once the keyboard is connected to the PC.

5. Open the Windows settings menu or “Settings.” Image titled Windowssettings.png. You can click the “Start” menu and select the gear icon in the lower-left corner of the menu.

  • You can also connect your keyboard to your PC using the “Action Center” located at the far right of the taskbar (next to the clock). Click the notification icon (a square, sometimes numbered, conversation bubble), select “Bluetooth”, click “Connect”, and move on to step eight.


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6. Click the Devices icon. The keyboard and phone icons are at the top of the window.

7. Click the Bluetooth & other devices tab on the left pane.

8. Slide the "Bluetooth" switch to the "On" position. Image titled Windows10switchon.png. Skip this step if you already see an "On" status next to the switch.

  • If your keyboard supports Swift Pair technology, you may see a notification asking if you want to get Swift Pair notifications. Click “Yes” if the notification appears, then select “Connect” in the next window to connect the keyboard to the computer.[2] If at this stage the keyboard can be used, the keyboard installation procedure is complete! 

9. Click + Add Bluetooth or other devices. This option is the first option at the top of the right pane.

10. Click Bluetooth. The PC will scan for nearby Bluetooth devices and display them in a list.

11. Click the keyboard name. It may take a while for the keyboard name to appear in the Bluetooth scan list. After the name appears, the next clue or command will be displayed.

  • If the keyboard name doesn't appear, try turning the keyboard off and on again. If the keyboard has a pairing key, press the key again.

12. Follow the on-screen instructions to pair the keyboard with the PC. You may need to take a few additional steps to complete the pairing, depending on the keyboard model you're using. Once the keyboard is paired, click “Done” or “Close” to close the window and start using the wireless keyboard.

  • If your keyboard has a pairing/connection light that flashes when it's in pairing mode, it usually lights up steadily after the pairing process is complete.

Tips

  • Some Logitech keyboard models that are compatible with PC and Mac computers have key combinations that need to be pressed to switch between Windows and macOS key layouts. Keyboards like this are usually set using the Windows layout by default, but if the keyboard was previously used on a Mac computer, press and hold the Fn+P key for three seconds to switch to the Windows layout.[3]
  • If you lose signal between the keyboard and the computer, try removing and reconnecting the USB receiver. If the signal quality is still problematic and your keyboard supports Bluetooth and radio frequency connections, try switching to a different signal system to see if the signal quality issue can be fixed.
  • You can use both wireless and conventional (wired) keyboards at the same time.
  • A BlueTooth wireless keyboard can also be used for tablets.

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