Visible Keyboard Keys

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What is the best color keyboard to use if I am having a difficult time seeing the letters on the keys?

Right now, I have a black keyboard with grey letters, and I need to turn on a bright light in order to be able to see the letters.

Thanks, Rachel

Dear Rachel,

I can totally relate to your situation! My keyboard sits on a drawer that slides under my desktop, and I often type with it only partially exposed. Most of the time, I type by touch only, but when I need to look at the keys for one reason or another it was hard to see.

I finally solved my problem with a Logitech wireless illuminated keyboard. The keys are laser-etched and backlit. No matter what time of day I am typing, I can always see my keys.

A less expensive option might be stickers to go on your keyboard. I have seen yellow keyboard stickers with black letters.



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    • Rhino
    • July 18, 2014

    I’ve actually seen a yellow keyboard with black letters on it. Black on yellow is the most visible contrasting colour combination you can have. But of course you would still need a light on in dark areas, or at night. In which case the Logitech may work better for you.

    I’m feeling from the question that you are not a touch typer. If so I suggest you learn, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is a good programme to use. Probably pick up a copy on eBay for next to nothing.

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