The Keyless Keyboard

Introduction: The Keyless Keyboard

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The keyboard without keys. Not the most productive, but looks pretty cool on your desktop. This project should take no more than 15 minutes (labeling the keys is the longest part.)


Some keyboards may not be eligible for this project. Those with gelatin dome keycaps (standards) will work.

Step 1: You Will Need...

1. Keyboard

2. Sharpie

3. Screwdriver (type varies between keyboards, likely a phillips head).

Step 2: Remove the Cover of the Keyboard

Flip the keyboard upside down and remove all the screws. Take the cover off and remove the gelatin part (some keyboards may have a shield over it, in which case you'll have to do more unscrewing) The unique circuit board should revealed.

Step 3: Mark the Keys

Plug in the keyboard and begin marking each "dot" with a sharpie. To know which "dot" is which key, press down the dot. Whatever letter, symbol, number etc. shows up on the screen is the key.

Take your time and don't rush. If you mismark a key it with be very difficult to redo.


Step 4: Quick Bonus

You can always replace the gelatin domes and cover to use the keyboard normally.

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    Hau5Cat5 Music
    Hau5Cat5 Music

    2 years ago

    NICE!!! sweet build and will impress your friends

    Jeph Diel
    Jeph Diel

    6 years ago

    also could be used as a very cheap makey makey.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice thought. If a mistake is made, most "Sharpie" or indelible ink can be removed with isopropyl alcohol.