6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Quick Tips: How to prevent keyboard keys from fading

About Video Transcript

Quick Tips: How to prevent keyboard keys from fading

1:22 /

Avid typists may find the letters disappearing from the keys after prolonged use. Sharon Vaknin has a couple of suggestions to keep that from happening.

Keyboard keys can start to fade away after too much hands-on time. It's especially noticeable with Apple keyboards, but I've seen it happen on other brands too especially laptops. Here's how to keep them from disappearing. If you don't mind the bulk a keyboard cover like this one is a great solution. Not only will it keep your keys from fading but it'll also keep your granola bar crumbs from falling into the cracks. A more minimal trick is to use packing tape to cover the keys. For this method clean your keys and cover a few with a strip of tape. Then use a razor blade to cut out the area over the keys. When you're done make sure the tape over the keys is secure and peel off the excess. And don't worry about covering all the keys. Just work on the ones that are starting to fade or the statistically most used keys which are E, T, A, O, I and N. A final trick especially for the ladies is clear nail polish. Just clean the keys. Apply the polish and your keys should be protected for about a year. Not everyone needs to worry about fading keys, but if you want insurance against a half-naked keyboard give these tricks a try. For CNET, I'm Sharon Vaknin.

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video