What Are Thinkpad Hotkey Features?


IBM Thinkpad hotkey features are enabled by a driver that should be downloaded and installed on the IBM Thinkpad laptop. The package provides essential and convenient utilities that can be programmed to specific keys and buttons for your computer. The keys and buttons are designed for ease of access and usability. Installing the hotkey driver package helps add new functions to the Thinkpad series of laptops.

Thinkpad Hotkey Setup

  • The Thinkpad hotkey driver is compatible with Windows 98, 2000 and XP and Vista. Any version of the operating systems that are not compatible with the hotkey driver is mentioned in the package itself. You must download the driver, extract the software to the hard drive, click Start and Run. You then follow the on-screen instructions to enable the hotkey features.

Programming Features

  • Some Thinkpad models have three colored keys at the top of the keyboard which can be programmed to specific features. The hotkey driver package also allows you to configure the 12 function keys above the number keys to perform specific operations. These keys can initiate programs such as printing the screen display, a full screen magnifier, easy launch buttons or web navigation aids.

Hotkey Integration

  • Installing and updating hotkey features lets you get new functions or enhancements. These keys can be programmed to perform system adjustments, such as controlling LCD brightness or speaker volume.

Installation Pointers

  • You should always use the most recent hotkey driver available. Before installing any new software, you should set a restore point in the system so that if any errors occur, the system can be reset. This prevents permanent problems from affecting the system if the driver does not install properly.


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