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Installation and Quick Start Guide


Quick Installation

  1. Make sure the computer you are going to install your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is turned OFF (was "Shut Down" and not "Log Off", "Sleep", "Hibernate", nor "Restart").

  2. Do not plug in your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard yet.

  3. Turn ON your computer, login if required, and wait until the Operating System is ready.

    • For Model 207 using US layout: you can set DIP switch #4 to OFF to have an additional ↹ Tab key in the top-left corner instead of the ´ ¨ key.

    • For Model 209 using JIS layout: set DIP switch #1 and #4 to OFF.

    • For Mac OS X: set DIP switch #2 to the OFF position.

  4. Plug in your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard into a working USB port.

  5. The Operating System automatically identifies your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard:

    • Windows or Linux:
      After 1-2 minutes a message is displayed mentioning that your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is installed and ready to use.

    • Mac OS X:
      The Keyboard Setup Assistant opens.
      Press the Esc key.
      Manually select your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard:
      • ANSI for English US
      • JIS for Japanese using Model 209
      • ISO for all other languages
      Click OK.


Installation Guide

You can review or download the Installation & Quick Start Guide in PDF format.

To review, click the link below.
To download into your computer, right click the link below and select "Save link as..."

  Truly Ergonomic Keyboard - Installation Quick Start Guide (1MB)


Keyboard Driver

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard requires no installation program and no special driver. It uses the Operating System standard keyboard driver already installed in your computer.



Language Selection

The current Language selected in your computer's Operating System is the language you continue using, and prevails over what is printed on the keycaps of your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard.

If your computer and your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard have a different language, some of the letters and symbols printed on the keycaps might not correspond to the letters and symbols used by the computer, as the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard sends correct letters and symbols according to the selected language in your computer.



First use

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is properly designed
and therefore different from other keyboards.

As a result of this, you may have to use it for a few days to become accustomed to using it.

We recommend you plan a couple of days as adjustment period,
preferably, when you are not nearing a deadline.

Consider you will be typing for years to come, so a few days or a few weeks
adjusting to a better typing position by using the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard becomes trivial
compared to a lifetime of healthy typing.

Your hands-wrists-shoulders will feel great, your typing speed will be the same as before or better, and you will be able to accelerate your productivity in a comfortable and healthy manner.


During the first hour of typing, we recommend you look at the keyboard while typing and type "s l o w l y", even if you are a fast touch-typist. This will greatly help you get accustomed to the new keys' positions.

Compared to start typing fast without looking at the keyboard,
this first hour of typing slowly will allow you to adjust faster.


Some keys like the ↵ Enter, ⌫ Backspace, and Shift keys are located in different positions compared to other keyboards. These key's locations are better for your posture which benefits your health.

Press the ↵ Enter key with either of your thumbs, press the ⌫ Backspace with either of your index fingers.

We ask for your patience, particularly with the Shift and Ctrl keys, as typing in the initial days could be slower than before. As you use your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard, you will get accustomed to the new key's locations and your body will adjust to a healthier typing experience in a short time.

With the revolutionary Truly Ergonomic Keyboard, you no longer need to bend your hands or wrists outwards while typing; you should type with your wrists as straight as possible, keeping your elbows close to your body, and without the need for your hands to match the exact split-angle of the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard.

You do not need to align your straight wrists with the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard's columnar- alignment. Feel free to have your hands and forearms in the angle you feel most comfortable, as long as your wrists are as straight as possible.

As well, only rest your hands on the included Palmrest when you are not typing.
It is better to "float" your hands while typing, like playing the piano.

Mechanical keyswitches require very low force to activate and provide a gentle tactile feedback when pressed that helps you feel when each key registers. If you hear a loud sound for each keypress, it means you are using too much force; press the keys as lightly as possible.

After the initial days, you will type as fast as or faster than you did previously.
All this in a surprisingly comfortable and healthier manner.

Remember to start slowly at a steady pace to get accustomed to the new layout.



Key Location & Special Functionality

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is properly designed and therefore different from other keyboards. Some keys like the ↵ Enter, ⌫ Backspace, and Shift keys are located in different positions compared to other keyboards. These key's locations are better for your posture which benefits your health.

As you use your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard, you will get accustomed to the location and usage of these keys, and you will type as fast as or faster than you did previously. All this in greater comfort than before.


Truly Ergonomic Keyboard key locations





Shift & Ctrl

After testing various options for the location of the Shift and Ctrl keys, we concluded that having the Shift keys on the home row, in our Truly Ergonomic Keyboard design, is the most ergonomic position, and is surprisingly comfortable.

You no longer need to bend your wrist to press the Shift key, as in conventional keyboards. Once you become accustomed to these keys' locations, you will find it is a great improvement.




↵ Enter & ⌫ Backspace

Having the ↵ Enter and ⌫ Backspace keys at the center bottom of the layout is significantly more ergonomic compared to having them in the far right side as in outdated conventional keyboards.

Instead of using the weak right hand pinky to press these keys as with most keyboards, you are able to use either of your thumbs or forefingers to press the ↵ Enter key, and either of your forefingers to press the ⌫ Backspace key. These are your strongest and most dextrous fingers.

Getting accustomed to pressing these keys will take a short time, and once you get accustomed, you will type more comfortably than before.




CapsLock [A] & NumLock [1]

The CapsLock is located at the top-center-left (left of [Fn]), represented by [A]. The light indicator below this keycap turns on or off accordingly.

The NumLock is located at the top-center-right (right of [Fn]), represented by [1]. The light indicator below this keycap turns on or off accordingly.




Insert & PrintScreen

Where is the Insert key? Please press Fn [A] (CapsLock key). Press Fn (function key) located at the top center of the layout, then press and release the [A] key (left of Fn), then release the Fn key.

Where is the PrtScr PrintScreen key? Please press Fn [1] (NumLock key). Press Fn (function key) located at the top center of the layout, then press and release the [1] key (right of Fn), then release the Fn key.




Windows keyMetacommand ⌘

The ❖ SuperKey key is located at the 3rd-top-row center of the layout. Represented by a quad-diamond shape:
 Using the Windows® Operating System, the ❖ SuperKey acts as the Windows key.
 Using the Linux® Operating System, the ❖ SuperKey becomes the Meta key.
 Using the Mac OS X®, after setting-up your Model 209, the ❖ SuperKey becomes a command ⌘ key.




Scroll LockPause/BreakApplication/Menu

The following are not labeled as these keys are either never or very rarely used:

Scroll Lock
Press Fn ❖ SuperKey - the light under the Fn key is the Scroll Lock light indicator and turns on or off accordingly.

Pause/Break
Pressing Fn 5% is equivalent as Windows key Pause which in turn opens "Windows System Properties".
Pressing Fn 6^ is equivalent as Ctrl Break.

Application/Menu
Pressing Shift F10 in most cases is equivalent as Application/Menu, which is the same as a mouse right click.
Additionally, if you change DIP switch #3 to OFF, the left spacebar becomes the Application/Menu key.




If you want to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard and/or create your own custom layout,
please go directly to our Layout Designer.



Usability amongst Operating Systems

works with Windows®   works with Mac OS X®   works with Linux®



works with Windows®  


If you are using Windows®:

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard's ❖ SuperKey acts as the Windows key, pressing this key along other keys evoke Windows® shortcuts.

The ❖ SuperKey is represented by a quad diamond shape and is located in the top-center of the layout.

The F1-F12 keys work with the Fn key to provide special functionality like volume up/down or to launch specific applications.

Not labeled are Fn 5% as the Windows key Pause, Fn ❖ SuperKey as the Scroll Lock, and Fn 6^ as the Ctrl Break.

You can also change some settings within Keyboard preferences: Click Start menu > Control Panel > Keyboard, or Click Start menu > Control Panel > Region and Languages > Keyboards and Languages.

If you want to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard and/or create your own custom layout, please go directly to our Layout Designer.



Mac OS X® logo  


If you are using Mac OS X®:

After setting-up your Truly Ergonomic:
Both Ctrl keys on the keyboard become command ⌘ keys.
The ❖ SuperKey becomes an additional command ⌘ key.
Pressing the Fn key along with the F7-F12-Del keys provide special functionality.


Model 207: The left Alt key becomes an option key. The right AltGr key becomes a control key.

Model 209: Both Alt keys become option keys. Both blank lower corner keys become control keys.


You can also change some settings within Keyboard preferences: Click Apple menu > System Preferences > Keyboard.

If you want to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard and/or create your own custom layout, please go directly to our Layout Designer.



works with Linux®  


If you are using Linux®:

The ❖ SuperKey becomes the Meta key.

The F1-F12-Del keys work with the Fn key to provide special functionality like volume up/down or to launch specific applications.


If you want to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard and/or create your own custom layout, please go directly to our Layout Designer.



DIP Switches

DIP switches are hardware switches located on the underside of the keyboard that simplify changing the most common settings without the need to install any software.

To change:

  1. Install Dustcover and unplug your keyboard from your computer.
  2. Place your keyboard upside down over a soft clean cloth.
  3. Set desired DIP switches. A gentle push using the tip of a tool such as a small screwdriver is all you need to set ON or OFF.
  4. Plug in your keyboard.
  DIP switches


Set DIP switch #4 to OFF in Model 207 to have an additional ↹ Tab key in the top-left corner instead of the ´ ¨ key.
Set DIP switch #1 and #4 to OFF in Model 209 to use the JIS layout.

If you want to create a custom layout or reprogram any key, please use our Layout Designer.



DIP switch #1Behavior of the Center Delete key:
 ONDelete
 OFFInternational-4 (07.8A:0x79), FnInternational-5 (07.8B:0x7B) for JIS layout
DIP switch #2Operating System key functionality:
 ONWindows®: Windows® key functionality, Left & Right Ctrl and Alt/AltGr
  Linux®: Meta key functionality, Left & Right Ctrl and Alt/AltGr
 OFFMac OS X® Model 207: left & right command ⌘, left option, and right control
  Mac OS X® Model 209: left & right command ⌘, option, and control
DIP switch #3Behavior of the Shift and Ctrl/command (Ctrl or command as per DIP #2):
 ONShift in home/middle row, Ctrl/command in lower row
 OFFCtrl/command in home/middle row, Shift in lower row

DIP Switches Behavior
DIP switch #4Behavior of the ´ ¨ key located Top-Left:
 For Model 207 (not intended for JIS layout):
 ONEurope-2 (07.64:0x56). Extra 105th key found on standard keyboards with 105 keys (ISO).
 OFFAdditional ↹ Tab key for US layout. The standard US layout (ANSI) only requires 104 keys, it doesn't use this 105th key; this option provides a secondary ↹ Tab key.
 For Model 209 (intended for JIS layout):
 ONEurope-2 (07.64:0x56). Extra 105th key found on standard keyboards with 105 keys (ISO).
 OFFInternational-3 (07.89:0x7D) for JIS layout.
DIP switch #5Protects or allows firmware to be reprogrammed:
 ONFirmware Protected; does not allow reprogramming the firmware.
 OFFProgrammable; allows firmware to be reprogrammed.


Fully Programmable

The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard provides for fully programmable keys and layout customization, allowing for uncommon and unique key configurations.

All keys are fully programmable. You can change the logical position of any key, add as many logical keys as you want, add special functionality to any key, have unique key configurations, and have up to six different layouts at once. Custom keys and layouts are saved internally so you can connect your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard to any computer without the need to install any additional software or to reprogram each time.

Yes, the Truly Ergonomic Keyboard is fully programmable beyond what is available via DIP switches.

If you want to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard creating your own custom layout,
please go directly to our Layout Designer.




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The Truly Ergonomic Keyboard design follows the symmetric shape and neutral position of the human body,
promotes a healthier posture helping to reduce wrist, shoulder, neck, and lower back pain and strains,
and allows you to become more efficient and accelerate your productivity in a comfortable and healthy manner.



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