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Gateway Anykey Keyboard Instructions and Special Notes

These instructions were sent to me by buyers and others on net, and are listed here for your convenience.
These instructions are AS IS, with no warranty expressed or implied, and I am not responsible for any problems / damage.

Instructions on using the AnyKey keyboard

Note: If the model (or part) number on the underside of your keyboard matches any of the ones listed below, hold down the CTRL key while pressing the PROGRAM MACRO key to start a macro. The REMAPPING and REPEAT RATE keys, and keyboards with any other model number do not require the CTRL key.

AT-style keyboard connector 2189014-00-212
PS/2-style keyboard connector 2189014-00-712
New PS/2 style keyboard connector 2191011-99-911

  • You can program macros for any key on the keyboard, except: SHIFT, NUM LOCK, PRINT SCRN, SCROLL LOCK, PAUSE, PROGRAM MACRO, SUSPEND MACRO, REPEAT RATE, and REMAP.
  • You can use SHIFT, CTRL, and ALT as modifiers for the key you want to program the macro for. For example, in addition to programming a macro for the F1 key, you can program ALT+F1, SHIFT+F1, and CTRL+F1.
  • You cannot program keys by using two or three modifiers at once. For example, if you try ALT+CTRL+F1, you get ALT+F1.
  • If the PROGRAM light on the keyboard is solid green, this indicates that the keyboard contains one or more macros. If the light is blinking, the keyboard is in one of the programming modes.

Won't clear a macro.
Following information was sent by email and taken from:
The Anykey keyboard is a programmable keyboard that lets you change what a certain key types. This gibberish usually happens when the Program Macro key is accidentally pressed during normal typing. Do the following to clear this and return the keyboard to normal:
1. On your screen, locate and click your Start button.
2. Click Shut Down.
3. Select Shut down your computer?, then click Yes.
4. Hold the Suspend Macro key down when you turn your computer back on.
5. Release the Suspend Macro key after the Windows logo appears.

To create a macro:
Note: If your keyboard has either model number mentioned above, hold down the CTRL key while you press the PROGRAM MACRO key.
1. Press the PROGRAM MACRO key. The Program light begins flashing. (A flashing light always indicates that you are in one of the keyboard programming modes.)
2. Press the key that you want to program the macro for. For example, press F1. (For another example, hold down the ALT key and press F1.) This keystroke is stored within the keyboard. Nothing appears on the computer screen.
3. Type the sequence of keystrokes to store in the key you selected. These keystrokes are sent to the computer and stored in the keyboard simultaneously. Thus, you can create a macro containing commands from within any program as you execute those commands.
4. When you finish entering the keystrokes to be stored in the macro, press the PROGRAM MACRO key again. The Program LED stops flashing and glows steadily, indicating that you are back in the normal keyboard mode with a stored macro.
A macro programming example:
1. At the DOS prompt, press the PROGRAM MACRO key. The Program light starts blinking. (Remember: if you have a keyboard with either of the previously mentioned model numbers, press CTRL+PROGRAM MACRO.)
2. Press the F1 key.
3. Type: dir/w. Then press the ENTER key. dir/w shows on the screen.
4. Press the PROGRAM MACRO key again. The program light glows steadily.
5. Test your new macro by pressing F1.
To erase an existing macro:
1. Press the PROGRAM MACRO key.
2. Press the key or combination of keys to erase. For example, if the macro you want to get rid of is in F1, press F1.
3. Press the PROGRAM MACRO key. In effect, you are recording a macro that has nothing in it.
This restores the key to normal operations, as if it never had a macro. This does not erase any macros stored with a key+modifier, only the key or key with the modifier you specified. For example, it does not erase the macro in ALT+F1 when you erase the macro in F1.
To write over an existing macro:
You do not have to erase a macro before programming a new macro into a key. If you want to put a new macro into a key, simply program it. If a previous macro existed, it gets erased automatically. (This does not change macros with different SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT modifiers attached to the same key.)
Shift key precedence
You may program up to four macros into any key. They are the unmodified key, and the key modified by the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys. The ALT key always takes precedence over CTRL and SHIFT, and CTRL always takes precedence over SHIFT. For example, if you tried to program a macro CTRL+ALT+F1, it would be the same as ALT+F1 and it would replace any macro already stored in ALT+F1.
To play back a macro:
To play a macro back, press the programmed key, using any necessary SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT modifiers, anytime the keyboard is in normal mode. Normal mode is when the Program LED is on, but not flashing. Instead of sending the usual keystroke, the programmed key sends the sequence of keystrokes programmed into it.
Remapping keys
If you don't like where a particular key on the keyboard has been placed, you can move it somewhere else. For example, you can swap the CTRL and CAPS LOCK keys. You can remap any key on the keyboard except PROGRAM MACRO, SUSPEND MACRO, REPEAT RATE, and REMAP, and you cannot remap modified keys (for example, you cannot remap SHIFT+period (.) or the punctuation marks above the number keys).
To remap a key:
1. Press the REMAP key once. The Program LED begins flashing, indicating that you are in Remap mode.
2. Press the key you want to move, and then press the key you want to move it to. The program LED stops flashing for a moment to indicate that the key was successfully remapped.
3. At this point you can either Remap another key (repeat step 2), or you can exit Remap mode by pressing the Remap key again. When you exit Remap mode, the Program LED stops flashing and the remapped keys take their new values.
Gateway does not recommend that you change the plastic keycaps themselves. They are not glued in place but they can break very easily if you try to move them.
A remapping example:
1. Press the REMAP key. The program light starts blinking.
2. Press the CAPS LOCK key, then the CTRL key. In effect, you now have two CAPS LOCK keys.
3. Press the CTRL key, then the CAPS LOCK key. This maps the CTRL key to the CAPS LOCK.
4. Press the REMAP key. The blinking stops and the light glows steadily.
5. Test your Remap by pressing the old CTRL key. It makes your keyboard type all capital letters. Holding down the old CAPS LOCK key gives you control-key commands.
To restore a key to its original value:
1. Press the REMAP key. The Program LED begins flashing.
2. Press the key you wish to restore, then press it again. This remaps the key to itself.
3. Press the REMAP key again. The Program LED stops flashing and the key has its original value.
Macros and remapping
While in Remap mode, keys return to their original, unprogrammed, unremapped state. Thus, macros and previous remaps do not move with a key when it is remapped. For example, suppose "Sincerely yours" is a macro programmed into the X key. If you then remap X into Z, the Z key sends X to the computer when pressed and not the macro. The X key still sends the macro.

Repeat rates
The AnyKey keyboard lets you select how fast keys repeat when held down. You may select any of eight rates, ranging from 2 to 30 characters per second.

To set a repeat rate:
1. Press the REPEAT RATE key. The Program LED begins to flash.
2. Press the function key that produces the desired rate. The function keys F1 through F8 on top of the keyboard produce these rates:

Keys   Rate
F1       2 cps
F2       3 cps
F3       5 cps
F4       7 cps
F5       10 cps
F6       15 cps
F7       20 cps
F8       30 cps

3. Press the REPEAT RATE key again. The Program LED stops flashing.

The AnyKey upload/download utility program (MUST BE USED IN DOS ONLY!!!)

The AnyKey keyboard lets you save all remaps and macros in a file (called a personality file) on your hard disk drive. Later, you can upload the file to the keyboard to restore the previously saved configuration. This makes it possible to create different keyboard configurations for different application programs, or to share a single keyboard with several users, allowing users to have their own keyboard configurations.
The utility that allows you to do this is the AnyKey utility and is located in the AnyKey directory on your hard disk drive. The executable program for this utility has changed over the years. Depending on when you received your computer, the executable file name could be any of these:


In order to determine what to type in the steps listed below, you need to know what the program name is. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Change to the AnyKey directory by typing: cd\anykey. Then press the ENTER key.
2. When you are at the AnyKey directory, type: dir. Then press the ENTER key. Look at the files in this directory and find one matching the list above. If your executable is either AnyKey20 or AnyKey30, replace the word: anykey with your file name when performing any of the steps listed below, EXCEPT when using as a parameter.

You can use the AnyKey utility as an interactive program that displays menus and requests user input to perform each of its functions, or run it with command-line parameters.

To use interactive mode:
1. Exit Windows and go to the DOS prompt.
2. Change to the ANYKEY directory on your hard disk drive.
3. Type: anykey. Then press the ENTER key. A menu pops up, from which you can select one of the following options:
o Upload personality file from keyboard.
o Download personality file to keyboard.
o Verify keyboard personality file.
4. Use an ARROW key to select the desired option, then press the ENTER key.
5. Type the desired personality filename, then press the ENTER key.
To use command line mode:
1. At the DOS prompt, type: anykey. Then press the SPACEBAR.
2. Type one of the following letters:
u (upload to disk)
d (download to keyboard)
v (verify)
t (terminate)
a (activate).
3. Press the SPACEBAR again, type a personality file name, then press the ENTER key. For example, if you type: anykey u standard.kbd, then press the ENTER key, the AnyKey program saves the current keyboard configuration in the file STANDARD.KBD on your disk.
To disable the keyboard's special features:
This shuts off the ability of the keyboard to program macros, replay macros, and remap keys.
1. At the command line, or in your AUTOEXEC.BAT file type a command like the following: c:\anykey\anykey t anykey. YOU MUST TYPE anykey AFTER THE t OR THIS WILL NOT WORK. Since you are not working with a personality file, you must substitute anykey for a filename.
2. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart the computer.
To re-enable the keyboard:
Take the command out of the AUTOEXEC.BAT, change to the ANYKEY directory, and type: anykey a anykey. YOU MUST TYPE anykey AFTER THE a OR THIS WILL NOT WORK. Since you are not working with a personality file, you must substitute anykey for a filename. Then press the ENTER key. The keyboard returns to normal.


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Special Notes

Gateway Anykey SPECIAL Notes sent to me:

Apparently the AnyKey keyboard's programming ability is toggleable using the anykey utility (for the windows logo keyed version it appears you need version 3.4 of the software).
Anyway here it is straight from the manual.

To disable the programming capability:

At the C:\> prompt, type:
c:\anykey\anykey34 t
and press Enter.

To enable the programming capability:

At the C:\> prompt, type:
c:\anykey\anykey34 a
and press Enter.

1. press and hold CTRL & ALT keys; THEN PRESS SUSPND mACRO
2. PROGRAM LED light flashes for a few seconds while keyboard reinitializes
3. when the LED light stops flashing, the process is complete, and all keys are set to their original function.

If these steps do not work, your CTRL or ALT keys may have been remapped, to reset them:
1. presss CTRL & Remap keys simultaineously.
2. press ctrl twice.
3. press alt twice.
4. press the ctrl and remap keys simultaneiously.
5. then once again try the original instructions for re-setting the keyboard.

If you have additional Anykey information, please email me, and I will post it here.
* is not responsible for any information given, we just try to pass on what we have been told and hopefully it helps.


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Last Updated on: April 24, 2019


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