Anyone wear the letters off their keyboard?

Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
My laptop is only 2 yrs old & I have already worn off the "E, R,T, U, I, O, H, N, M". Since I hunt & peck, this is a problem! I have black keys with white letters. I've never had this happen before, but this is my first laptop & first tome with black keys, if that even matters.

So, this happen to anyone else? Any solutions that worked long term? I have some ideas, but would like to hear your's.
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Trysexual Trysexual
Just about on some.
04/18/2013
dancingduo dancingduo
Yep...doesn't matter what type of keyboard. Normally it is the oils on your hands that do it.
04/18/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
No and it wouldn't matter if they did, I touch type, it's my profession, first many years on the old manual electric, then the old key-punch machines, today personal and business computers. So lets see, I started typing at age 16, I'll be 60 this year, I don't really need to look.

Oh and when I was in school they had you practice on typwriters without numbers, letters or characters on the keys.
04/18/2013
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
It happens to me on every keyboard, ever. My newest laptop is the biggest problem, since the keyboard is backlit. The keys that are rubbed bare are now clear with a light shining into my eyes.
04/18/2013
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
I have keys whose letters are fading, but so far none have completely rubbed off. Fortunately I can type without looking at the keyboard, so even if they do wear off completely, it's no biggie.
04/18/2013
hillys hillys
My keys are still on! mouse doesn't work that well though.
04/18/2013
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I barely have a "C" on my keyboard. I also have a worn spot on my spacebar from my right thumb.
04/18/2013
Lioncub Lioncub
I haven't had that problem yet.
04/18/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
My laptop is only 2 yrs old & I have already worn off the "E, R,T, U, I, O, H, N, M". Since I hunt & peck, this is a problem! I have black keys with white letters. I've never had this happen before, but this is my first laptop ... More
I had that problem on my first computer, an IBM 486. I was glad I knew where all the keys were! My last 2 computers (laptops) have had keys with the letters "carved" into the keys, with white ink in the recessed spaces. I haven't had any letters wear off with those, but it has occurred to me that, if this did happen, I could dab some whiteout in there, wipe away the excess, and then I'd be in business again.

Long-term, I'd suggest getting a keyboard with the keys like mine for your next computer — maybe?
04/18/2013
Gary Gary
That has never happened to me, but my wife really wears all the letters off of hers - like hardcore. They are all gone.
04/18/2013
indiglo indiglo
Some of my keys have worn spots on them, but since the letters on them are off-set (the letters are high and to the left) the worn spots on the keys from typing don't touch the letters. I type without looking at the keyboard too - my parents forced me to take a typing class in highschool. I didn't want to, and hated the class... my mom just kept saying I'd be thankful one day... and I am. Darn them!

I can see how that would make typing difficult if you're a hunter/pecker.
04/18/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
My mouse has some worn spots on it, but my keyboard on the desktop doesn't yet. My laptop is another story. hee hee
04/18/2013
Cosmonaut Cosmonaut
Q, W, E, R, and A...especially E. The Q, W, E, and R are from playing League.
04/18/2013
Pixel Pixel
No, but I've worn the finish off several parts of my touch pad mouse!
04/18/2013
js250 js250
Yes, and a dent in my space bar, and my mouse has a trail on it....This will be my third worn out computer keyboard.
04/18/2013
jennifur77 jennifur77
Of course, and I even have dents in the keyboard from my fingernails!
04/18/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I'm actually surprised, but I haven't worn any of the letters off my keyboard since I got my laptop a little over a year ago. There's a shiny spot on my spacebar and on the touch mouse, though. Even if the letters did wear off it wouldn't matter. I touch type.

I did have 2 keys break completely off when my dog decided to jump into my lap while I was typing once. I was able to get that fixed quickly and easily, so you can't even tell it happened now.
04/18/2013
Jenny Swallows Jenny Swallows
E,R,T,I,O,A,S,H,L and N have all gone. I am so glad I learned to touch type...
04/18/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Not this laptop since it is still pretty new, but with my last one, I did!
04/18/2013
Silverwinds Silverwinds
All of my keys look the same as when this laptop was first given to me 3 years ago!
04/18/2013
Isola Isola
No, I have a skin over my keyboard.
04/18/2013
Living Doll Living Doll
I don't think I've ever done that.
04/18/2013
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by jennifur77
Of course, and I even have dents in the keyboard from my fingernails!
That's awesome.
04/18/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
The E,S,I,O, and L are mostly worn off, but the others are fine. This is the first computer I've had an issue with and it's less than a year old.
04/18/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I also broke off the E chiclet last night & can't get it back on! (I was cleaning cat hair out from under it!) I never had this problem with my desktop, but I needed a computer I could bring around the house with me, so this is what I got & I am stuck with it for a long time.

Oh, jennifur77, I hear you about the nails! Thank God I have really hard keys! Problem is, with no cover on the E, I have to use the one finger without a really long nail to tap the center, recessed, little silicone, nub thingy & that finger is on my right, not my left hand, so it really interrupts the flow.

I'm going to contact Dell & ask if they have any rub on transfers, now that I know it happens to many others! I never put lotion on before typing, but I do clean my computer a lot. Maybe it's my natural oils & all the time I'm typing now that I have all these new friends on EF!

Thanks for all the replies!
04/18/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
My computer is only 4 months old so it still has all of the letters for now. However, you can definitely see what keys I use the most since they're already fading. There's also a nice smooth spot on my spacebar from my right thumb. I guess I hit in the same spot every time.
04/18/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
I found a site where you can fix them yourself, they have stickers, overlay protectors, all sorts of cool stuff. In case anyone else is interested:
link
04/18/2013
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by Wicked Wahine
My laptop is only 2 yrs old & I have already worn off the "E, R,T, U, I, O, H, N, M". Since I hunt & peck, this is a problem! I have black keys with white letters. I've never had this happen before, but this is my first laptop ... More
It's my observation that people who use a lot of hand lotion or eat finger foods while on the computer wear down the coating much quicker. I've never had the letters disappear but I have worn the shine off of keys.
04/18/2013
Feisty Feisty
Nope that has not happened to me.
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