How to Set Up a Wireless Keyboard

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Setting up your wireless keyboard can be a snap if you have all the right components and a little time to invest. In just a few minutes you will have the convenience and comfort a wireless keyboard can provide, plus the added bonus of increased mobility throughout your work area. Read on to learn how to set up your keyboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless keyboard
  • Wireless mouse
  • Wireless receiver

Step 1

Decide where the keyboard will be placed, whether it is on your desk or a table. Spend a little time experimenting with positions and placement to make sure your wrists and arms will be comfortable. You should consider ergonomics before you set up the keyboard to avoid repetitive motion injuries later on.

Step 2

Install the batteries (usually three AA) in your wireless keyboard. Replace the cover securely so the batteries are connected properly. Turn the keyboard on.

Step 3

Get out the wireless receiver that came with your keyboard. Position it close to your computer, but not closer than about 8 inches, as the computer itself can cause interference with the wireless signal. You will also want to set the receiver away from other interference-causing devices, such as radios, TVs and telephones.

Step 4

Ensure that your wireless receiver is no more than about 6 feet away from where you plan to set your keyboard.

Step 5

Insert the CD containing the accompanying software into your computer. A dialog box should appear on your screen. If the install instructions don't pop up right away, manually access the CD by double-clicking its icon or selecting it from the Start menu.

Step 6

Plug the wireless receiver into a free USB port on your computer. If you don't have any ports remaining on your computer, you can use an external USB hub instead.

Tips & Warnings

  • The connection process only needs to be performed one time. You will not need to repeat it each time you restart your computer.
  • Some systems include separate receivers for the keyboard and the mouse. Keep in mind that the setup process should be the same for both devices.
  • If you purchased your keyboard without the mouse, you may have some difficulty synchronizing the two, especially if they were manufactured by different companies.
  • Avoid using your wireless keyboard on a metal surface, which can decrease the strength of your keyboard's signal.