Here are some common questions we'd like to answer.

How is the LegalBoard different than a normal keyboard?

With the press of a single key, you can instantly switch into legal mode, with keys that allow you to:

  • Add a §, ¶, or © symbol
  • Turn underline, italics, or bold functions on and off
  • Turn track changes on and off
  • Start a bullet list
  • Add a footnote or comment, then jump back to the main text
  • Find a term in your document, then jump back to the main text
  • Change line spacing
  • Turn small caps on and off
  • Insert common citations and legal words like “court”, “plaintiff”, and “id.”
  • And much more!

Designed to work with Microsoft Word on Windows XP/7/8/10, but many functions also work in Microsoft Outlook. Not compatible with OSX.

Do lawyers really need their own specialized keyboards?

Yes!  Why should lawyers be working on a keyboard designed for accountants in the last century?  The LegalBoard™ saves legal professionals time and their clients money.

Each legal keystroke used saves at least 1-2 seconds of time based on our conservative estimates.  And at an hourly rate of $300 per hour, that translates into saving between 8 and 16 cents every time a legal key is used!

Since the company launched in January of 2017, legal professionals in 49 states and numerous countries have purchased the LegalBoard.  And all of the reviews we’ve received have been overwhelmingly positive!

I have hotkeys already set up. Do I really need a LegalBoard?

Yes, for many reasons.

First, hotkeys are a poor substitute to having a designated key on the keyboard.  Hitting two or three keys is always going to be slower and more distracting than hitting one key.

Second, even if you have hotkeys set-up for some functions like the section and paragraph symbols, the LegalBoard™ and LegalPad™ both have over thirty lawyer-specific keys.  We bet no lawyer has thirty specific hotkeys set up.

Last, most of the LegalBoard™ and LegalPad™ keys (including the section symbol) work in email in addition to Microsoft Word.  Preset Microsoft Word hotkeys don’t work in email.

What is the LegalPad and how is it different than the LegalBoard?

The LegalPad™ is our new mobile version of the LegalBoard™.  It has many of the same features as the LegalBoard™, but is both Mac and PC compatible. 

The LegalPad is great for law students that don’t have a desktop keyboard and legal professionals on the move.  It also makes a perfect Christmas or Holiday gift! You can learn more about the LegalPad™ by clicking here.

Does The LegalBoard work with Apple computers?

Unfortunately the LegalBoard is designed only to work with Windows-compatible computers at this time.  However, our new mobile version, the LegalPad, is both Mac and PC compatible.

Does LegalBoard work with other applications?

LegalBoard is designed to work with standard Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office shortcuts.  Many of these shortcuts are common among non-Microsoft applications, so may work on a limited basis.

I'm in Legal Mode and the function keys (F1 – F12) and italics/underline/bold work OK, but the §, ¶ and © keys aren't working. What's going on?

Please verify that the NumPad LED is lit.  It is a 1 in a box on the left side of the LED panel.  If it’s not lit, hold down SHIFT and press the NumLock/LegalBoard key and that should resolve the problem.  Some computers automatically default to having a new keyboard not have the NumPad engaged.

Each time I power on my computer the Num Lock functionality is disabled. How can I make my PC enable Num Lock by default?

Modifying the default state of the Num Lock can be difficult.  It is recommended to contact an IT staff member if the user is not comfortable with the instructions found at

When I hit the bullet key, it changes the font. Is there a way to have the bullet key not change the font when a bullet is added?

You may need to change your default settings in Microsoft Word.  You can try steps 1-10 listed here to do so, which may resolve the issue: