Frequently Asked Questions
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How is the LegalBoard different than a normal keyboard?
The LegalBoard™ is a keyboard designed for lawyers and legal professionals. With the press of a single key, you can instantly switch into legal mode, with keys that allow you to:
--Add a §, ¶, and other symbols
--Turn track changes on and off
--Start a bullet list
--Add an em dash or en dash (Wireless & LegalPad only)
--Add a footnote or comment, then jump back to your place in the main text
--Find a term in your document, then toggle back to the main text
--Change line spacing
--Turn underline, italics, or bold functions on and off
--Insert common citations and legal words like “court”, “plaintiff”, and “id.”
--And much more!
What is the LegalPad and how is it different than the LegalBoard or the LegalBoard Wireless?
The LegalPad™ is our mobile version of the LegalBoard™. It has many of the same features as the original LegalBoard™, but is both Mac and PC compatible. Just plug into your laptop, and you're ready to go!
The LegalPad™ is great for law students that don’t have a desktop keyboard and legal professionals on the move. It also makes the perfect gift. You can learn more about the LegalPad™ by clicking here.
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 your 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™, LegalBoard Wireless™ and LegalPad™ all have over thirty lawyer-specific keys.
In addition, unlike preset Microsoft Word hotkeys, most of your LegalBoard™, LegalBoard Wireless™ and LegalPad™ keys (including the section symbol) will work in both email as well as Microsoft Word.
What do I need in order to use the LegalBoard?
All of our products are ready to go with a USB plug and play out of the box. No software or drivers needed.
Is this a mechanical keyboard?
No, the LegalBoard™ is a membrane keyboard, but our users report it has a good weight and feel to it.
What applications does LegalBoard work with?
The original LegalBoard™ and LegalBoard Wireless™ are both designed for Microsoft Windows XP/7/8/10; but many functions also work in Microsoft Outlook. They are not compatible with OSX.
Does the LegalBoard work with Apple computers?
Our mobile version, the LegalPad™, is both Mac and PC compatible. Visit the LegalPad by clicking here. The original LegalBoard™ and the LegalBoard Wireless™ are designed to work with Windows-compatible computers.
Does the LegalBoard work with other applications?
LegalBoard™ is designed to work with standard Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. Many of the keys also work in non-Microsoft applications, so they 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?
Make sure to verify that the NumPadLED is lit. It is a box on the left side of the LED panel. If it is 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.
If your wireless LegalBoard won’t turn on or function properly, try repairing it with the USB dongle. You can do that by following the process below:
1. Unplug the dongle from your computer
2. Press Esc+Q on the LegalBoard, then you will see the pair LCD flash
3. Plug the dongle back into your computer
4. Pair completed.
How long will it take to get my LegalBoard?
Regular orders ship within 1-2 business days.
What if I am unhappy with my keyboard?
All LegalBoard products come with a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason you are not happy with your keyboard, simply mail it back to us at:
1201 Shorewood Blvd
Madison, WI 53705
and you will promptly be given a full refund!
OK got it! Where do I sign up?
That would be right here on this page :-)