Navigating and Entering Text with a Remote Control

In addition to the green button, which takes you to the Media Center Start menu (or returns you to your previous location if you're currently at the Start menu), the following special navigation keys are available on the remote control:

• Back This button functions just like the Back button in a web browser, taking you to the previous page or menu. Its memory, alas, is not unlimited; it remembers only the eight most recent pages

• Page Up/Page Down These keys move one screen at a time through music and picture galleries and through the TV program guide.

• Replay/Skip While you are playing back a TV show, these buttons jump 7 seconds back or 30 seconds forward, respectively. Within the TV program guide, they move 12 hours forward and backward. In the Music Library, they skip to the previous or next song in the current queue, respectively.

• Guide Press this button to open the TV program guide. If a program is already playing, it continues to play in the background with the guide in the foreground .

In some cases, the remote control doesn't have all the keys you need to enter the information required for the task at hand. If you select Search from the Music strip on the Start menu, for example, you need to enter a search term such as the name of an artist or album . The keyboard works just fine for this task, but coaxing text out of the numeric keypad at the bottom of the remote control is slightly more problematic. The solution is the On Screen Keyboard that appears when you navigate into a text box and press OK. Use the arrow buttons to move around the keyboard layout and press OK to tap the virtual key, as we've done here:

Elvis Costello Artist

O |Un Afl elvis DONE

Composer

CAPS

1

2

3

4

5 6 7

8 9 0

BKSP

SHIFT

q

w

e

r

t

y u i

o p [

\

LAYOUT

a

E

d

f

g

h j k

1 ; '

z

X

c

V

b

n m SPACE

. /

Older versions of Windows Media Center required you to enter text by using the numeric keypad (a technique many people have mastered on a mobile phone). That old-school option is still available in Windows 7 . Instead of pressing OK in a text box, press any numeric key. That opens the layout shown here:

fred

DONE

abc

def

BKSP

l

2

3

LAYOUT

qhi

jkl

mno

4

5

6

MODE

pqrs

tuv

wxyz

7

8

9

*

D

#

You can continue to press keys on the numeric keypad to cycle through the letters and numbers available for that key, or use the OK button and the virtual keypad instead. Continue pressing the key until you reach the character you want. If the next character you want to enter is assigned to a different key, you can press that key immediately. You can switch between three different alphanumeric keypad mappings by pressing the Channel Up and Channel Down buttons on the remote control or using the Mode button on the virtual keypad. Use the Layout option to toggle between the virtual keyboard and the virtual keypad

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