How to Operate a Panasonic Typewriter

Jon Stefansson

Panasonic Corporation was founded in 1918 by Japanese businessman Konosuke Matsushita. Initially the company produced lamp sockets and lights, but has since evolved into a multinational electronics company. Panasonic typewriters are now largely obsolete with the proliferation of computers, however some people still choose to use typewriters to write letters for mailing. Learning to operate a Panasonic typewriter is a simple process and you should be tapping out missives in no time.

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  1. Plug in the typewriter. If the typewriter is electronically operated, plug it into the wall socket and press the "ON/OFF" switch on the left side of the machine. An indicator lamp will light when the typewriter is active.

  2. Insert paper. Electric Panasonic typewriters automatically feed paper to line seven on the page. Place a clean sheet of A4 paper in the top of the typewriter and pull the paper bale release lever toward you. This lever is on the top of the machine at the back and to the left. If the typewriter is not electric, place paper in the top and turn the knob on the left side of the machine to wind paper to the chosen position.

  3. Start typing. The keys on a Panasonic typewriter are arranged in the "QWERTY" formation standard to most typewriters and computers. Some keys have additional symbols printed in the top right of the key. These characters can be printed by adjusting the "KB1-KB2" switch. KB stands for Keyboard 1 and Keyboard 2 and the selector is located on the far right of the machine. KB1 mode prints the main characters printed on the keys, KB2 prints secondary characters. On standard, non-electric typewriters hold down the "SHIFT" key to access secondary characters.

  4. Familiarize yourself with the function keys. These keys are on the left and right of the standard "QWERTY" set. Most keys will be familiar to computer users, such as "Return", "Tab" and "Backspace." Note that the backspace key is different to the delete key; backspace simply moves the typewriter back a character while delete, if available, will white-out or lift the last character entered.