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Key range

The “Key range” section shows your Silca keys in a table format and allows you to work on them, print them out, edit personal information, and import or export the data.

How to access the “Key Range” section

All registered users can use the “Key Range” service.
Login from the Silca EKC Web site home page (or register if you’re a new user). When you’re connected, click on "Key Range” on the red bar at the top of the page.
You can go back at any time to the “Search” section and find all the information you viewed.

What information is viewed

The "Key Range" section shows a list of your keys arranged by make and Silca key code.
For each key the Silca code and personal information are shown, as well as hook position, price code, commercial group and annotations.
If you have a lot of keys in your range you can view them all by means of the scroll bar on the right.

Each row (corresponding to a key) contains a pencil icon. When this is pressed the bottom of the page will show the personal information relating to the key in question: you can edit it here without going back to the Search section.

Click on the Silca code in the list of keys viewed to highlight the code. In effect each key is a link which when pressed automatically takes you to the Search section, where the results column will show the selected key, from which you can access all the information and functions of the Search section.

To go back to your key range, click again on “Key Range” on the red bar at the top of the page.

The bottom part of the screen, under the list, shows the total number of keys in the range.

The left-hand part of the bottom of the screen shows push buttons used to perform several operations, such as deleting the selected key from the range, printing out the range, exporting or importing it and importing or exporting the hook position from Silca Key Programs (SKP).
Details of the operation of these buttons are given in the instructions below.

How to build up your key range

It is extremely simple and quick to build up your personal key range.

From the "Search" section

In the “Search” section, in the results sector on the left of the screen there are buttons that act on all the keys the search has produced.
The button showing a series of aligned keys is used to add all the keys found by the search to your range of keys. When the button is pressed, after confirmation, EKC records all the keys in your range.

Again in the “Search” section, also in the central sector where you can see the data for the selected key, there is another button like the one in the sector on the left. This button adds a single key to the range, after receiving confirmation.

From the "Key Range” section with the import button

If you have a list of Silca key codes you wish to add to your range, you can use the import function, activated by pressing the relative button in the bottom part of the “Key Range” section (the button with an inward pointing arrow).
When pressed, a mask opens in which you can specify details of the import operation to perform. Further instructions on this operation can be found below in the section 'Which operations can be carried out on your key range’ › 'Import’.

From the "Key Range" section with the hook position import button

Another way of adding Silca keys to your personal range is to do so when loading hook positions if you have entered and exported them with Silca Key Programs. For this operation see below in the section 'Which operations can be carried out on your key range’ › 'Import hook positions'.

How to edit your key range

You can add keys to your range at any time by using the buttons described above: those in the Search section or those used for import.
If you wish to delete previously inserted keys from your current range, go to the “Key Range” section and select the keys to delete by clicking on the relevant check box to the left of each key.
When you have selected the keys to be deleted from the range, press “Delete Selection”, the button with a small cross on it. Before deleting from the range EKC will require confirmation of the operation.
If the keys to be deleted are a large percentage of the total, it may be more convenient to first select all the keys with the check box at the top in the table header and then deselect those to be kept by clicking on the check boxes for the single rows.

How to view the key range

Besides viewing your range in the “Key Range” section, you may also see it in the Search section.
One of the search functions available is that for “Key Range”.
When you choose this search, EKC shows in the result exactly the keys in your personal range.

Print-out of key range

When you work in the “Search” section you can use the “Print Catalogue” and “Print Results” buttons after a search by range, as for any other search.
You may get a more compact print-out of your range by choosing the print button in the “Key Range” section. In this case the print-out will show the list of keys and personal information in a format similar to that viewed in the section.

Which operations can be carried out on your key range

In the “Key Range” section, under the list, there is a series of buttons for the following functions:

There is a button for editing personal information next to each single key.

Some of these operations, such as printing, are performed immediately; others require confirmation, such as deleting keys from the range; others like import and export need further instructions: in this case a small section appears on the bottom of the screen in which to enter the necessary information. This panel can be closed by clicking on the closing button in the top right-hand corner.

The specific operations are described below.


As explained above in the section "How to edit your key range", click on the keys you wish to remove from the range, using the check boxes to the left of each key (or using the box on the grey title bar, which selects/deselects all the keys in the range in one operation). Check that you have selected the right keys, then press "Delete Selection". Only after receiving confirmation will EKC delete the key codes indicated from your personal range.

Print key range

When "Print" is pressed EKC opens a new window with a list of your keys, which can be printed with the usual control in the browser. In the print options activate the background colour option.


The import function panel that opens when “Import” is pressed (button with an inward pointing arrow) is used to explain to EKC which data you wish to load into your personal key range, and how.

First of all tell EKC which document contains the key codes to insert into the range (using the button "Choose Document").
Two types of file are accepted for importing: you can choose a document created by the export function of the CD or web version of Silca Electronic Key Catalogue, or a document made up of a list of Silca codes, each one on a separate row.
In both cases EKC needs a text file identified by the ".txt" extension in the name of the document.

For documents coming from the Silca Electronic Key Catalogue, use the check boxes to decide whether to import just the key codes or to require some, or all, personal information to be read from the document as well: hook position, price code, commercial group and annotations.
If, for example, you choose to import the price code, for each key imported the corresponding price code will be updated (even if the key is already included in your range). When the price code for a given key is not shown in the imported document EKC deletes the price code for that key, if applicable.
If on the other hand you give instructions NOT to import the price code, EKC will leave the key price codes as they are at that time, notwithstanding what is indicated in the imported document.
The same applies for importing hook positions, the commercial group and annotations.

If you want your range to contain only the keys included in the imported document and nothing else, choose the option "REPLACE the existing key range". In this way your current range will first be emptied then filled with the imported keys.

At the end, press "Import": EKC will read the document involved and add the keys in question to the range, or replace them.


When "Export" is pressed EKC will prepare a document containing a list of the keys in your personal range, the same as that shown on the screen, and download it onto your computer. The data for each key are those shown on the screen, one item per row: make, code, and personal information (hook position, price code, commercial group, annotations). On the panel that opens you can tell EKC what type of document you wish to create: in text only format (i.e. with .txt extension), where the data for each key are separated by a tabulation character, or in a document with .csv extension (to open with Microsoft Excel, for example), where the data for each key are in inverted commas and separated by ';'. Press the "Download" button to download the document.

Importing hook positions

If you have already entered the position of your keys on the hooks and exported it using the Silca Key Programs program, you may now load it by pressing the "SKP › EKC" import button.
First of all choose the document containing the hook position (the one created when exporting from Silca Key Programs); then use the check box to indicate whether you want simply to update the hook positions or to add the keys to the range automatically; at the end press "Import".
This type of import does not simply act on the keys in your range, but also updates the hook position for every Silca key mentioned in the imported document.

Exporting hook positions

The "EKC › SKP" button downloads a document in text format (i.e. with .txt extension) onto your computer. The document contains all the hook positions entered using Silca EKC Web, relating to keys in your personal range and others. In the downloaded document for each key with a hook position you will find a row with the following information (separated by a tabulation character): Hook Position, Key Blank, Manufacturer.

Editing personal information

Price, commercial group, hook position and annotations for a key are shown in the right-hand part of the list and can be edited (as well as in the "Search" section) by pressing the pencil shaped button to the left of each key. This will show the data for the chosen key in a panel on the bottom of the screen, in which you can edit them.
If someone has edited the data for the same key from another computer, when you press the pencil button the edited data will be shown.
Editing has permanent effect only when the “Update” button on the panel is pressed.