keyed it into the touch pad

redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
His mind went blank for a moment as he tried to remember his pin code. He closed his eyes and took another deep breath. It came to him. He keyed it into the touch pad and withdrew the $500 maximum.

Source: PUBLIC ENEMY ZERO By Andrew Mayne
Background: Mitchell was on the run after causing a commotion at a mall. He pulled his car up at an ATM near the mall and emptied out his account to get away as far from the crime scene as possible. Running the risk of being caught on the ATM camera, he entered his pin code with great fluster.

Hi, is "entered his pin code on the touch pad" or "entered his pin code using the touch pad" more common than "keyed it into the touch pad"? I suspect "keyed it into" isn't in common use.
 
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  • redgiant

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    Cantonese, Hong Kong
    Thanks JustKate~~ I see that it's far more common to say"tying on the keyboard" than "typing into the keyboard". Since both touchpads and keyboards are input devices, do you think the touchpad should be used with "on" instead of "into"?
     
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