Keyboard

The computer keyboard has more keys than a typewriter. The following illustrations show you some of the functions and the placement of these keys.

Keyboard Key Functions

Key

Function

Typewriter keys

Use as a regular typewriter

Function keys

Perform various tasks depending on the software application

Cursor movement keys

Locate various places in a document or file

Numeric keypad keys

Enter numbers as in a calculator

Special purpose keys

Use for various computer functions

 

A Close-up View of a PC Keyboard

 

Some Functions of Shortcut Keys

Close the current window or quit a program

ALT+F4

Display Help on the selected dialog box item

F1

Display the Start menu

WINDOWS Key

Delete to the left of the cursor

Backspace

Delete to the right of the cursor

Delete

Move forward through options

Tab

Insert and replace text

Insert

Move to top of page

Home

Move to end of page

End

Scroll up the page

Page up

Scroll down the page

Page Down

Carry out the corresponding command on the menu

Ctrl + letter in menu

Note: Some keys are not used very often or at all. These include the Pause key, the Scroll Lock key,  and the Break key.

Pause

Temporarily stops the display of data.

Scroll Lock

Commands the cursor movement keys

Break

Temporarily interrupts computerís communications

Use the illustrations to help you locate each part of your keyboard and the different types of keys.

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