Standard Windows Keyboard Layout - Windows Natural Keyboard
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Explanation of the Keys on a Windows QWERTY Keyboard
Q W E R T Y
"The name "QWERTY" for our computer keyboard
comes from the first six letters in the top alphabet row (the one just below
the numbers). It is also referred to as the "Universal" keyboard. It was the
work of inventor C. L. Sholes, who put together the prototypes of the first
commercial typewriter in a Milwaukee machine shop back in the 1860's."
Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button. In
PowerPoint the Esc key will stop a running slide show. On a web page with
animations, the Esc key will stop the animations. On a web page that is
loading, the Esc key will stop the page from loading. The keyboard combination
Ctrl + Esc will open the Start Menu.
Usually located at the upper right hand corner of your keyboard next to
the Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys. Often abbreviated PrtScr, the Print Screen key is a useful key supported on most PCs.
In DOS, pressing the Print Screen key causes the
computer to send whatever images and text are currently on the display screen
to the printer. Some graphics programs and Windows, use the Print
Screen key to obtain Screen Captures.
Locks the keyboard in "Capitals" mode (only applies to Alpha keys). The
Caps Lock key should be used with caution. Using ALL CAPS is a usability no-no
as many have difficulty scanning text that is ALL CAPS. Also, when sending
e-mail in all caps, this could be misconstrued as shouting at
Depressing the Ctrl key while clicking allows multiple selections. Holding
the Ctrl key down and pressing other key combinations will initiate quite a
few actions. Some of the more common ones are listed below.
Replace, brings up the
Find and Replace dialog box. Great for global
find and replace routines while working in normal and html views in your
favorite WYSIWYG editors like FrontPage. You can also use this to find and
replace content within your Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, etc...
On either side of the spacebar, outside the Alt key, is a key with the
Windows logo. Holding the Windows key down and pressing another key will
initiate quite a few actions. Some of the more common are listed in the table
Displays the Start Menu.
Minimizes all windows and shows the Desktop.
Opens all windows and takes you right back to
where you were.
Opens a new Explorer Window. Probably one of
the hottest Windows keyboard shortcuts. This one
gets a lot of hoorahs!
Displays the Find all
files dialog box.
Lock your Windows XP computer. Logoff in Windows Pre-XP.
Minimizes all open windows.
+ Shift + M
Restores all previously open windows to how
they were before you Minimized them.
The Application key has an image of a mouse pointer on a menu (between the
Alt and Ctrl keys () to the right of your Space Bar). Depressing this key will display
the selected item's shortcut window. This is the menu that is displayed by
Insert a space between words. It is suggested that you utilize Tabs (or
other formatting commands) to put distance between elements. Using the space
bar to insert visual space works but would not be considered a best practice
in page design. Double spaces between sentences are no longer required. This
is a carryover from the days of fixed width fonts on a typewriter such as
Courier, Orator, Prestige Elite, etc.
Pressing the Space Bar while viewing a web page in Internet Explorer will
scroll the page downwards. Shift + Space Bar will scroll the page upwards.
Creates a new Paragraph <p> ()
or what is referred to as a Hard Return. In any
dialog box a selected button or command can be selected by depressing this
key. Selected buttons can be recognized by their darker (dotted) borders, or
what is referred to as Focus.
Shift + Arrow Up, Down, Left or Right. Position your cursorat
the beginning of the area you wish to highlight for
copying. Now use the up, down, left or right arrow keys to select areas of
content to be highlighted, copied, pasted, etc.
While working with text, use this key to delete characters to the right of
the insertion point. This key can also be used to delete selected files. If
you use the keyboard combination Shift + Delete the item is permanently
deleted, bypassing the Recycle Bin.
If you want to use the numeric keypad on the right end of the keyboard to
display numbers, the Num Lock key must be selected (usually a light above the
Num Lock will indicate that it is on). If you want to use the keypad to
navigate within a document, turn off Num Lock by pressing the key (the light
will go off).