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Chapter 2. Constructing Text > Key Name Conventions

Key Name Conventions

A key name indicates which key on a keyboard to press to obtain a desired action. Follow these guidelines when referring to the names of keys unless the product you are documenting specifies other requirements:

  • Capitalize the name of a key that is a letter.

    Press the A key

    Press Stop-A

    However, if you type a letter as part of a procedure, use lowercase monospace font.

    1. Type n for no.

  • Include the Shift key when instructing users how to obtain a capital letter, symbol, or punctuation mark that appears on the upper half of a keycap.

    Press Control-Q Shift-P to include an en dash in a FrameMaker document.

    Press Shift-8 to type an asterisk.

  • Use initial capitalization for each term in a key name.

    Press Caps Lock

  • Use the short form for key names when three keystrokes are required to perform one action, as shown in Table 2-2.

    Ctrl-Alt-Del

    Notice that the accepted way to refer to some keys is in abbreviated form.

    Num Lock (the Numerical Lock key)

    Sys Req (the System Request key)

    Use the previous guidelines and the format of key names in the following table if the product assigns different names to keys. For example, if F7 is renamed Pick Copy, this key name would appear as two words with initial capitals.


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