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Chapter 4. Keys & the Keyboard > Delete Key (Backspace Key) - Pg. 39

Keys & the Keyboard 39 Asterisk Key * The asterisk (*, Greek for "little star") is used as a multiplication symbol in calculators, spread- sheets, databases, etc. You can use the asterisk on the numeric keypad, or you can press Shift 8 to get the asterisk you see above the number 8 on the keyboard. Thank goodness this key is also known as the Star key because so few people can spell or pronounce "asterisk." Caps Lock Key When you press the Caps Lock key down, everything you type is in capital letters. If you've ever used a typewriter, you'll find that Caps Lock is different from the Shift Lock on a typewriter: Caps Lock does not type the characters above the numbers or above the punctuation, such as the *, $, @, or < >, nor even the ?. If you want to type these Shift-characters you must press the Shift key, even if Caps Lock is down. Some keyboard shortcuts will not work if the Caps Lock key is down, so check its position if you're having problems. Command Key Apple Key The Command key is on the bottom row, the key with the California freeway cloverleaf symbol on it: . On most keyboards this key also has an apple symbol on it, and you may hear it improperly referred to as the Apple key or Open Apple (although in the Mac OS X Help files you may see references to the "Apple" key, even though the symbol in the menus is still the Command symbol. Most keyboard shortcuts use the Command key. Do not confuse it with the Control key! Control Key ctrl or control The Control key is standard on Macintosh keyboards--it's usually on the bottom, far-left, and often on the far-right as well. Contextual menus on the Mac (page 56) usually use the Control key, as do a number of other keyboard shortcuts. Also, this key makes it easier for those who are running DOS or Windows software on the Macintosh. Be sure to read directions carefully and make sure you use the Control key when the directions call for Control and the Command key when they call for Com- mand. Delete Key (Backspace Key) The Delete key is located on the upper-right of the main body of keys. You might hear people refer to it as the Backspace key because it used to be called such. The name was changed to "Delete" long ago because that's really what it does--whatever character is to the left of the "insertion point" will be deleted as you "backspace" over it. In applications, whatever item is selected will be removed when you hit the Delete key. There is another delete key located in the little group of Edit keys, called the Forward Delete, that deletes the character to the right as you type. I love this key. See page 41.