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The Basics > Keys & the Keyboard

Chapter 4. Keys & the Keyboard

There are a number of important keys on your keyboard that are particularly useful. They come in handy for shortcuts, manipulating images, accessing alternate characters, and any number of things in specific applications.

All keyboards have certain standard characters, although they may appear in different places on different models. No matter where they are placed, though, all the keys perform the same function (although the function of some keys may vary within different programs).

Don’t forget to look at the underside of your keyboard and pull out that little lever that puts your keyboard at a slight tilt; the tilt is a better position for your hands.

Contents of this chapter

What are All These Keys?

The smaller keyboard

Modifier Keys

Any Key

Asterisk Key

Caps Lock Key

Command Key

Apple Key

Control Key

Delete Key

(Backspace Key)

Eject Media Disk Key

Keyboard shutdown

Enter Key

Escape Key

Forward Slash

Option Key

(Alt Key)

Return Key

Shift Key

Sound Level Keys

Spacebar

Tilde

Tab Key

Arrow Keys

Numeric Keypad

Clear Key

Num Lock

Power Key, Power Button

Edit Keys

Help

Home

End

PageUp

PageDown

Forward Delete

Fkeys

Keyboard Repeat Rate

Full Keyboard Access

Laptops (Function Key)

International Keyboard

Using Zapf Dingbats, Webdings, or Symbol

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