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Chapter 18. Keyboarding Skills > Using Typewriters

Using Typewriters

Modern electronic typewriter keyboards provide many of the same features found on IBM-compatibles and Macintosh computers. In addition to the common keys such as Tab, Space, Shift, Backspace, and Return, there are special navigation, special function, and command keys. Depending on whether a typewriter has memory capability, the number of special keys will vary. They also vary greatly by manufacturer. However, even the most modest electronic typewriters now have some small amount of memory available and thus several additional keys for editing.

Common keyboard layouts include correction keys for correcting a character, word, or line, along with navigational keys for moving around within a document. Typewriters with built-in spelling checkers usually have a key for turning this feature on or off. Special formatting keys can justify text in several different ways. A special command or code key is often used to access additional formatting commands as well as special symbols.


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