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Input: Keyboard

The most often used input device is the keyboard.

The layout of the keys was borrowed from the typewriter with a number of new keys added. Various keyboards have different extra keys. A keyboard for a Windows computer has different extra keys than one for an Apple computer. Laptop computers have fewer keys but have an additional Fn key, that can be combined with other keys to replace the missing keys. Keyboards can be customized for other languages, too.


Example: Windows Keyboard

Keyboard Number & Symbols keys Tab Caps Lock Shift Bottom row Shift Backspace Navigation keys Computer control keys Numeric key pad Lights Computer control keys Arrow keys Enter Alphabet Function keys Esc = Escape key

Icon: Mouse click Click on a key above (or section of keys) and see an explanation below.

Icon: Mouse click Show all explanations at once (good for printing)


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