Computer Keyboard Terminology

=== by Bob Sutherland ===

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Do you know the names of the keys on your computer keyboard? Here are some diagrams and lists to help you learn them.

Be aware that there are different keyboards for different languages, countries, computer manufacturers and computer models. I created these charts based on the QWERTY extended English keyboards used in the United States and Canada. I have included a chart of the extra keys found on the British keyboard. The charts include keys found on the Macintosh, Windows and Linux keyboards.

The following are some diagrams that I have created of the extended versions of the Windows, Linux and Macintosh keyboards. You will notice that the keyboards layouts are almost identical making them the preferred keyboard layouts for teaching students how to type.

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Linux keyboard
A diagram of the Canadian English extended keyboard for the Linux and Windows operating systems.
Macintosh keyboard
A diagram of the Canadian English extended keyboard for the Macintosh Operating System.
Keyboard diagram with Function Keys, Alphanumeric Keyboard, Cursor Keys and Numeric Keypad coloured and labelled.
A diagram showing the location of the Function Keys, Alphanumeric Keyboard, Cursor Keys and Numeric Keypad.
Keyboard diagram with Home Row Keys and the Modifier Keys coloured and labelled.
A diagram showing the location of the Home Row Keys and the Modifier Keys.