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=== by Bob Sutherland ===
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Do you know the names of the keys on your computer keyboard? This web page lists the action keys found on the computer keyboard.
The following keys will cause some action to happen when you type them. They do not type a visible character on your screen but they may type an invisible character such as a space, tab or end of paragraph character.
Space bar. The widest key on the keyboard. It is designed to be pressed by your thumbs.
Esc key. Esc is an abbreviation for escape.
Pause break key. On Windows keyboards this key is used to temporarily pause or completely stop a program that is running.
Print screen key. On Windows keyboards this key is used to print the file that is open on your screen.
Eject key. On Macintosh computers this key is used to unmount and eject external storage devices such as DVDs and USB thumb drives.
Clear key. When the numeric keypad is being used with a calculator application this key is used to clear the memory after performing a calculation.
Carriage return; CR; Return; Enter key. There are two keys on the keyboard that may be labelled the same or different. One is in the bottom right corner of the numeric keypad while the other is on the right side of the main alphanumeric keyboard. Depending on the whims of the computer programmers who created each software program the two keys may be interchangeable performing the same function or assigned to perform different functions.
Backspace key; Delete key. On some historical keyboards such as the Icon computers developed for Ontario schools this was labelled the Rubout key. Characters are deleted to the left of the cursor.
Forward delete symbol. Characters are deleted to the right of the cursor.
Home key. Pressing this key usually scrolls you to the beginning of the line or the beginning of the file.
End key. Pressing this key usually scrolls you to the end of the line or the end of the file.
Page up key. Pressing this key causes your screen to scroll up one page.
Page down key. Pressing this key causes your screen to scroll down one page.
Menu key; Application key. Found on Windows PC keyboards.