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Electronic devices used to transmit data and commands to a computer.
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keyboard and pictograms escape key e-mail key detachable palm rest Internet keys function keys shift key control key alternate key space bar alphanumeric keypad capitals lock key tabulation key start key indicator lights numeric lock key page down key insert key end key delete key page up key home key print screen/system request key pause/break key scrolling lock key numeric keypad cursor movement keys enter key backspace key enter key

keyboard and pictograms click to hear : keyboard and pictograms

The keyboard contains a group of keys that correspond to characters and functions; the latter are represented by pictograms.

escape key click to hear : escape key

Key used to cancel a current operation or to exit a given situation.

e-mail key click to hear : e-mail key

Key used to launch e-mail software automatically.

detachable palm rest click to hear : detachable palm rest

Solid or soft accessory attached to the bottom of the keyboard; it is used for resting the wrists while typing.

Internet keys click to hear : Internet keys

Keys that control the main operations of an Internet browser (previous page, next page, stop, search, start).

function keys click to hear : function keys

Keys that control various programmed operations; they vary depending on the software used.

shift key click to hear : shift key

Key that produces the capital corresponding to a letter or the second character assigned to the key.

control key click to hear : control key

Key that is used in combination with another key to execute a command on the keyboard without having to scroll down the menu.

alternate key click to hear : alternate key

Key that is used in combination with another key to produce a character or to execute the function assigned to it.

space bar click to hear : space bar

Key that inserts a blank space between two words or characters.

alphanumeric keypad click to hear : alphanumeric keypad

Keys corresponding to letters, numbers, symbols and functions that are used to generate characters or control operations.

capitals lock key click to hear : capitals lock key

Key that activates or deactivates the continuous keying of capital letters.

tabulation key click to hear : tabulation key

Key that moves the cursor to the field or tab stop following or preceding it.

start key click to hear : start key

Key activating the Start menu (found only on Windows® operating systems).

indicator lights click to hear : indicator lights

Signal lights indicating activation of the capitals lock, numeric lock and scroll lock functions.

numeric lock key click to hear : numeric lock key

Key that activates or deactivates the numeric keypad.

page down key click to hear : page down key

Key that displays the next page screen.

insert key click to hear : insert key

Key that activates or deactivates the overwrite mode; this allows existing characters to be replaced by new characters during data entry.

end key click to hear : end key

Key that moves the cursor to the end of a line or a document.

delete key click to hear : delete key

Key used to delete a selected item or the character immediately to the right of the cursor.

page up key click to hear : page up key

Key used to display the preceding page screen.

home key click to hear : home key

Key that moves the cursor to the beginning of a line or a document.

print screen/system request key click to hear : print screen/system request key

Key used to print a copy of the data displayed on the screen or, along with other keys, to unlock the system.

pause/break key click to hear : pause/break key

Key used to pause or stop the current operation.

scrolling lock key click to hear : scrolling lock key

Key used to activate or deactivate scroll mode; this allows the contents of a window to be moved horizontally and vertically using the arrow keys.

numeric keypad click to hear : numeric keypad

Keys corresponding to numbers, mathematical operators and functions that are placed in a specific order to speed up numeric data entry.

cursor movement keys click to hear : cursor movement keys

Keys used to move the cursor around the screen.

enter key click to hear : enter key

Key used to confirm the execution of a command or, in the case of data entry, to move the cursor to the beginning of the next line.

backspace key click to hear : backspace key

Key used to delete the character immediately to the left of the cursor.

enter key click to hear : enter key

Key used to confirm the execution of a command or, in the case of data entry, to move the cursor to the beginning of the next line.