Types of keys in keyboard

Alphabet key

There are 26 alphabet keys from a to z with the help of which you can type any text or word from the document.


Numeric keys

These keys are used for typing numbers. They are also called the number keys. These numeric keys consist of numbers from 0 to 9. There is also a set of several keys present on the right side of the keyboard for typing numbers. They have more features as compared to the left side numeric keys – the digits from 0 to 9, decimal, addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Also with help of the shift key, the number pad on the right side of the keyboard can act as the direction keys.


Function keys

These are the keys that are present on the top of the keyboard and these functions keys have a predefined function. Twelve function keys are marked from F1 to F 12.


Shift key

The shift key works well in combination with other keys, therefore it is also known as the combination key on the keyboard. Also, two shift keys are present on the keyboard. The shift keys are used to type the special symbols that are present on the upper side of the normal keys such as numeric keys. The shift keys print these types of symbols. Whenever there are requirements to type the printed symbol on the numeric keys we hold the shift key first and then press on the numeric key which has that printed symbol. This key also allows you to type the character in upper or lower case, and also numbers to the symbol. If you press and hold the shift key along with the letter key then it would provide you with a capital letter as an output. The shift key is located at both the right and left side of the keyboard and they are located below the caps lock key on the left side and below the enter key on the right side. The shift key can also be utilized as the shortcut key for the keyboard and can be used in performing various shortcuts.


Enter key

The enter key is also known as the return key. This key is an alternative key for pressing the ok button on the screen and is used for entry of the desired process. We put down the information into the computer with the help of an enter key. While typing on the keyboard in a document the enter key is used for changing paragraphs within the text and coming to a new line. Also in a command prompt which does not a graphical user interface use the enter key to accept the instructions that are provided by the user in the form of written codes. Two enter keys are located on the keyboard one on the letter side of the keyboard and the other on the numeric pad.


Tab key

The tab is a short abbreviation for the tabulator key. The function of the tab key is to advance the cursor on the next tab stop. This key can also be used for moving in between two items in a dialog box. Microsoft excel and the DBMS software respond to the tab key by moving the cursor on the next cell of the same row. Also when pressed in a dialog box, the tab key can highlight the menu boxes in the dialog so that you can opt for the highlighted text with the help of the enter button. Also tab key can help to move the cursor half an inch on the page.


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