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Unit One Terms

Keyboarding Definitions and Terms

TermDefinition
Alternate Key (Alt) Execute Commands with other key(s).
Arrow Keys Moves the Insertion point in the direction indicated by the arrow on each key.
Backspace Deletes the character to the left of the insertion point.
Enter/Return Causes the insertion point to move to the left margin and down to the next line.
Escape Key (Esc) Closes a software menu or dialogue box.
Function Keys Special keys located at the top of the keyboard (F1, F2, F3, etc.) that are used alone or with Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys to execute software commands.
Gross Words a Minute (GWAM) The number of standard words keyed in one minute.
Hardware The physical parts of a computer system such as a monitor, keyboard, and the hard drive.
Home Keys The keys where you place your fingers to begin keying; a s d f for the left hand and j k l ; for the right hand.
Keyboarding Posture The correct seating position taught when developing typing skills.
Service Keys Special keys that allow you to use the computer to preform specific functions.
Software Programs and routines that control the functioning of a computer.
Tab Key Moves the insertion point to a preset position.
Word Wrap Causes text to move automatically to a new line when the current line is full.
Caps Lock Capitalizes all letters when locked down.
Control Key (Ctrl) Executes commands with other key(s).
Delete Removes the character to the right of the insertion point.
Shift Key Makes Capital letters and certain symbols when used with those keys.
Space Bar Inserts space between words and sentences .
Created by: kroger033