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Keyboarding Vocab

Keyboarding Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Accuracy The measure of error in keyboarding.
Shift Key Key used to make capital letters & certain symbols when pressed in combination w/ another key.
Enter Key Key pressed to begin a new line or to signal the computer that data has been entered complete.
QWERTY The most common keyboard arrangement, named for the first letters across the top row.
Home Row The 8 keys your hands start from when keyboarding: A S D F J K L ;
Italic A style of character where the letters slant upward to the right.
Caps Lock Key When pressed, this key turns all letters into capital letters.
Function Keys Keys labeled from F1 to F12 that are designated to perform a certain task. (ex: screen refresh)
Double Spacing Horizontal line spacing that leaves one blank line between lines of text.
Indent To set in from the margin, as the first line of a paragraph.
Arrow Keys Keys used to move the cursor up, down, left or right on the screen.
Bold A style of character where the letters are thick and dark.
Combination Keys Two keys used together, such as the shift key + number 1 to make an exclamation point.
Single Spacing To leave no space between lines of text in a document.
Font A set of characters with a particular design and size.
Justification Alignment of text on a page (left, right, center or full)
Escape Key A key that lets the user cancel the last operation and go back to the previous screen.
Backspace Key A key used to back up and erase the character or space to the left of the cursor.
Keyboard An arrangement of keys on a "board" that is attached to a computer; used to input data.
Tab Key When pressed, this key moves the cursor to a preset alignment in a document.
Words Per Minute (WPM) The measure of output speed when typing.
Delete Key Key used to erase highlighted characters; also erases characters to the right of the cursor.
Shortcut Keys A single key or a combination of keys used to save keystrokes or mouse clicks.
Space Bar The long bar at the bottom of a keyboard used to create a blank space in text.
Keyboarding The ability to enter text by using the correct fingers without looking at the keys.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Disorder that causes numbness in the hand and pain the wrist; caused by compression of nerves.
Ergonomics The science of designing safe and comfortable machines for humans; helps with posture.
Word Wrap The automatic movement of a word to the next line when it reaches the end of a line of text.
Symbol Keys Keys containing characters other than a letter or number; must use the Shift Key (ex: & % $ @)
Striking The act of tapping or pressing the keys of a keyboard with a finger or thumb.
Created by: k_fuerst