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Term Definition
Alternate key Executes 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
Caps lock Capitalizes all letters when locked down
Control key Executes commands with other key(s)
Delete Removes the character to the right of the insertion point
Enter/return Causes the insertion point to move to the right of the insertion point
Escape key Closes a software menu or dialog box
Function keys Special keys located at the of the keyboard (F1, F2, F3,etc) that are used alone or with the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys to execute software commands
Gross words a minute The number of standard words keyed in one minute
Hardware Is the physical parts of a computer system such as the monitor, keyboard, and the hard drive
Home keys The keys where you place tour fingers to begin keying; a s d g 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 Social keys that allow you to use the computer to perform specific functions
Shift keys Makes capital letters and certain symbols when used with those keys
Software Programs and routines that control the functioning of a computer
Space bar Inserts space between words and sentences
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
Alignment The horizontal positioning of text (such as left, right, center, or justify)
Bold A print enhancement used to make characters appear darker than other text to add emphasis
Bullets/ Numbering Used to arrange items in a list with each item beginning with a bullet or a number
Cut/ Copy/ Paste A feature that enables you to move or copy text from one place to another
Font size Determines the height of characters in units called points
Font style The type of character format that determines the look or artistic style of the characters
Font type The design and appearance of printed characters
Footers Text such as title, page numbers, and dates printed at the top of a page
Headers Text such as title, page numbers, and printed at the top of a page
Indentations To move one or more lines inward from the margins
Insertion mode An input mode in which the existing text moves to the right as new text is added
Italics Text that is slanted to the right
Landscape orientation Page orientation in which data prints across the wider portion of the page
Line spacing The vertical distance between two lines of type
Margins Blank spaces between the edge of the paper and the printed text
Page numbering Method of arranging pages in numerical order
Portrait orientation Page orientation in which data prints across the narrower portion of a page
Print To make a hard copy of document
Reveal/ show codes Shows non-printing or formatting characters
Spell checking Used to check the spelling of a document after keying
Tab settings Allow you to line up text at a certain point
Typing mode Replaces existing text with new text as it is keyed
Underline A feature that underlines text as it is keyed

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