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Everything you ever wanted to know about your computer, part 2.

Are you ready to take a quick tour of your keyboard? Let's learn how to control that computer screen!

* Press the Spacebar to make a blank space between words.

* Press the Enter key to start a new paragraph or tell the computer to start a new task.

* Press the Arrow keys to move the cursor up and down or side to side on the screen.

* Press the arrow keys (numbers 4, 8, 6, and 2) on the Numeric Keypad, and those keys will move the cursor around the same way the Arrow keys do.

* Now press the Num Lock key and the arrow function disappears on the Numeric Keypad. You can now use the number keys like you would on a calculator pad! To turn the arrow function back on, just press the Num Lock key again.

* By pressing the smaller Delete key, you can erase something to the right of the cursor.

* If you press the larger Delete key, you can erase something to the left of the cursor.

* By pressing Home, you can go to the beginning of a line that the cursor is on. By pressing End, you go to the end of that line. But if you press down the Control key while you press the Home key, the cursor will go to the top of the document you are typing. If you press the Control and End keys down at the same time, the cursor will go to the end of the document.

* You can move several lines at a time by pressing either the Page Up or Page Down keys.

* The Function Keys are shortcuts to many different things your computer can do. But what each one will do depends on which program you have installed in your computer. For example, F4 might be used to indent a paragraph. F8 could underline a word. You have to check the Operating Manual to see what the "secret code" is to use these shortcuts!

* The Escape key will take you out of a task you are doing.

* Press the Shift key to change lowercase letters (ABC) to uppercase letters (ABC). The Shift key also makes the symbols on the number keys replace those numbers.

* The Caps Lock key will make all the letters you type appear as uppercase letters.

* The Status Lights tell you if the Caps Lock and Num Lock functions are on or off. When the lights are on, this means the functions are working.

* If you press the Control key and the letter "s" at the same time, the computer will save what you are working on but will not print the letter "s" on the screen. You have to check the Operating Manual to find the "secret code combination" that lets you use these shortcuts.
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