Are you familiar with the functions on your computer keyboard?

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@iskayz (5422)
Philippines
May 18, 2009 8:14am CST
I still can’t help but laugh at myself. I am so dumb that everyday for many years I work on my laptop but still I’m not familiar with the functions on the keyboards. Early this morning I told my brother that the light from the monitor seem too bright that it hurts my eyes. I asked him could there be a way to lessen the brightness. He laughed and showed me how to do it. I know there are functions on the keyboard. I just don’t know what they are for . Sometimes I’d like to try what will happen if I press this and that but I’m afraid something might get deleted or something bad will happen. I’m not that good in computers. I just know how to type hehe. How about you fellow lotter? Are you like me?
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@wmfhed (121)
• China
18 May 09
Well, it is hard to remember all of the functions of shortcut keys on your keyboard, even for computer majored professional people. It may be possible to identify the function of a single key because it often has an icon on it which is very inspiring. The hardest thing is to remember those functions of key combinations, like shift/control/shift plus blah blah. Some of them are just not used frequently, so there's no need to bear all of them in mind.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Yeah I know all of the keyboard functions are hard to remember especially those using combinations. But still I'm interested to learn them. Believe it or not I once had known the functions and even wrote it down but after years of not often using the computer I forgot all of them except for the ctrl+atl+del hehe.
• Australia
18 May 09
I know everything that each key does, I know what to press to do anything, and I know what to combine to make something happen. Everything just comes naturally to me, everything makes sense, I am actually very good with a computers keyboard.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Wow.. It seems you know very well your keyboard. I envy you fellow lotter hehe.
@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
19 May 09
I used to be, but when I learning programming I came to know even the ASCII codes in the keyboard, lol. I strived to learn coz I have a classmate before, he's the only one in class who has a background on computer and we all seem to know nothing about the subject. I asked him how to delete a sentence above a certain paragraph, I was also paranoid touching any key when I'm unfamiliar with it, but he answered with an irritating tone asking me to read what I'm doing so I'll know what to do... from then on, I bought some books and now I'm a more advanced user... Don't worry! It won't explode, if you're not familiar with the command there's only a slim chance that the system will go wrong. What you can do is totally irreversible, just remember what you pressed last so the one who'll fix it will know what to do. The people who know much about programming are usually the ones who have a strong chance in ruining a system by corrupting it. So don't worry, its normal for beginners...
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh is that so?? You mean whatever I accidentally press is totally irreversible? Well then I'm glad to know that cause you're right, I'm have the idea the my laptop might explode hehe. But I think there could still be one problem.. I normally type fast and don't look at the keyboard often so I won't be able to figure out what key I last pressed.
@pickoy (734)
• Philippines
24 May 09
oh, im sorry, i meant its reversible... its a typo, I never had a chance to edit my post coz i'm still under 500 posts... well its reversible, meaning it can be fixed as long as you know what you pressed last... if you know programming there's a huge chance that a computer won't even start to run if you have tweaked the system settings and the code that makes it work... whatever keys you find in the keyboard are safe to press... you'll just enter an unfamiliar page...
@riyasam (16578)
• India
18 May 09
LOL,i am also like you,i dont know much of computers or the keyboard,there are now newer keyboards available in the market with various useful functionality.but i know only the basics.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Hehehe well good to know I'm not the only one! I'm sure with lots of patience we will be able to learn these functions well. I got an idea! Why don't we learn it together!
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
22 May 09
are you planning to come down to india??
@pinkista (892)
• Philippines
19 May 09
Yes, I'm familiar with the functions of my computer keyboard. I used to use shortcut keys for copy, pasting, cutting, etc. Sometimes when I photoshop, I used the shortcut keys for the tools~ since its faster than using mouse and hovering it to the menu corner.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Hi! I have a cousin working on photoshop and he uses only the keyboard to navigate on everything. It's pretty amazing how faster working with using only the functions. These shortcuts really does help!
@mybernz (34)
• Philippines
19 May 09
yeah, also me would like to share my thoughts about using keyboards.. i have been almost 5years using my computers but i do know what are the possible shortcut keys.. i am afraid if i'd rather press any key without knowing the function of it.. I liketo play computer but sometimes if i feel so sleepy it will turn off then. is there any key to lighten the light in my computer? what to press. can you teafch mehow? thank you much..godbless!
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh hi there mybernz! About your question which I am proud to say that I have recently learned how to, anyways, in general if keyboards are usually made the same, try to see if there's a drawing etched on a key that looks like a sun. There are two of them actually, one for making the light brighter and the other is to make it dim. My keyboard has the Fn key colored orange. Maybe yours could be of different color. I think the Fn stands for function and you need to press it together with the other shortcut functions. In your case, the key for adjusting the light on your screen. Hope that helps.
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
19 May 09
I am also not so good with computers but when I became a technical support representative then I learned a lot about computers. I never some short cuts with the keyboard usage. I learned more about browsers and how to manage the settings. I learned about the control panel and device manager. I also learned some key combinations to do a command. My husband is a very excellent when it comes to computers and I admire and envy him for that. But nevertheless I am proud of him because he is really good. He knows about Windows and Apple and the rest of the operating systems. I wish I could have at least half of his knowledge about computers.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Control panel and device manager, hmmmm... Yeah I think I have come across those two when I studied Microsoft office long long time ago. But now I have forgotten about them. I only see them when I accidentally press a key on my keyboard. Just don't know what key it is hehe.
• United States
19 May 09
My keyboard is a gaming keyboard, I have absolutely no idea what I can do with this thing. I have a whole bunch of random buttons such as "G1, G2, G3, M1, M2, M3 etc...". Hopefully one day I will be able to master these buttons, but for now, I am stuck in the dark haha!
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh silly me I didn't know that there is such a gaming keyboard hahaha! But with such keyboard I guess you're a computer game addict hehe
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
18 May 09
yes, i believe that i am like you... i also not good with the computer and only know the basic simple buttons on my keyboard... i also don't dare to press any button for fear that i will press the wrong one and damage my computer... i prefer to ask my hubby first before i press anything that can ruin my laptop... take care and have a nice day...
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Hi there! The buttons I don't dare to press on my keyboards are the F1 - F12. I know they have functions but I'm afraid to try them out. It would be horrible for me if my laptop gets broken hehe.
• United States
18 May 09
I know most of the keys on the keyboard are for certin things. I have no clue on how to use them. If I dont know I acculity have to call my brother which whorks on computers. I mean he fixes them as well. So if I have any computer problems I call him to fix it. I asked once before for him to help me but he never took the time to teach me.. So for now on I just use simple text. :)
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh I'm sorry to hear that your brother did not teach you. Maybe he's too busy to do that. One thing I can share with you though is that there is a site on the internet where you can find all the lists of shortcut functions. Try searching on "alt functions", if I'm correct. I saw it once but really never took the time to memorize every functions.
@harryt123 (327)
• United States
18 May 09
Having majored and working in the computer field, I am actually familiar with the keyboard and most of it's functions. I am positive that there are some that I might not be aware of. One that I found that amazed me a little over a few months ago was that I could use the buttons on my keyboard to adjust the sound on my system. That was actually amazing because I had not even installed any software for the keyboard. It was a plan $10 keyboard that had some functionality to it other than it's main purpose.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh yeah the shortcut volume on the keyboard and I know that! But like you I've just learned it recently hehe. I didn't know that we have to install a program for the functions on the keyboards. I am using a laptop and I remember I don't see ant shortcuts on my desktop's keyboard. Maybe new brand of laptops now has built in functions or something like that.
@hsofyan (3448)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
18 May 09
Hi Iskayz. Nice to meet you. I use the keyboard more than mouse. So, I am familiar with some of the keyboard functions, such as the F key, alt+, ctrl+, tab, etc.. Working with the keyboard more quickly than with the mouse.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Hi and nice to meet you too! Sorry for the delay of responding. Anyways, that's the advantage of knowing the keyboard functions. The shortcuts helps minimize time I think. I know how to use the tab hehe
@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
18 May 09
I'm also not good in computer and I don't have much idea with the functions! I've learned of how to adjust the brightness of the screen few months ago, but I want learn how to download movies, so I don't have to ask my Husband about it. I've seen him do it a few times, but I can't hardly remember it, lol. I am also afraid to try pressing some keys because I'm afraid that I might delete some important files.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
22 May 09
Oh I know how to download movies and music! I think you need to have a certain program to do it. My brothers have thought me how so I don't have to call them every time I need to download.
• India
15 Jul 10
To be honest i don't use all the keys so i am not acquinted with all, never used or expermented with them,,, Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
3 Oct 09
yes i am more familier with my keyboard.. and every function i know.. and i don't get any problem..while pressing key..or use any function of keyboard.. so i am familier with my keyboards..
@gunagohan (3415)
• India
23 May 09
es i know all the functios of the 12 function key in my keyboard.. f1-f12.. i love those function keys..they are shortcuts to many applications.. u see Alt+ f9 key is used to compile while u are programming ... happy mylotting...
@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
22 May 09
No, not at all. I still have some keys here which i don't know the functions. I don't know too what will happen if i press them. Just to be safe, i just try not to. I'm quite familiar with the letters and characters though. I don't know yet about hot to control the monitor's brightness using the keyboard. Maybe some keyboard has that function but i think mine has nothing like that.
@jheLaichie (4439)
• Philippines
20 May 09
i have been known to this technology quite some time now. but still, like you, im not that familiar with everything on my computers keyboard. im still finding ways on how and what are its functions and how it does really works. i even asks advices and what are those keys means. sometimes i end up smiling on my lack of knowledge on this stuff but atleast im willing to learn more.
• India
19 May 09
no..i use pc and knw every function of it very well i used to open my pc box ..n even slots,..motherboard ram,chips...wires all installing harddisk.. cd drives.. usb drives.. i was keen to knw new additionnal atachment.. but my frnd is same as u..
@fwangaa (3058)
• China
19 May 09
i also afaid of these un known key, and i don't want to know them . i think they are useless. and i will study it these days, they will help me a lot for shut down the computer.