How to label parts of computer keyboard

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Frequently used computer keyboards often have keys with no labels on them. Oil from your skin causes the letters and numbers to eventually fade away. Cleaning computer keyboards to remove dirt and oil also fades the keys. If someone tries to use a faded keyboard, he may have a difficult time finding the right keys, especially if he doesn't know how to type. You can label parts of your computer keyboard with markers or labels found at many computer retailers.

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Things you need

  • Black marker
  • Keyboard labels

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  1. 1

    Label the function keys. These are located on the top row of the keyboard. The first key is Esc. The remaining 12 keys are F1 through F12 and are in groups of four.

  2. 2

    Label the number keys. These are located in row two. The first key is the tilde or ~ symbol with a ` below it. The next 10 keys are numbers 1 through 0. Each number has a corresponding symbol above it. The symbols are in the following order: !, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *, ( and ).

    The next key in this row is the dash below an underscore. The plus sign above the equal sign is next, followed by the backspace key.

  3. 3

    Label the third row of keys. The first key is the "Tab" key. The next 10 keys are the letters Q, W, E, R, T, Y, U, I, O, and P. The next two keys are curly brackets { } over standard brackets [ ]. The final key on this row is back slash below the straight line.

  4. 4

    Label the keys on the fourth row. The first key is the Caps Lock key followed by the letters A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K and L. The next key is the colon above the semicolon. The next key is the quote mark above the apostrophe followed by the Enter key.

  5. 5

    Label the fifth row of keys. The first key is Shift followed by the letters Z, X, C, V, B, N and M. The next two keys are the less than symbol over the comma and the greater than symbol over the period. The next key is the question mark over the forward slash followed by a second Shift key.

  6. 6

    Label the final row of keys. The first key is Ctrl. Depending on your keyboard, you may also have an FN key and Windows logo key. The next key is Alt followed by the spacebar. The last two keys on this row are Alt and Ctrl.

  7. 7

    Label the second section of keys. These keys are located to the right of the main keyboard. The bottom four keys are the directional arrows. The nine keys above these depend mainly on the keyboard manufacturer. The top row is typically Print Screen, Scroll Lock and Pause above Break. The next row is Insert, Home and Page Up. The last row is Delete, End and Page Down.

  8. 8

    Label the number pad. The top row is Num Lock, /, * and - . The two side keys are + and Enter. The second row is 7, 8 and 9. Row three is 4, 5 and 6. Row four is 1, 2 and 3. Row five is 0 and a period.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your computer or keyboard manual for exact placement of the second section of keys.
  • Test all keys before labelling them. Use a word processor program to test each key. Labels are difficult to remove.

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