6. Learn to Type on a Keyboard

6. Learn to Type on a Keyboard

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1. Positioning the keys of a keyboard
Here is a standard keyboard. At the moment we will mainly address 3 areas:

The different areas of a keyboard
The 3 main areas of the keyboard: numbers, letters, and special characters. The first area, in blue, contains all the letters of the alphabet, arranged in AZERTY. The second area, in red, contains the special characters: accents, apostrophes, parentheses …

And the third zone, in yellow, groups the numbers and basic operations (+ – * /).
Note that the keypad is not present on all keypads. Some laptops for example, because of their small size, have no place for this area. The numbers are above the special characters.

2. Learn to type, the first approach
Space below allows you to freely type text. Practice a little bit of history to locate the positioning of the letters. Place the cursor of your mouse over the form field and type text using the keyboard.
Question :
I can not make a point or some other special characters, how is it done? I can not type numbers either! It’s normal! The keyboard contains some additional subtleties. We will see immediately why and how.
3.3. Important keys on the keyboard
The space key allows you to separate the words
At the same time the biggest key of the keyboard and also one of the most used, it will allow you to make a space between each of your words. When your hands are well-positioned it is the thumbs that must press this key.
3.2 The Enter key
The Enter key allows a return to the line
The Enter key is used to return to the line and create a new paragraph when you are entering text, but it is also used to confirm or validate in multiple cases when Windows asks you a question via a dialog for example. This avoids having to pick up the mouse to click.
3.3 Escape key (ESC)
The Esc key allows you to cancel an action
The ESC key is the very first key on the keyboard at the top left. It is used in general when the system asks you a question and you want to answer in the negative (no, cancel …). It is also used to cancel action in progress.
There are 2 ways to capitalize on a keyboard. First find the keys that we will use: Shift and Caps Lock (for Caps Lock). The Shift key is to the far left and to the far right of the letters, and the Caps Lock key just above the left shift key.

Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence: when you start a sentence, you must capitalize the first letter. To do this, hold down one of the two Shift keys (in yellow, and not Green Caps Lock in green) and press the desired letter.

Release and continue typing your text. If you need to press a letter on the left side of the keyboard, press the right Shift key with your right hand, so your left hand is free to press the key. And conversely!

A sentence or a proper name in upper case: the first technique is useful when you put a single letter in upper case, when you have to type a proper name or several words in uppercase, use the key Caps Lock: it allows to lock the uppercase, so no need to hold the key, all you type will be capitalized. Press the Num Lock key again to return to normal mode.

Difference between upper case and upper case
Capitalize with Shift or a whole word with VerrMaj
Note that when in Caps Lock mode, holding down the Shift key reverses the behavior and returns to lowercase the time you hold the key.

Take the time to practice a little, try, experiment! You can open the notebook in the Start Menu to type some text. The next class continues with the learning of the keyboard but this time with the punctuation, the modification of a text and other important keys to know.

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