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QOTW: Which keyboard keys do you never use?

by Parm Mann on 5 March 2021, 16:31

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The astonishing nature of tech conversations here at virtual HEXUS HQ never ceases to amaze, and bear with us on this one. The other week, while discussing the virtues of increasingly popular 60 and 65 per cent keyboards such as the Asus ROG Falchion, the debate took a couple of unexpected twists and turns.

It all started when one chap (I won't mention names) refused to accept anything less than a full-size layout, only to then admit that there are plenty of keys he never actually uses. That's when things started to get interesting. Turns out some folk - particularly the young'uns - hardly ever touch the F keys, and we had some amusing questions, including; "what does Pause Break do?," "what's an AltGr?" and "what do you call that key to the left of 1?"

The average full-size keyboard layout features 104 keys in the US and 105 in the rest of the world. Take a look down and ask yourself: which keyboard keys do you never use? We're intrigued to know, and don't be shy in admitting to keys whose function you don't fully understand - you're certainly not alone!

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pause/break button.
Judging by the decade of accumulated grime, AltGr wins by a mile. Scoll Lock is a distant second.
The context menu button to the right of the Alt Gr key (does same as right clicking mouse).
The media and backlight keys.
The ones that come to mind that immediately come to mind that I don't use are Insert, Pause-Break and Scroll Lock.

The first two I know their functions, although the Pause-Break button is mostly because I recall using Break at various times in the BBC Micro days, but Scroll Lock I never actually looked into or went near other than accidentally enabling it and then disabling it once I noticed over the years - the accidentally enabling and disabling part is true of Insert too.