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Johann

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NUMBER LOCK Key- Why does it exist? Is it some holdover from typewriters or early computer programming?

Seems to only be there to piss me off when I start typing numbers on the keypad and realize that they are not turning up. On this Logitech wireless keyboard it is right next to the backspace key so I apparently hit it frequently.

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The num lock key, when off, allows that key set to do its other functions (home, end, up, down, left, right, pg up, pg down, piss you off).

Typewriters don't / didn't have a 10-key number area. Before computer keyboards, folks just used the numbers in the qwerty layout. Pepperidge Farm remembers.
 

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The num lock key, when off, allows that key set to do its other functions (home, end, up, down, left, right, pg up, pg down, piss you off).

Typewriters don't / didn't have a 10-key number area. Before computer keyboards, folks just used the numbers in the qwerty layout. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Oooooh, just noticed there are arrows and such on the keys:homer: Never thought to use them that way. Well that will be handy when the hands are on the keyboard and not the mouse.

Believe me I am old enough to know typewriters. Wrote many of my papers by hand and then typed them up in College. Wasn't sure if business typewriters had the keypad or not.
 

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No, you had a seperate 10-key calculator for that, which was backwards from what you're used on a phone BTW.

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Seems to only be there to piss me off when I start typing numbers on the keypad and realize that they are not turning up.


hunt and peck huh

Ever hit the caps key by accident...finally look up after a sentance and BAM. ALL IN UPPER CASE


suCk it


:flipoff2:
 

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hunt and peck huh

Ever hit the caps key by accident...finally look up after a sentance and BAM. ALL IN UPPER CASE


suCk it


:flipoff2:

My typing style started as hunt &peck but after 20+ years of jobs that required typing I can touch type for the most part.

Only problem is I am a crappy speller so I hit the back button A LOT. I hit cap Lock too. Used to hit it so much that I disabled it on the keyboard
 

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No, but adding machines did (do). The 10-key layout allows old-school number crunchers to haul ass on a computer as fast as on an adding machine.

I supported a Med Coding department where a regular maintenance task was to replace the keys on the 10-key. You walk out into the floor and it sounds like teletypes from an old war movie.

Also the keys on a Medical Transcriptionist's keyboard. 120+ wpm, 8 hours a day, day in, day out. Wear right through a hefty Compaq DIN mechanical keyboard (for the non-IT people, that's the Battleship of Keyboards). You would get complaints when their fingernails started hanging on the keys because they had worn right through the key. Slowed them down to a mere 100+ wpm.
 

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That is some serious entry! I am envious of people that can lay down that many wpm.

So many words in my head. So hard to get them on paper quickly.
 

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My typing style started as hunt &peck but after 20+ years of jobs that required typing I can touch type for the most part.

Only problem is I am a crappy speller so I hit the back button A LOT. I hit cap Lock too. Used to hit it so much that I disabled it on the keyboard

Not aimed pacifically at you, but I set a beep to the caps key. Helped me for sure.
 

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despise the numbers above the qwerty keys, those are the ones that shouldn't exist :laughing:

10 key is good and useful

Why don't they get rid of those and just leave them dedicated to the symbols they have assigned?

Actually, just as I finished that sentance, had a thought about doing that through keyboard macro

Thank you for giving me that idea
 
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