Do you know what your F2 key does? Do you know where your F6 key is? Did you know that they are called “function keys”?
Today’s lesson is all about function keys; where they are, what they are, and how to use them. Maybe I’ll even add a thought or two about how not to use them.
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By now the average computer user might be familiar with a few of the most common (and life-saving!) keyboard shortcuts, like Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste).
I say “might” because, while I cannot personally remember my life “before shortcuts” (it was probably a scary age, with the dinosaurs and all), I also know some very recent converts.
In comparing notes with them, I found that some of my favorite shortcuts were still widely unknown; my goal today is enlightenment.
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On most keyboards, if you place the index fingers of each hand on the F and J keys, you will feel a raised bump on each one.
These bumps indicate the position of the keys, without requiring you to look at the keyboard.
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Are you familiar with QWERTY?
In all likelihood, you are familiar with QWERTY whether you know it or not. Most — if not all — computer keyboards use the QWERTY layout, which gets its name from the first six letters across the top.
Hint: Don’t use QWERTY as your password, unless you’re trying to get hacked. And, while we’re on the subject, don’t use “1234567” or “password” as your password either.
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Do you know how to type?
The fine art of typing involves more than using one or two index fingers to “hunt and peck”. In fact, after learning how to type, you should find it difficult to go back to hunting and pecking.
Typing is the process of utilizing all ten fingers, fanned out across your keyboard, so that each key is only ever pressed by it’s designated finger.
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My computer is having an identity crisis; I’m having a nervous breakdown.
The time had come. No longer can I put off the burning need to discuss such an important matter as this.
Today we will discuss the need for even a single-person Windows PC to be set up with two separate user ids.
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After realizing that I use the words “customize” and “configure” somewhat interchangeably, I decided it would be a good idea to do some research.
I figure that I should know how badly I’m misusing these words, at the very least. To that end I looked up the Merriam-Webster definitions.
cus·tom·ize (verb): to change (something) in order to fit the needs or requirements of a person, business, etc. (source)
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I’m finicky. Often-times I experience various degrees of inability to fully concentrate, unless everything around me is just so.
All items in my immediate vicinity (desk/workstation) must be within their assigned locations — or out of sight completely — so that they do not act as distractions. I try very hard not to look at — or think about — the nearby work spaces that are out of my control (out of control?).
Similarly, I have very decided opinions about what I do and do not want on my computer’s desktop, how I organize my files, how my programs are configured, and just about every aspect of customization that ever takes place on my computer.
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Operating systems are essential to electronic devices because they handle all of the operating details, such as controlling hardware and running programs.
A common shorthand when referring to an operating system is “OS” (pronounce each letter).
There are several types of operating systems available, but the most common are Windows, Linux, OS X and Android.
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Software is the driving force behind the devices that we use every day.
Without software, our computers, tablets and phones are just marvelously assembled parts, with great potential and no actual function.
With software, you can power up a device and explore its unlimited possibilities… or you can get some work done. How about both?
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