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Whether you are simply typing out a text or calculating numerical data, your keyboard is the primary medium used to enter information into your computer.
As such, learning a few basic keyboard shortcuts/commands can help you work faster and gain better mastery of your computer. However, you would first need to be familiar with your keyboard’s usage and have a thorough understanding of how the keys on your keyboard are organized.
Let’s briefly consider this.
Organization Of Keys On a Keyboard
The keys on your keyboard can be divided into several groups, and this grouping is based on their functionalities.
- Alphanumeric Keys: Alphanumeric keys are otherwise known as Typing Keys. These keys include the same letter, number, symbol, and punctuation keys found on a conventional typewriter.
- Numeric Keys: These keys come in handier when you want to enter strictly numbers quickly. The keys are grouped in a rectangular-like block, just as you would see it in a traditional calculator or adding machine.
- Control Keys: These keys could either be used alone or, most times, in combination with other keys to perform a specific function. Some of the most frequently used control Keys include Ctrl, Alt, and Esc.
- Navigation Keys: As the name implies, navigation keys are used for moving around window tabs, documents, webpages, or when editing a text. They include the arrow keys, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, Delete, and Insert.
- Function Keys: Function keys are labeled as F1, F2, F3… up to F12, and they are used to perform specific tasks. You might want to bear in mind that the functions of these keys could differ from program to program.
Now to the big question on everyone’s mind: How Many Keys Are On The Keyboard?
In truth, there is no exact number that indicates the number of keys or characters on a keyboard. The reason being that there have been several manufacturers over the years, so the number of keys you find on a keyboard varies from model to model.
Most companies, however, use the standard PC keyboard with a total of 101 alphanumeric keys.
However, we have listed the figures for the standard keyboard types below to give you a more definite range of key counts.
- Standard Windows keyboard: 104 keys
- Windows-based laptop keyboard: 86 keys
- Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad: 109 keys
- Apple wireless keyboard: 78 keys
- Apple MacBook Air laptop: 78 keys
How many keys are on a keyboard?
You may be wondering. Well, the answer is that there are about 102 keys on any standard computer keyboard.
There are 104 keys on the standard QWERTY keyboard, and 83 on the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard. But what if you have an odd number of fingers?
How many of these do you know?
– Keyboards have a different number of keys depending on the language, but there are always enough to type any word.
– Traditional English keyboards have about 100+ keys with some variations in how they are laid out and what symbols appear.
– Typing is an essential skill for anyone who uses a computer, whether to write reports or emails.
– You can see the keys on your keyboard by looking at them and feeling their shapes with your fingers.
– Computers have many different features but without an understanding of how they work, it is difficult to get started—even if you know what to do after that point.
What can you do with them all?
How many keys are on the keyboard? Well, nowadays there is a huge range of keyboards to choose from. Some have as few as 20 keys while others have more than 100!
The number of keys that you need will depend on what type of work you do and which programs you use.
For most people, a standard keyboard with about 80-100 keys will be sufficient for all their needs. This blog post talks about how the number of keys affects your typing speed in detail.