Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Keys on the computer keyboard

Alt key

noun

a computer key that you press together with another key so that the other key does something different from what it usually does. You can also refer to this key simply as Alt.

arrow key

noun

one of four computer keys marked with an up, down, left, or right arrow, used for moving the cursor

backspace

noun

the key that you press on a keyboard to move one space backwards in a document

caps lock

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that makes all the keys produce capital letters

character set

noun

a complete set of letters, numbers, or symbols that can be used by a computer

command key

noun

on some computers, a key that you press together with another key to make the computer do a particular thing

control

noun

the control key on a computer keyboard

control key

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that is used in combination with other keys for doing particular operations. This key is usually marked ‘Ctrl’.

ctrl

abbreviation

control: the control key on a computer keyboard

delete key

noun

a computer key that removes characters. This key is sometimes simply referred to as del.

enter key

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that makes the computer perform an action or start a new line of writing

escape

noun

the escape key on a computer

escape key

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that allows someone to stop an action, leave a program, or return to a previous menu. This key is usually marked ‘Esc’.

function key

noun

a special button on a computer keyboard that is used for a particular operation in a program. The keys near the top of a keyboard marked ‘F1’ to ‘F12’ are function keys.

hot key

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that provides a short way of performing a set of actions

key

noun

one of the parts that you press on a keyboard to make it produce letters, numbers etc

keypad

noun

the part at the side of a computer keyboard that has number keys and arrow keys on it

numeric keypad

noun

the part of a computer keyboard to the right of the main keys that has keys with numbers on them

Num Lock

noun

a computer key that you press to make the number keys below it enter numbers and not be used for moving up and down a document

pound key

noun

the hash key on a telephone keypad or computer keyboard

return

noun

a return key

return key

noun

a key on a computer keyboard that makes the computer perform an action or start a new line of writing

shift

noun

a shift key on a computer keyboard

shift key

noun

the key that you press on a computer keyboard when you want to write a capital letter

short cut

noun

a computer icon or a combination of keys on the keyboard such as ‘Alt + C’ that helps you to do something on the computer more quickly, for example go to a particular program or copy information

space bar

noun

the long narrow bar at the front of a computer keyboard that you press to make a space between words when you are typing

star key

noun

the key with the asterisk symbol (*) on a telephone keypad or computer keyboard

tab

noun

a button on a computer keyboard or typewriter that you press to move several spaces along the same line

tab key

noun

a tab on a computer keyboard

toggle

noun

a key or command (=instruction) on a computer that you use to move from one operation or program to another and back again

touchpad

noun

a small flat surface on a laptop computer that you touch with your finger in order to move the cursor on the screen

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

clapped-out

old and in bad condition, or no longer effective

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog