backspace key


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backspace key

n.
1. A key that, when pressed, moves an onscreen cursor one space to the left and typically deletes the character in that space.
2. A similar key on a typewriter that, when pressed, moves the carriage to the position of the previous space on the page.
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backspace key

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backspacer

n
a key on a typewriter or computer keyboard that makes the carriage or cursor move backwards one space
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Noun1.backspace key - the typewriter key used for back spacingbackspace key - the typewriter key used for back spacing
key - a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed
typewriter keyboard - a keyboard for manually entering characters to be printed
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Interestingly, the Caps lock key is replaced with a second backspace key, for those of you who make double the amount of mistakes!
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The keyboard employs swipes to speed up typing, so a swipe from right-to-left deletes the previous word (there's a backspace key to erase one letter at a time) and a swipe from left-to-right inserts a space, while a second swipe to the right adds a full stop and the next letter will be capitalised, similar to tapping the spacebar twice in iOS.
And you can delete an entire word instead of just individual letters by swiping leftward from the backspace key toward the center of your keyboard.
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The delete key also functions as the backspace key. And when using Windows, some commands differ: Mac programs rely on the "Command" key where Windows relies on the "Ctrl" key These different keys and Functions are confusing at first, but become more natural after using the machine and programs.
Pittsburgh, PA, April 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Francis Cleetus, a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist and advertising creative director, presented his book "Wish Your Mouth had a Backspace Key," on Friday, March, 30, 2012 at the Toonseum on 945 Liberty Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh.
To convert it back, with Microsoft Word for instance, you hit the backspace key, as I just had to do.
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