Backspace key


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Backspace key

The keyboard key that moves the text at the current cursor location one character to the left, deleting the character on the left. In contrast, the Delete key removes the character at, or to the right of, the current cursor, and everything to the right moves left. In the Windows Explorer file manager, the Backspace key moves back one level.

All Windows machines have Backspace and Delete keys. On Mac laptops (not desktops), there is only a Backspace key and no Delete key. However, the Backspace key is labeled Delete, which is very confusing for Windows users working on a Mac laptop. See Delete key.
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According to Sean Ammirati, COO, ReadWriteWeb, "'Wish Your Mouth had a Backspace Key' is a truly original and funny compilation illustrating some of the more telling changes technology is catalyzing in each of our lives.
The remaining 367 string types, or 625 tokens, fell into two broad categories of genuine spelling errors: standard errors, such as insertions, deletions, subtitutions and transpositions, which are the target of most spelling correction techniques; and special errors, such as run-on words and split words, which are problematic for most spelling correction techniques, and noise and backspace key problems, which may be specific to TDD equipment.
The backspace key is too small and too close to the backslash key.
* In terminal environments where there is both a DELETE and BACKSPACE key, the application could map both of them to the backward character delete function.
Since the space bar is easy to find, errors can be corrected without hitting the wrong key while aiming for the out-of-the-way backspace key. The keyboard can be easily reprogrammed for lefthanders, too.
The shift, enter and backspace keys have not been messed around with, leaving them with the traditional placement and size we are accustomed to.
It also had a key to clear the entire input number, backspace keys, and a window that showed how many digits had been entered.
If the user makes a mistake the user presses the Delete and Backspace keys, which are processed and dispatched in the same manner as all other key presses.
Instead, participants were required to use the arrow and backspace keys.
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The spacebar and backspace keys will advance to the next or previous file stored on the subdirectory.