Getting Your Hands on the Keyboard and Touchpad
In This Chapter
Taking a tour of the keyboard and touchpad
Learning about shortcut keys
Changing your keyboard and touchpad settings
Using an external keyboard and mouse
It’s hard telling whether Christopher Latham Sholes thought that his design and letter layout of the keyboard would still be in use well into the 21st century. Regardless of what his original intent was, his legacy is alive and well in the world today. When Sholes devised the layout and functionality of the keyboard that we use today, his intent was to reduce typewriter jams and speed up the typist. (Although some argued that the new arrangement of letters was really to slow down the typist and thus also reduce typewriter jams.)
Over the last 140 years, the keyboard has evolved very little. The basic layout of letters and numbers is the same, the only major additions have been adding multi-purpose keys like the ?/ key or the :; key. Additionally, with the advent of word processors and computers, keys like Caps Lock and Shift, as well as function keys (you ...