Hope someone can help me ...When I got my computer it already had the keyboard and everything installed.I never received a manual with the keyboard...there are buttons on it that I have no idea what they are for? Does anyone know if there are manuals avaiable? I don't know who makes them and the only thing I could find was a model number...
I read your question about a User Manual Needed
that might be hard to find ... because it has it's basis in 'standards of development'
for keyboards of all kinds ... and those facts might help you.
I think most keyboards are based a standard identified as "qwerty'.
Some offer slight variations ... none, except special scientific ones, vary significantly from qwerty as it
has been adapted and expanded to use with computers.
Named after the first 6 alphabetical keys found in the upper left,
it is a way to describe the arrangement of keys designed for word processing to
conform to what is thought to be universally an efficient way, using two hands, to communicate.
In use of computers, "commands" to launch or initiate actions augment
standard word processing.
Upper row ESC is used to "escape" from what you're doing.
F1 through F12 are typically used in a variety of software applications for special, quick access to
things like help files, alternatives like user configuration of the particular program,
based on the codes written that are the basis of how software uses the operating system
Pressing Print Scrn/SysRq once will place the contents of whatever is on your screen
into a "sub-program" called Clipboard. You can then open any image editing program
(like Paint which is included in windowsMostTypes) and choose Paste under edit tab
and it will become a photograph file you can save.
Directly below that key and two others next to it are the "navigation keys" that help
in the same way a mouse works ... in screens like typed documents or fundamental
baseline applications that are "the foundation" of operating systems like windows.
Next to that bunch of additional keys (beyond a qwert keyboard itself) are the "num keys"
They sorta differ from the numbers above the alphabetical keys.
They can be like those F1 - F12 keys, shortcuts used differently depending on what
software application (or also called a program) you are "in".
They also function as navigation keys, arrows usually shift from one line of highlighted
text to another, from one part of a line of text to another, or from one point of a screen
in any typical program to another pre-determined point.
Highlighted text generally means it may be subjected to actions beyond simple corrections.
Highlighted text indicates (usually) that you may right click your mouse ...
doing so is accessing what is called "the context menu" ... and the purpose of the context
menu is primarily to enact alternatives.
Left click being more "direct action".
Lower board includes:
Ctrl (at the far left & the far right) used as a "combining with other keys" modifier
Alt (on both sides of the space bar) used as a "combining with other keys" modifier
"the little windows icon" key (left of the spacebar) simply brings into view the Start Menu
"the little windows icon" key (right of the spacebar) simply brings into view the Start Menu
"the icon that looks like a graph with an arrow pointing) performs exactly the same way right click
on a mouse does ... to reveal what is called the "context menu". The context menu should be thought
of as "your options list". It enhances the operation of the mouse, which offers the other click (left by default) mainly for "action".
These are some basic premises.
Exact action of any key can depend on the application involved.
In the early development of GUI OSes,
(Graphic User Interface Operating Systems)
attempts were made to simplify enactment of the commands needed to direct the actions of the
The commands were typed out, typically, and became increasingly complex.
Using a mouse ... over (hover) and buttons (two switchs) together with the display seen on a monitor... made it more "user friendly".
Most all OSes, and the programs developed to use them in controlling data manipulation
(which amounts to the main reason computers excel as tools) operate just as well without a mouse control using standard keyboard "on & off switchs".
That is a fact of computers, redundancy improves the overall dependibility...
so things are designed to make it possible for multiple "routes to where you want to go".
Learning about all of this amounts to repetition and practice... with practically anything that has been
"written to utilize the standards enforced regarding construction of the hardware needed to compute
and it's software ... designed to control that hardware".
The keyboard (and the mouse, too) is simply known as a Human Interface Device
You are correct in wanting to know about the details of using it (them).
Further information can be found using Google Search entering
words like qwerty or keyboard design, maybe "how to use keyboards".
Some keyboards offer special "gaming console controls".
I'm not going there for the time being ...