what is the parts of keyboard?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Case, keys, keycaps, cable, connectors.

    This page describes IBM PC keyboards (the basis for all Windows computers). It does not show one taken apart with details of the innards.


    This article discusses the various part of a keyboard but does not show enough pictures as examples. Too much talk.


    But you do not define what you mean by keyboard. Laptops computer have keyboards, electronic pianos have keyboards, accordians have keyboards.

  • Analog
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Depends a lot on the keyboard in question, and what you're actually asking.

    If you mean the mechanism, most desktop keyboards basically have this sheet with little rubber bubbles molded in it that presses down on a membrane with electrical contacts printed onto it, which sends the electrical signals. The rubber bubbles provide most of the tactile feedback.The keycaps press down on those rubber bubbles. Other than that, you have the controller, which sends the actual signals to the computer. The longer keys have metal wire stabilizers to make the key actuate smoother

    It's a bit more complicated on laptops, as they usually add a pantograph mechanism (scissor switch) to stabilize the keys since they have to be of a much lower profile.

    Mechanical-switch keyboards, especially clicky ones, have a much more complicated mechanism. There's a lot of ways to do it. IBM uses a metal spring under the keys that buckles when you press down, which makes a clicky noise. Keyboards with Alps switches use tactile leaf springs. You've got all sorts of other switches.

    If you want the exterior parts of a keyboard, on a typical 101/104-key IBM-style desktop keyboard, the rightmost block of keys is usually known as the numpad or numeric keypad. The area left of that with the arrow keys and insert, delete, home, end, etc. is known as the nav cluster. The main area with all the letters is known as the alphanumeric block. The F-keys are well, known as the F-keys (or function keys). Above the numpad usually are the lock lights, which let you know if caps lock, numlock, or scrollock is turned on. On the underside of the keyboard are usually rubber feet to prevent it from sliding on a desk. On the backside of the keyboard are "feet", which you can flip down to tilt the keyboard up (some people prefer typing that way). And you have a cable, which connects to the computer, usually by either USB (most newer keyboards), or PS/2 (older keyboards), or rarely, AT-5 din (really old keyboards) or some special phone jack connector (some terminal PCs)

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    did you mean, what are the parts of keyboard. if that is then see this :D


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