View Full Version : Function of Scroll Lock in Windows 8
11-28-2010, 10:50 PM
As a computer newbie, many things about the computer and the new Windows 8 operating system are blind points to me. I often get glance about the scroll lock button on the keyboard, but I do really not know about its functions, especially its functions with windows 8 operating system, cause my computer is running with Windows 8 now.
Pls give me some suggestions.
03-03-2011, 04:29 PM
It is used to loack up the scroll down and up. While recently, its function is less used, except in Excel. During the locking, the two keys: pageup and pagedown are still in use.
03-03-2011, 05:08 PM
Scroll lock is a key (often with an associated status light) on most modern computer keyboards. The key is not frequently used and therefore some keyboards lack Scroll Lock altogether.
The Scroll Lock key was meant to lock all scrolling techniques, and is a remnant from the original IBM PC keyboard, though it is not used by most modern-day software. In the original design, Scroll Lock was intended to modify the behavior of the arrow keys. When the Scroll Lock mode was on, the arrow keys would scroll the contents of a text window instead of moving the cursor. In this usage, Scroll Lock is a toggling lock key like Num Lock or Caps Lock, which have a state that persists after the key is released.
Today, this particular use of Scroll Lock is rare. Only a few modern programs still honor this behavior, such as Lotus Notes, Forté Agent, FL Studio, and Microsoft Excel. Most GUI environments neglect scroll lock, which means scrolling must be accomplished with a computer mouse, using means such as scrollbars or scroll wheels. Therefore, the Scroll Lock key is little used in almost all current programs and operating systems.
Hope this information helps.
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