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Backspace Vs. Delete

Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Did you know that when typing, delete and backspace are not really the same thing? It’s true!

The backspace key, which I think probably gets used more often, erases letters or characters to the left of (behind) the cursor (that blinking line that shows where you are typing).

But the delete key will delete letters or characters to the right (in front) of  the cursor. I find this helpful especially if I forget to capitalize the first letter of a word, or when I click into the middle of a word to correct my spelling mistakes.

Try it out! I bet you didn’t realize there was a difference.



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4 Responses to “Backspace Vs. Delete”

  1. Liz says:

    Seems anyone, even a new computer user, know this basic function. I agree, how does this qualify as a tip?

    • cynthia says:

      Actually, Liz this is one of those things that many people know, but not everyone. We’ve recently heard from a couple of people that were confused about the function – so we thought we’d pass it along.

  2. David Shutts says:

    Did not kno this

  3. Dave says:

    Finally! A tip that I already knew! Please DO keep publishing “elementry” tips – I DO need them.

    I wish I could do the same trick on my phone.

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