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What Is That Doing There?! Answered

Ok, I was so bored today that i actually sat, and wondered what the little "shelf" on the Caps Lock button was there for on the keyboard.. I mean really, what's its soul purpose in life, what are its goals to accomplish and brag about when its older..

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n8man (author)2009-06-14

Maybe the separation between the A and the Caps is used to let you know if you accidentally hit both of them because it would feel very weird.

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Plasmana (author)2009-06-14

My normal mac keyboard has it, but not my lappy.

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CameronSS (author)2008-06-26

Perhaps to provide separation between it and the "A" key," so it's less likely to accidentLLY HIT IT.

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Derin (author)CameronSS2009-06-13

I aLWAYS HİT İT WHEN TYPING THE A on my keyboard.

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CameronSS (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-27
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bumpus (author)CameronSS2008-06-27

well, not all keyboards have it... its weird

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PKM (author)bumpus2008-06-27

True.. my Viglen at home is shelfless but my (slightly larger) Logitech at work is shelfish. (hehe... shellfish...)

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Big Bwana (author)PKM2008-06-27

My microshaft keyboard has a shelf, but I have a picture of a padlock and Capital A on my key.....

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CybergothiChe (author)2009-06-13

I have that shelf on my Microsoft keyboard, but not on this laptop...it IS weird, though...hmmmm

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-06-28
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GorillazMiko (author)bumpus2008-06-29

Hm, is that the one with the Moon (sleep) button between F12 and Print Screen, or the one without any of those keys on top?

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bumpus (author)GorillazMiko2008-06-30

the one without that shizzzz

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Sunbanks (author)2008-06-26

Mine doesn't have one but maybe it was to use less plastic? XD I really don't know but I agree with Cameron.

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Labot2001 (author)Sunbanks2008-06-27

Actually, it would use more plastic - adding a shelf means more surface area.

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Thornburg (author)2008-06-27

This is kinda sad to say, but I just noticed it on my laptop. I saw it on other computers but never my own.

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crapflinger (author)2008-06-27

i'd say a combination of the "different than the A" idea and to differentiate the key from the tab key which has about the same surface area (minus the shelf) alternate reason? a cheeto will fit perfectly there...allowing you to save it for later

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crapflinger (author)crapflinger2008-06-27

gotta add to that...i love google so much

http://www.priorartdatabase.com/IPCOM/000021174/

seems to be a patent reference to someone trying to improve on "the shelf"

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NachoMahma (author)2008-06-26

. My guess is that it's a physical barrier to help prevent accidental actuation of the Caps Lock key when striking the A.

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Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-26

Hmmm. I dunno, mine dosen't have one...

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