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why is there to shift keys on my laptop? Answered

i have a macbook and there is two shift keys 

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Best Answer 11 years ago

There are two shift keys on most keyboards - it depends whether you are left or right-handed, or if you type single-handed (right thumb on the left shift, the rest of your hand can reach the left half of the keyboard, right little finger on the right shift, and your other fingers can reach the right of the keyboard).


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Re-design
Re-design

11 years ago

In high school typing class we were taught to use the opposite shift key from the hand typing the letter.  Like when I typed the "L" I used the left shift.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

I started guessing at that, but concluded "that would be it" - you agree with me then?

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 11 years ago

Yep. If you touch-type at any significant speed, you use both.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 11 years ago

Yes.  I didn't  read yours all the way thru but you said it first!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

.  H  =  one shift key
H  = two shift keys
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.  j/k. see Kiteman's answer.

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Answer 11 years ago

thats a win..a win indeed 

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

In addition to Kiteman, this was common on typewriters (which keyboards derive from). Trained typists would spend a lot of time (without a mouse), both hands on the keys. The SHIFT keys operated a common mechanism to shift the roller up such that uppercase type hit the paper. The hand they used for SHIFT depended upon the other hand they were using for the letter. See "touch typing" for more.
Computer keyboards have evolved very little from the basic QWERTY typewriter layout, hence still two SHIFT keys on most.

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