What does the Scroll Lock key do?
26 March, 2010 | Web design
Scroll lock what are we going to do with you? No seriously, what can we do with you?
Many Estate Agents will find that it is one of those rogue keys that is never used and most people don't even know why it's even there.
When all your other keys have faded from overuse, scroll lock is guaranteed to be silently mocking Estate Agents along with the 'Pause Break' Key.
Scroll lock, as the name suggests, locks and unlocks scrolling within a document. It is the remains from the old style of keyboard by IBM and is not used by most modern software. In the original design, scroll lock was intended to change the way that people used the arrow keys - or 'scrolling' keys.
When the scroll lock was activated, the arrow keys move the whole document up and down, left and right, this is instead of moving the flashing cursor that allows you to type.
Today, the use of scroll lock is rare. Some MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) still use Scroll lock as an extra function to the game.