Arrow keys

Keyboard arrow keysAlternatively referred to as cursor keys, the arrow keys are usually located in between the standard section and the numeric pad on computer keyboards. It is made up of four keys: the left arrow (back arrow), up arrow, down arrow, and the right arrow (forward arrow). The picture is an example of what the arrow keys may look like on your keyboard. Some keyboards, such as the Microsoft Natural Keyboard, may arrange these keys differently.

How are arrow keys used?

Below are a list of the most common reasons why someone may use the arrow keys on their keyboard.

  1. Move the text cursor on the screen to insert or remove text.
  2. Use in combination with other keys for shortcut keys. For example, pressing the Alt key and the left arrow key in all browsers takes you back one page.
  3. Move a character in a computer game.
  4. Select text. For example, holding down the Shift key and pressing the arrow key in the direction you want to highlight text.
  5. Move the mouse pointer using the keyboard instead of the mouse.

Overview of a keyboard

In the picture below, the Saitek Gamers' keyboard shows where the arrow keys can be found. Also, the numeric keypad can function as arrow keys when Num Lock is turned off.

Arrow keys on computer keyboard

Related pages

Also see: Keyboard terms