Backspace key

Computer backspace keysSometimes referred to as the rubout key, the Backspace key or Back space key is a keyboard key that deletes any character before the cursors current position or to the left.

Where is the backspace key

As seen in the picture to the right, the backspace key always has an arrow that points to the left and is in the top-right portion of the keyboard. On Apple computers, the backspace key is called 'delete' but performs the same function as the backspace.

Note: All keyboards that have a backspace key only have one backspace key.

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the backspace key highlighted in blue.

Backspace key

Note: As mentioned earlier an Apple keyboard does not have a backspace key. Instead the key is called "delete" on Apple keyboards.

Does backspace remove text from the left or right of cursor?

With a PC keyboard that has a backspace when you press the backspace key it removes text to the left over the cursor.

Tip: The arrow pointing to the left helps you remember the direction of the backspace key.

Practice using the Backspace key

For example, click the mouse button at the end of "deleted" in the below box and press the backspace key to practice using the key.

Tip: Press and hold down Ctrl and press Backspace to delete one full word at a time, instead of deleting one character at a time.

Related pages

Also see: Back, Clear, Delete, Keyboard terms