Scroll Lock key

Scroll lockSometimes abbreviated as ScLk, ScrLk, or Slk, the Scroll Lock key is found on a computer keyboard, often located close to the pause key. While not often used today, the scroll lock key was originally intended to be used in conjunction with the arrow keys to scroll through the contents of a text box. It has also been used to stop the scrolling of text or halt the operation of a program. The picture shows what a Scroll Lock key with an LED may look like on a keyboard.

Example of scroll lock being used today

Microsoft Excel is a good example of a software program that still uses this key. If scroll lock is enabled on the keyboard, pressing any of the arrow keys results in the screen moving in that direction, but the selected cell will not change.

Where is the scroll lock key on the keyboard?

The scroll lock key is labeled as one of the abbreviations mentioned earlier and located with or near the other control keys on the keyboard. Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the scroll lock key highlighted in blue.

Scroll lock key

Note: On Apple computer keyboards, the scroll lock key may be missing and have an F14 function key instead.

Where is the scroll lock on a laptop?

To help make the keyboard smaller on a laptop most laptop keyboards combine the scroll lock with another key. For example, the words Scroll may be marked on the Insert key. To change the scroll lock with this type of keyboard press and hold the Fn key and then the key used in combination of the Scroll or Scroll lock.

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Also see: Control keys, Keyboard terms, Togglekeys