Scroll Lock key

Scroll lock keySometimes 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, the screen will move in that direction, but the selected cell will not change.

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Also see: Control keys, Keyboard terms, Togglekeys