The Backspace key is sometimes referred to as the rubout key. The rubout key was on early terminal and computer keyboards; it performed the same function as today's backspace key.
Where is the Backspace key?
As seen below, the Backspace key is located in the top-right portion of the keyboard's character keys section. On Apple computers, there is a "delete" key instead of Backspace, but performs the same function.
All keyboards that utilize the Backspace key only have one.
Backspace key on a Windows-based keyboard
Delete (Backspace) key on an Apple keyboard
Does Backspace remove text to the left or right of the cursor?
The arrow pointing to the left helps you remember the direction of the Backspace key.
Apple keyboards have two delete keys. The one that functions the same as its Windows counterpart is in the navigation keys section next to the main character keys section (shown right).
How is the Backspace key used, and what is its function?
The Backspace key has one function: delete text to the left of the cursor. In some Internet browsers, you can also press the Backspace key to go back to the previous page. However, most browsers today use the shortcut combination Alt+left arrow key instead.
Practice using the Backspace key
Like all other keys, Backspace can be combined with other modifier keys to create keyboard shortcuts. For example, you can press and hold the Ctrl key, and then press Backspace to delete one full word at a time, instead of one character.
To delete text in the middle of a sentence, click to place your text cursor immediately after the text you want to delete. Then, press Backspace until the text is erased. For example, in the sentence above, you could click after the word "example" and press the Backspace key until it is deleted.