Scroll Lock key

Updated: 07/12/2017 by Computer Hope

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 a Scroll Lock key on a laptop keyboard?

Laptop control keysThe Insert key on a laptop is often part of another key around the Backspace key as shown in the picture. If a laptop is using two keys as one key, you must press the Fn key with the second key you want to use. In our example picture, the Scr Lk, Pause, and Break are all blue and a different color than the other keys.

To use these keys, press the Fn key and the key with the blue text you want to use. With our example picture, if you needed Num Lock you'd press the Num Lk key by itself and to use Scroll Lock press and hold the Fn key and the Scr Lk key at the same time.

Note: When it comes to PC laptops, there is no standard placement for these keys. Your laptop may not have the same configuration as shown in the picture. However, all PC's follow the same steps mentioned above.

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