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#1 2005-03-07 22:19:09

Dusty
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From: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Registered: 2004-01-18
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Scroll Lock

Hey, here's one of those 'I can't believe I never asked this before now its almost embarrassing to ask it' questions.

What the hell is the Scroll Lock key for? I've never used it... it must have a purpose though, eh?

I used to use the pause/break key to interrupt programs under DOS, I think... or maybe i was VB... and the Print Screen key... I used to use that before Gimp Acquire-->Screenshot, but it doesn't work in Linux. Or I never tried it, can't say which. I never use any of these three anymore

What are these keys for... both traditionally and nowadays. I'm thinknig I could map them to a media player or something or other just so they aren't wasted.

Dusty

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#2 2005-03-07 22:35:30

Snowman
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From: Montreal, Canada
Registered: 2004-08-20
Posts: 5,212

Re: Scroll Lock

I think the Scroll Lock key is to stop text scrolling on the screen (i.e. to see output of program).  I've never used them.

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#3 2005-03-07 22:36:47

phrakture
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From: behind you
Registered: 2003-10-29
Posts: 7,879
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Re: Scroll Lock

I think scroll lock was made to "halt" terminal output... to keep it from scrolling... not sure... let me google it...
and print screen I actually map to import (imagemagick) so it's still functional

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#4 2005-03-07 22:38:22

Dusty
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From: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Registered: 2004-01-18
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Re: Scroll Lock

it does halt terminal output on the console, I just tried it.

coooooooooool.

its not as user-friendly as 'more' though.

Dusty

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#5 2005-03-07 22:39:16

phrakture
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Registered: 2003-10-29
Posts: 7,879
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Re: Scroll Lock

http://www.cheap56k.com/glossary/Scroll+Lock.html

SCROLL LOCK - The scroll lock key is, for most, a way to turn the "scroll lock" light on and off on your keyboard and nothing more. The scroll lock key was intended to function as a third "state" key, such as the Caps Lock and Num Lock keys. Some software makes use of it, but most does not. Some people mock the scroll lock key, but we seek ways to unleash its power! tongue

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#6 2005-03-07 22:41:52

Dusty
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From: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Registered: 2004-01-18
Posts: 5,986
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Re: Scroll Lock

I see.... it doesn't work for me because I don't have a scroll lock light.  I think I'll remap those keys someday. Just have to decide what to do with them. I don't use the function keys enough either.

Dusty

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#7 2005-03-07 22:58:19

z4ziggy
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From: Israel
Registered: 2004-03-29
Posts: 573
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Re: Scroll Lock

i think the only place i ever saw "scroll lock" actually used was in LOTUS 1-2-3 (back in the old dos days) - cant remember though what exactly was its functionality - maybe selecting "page scroll" vs "line scroll"... dunno... bad, bad, bad memory cells... :shock:

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#8 2005-03-08 00:21:52

T-Dawg
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From: Wilmington, NC
Registered: 2005-01-29
Posts: 2,734

Re: Scroll Lock

hey I have a scroll lock light and it doesn't even work!

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#9 2016-01-11 00:05:00

Just-a-Punk
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Registered: 2016-01-10
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Re: Scroll Lock

First time I felt I need Scroll Lock button on my keyboard is rebuilding "of the world" in FreeBSD on VDS through VNC. I got a lot of mistakes of resolving deps & if_else in code, I felt I must scroll up to read what exactly wrong. In Local Arch scroll in terminal is turned by default.

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#10 2016-01-11 01:00:59

ewaller
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From: Pasadena, CA
Registered: 2009-07-13
Posts: 13,134

Re: Scroll Lock

Just-a-Punk.   Welcome to Arch Linux.  You do realize that this was a ten, almost 11 year old thread?

I am going to go ahead and close it now.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … bumping.22


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