The end key
is a key commonly found on computer keyboard
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s. The key has the opposite effect of the home key
The home key is a key commonly found on computer keyboards. The key has the opposite effect of the end key. In limited-size keyboards where the home key is missing the same functionality can be reached via the key combination of -Microsoft Windows:...
. In limited-size keyboards where the end key is missing the same functionality can be reached via the key combination of
In modern Microsoft Windows
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text editing applications, it is primarily used to put the cursor at the end of the line in which the cursor is. When the text is not editable, the end key is used to scroll to the end of the document; this can also be done in editable text if the key is pressed along with control
In computing, a Control key is a modifier key which, when pressed in conjunction with another key, will perform a special operation ; similar to the Shift key, the Control key rarely performs any function when pressed by itself...
The end key can also be used to highlight all the characters after the cursor in a certain line if pressed along with shift
The shift key is a modifier key on a keyboard, used to type capital letters and other alternate "upper" characters. There are typically two shift keys, on the left and right sides of the row below the home row...
in editable text.
Mac OS X
On most Mac OS X
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applications, the key works differently than other platforms. When the key is pressed, the window scrolls to the bottom, while the caret position does not change at all; that is, the end key is tied to the window, not the text box being edited. To get the same result as the Windows platform (that is, going to the end of the current line of text), until Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) one could press . In most single-line text fields, one can also instead press the down arrow key.
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, the end key has basically the same functionality as it does on Windows. It positions the cursor at the end of a line in editable text, and otherwise scrolls a scrollable document to the end. Also, like Windows, the end key can be used to highlight all the characters after the cursor in a certain line if pressed along with shift in editable text.
In older screen-oriented, text-based (non-GUI) applications, the user pressed the "End" key to indicate that they had finished entering data on a particular "screen".