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  1. Scroll Locknoun

    A key on a standard extended keyboard, originally causing the arrow keys to scroll a window rather than moving a cursor, now sometimes used for other purposes.


  1. Scroll Lock

    Scroll Lock (⤓ or ⇳) is a lock key (typically with an associated status light) on most IBM-compatible computer keyboards. Depending on the operating system, it may be used for different purposes, and applications may assign functions to the key or change their behavior depending on its toggling state.The key is not frequently used, and therefore some reduced or specialized keyboards lack Scroll Lock altogether. Pressing Ctrl+Scroll Lock performs the same function as pressing Ctrl+Pause/Break. This behavior is a remnant of the original IBM PC keyboards, which did not have a dedicated Pause/Break key. Instead, they assigned the Pause function to Ctrl+Num Lock and the Break function to Ctrl+Scroll Lock.


  1. Scroll lock

    Scroll Lock is a lock key on most IBM-compatible computer keyboards. The key is infrequently used, and therefore some newer Logitech and laptop keyboards lack Scroll Lock altogether. The Scroll Lock key was meant to lock all scrolling techniques, and is a remnant from the original IBM PC keyboard, though it is not used by most modern-day software. In the original design, Scroll Lock was intended to modify the behavior of the arrow keys. When the Scroll Lock mode was on, the arrow keys would scroll the contents of a text window instead of moving the cursor. In this usage, Scroll Lock is a toggling lock key like Num Lock or Caps Lock, which have a state that persists after the key is released. Today, this particular use of Scroll Lock is rarely used. Only very few modern programs still honor this behavior, such as Lotus Notes and Microsoft Excel. Most GUI environments neglect Scroll Lock, which means scrolling must be accomplished with a computer mouse, using means such as scrollbars or scroll wheels. Many common text editors exhibit similar behaviour when arrow keys are used with control key depressed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scroll lock in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scroll lock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  • verrouillage du défilementFrench
  • ऊपर नीचे करना बंदHindi
  • ಸ್ಕ್ರಾಲ್ ಲಾಕ್Kannada
  • bloqueio de rolagemPortuguese
  • блокировка прокруткиRussian

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