A Help key
, found in the shape of a dedicated key explicitly labeled "Help", or as another key, typically one of the function keys
, on a computer keyboard
, is a key which, when pressed, produces information on the screen/display to aid the user in his/her current task, such as using a specific function in an application program
In the case of a non-dedicated Help key, the location of the key will sometimes vary between different software packages. Most common in computer history, however, is the development of a de facto Help key location for each brand/family of computer, exemplified by the use of F1 on IBM compatible PCs.
On a full-sized Apple keyboard
, the help key was labelled simply as "Help", located to the left of the home key. Where IBM compatible PC keyboards had the backspace
and insert keys
, Apple keyboards had the delete and help keys instead. As of 2007, new Apple keyboards do not have a help key. In its place, a full-sized Apple Keyboard
has a Fn key
instead. Instead of a mechanical help key, the menu bar for most applications contain a Help menu as a matter of convention.
Amiga keyboards had a "Help" key, labelled as such, above the arrow keys on the keyboard, and next to a "Del" key (where the Insert/Home/Pg Up cluster is on a standard PC keyboard).