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home key

See under home row.

home row

(in touch typing) the row on a typewriter or computer keyboard that contains the keys (home keys) to which four fingers of each hand return as a base, on a QWERTY keyboard being A, S, D, and F for the left hand and J, K, L, and the semicolon for the right. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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home keys in Technology

The eight keys on a typewriter or computer keyboard on which a touch-typist positions their eight finger tips when starting to type or when resting between words or phrases. Typists learn the position of all keys on the keyboard in relation to the home keys.
On a standard english keyboard layout, the home keys are ASDF for the left hand and JKL; for the right. Most keyboards have small raised bumps on the left and right index finger keys (F and J) so you can find the home keys by touch without looking.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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