Template:Key

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Documentation

This is the key template, which can be used to illustrate keystrokes.

Example:

{{Key|A}} produces A

Keystroke combinations

To illustrate keystroke combinations, just use extra parameters:

{{Key|Alt|P}} produces Alt+P
{{Key|Ctrl|Alt|Del}} produces Ctrl+Alt+Del

This template currently handles up to 5 key name parameters.

When you feed several key names to this template, it adds a "+" with no spaces around. This means it won't line wrap. But when you show key combinations for instance in a table then that might cause too wide items. Then instead manually build the key combination with spaces around the "+" so it can line wrap. Like this:

{{Key|Ctrl}} + {{Key|Alt}} + {{Key|Del}} produces Ctrl + Alt + Del

On the other hand, to illustrate Windows Alt codes you might want to use separate templates with no intervening punctuation or space. In most Windows systems in North America and Western Europe, for example, the plus-minus sign (±) can be entered by holding down the Alt key while typing 0177 (with the numeric keypad). This could be illustrated like this:

{{Key|Alt|0}}{{Key|1}}{{Key|7}}{{Key|7}} produces Alt+0177

Wiki characters

Some wiki markup character, like the Pipe symbol, the Semicolon and the Equals sign, need to be entered with surrounding <nowiki> tags.

Key symbols

Some key names have a fitting unicode character. This template automatically adds such "icons" to the following key names:

{{Key|Caps Lock}} produces ⇪ Caps Lock
{{Key|Shift}} produces ⇧ Shift
{{Key|Enter}} produces ↵ Enter
{{Key|Tab}} produces Tab ⇆
{{Key|Backspace}} produces ← Backspace
{{Key|Cmd}} produces ⌘ Cmd
{{Key|Opt}} produces ⌥ Opt
{{Key|Up}} produces
{{Key|Down}} produces
{{Key|Left}} produces
{{Key|Right}} produces

There are no characters for the Windows key and Menu key. So this template shows approximate characters for them in the following way:

{{Key|Win}} produces ⊞ Win
{{Key|Menu}} produces ≣ Menu

Mouse icons

{{Key|LMB}} produces LMB
{{Key|RMB}} produces RMB
{{Key|MMB}} produces MMB

Technical details

This template calls {{key/core}}, which holds the code that otherwise would be repeated several times in {{key}}, thus simplifying the code.


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