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While it is probably not overly relevant, on a mechanical typewriter the shift lock key tilts slightly down and in direction of the typist to lock. Given its small size (it is smaller than the regular shift key) and the considerable mechanical force one has to employ with one's pinky (and the typical pinky inclination one row above the usual shift row), one ...


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Way overly simple answer: The Down Icon (which comes from typewriters, most of the keyboard does (redesign please!)) represents the shift key being held down.


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As others have mentioned, the downward arrow seems to be a particularity of German and Austrian QWERTZ keyboards. There is a standard for depicting the function keys on a keyboard, part of ISO/IEC 9995. You'll see there are two possible symbols for Caps Lock, both of which point upward. The standard considers the different types of Shift and Caps lock ...


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Wikipedia seems to be popular with the information so far... :) So here's info from the history section of the page on caps lock The Caps Lock key is a modified version of the Shift lock key that occupies the same position on the keyboards of mechanical typewriters. An early innovation in mechanical typewriters was the introduction of a second ...


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It may be related to QWERTZ keyboard layouts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTZ And you probably see it on most keyboards because you live/work in a country (Germany, Austria, etal) that uses the QWERTZ keyboard layout. See the orange countries in this pic. ...



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