Control Alt Delete

Do you remember when computers first become “accessible” and how excited you were to get your own? By own, I mean one- for the entire family. The waiting for dial up connection? No biggie. Playing Solitaire and Minecraft? An amazing way to waste time. And when all else failed and the computer froze? Pressing “Control Alt Delete”. Boom.

Now though? With the internet connected immediately, dial up not even a thing for even a home phone, and Candy Crush dominating your free time, whatever happened to “Control Alt Delete”? And how exactly did it work?

Well…. Control Alt Delete is a computer keyboard command on IBM PC compatible computers, invoked by pressing the Delete key while holding the Control and Alt keys: Ctrl+Alt+Delete. The function of the key combination differs depending on the context but it generally interrupts or facilitates interrupting a function. For instance, in pre-boot environment (before an operating system starts) or in DOS, Windows 3.0 and earlier versions of Windows or OS/2, the key combination reboots the computer. Starting with Windows 3.1, the command invokes a task manager or security related component that facilitates ending a Windows session.

But as technology has advanced, so has this function. Have you ever tried pressing that on a MAC? Go for it. It does nothing! Why? Because Apple- as (suave and sleek as they are) revamped the combo, to be different. With them? It’s Control Option Delete. Totally original huh?

What about other programs though? What happens when you press that under a different system, or maybe even get creative and throw in a few extra key board strokes? Well, observe the model, and thank us later. :)

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