Alt key

\ ˈȯlt- How to pronounce Alt key (audio) \
variants: or Alt \ ˈȯlt How to pronounce Alt (audio) \

Definition of Alt key

: a key on a computer keyboard that when pressed in combination with other keys enables special commands or symbols to be accessed — compare control key

First Known Use of Alt key

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alt key

Alt short for alternate entry 1 or alternate entry 2

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“Alt key.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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