# inbox key

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#### blacknomi

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where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

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#### Nahualli

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blacknomi said:
where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

It depends on what you're trying to say. "key" is not only a button on a keyboard or a keypad (hence the name) but it's also a code. A key is something that opens, enables or unlocks something. The solution to a puzzle is often reffered to as a "key". The legend on a map is sometimes reffered to as a "key". A list of common mathematical equations and answers are reffered to as a "key". A code or serial number that unlocks a piece of software is a "software key".

So yes, you can use key and button interchangeably in most cases. It's the few times that you can't use them as such you need to be careful of.

-Nah-

#### twostep

##### Senior Member
Nahualli said:
blacknomi said:
where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

It depends on what you're trying to say. "key" is not only a button on a keyboard or a keypad (hence the name) but it's also a code. A key is something that opens, enables or unlocks something. The solution to a puzzle is often reffered to as a "key". The legend on a map is sometimes reffered to as a "key". A list of common mathematical equations and answers are reffered to as a "key". A code or serial number that unlocks a piece of software is a "software key".

So yes, you can use key and button interchangeably in most cases. It's the few times that you can't use them as such you need to be careful of.

-Nah-

Thank you Nah - I like your explanation.

#### blacknomi

##### Key Member
Nahualli said:
blacknomi said:
where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

It depends on what you're trying to say. "key" is not only a button on a keyboard or a keypad (hence the name) but it's also a code. A key is something that opens, enables or unlocks something. The solution to a puzzle is often reffered to as a "key". The legend on a map is sometimes reffered to as a "key". A list of common mathematical equations and answers are reffered to as a "key". A code or serial number that unlocks a piece of software is a "software key".

So yes, you can use key and button interchangeably in most cases. It's the few times that you can't use them as such you need to be careful of.

-Nah-

Thank you very much for the details, Nah.

So here I can use hit the key/button and click on the key/button when I mean to click on the icon on the interface, for example,

"I hit the preview key/button accidently."
"I click on the preview key/button accidently."

I would like to confirm that key/button and hit/click on can can be used interchangeably in this case. Right?

Best Regards,
Blacknomi

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#### Nahualli

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blacknomi said:
Nahualli said:
blacknomi said:
where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

It depends on what you're trying to say. "key" is not only a button on a keyboard or a keypad (hence the name) but it's also a code. A key is something that opens, enables or unlocks something. The solution to a puzzle is often reffered to as a "key". The legend on a map is sometimes reffered to as a "key". A list of common mathematical equations and answers are reffered to as a "key". A code or serial number that unlocks a piece of software is a "software key".

So yes, you can use key and button interchangeably in most cases. It's the few times that you can't use them as such you need to be careful of.

-Nah-

Thank you very much for the details, Nah.

So here I can use hit the key/button and click on the key/button when I mean to click on the icon on the interface, for example,

"I hit the preview key/button accidently."
"I click on the preview key/button accidently."

I would like to confirm that key/button and hit/click on can can be used interchangeably in this case. Right?

Best Regards,
Blacknomi

Not necessarily in this case. By your sentence's context it sounds as if you are talking about some kind of application like a web browser. In that case the two are NOT interchangeable. A button refers to a "soft key" like what you find on a website of in a software application. Key refers to a "hard key" like what you find on a computer keyboard or a telephone.

While you can hit a button on your cell phone, you can't hit a key on a webpage to go back one page. Make sense?

-Nah-

#### blacknomi

##### Key Member
Nahualli said:
blacknomi said:
Nahualli said:
blacknomi said:
where is the inbox key?

Can i say inbox button?

Sometimes people hit the key and sometimes people click on the button?!

Hit sounds so violent, but it's weird that I see Cass hits the key all the time. :?:

It depends on what you're trying to say. "key" is not only a button on a keyboard or a keypad (hence the name) but it's also a code. A key is something that opens, enables or unlocks something. The solution to a puzzle is often reffered to as a "key". The legend on a map is sometimes reffered to as a "key". A list of common mathematical equations and answers are reffered to as a "key". A code or serial number that unlocks a piece of software is a "software key".

So yes, you can use key and button interchangeably in most cases. It's the few times that you can't use them as such you need to be careful of.

-Nah-

Thank you very much for the details, Nah.

So here I can use hit the key/button and click on the key/button when I mean to click on the icon on the interface, for example,

"I hit the preview key/button accidently."
"I click on the preview key/button accidently."

I would like to confirm that key/button and hit/click on can can be used interchangeably in this case. Right?

Best Regards,
Blacknomi

Not necessarily in this case. By your sentence's context it sounds as if you are talking about some kind of application like a web browser. In that case the two are NOT interchangeable. A button refers to a "soft key" like what you find on a website of in a software application. Key refers to a "hard key" like what you find on a computer keyboard or a telephone.

While you can hit a button on your cell phone, you can't hit a key on a webpage to go back one page. Make sense?

-Nah-

HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHA. I'm sorry to laugh that way. But I do think it is the BEST way to show my hearty laugh here. I don't like LOL or lol or a row of :lol: , in my opinion. Thank you, Nah. You are hilarious!

I see your point. But back to my point, this was the original sentence I saw in someone's thread at UE, perhaps Jack's thread of in/on.
where is the inbox key?
I think he 's talking about the soft key on the browser. Shouldn't it be "inbox button"? Okay, I guess I know, sometimes we have a hard key equipped on our PDA or modern cell phone, that way we can say either one. Right?

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#### Nahualli

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Yep, I think he is referring to a software button in which case it's a button, not a key. Unless, of course his keyboard has a custom key (like many newer keyboards do) they have *keys* for things like calculator, email program, mp3 player, etc.

It's something I think only he can answer

-Nah-

#### blacknomi

##### Key Member
I see your point. Thanks, Nah.

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