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Bill Gates: Ctrl + Alt + Delete 'was a mistake'

The keyboard combo to force-close applications was not on purpose.
By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Sept. 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM   |   Comments

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Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The iconic keyboard command Control-Alt-Delete has become common knowledge.

But according to Bill Gates, the combination was unintentional.

"It was a mistake," Gates said. "We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button."

The man responsible for the combination is David Bradley, an engineer that worked on the original IBM computer.

The three-key command exists to this day in Windows 8 to lock a PC or run Task Manager.

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