Ctrl+Alt+Delete. It’s the one key combination that practically everyone, including your tech-challenged family members, knows as the go-to for getting out of sticky situations with an unresponsive PC.

But how did that specific combinations come to be?

The story starts with an IBM engineer in 1980, on a quest to solve the problem of how to quickly reset the IBM PC he was working on without having to go through a lengthy system reset.

YouTube channel “Great Big Story” has a great video that covers the whole story with the engineer that created the iconic key combination, Dr. Dave Bradley, and you can get the full scoop above.



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