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Keyboard keys?

Asked by glitterrrrfish (219 points ) September 28th, 2008 from iPhone

why are the keys on the keyboard of a computer ordered the way they are?
Why not in alphabetical order?

I’ve been looking at them for quite a while now and their in no such order from what I can tell

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JackAdams's avatar

Historical information about it appears here.

TheFonz_is's avatar

i believe, not having read the above link, that when people started using typewriters many moons ago, they were in alphabetical order.. THis led to people typing too fast and breaking a lot of the then flimsy machines, qwerty was brought in to stop people doing that, then it was simply transferred to keyboards,

either that or i just made it up :)3

Dutchess12's avatar

@TheFonz_is—How would the keys being in alphabetical order allow people to type faster?

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