QWERTY vs. AZERTY Keyboards

October 2016

The keyboard is an integral part of a computer, and it comes with many varied layouts. Of the many types of keyboards, the QWERTY and the AZERTY keyboards are the most widely used.

This tutorial will introduce you to these two types of keyboards and then show you how to change from one to another.

What is a QWERTY Keyboard?

QWERTY keyboards, also known as Sholes keyboards, refer to the five consecutive letters on the upper left corner of the keypad. This type of keyboard bears the layout used for Latin languages and is the most common keyboard used in the United States:

What is an AZERTY Keyboard?

An AZERTY keyboard is the most common type of keyboard used in France. The letters are also found in a consecutive sequence on the upper left corner of the keypad:

How To Change Your Keyboard Language

Go to the Start menu, and open Control Panel.

Choose Clock, Language and Region, and select Regional and Language Options. In the Installed Services section, click Add.

If your keyboard language is set to French (AZERTY), change it to English US/UK, and if your keyboard is set to English (QWERTY), change the language to French (AZERTY).

In the Keyboard section, choose QWERTY or AZERTY, and click OK.

Once you apply the changes, your keyboard language should be changed.

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