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.
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:
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:
Once you apply the changes, your keyboard language should be changed.
Occasionally, when you are typing with your keyboard, you may find that numbers and symbols have replaced the letters that you are trying to insert. This can occur when the [NumLock] key has been pressed, which changes the keyboard into the mode in which it acts as a number pad. If you are using a laptop that doesn't feature a number pad, your [NumLock] key may be the reason behind this.
To reverse this and return to the normal letter mode, press the [NumLock] button on your keyboard. Some models may require one of the following key combinations: [Fn] + [NumLock] or [Shift] + [NumLock].
You can also rapidly navigate between QWERTY and AZERTY keyboard settings by using any of the following key combinations: [ALT] + [Shift], [Shift] + [ALT], or — if you are using an AZERTY keyboard — [Shift] + [Alt Gr].