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Ever Wondered Why The Letters On Keyboard Are NOT In Alphabetical Order?

Written by kasangaki Daniel

You must be using your computer keyboards or laptop pads daily but have you ever given a thought to the letters arrangement in the keyboard? Well, there is a history behind this arrangement of letters. The reason dates back to the time where manual typewriters existed. It started with the normal keypad for typewriters and all the letters even were designed in progressive order.

But what happened then that made the designers have a change in the patternLet’s peep into the actual theory behind designer’s this action.

Computer keyboard is derived from typewriter keyboard


The computer keyboards are basically originated from typewriter keyboards. Somehow the pattern is based on QWERTY keyboard. It was first introduced by Christopher Latham Sholes.

In 1870, the original design of positioned keys was in alphabetical order.


This made the typists go too fast or I must say faster than the movement of snail.

The earlier layout – Dvorak layout minimized the distance travelled.


The less distance and higher speed allowed the typist to place alternate hands on the consecutive letters as often as possible.

Due to letters “s-h, t-h, e-a, e-i, o-u”


And the consecutive hitting of these keys, the issue of wrangling of mechanical arms came up.

So for slow typing and preventing of key jams…


..The letters were randomly positioned.

The QWERTY keyboards were actually developed for mechanical typewriters


The logic of QWERTY layout was based on letter usage in English rather than letter position in the alphabet.  Well, there is also hearsay that the ‘typewriter’ word could be typed easily since all the letters were on one row.

However, this random positioning has benefited us.


People can easily learn to touch type and they can even get rid of their habit of looking often to the keyboard.

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kasangaki Daniel

An IT Technician by day and Tech blogger by night, Daniel is at his happiest when he's able to help others solve tech issues. He loves discussing computers and playing video games. Feel free to contact him on social media!
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