Why Can't They All Put the Keys in the Same Place?

I just bought a new keyboard. With all my writing and blogging, I seem to have worn off the lettering on the "m" and "n" and "," and "."

Does that mean I use these keys the most or does it means that I just hit them harder than the others? Maybe my keyboard was faulty - when they printed it originally, did they used a thinner application of paint on those keys?

Well, this might not be much of an issue for someone who does "touch-typing" but for a "look-at-the-keys" two-finger-typer like me, it presents some challenges.

So I go to the office supply store and select a new keyboard. I was looking for a wireless one anyway, but I don't seem to recall seeing any with the traditional cord. Has that gone the way of technology also?

Anyway, I try several keyboards and pick the one I like. I take it back to my office and install it. Then it dawns on me. Some of the keys aren't in the same place. Oh not the lettered and numbered keys - the ones that really matter like "end," "home," and "delete." Can't tell you how many mistakes and re-dos I've had. Hopefully the muscle memory learning curve won't take too long to master.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsSteve Hoffacker • June 28 2008 08:53AM

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You will get used to it.  It is uncomfortable at first but I have confidence in you! 

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) over 11 years ago

:o) Reminds me of the time a few years ago I spent a week visiting my parents.  My mother had purhcased an "ergonomically designed" keyboard.  It was one of those that was split into two parts, shaped sort of like a croissant!  I will never understand how she got used to it.

Nice post.  I enjoy your writing style.

Posted by Tim Lamont (CBRB - New England) over 11 years ago

Steve, your blog made me take a look at my own well-used keyboard.  I noticed that the markings are worn thinner on my "m" and "n" keys, too!  Also on the "k" and "i" keys. 

Since I am a touch typer, the only explanation I could think of is that those are the keys that I hit with the second and third fingers of my right hand.  Since that's my dominant hand, maybe I hit them a little harder?

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

Melody, thanks for your vote of confidence. The real question is how long is going to take. I'm tired of making mistakes. :)

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

Tim, I tried one of those keyboards once in the store. That's where it stayed. Thanks for your gracious comments. 

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

Brian, isn't that interesting? In my case it could be because I sometimes hit the wrong key so that it gets more action than it should. It might just be a dominant hand thing. Thanks.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

My mom has a keyboard like Tim's mom.  She just loves it.  She can't type on my keyboard when she visits.  I guess it's all in what you get used to...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Debi, that's fine until it breaks or wears out. Then you have to learn all over again - that's where I am now. Thanks. Hope you're staying dry. :)

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

The designers are sadistic and enjoy causing confusion.

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Even when the keys stay in the same place, we are all guilty of making those pesky typos.The problem is that spellcheckers only catch misspelled words...not properly spelled words used in the wrong context.

Per our phone conversation earlier, I had an interesting situation with a Marine when I worked in the marketing department for the air force. A gentelman from the Marine Corps asked me if I would help him to advertise to get donations for the Toys for Tots program. It's a very admirable program, but this gentelman misspelled the word Tots. To his credit, the word he accidentally used was spelled correctly...so the spell checker didn't catch it.

Needless to say, once I brought the typo to his attention, he apologized profusely and I am sure that he never made that mistake again. LOL

Posted by Melissa Stockstill (MindKube creative & marketing) over 11 years ago

I don't know about the designers being sadistic, but it sure would help if we could have a uniform keyboard. They all have the "QWERTY" but then then they put the delete, alt, end, home, and other keys in different places and they make them different sizes between keyboards.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

Melissa, thanks for the comments. Typo errors have gotten to be a way of life with me and I know how spellcheckers can miss what I mean because I've used a correct word - just in the wrong application. Amusing story you shared.

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago

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