The ultimate guide to computer keyboards around the world

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KEYBOARD GUIDE WORLD WIDE

IT’S EASILY ONE OF THE MOST ANNOYING THINGS about not bringing a laptop or tablet while traveling: foreign keyboards. Especially when I’m pressed for time and Euros are disappearing while I’m finger-pecking my way around an email to send home. Even when the keys are in my familiar QWERTY layout, just trying to find the right punctuation can be super frustrating.

It’s like playing Where’s Waldo, keyboard style. And the time pressure just makes it worse: the clock in the bottom right is ticking down…Oh, too late, we’re shutting you down…sorry you didn’t locate the @ symbol in time. You lose.

The first thing you might be shocked about when traveling is that the layout of the letters on the keyboard won’t necessarily be the same as at home. QWERTY (check the first six letters on the top row) is the standard for most keyboards around the world, but others exist, including AZERTY, QWERTZ, and ones where it seems the letters are just strewn about randomly, like the Turkish F-keyboard.

Below is a listing of 33 keyboards including annotated image, layout style, and a quick reference guide on common trip-ups.

Belgium

Belgium Keyboard

Keyboard layout: AZERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessQuotation mark (“) / Hash symbol (#) – use AltGr to accessPeriod (.)Dollar sign ($)

Croatia (also Bosnia, Slovenia, and Serbia)

Croatia Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTZ

Quotation mark (“)At symbol (@) – use Alt to accessQuestion mark (?)

Czech Republic

Czech Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTZ (it’s also common to see QWERTY)

Ampersand (&)At symbol (@) – use Alt to accessExclamation mark (!)Parentheses (())

Denmark

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessDollar sign ($) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)

Finland

Finnish Keyboard

Photo: nori*

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access / Quotation mark (“)Dollar sign ($) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)

France

French Keyboard

Keyboard layout: AZERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessDollar sign ($)Exclamation mark (!)

Germany / Austria

German Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTZ

Quotation mark (“)Question mark (?)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessHash symbol (#)

Hungary

Hungarian Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTZ

Quotation mark (“)Exclamation mark (!)Hash symbol (#) – use AltGr to accessAmpersand (&) – use AltGr to accessAt symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessDollar sign ($)

Iceland

Icelandic Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)

Italy

Italian Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)Question mark (?)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to accessHash symbol (#) – use AltGr to access

Netherlands

Dutch Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@)Quotation mark (“)Question mark (?)

Portugal

Portuguese Keyboard (Portugal)

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access / Quotation mark (“)Question mark (?)

Russia

Russian Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Spain

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access / Quotation mark (“)Hash symbol (#) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)

Sweden

Swedish Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access / Quotation mark {“)Dollar sign ($) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)

Switzerland

Swiss Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTZ

At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access / Quotation mark (“)Hash symbol (#) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)Exclamation mark (!)Dollar sign ($)

United Kingdom / Ireland

English Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)At symbol (@)Hash symbol (#)

Mexico, Central and South America (except Brazil)

Latin American Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)Question mark (?)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access

Brazil

Brazilian Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)Forward slash (/) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?) – use AltGr to access

China / Taiwan / Hong Kong

Chinese Taiwanese Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

India (Hindi)

Indian Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Japan

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access

Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar / Burmese Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

South Korea

South Korean Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Thailand

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Vietnam

Vietnamese Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Arab world

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Israel (Hebrew)

Israeli Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

Pakistan (Urdu)

Pakistani Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)At symbol (@)

Turkey

Turkish Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Quotation mark (“)Hash symbol (#) – use AltGr to accessDollar sign ($) – use AltGr to accessQuestion mark (?)At symbol (@) – use AltGr to access

You may also run into a Turkish F-keyboard, although it’s unlikely. It has an interesting history, though (from Wikipedia):

The Turkish language uses the Turkish Latin alphabet, and a dedicated keyboard layout was designed in 1955 by ?hsan S?tk? Yener. During its design, letter frequencies in the Turkish language were investigated with the aid of Turkish Language Association. These statistics were then combined with studies on bone and muscle anatomy of the fingers to design the Turkish F-keyboard. The keyboard provides a balanced distribution of typing effort between the hands: 49% for the left hand and 51% for the right.

Turkish-F keyboard
Turkish-F keyboard

Afghanistan / Iran / Tajikistan (Persian / Farsi)

Afganistan Iran Tajikistan Persian Farsi Keyboard

 

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Same layout as US keyboard.

For those of you not familiar with the US keyboard, take note.

American QWERTY Keyboard

Keyboard layout: QWERTY

Exclamation mark (!)At symbol (@)Hash symbol (#)

Source : Newsbar

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