It’s weird to think that we’ve been using keyboards since before we used computers. In fact most people use some version of the keyboard everyday. However we’re willing to bet you use them without knowing all of these fun facts! Check them out below.
1. On a normal keyboard, the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard is word ‘Typewriter’, using the top row. Coincidence?
2. The qwerty layout was designed for manual typewriters initially by Christopher Sholes in 1872. That means that humanity has used virtually the same design for almost 150 years!
3. This layout was actually designed to be less efficient! Sholes wanted a design that would increase the time to type any word to reduce the jamming of hammers on typewriters.
4. The shortest space bar? That’s in the Japanese keyboard. Japanese people have so many letters they occupy the most amount of space!
5. The QWERTY design isn’t the most effective one. It requires 50% more movement than Dvorak and 80% more movement than Colemak, making either of those faster to use… that is assuming you can get used to a completely different setup!
6. We have a very slim and small keyboard available, however, there are even smaller designs like the one below! It uses the same key for multiple characters to be able to pack as many as possible in the smallest space.
7. A UK study found that your keyboard is probably dirtier than your toilet, that’s why learning how to properly clean them is so important!
8. Most keyboards have a tiny horizontal bump on the letters “J” and “F”. Now that you looked down to check you can use them as typists do to place your middle fingers from both hands on each so you can cover every part of the keyboard and locate where you are, even in the dark!
9. The only monument to the keyboard in the world is in Yekaterinburg, Russia, to a QWERTY keyboard. People make wished jumping from letter to letter. Want to reset your life? Jump to “Ctrl”, “Alt”, “Del”! However, it might not be that easy…
10. The combination of “Ctrl”, “Alt”, “Del” to restore your computer was invented by David Bradley from IBM. It doesn’t have any particular meaning, these keys were selected because it’s impossible to type all three with one hand, making it almost impossible to accidentally type it.
11. Keyboards were originally the only way to interact with a computer, since they were invented before the invention of the mouse.
12. The longest English word that you can type using only your left hand is stewardesses. Feel free to try it. We know you want to now.
13. Your keystrokes can be easily stored by hackers using keyloggers. If you’re ever in need to input some personal information on an insecure computer, you can fool most of them by using the On-Screen Keyboard program.
14. Scroll Lock (abbreviated ScrLk) is the least used key in your keyboard and everyone elses’. It never really had any particular function since the function it was originally made to do was made obsolete quite quickly. We still have it tho!
15. The three most used keys on the keyboard is the spacebar, the letter “e” and the backspace, in that order.
16. The right name for the “#” symbol on your keyboard is “octothorpe”. Not as nice-sounding as “hashtag”.
17. Although most people are right-handed, due to the design of the keyboard, the left hand is use more often. In fact a lot of people use all fingers of their left hand but only the middle finger of their right hand when typing.
17. The world record for typing the English alphabet from A to Z is only 1.36 seconds.
18. Typing on manual typewriters was a big workout. In fact, when typists switched from manual to electric typewriters they’d gain roughly ten pounds per year.
19. Every time you hit the space bar, another six million space bars got hit at the same time as you did.
20. Typing in Japanese is particularly hard. Most Japanese keyboards have three or four letters per key to accommodate all dialects, which are accessed through special combinations, making it long and time-consuming.
21. The French keyboard layout is one of the most unusual of the ones that use the same letters of the original design. It’s also the only one where you can press “Shift” + “;” to get a period.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite? Let us know below!
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