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AZERTY keyboard

A keyboard layout used in France and neighboring countries. A, Z, E, R, T and Y are the letters on the top left, alphabetic row. AZERTY is similar to the QWERTY layout, except that Q and A are swapped, Z and W are swapped and M is in the middle row instead of the bottom one. Switching from QWERTY to AZERTY takes some practice; however, it is easier than switching from QWERTY to Dvorak, which is very difficult for experienced touch typists. See QWERTY keyboard and keyboard types.

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Been Around a While
AZERTY keyboards predate computer keyboards; witness this earlier portable typewriter used in France.
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