Why the @#$@#$$@#&^%*^%@(sorry, cant be polite) do they put the windows shortcut key and start key on the top right hand side of the keyboard in laptops?.
Or better, why do they put the insert key to the right of the spacebar, I am always bumping it and losing typed text.
I just checked and both my HP and Sharp laptops have them where they belong. Must be your band/model.
My laptop has the windows key on the left, the context menu key on the right, and the insert button on the top row over the backspace key. I'm used to it; other keyboards (especially thinkpads) drive me insane.
About the only flaw with the Mac laptop keyboards is the slightly inconvenient placement of the fn and ctrl keys. The fn key is left-most followed by ctrl. Given the number of times I've found myself hitting fn-C rather than Ctrl-C to interrupt a shell process, I think the should be reversed.
My Dell Inspiron keyboard's lower row is fairly standard: <Ctrl> <Fn> <Windows> <Alt> <___Spacebar___> <Alt> <Ctrl>
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Aussie Chick - do you actually ever use the insert key? If not, just pop the key off the keyboard. Someone suggested this to me ages ago and I've never accidentally hit caps lock or insert since.
It hard to believe, although the primary reason is lack of real estate, the real reason is due to keyboard layout and design copyrights. Another reason? Stupidity! Let's not rule that out.
A very nice tool to solve most laptop keyboard layout problems..
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What really puzzles me is all the new 17" widescreen laptops that've come out -- with the usual cramped keyboard swimming in the middle of acres of available real estate. The HP zd7000 series is the only one I've seen that gets it right, using the available extra space to add in a full numeric keypad.
Windows XP, and possibly others, has an option in the Accessibility settings that allows you to set the computer to make a specific beep when ever you hit the Caps Lock, Num Lock, or Insert keys. I *always* set this up as one of the first things I do on a new computer.
Copyrights for layouts? Are you sure? I would think the best that could be done would be a design patent, which doesn't last too long I don't think; would be surprised if any good layout were still under patent.
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It's not an internal system beep, it's a sound file and therefore subject to your system volume. If you have any other sounds turned on, then this would be no more annoying. I guess it depends on your work arrangement.
Laptop owners have had it difficult to replace individual keys on their laptops when they are lost, worn or damaged. If this is your issue here is a site that carries individual keys, which is far less expensive than replacing a full keyboard: http://www.stores.ebay.com/eshaksstore
Changing the volume control, or even muting it, does not make any difference to the volume.
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