Why is QWERTY the standard keyboard layout?

Why is QWERTY commonly used and not the alphabetical order?

Hi there,

It has been the standard keyboard layout ever since. Some are using DVORAK, COLEMAK, etc but QWERTY still wins. I too have been practicing a lot on this layout using Typesy and now, I am very comfortable with it.

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello, @rhiannanhills!

This is a great question, and one that many people seem to have!

The QWERTY format came about out of necessity. Early typists had issues with keys getting jammed, so QWERTY was designed to avoid this when typing on a typewriter. The thinking was to stretch commonly used letters apart, allowing your fingers to be less cramped when typing.

So while we are much more familiar with alpha order than QWERTY, the long terms benefits of a QWERTY layout win out. An alphabetical layout may be easier to learn, you’d find your fingers fighting for space over the long run.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)