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Pardon the rant, but I just can't stand it when ctrl has been moved away from the bottom left corner. It really messes with my flow and accuracy when working. In my personal life it's not an issue because I simply don't ever buy laptops which have swapped ctrl and fn. But as a software developer, I sometimes have to work with laptops provided by the company I work for. Often they are not only slow, but also have those two keys swapped around. Yes I can work on them alright, but it's like a constant thorn in the side.

So, I would just like to ask: Why have some vendors chosen to do this? Is there a good reason for it? Is it supposed to be better? What's the deal?

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closed as not constructive by heavyd, Sathya Mar 9 '11 at 13:16

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As a side note, I always thought it was more natural to have ctrl on the far left, and then fn beside it. That way, the left-most key is guaranteed to be ctrl, so you don't accidentally skip over it and hit fn instead (like I usually do when using other people's machines) :P Oh, and great question by the way. I don't think there's a reason they do this, but hey, you never know. I'm interested to see what people answer. – Breakthrough Mar 9 '11 at 12:49
I would say it's for exactly the same reason as why Apple decided to put the window controls in the top-left of the windows in OS/X instead of the top-right like everyone else. "Because they can", or "Because they think it looks prettier" ;) – Majenko Mar 9 '11 at 12:56
It's just as bad if not worse on machines where there is either no command (windows flag) key or it's in the top left or right because they ran out of room at the bottom. – Nathaniel Bannister Mar 9 '11 at 12:56
Hoping that someone from Lenovo would pass by here and give me an answer... that's what I have in front of me here. – Svish Mar 9 '11 at 13:00
^^ THIS (Re: Lenovo). BIG irritation – Linker3000 Mar 9 '11 at 13:23