I just used a Thinkpad for the first time ever. It's weird; the Ctrl and Fn keys are swapped. Why is this? How can I fix it?
this is by design, however, future Thinkpad models will have the option to swap the Fn and Ctrl key in the BIOS.
Are you opposed to learning a new replacement for CTRL?
Someone screwed up keyboards a long time ago. Apple and Sun had it right. As everyone knows CTRL should be where Caps Lock is. I've kept this configuration the same as long as I can remember.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout] "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,3a,00,1d,00,1d,00,3a,00,\ 00,00,00,00
This may help with the Fn key confusion.
this is indeed by design.
if there is not enough light you don't have to search for the right keys and instead just press the most left bottom key and the most right top key for the keyboard light embedded in the top of the display.
i don't think there is an official "right" way for the position of the "fn" key.
other notebooks for example have the "del" key among others in, in my opinion, ridiculous places.
Evidently IBM's ThinkPad was the first to have an Fn key, so, pedantic as it may be, it's everyone else that swaps it.
As for why, one rationale is for turning on the ThinkLight keyboard illumination in the dark, which is Fn+PgUp: the lower-left corner and the upper-right corner.
Note that Apple also has Fn before Ctrl.
My Gateway MX6448 is the same way. Drives me crazy when I'm using the HP from work (Cntl is the farthest left on the bottom) then go and use my Gateway. Didn't really think twice about it when I first got the Gateway about 3.5 years ago, but I am going to be much more critical of keyboard layout from now on.
*sigh* Live and learn...
EDIT: Just an aside, I haven't found any magical tricks (like was mentioned with the Lenovo light above) that would make sense for Gateway switching key order. I think they did it just to annoy me. IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!!