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French layout is AZERTY layout. The AZERTY layout is used in France, Belgium and some African countries. It differs from the QWERTY layout thus:


§ A and Q are swapped,

§ Z and W are swapped,

§ M is moved to the right of L (where colon/semicolon is on a US keyboard),

§ The digits 0 to 9 are on the same keys, but to be typed the shift key must be pressed. The unshifted positions are used for accented characters,

§ Caps lock is replaced by Shift lock, thus affects non-letter keys as well. But there is an evolution going towards a Caps lock key instead of a Shift lock.


The French and Belgian AZERTY keyboards also have special characters used in the French language, such as à, é and è, and other characters such as &, ", ' and §, all located under the numbers.



Some French people use the Canadian Multilingual standard keyboard.



The Portuguese (Portugal) keyboard layout may also be preferred, as it provides all French accents (acute, grave, diaeresis, circumflex, cedilla, and also French quotation marks or guillemets, «») and its dead-letter option for all the accent keys allow for easy input of all the possibilities in French and most other languages (áàäãâéèëêíìïîóòöõôúùüû). Ç is, however, a separate key, as can be seen above. The US-International keyboard is also used for the same reason.



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