One of the most embarrassing moments right after I started my new assignment in Brussels was when on my second day I locked myself out of my computer because I typed in the wrong password far too many times.
A part of me wants to blame the AZERTY keyboard for this mishap but being no stranger to making a fool of myself; I’ll accept that I forgot my password, and get on with it.
It does give me an opportunity to write about the AZERTY keyboard, and share a good tip with anyone who has to set passwords, and deal with the AZERTY and QWERTY keyboards at the same time.
The main thing to keep in mind is that 21 out of 26 alphabets have the same location in the AZERTY as well as the QWERTY keyboard, and the five that are different are A,Z,Q,W and M. In addition to this, remember that it’s hard to type a $ or a # sign on this keyboard.
If you know these two things, you can be smart about your password and set something that gets typed the same way in both keyboards. For example – “Brussels123*” is a password that contains an alphabhet, number, and a special characters so will be accepted by most systems, and is also something that gets typed the same way on both keyboards (I have assumed you have a numeric keypad).
Another thing that you don’t realize is that just switching the AZERTY keyboard with the QWERTY keyboard does nothing for you — you need to change the input at the computer as well. In Windows this can be done using the Alt – Shift key combination. If you don’t know this it can confuse you as to why you keep typing the wrong letters over and over again.
So, voila, keep this in mind, and don’t lock yourself out!
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