ivank1
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Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

Coming from another laptop brand which places Fn key instead of Ctrl in the bottom left corner of the keyboard, I find it very inconvenient that keyboards on Dell laptops have it the opposite way and that I have to adjust my typing habits to it.

Is there any way to make XPS laptop (my model is XPS 13 9350) to swap the function of its Ctrl and Fn keys?

My OS sees the keyboard as a standard PS/2 keyboard, so I suppose it has to be done through BIOS or a special driver.

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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

I've various keyboards where it is the other way around. For people who often need the Ctrl key, its not very ergonomic to spread the fingers for that additional key.

+1

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HansHuebner
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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

I'm trying to convert myself from a MacBook to a Dell XPS 13, but the reversed Fn and Ctl keys are really standing in the way of it.  As a programmer and Emacs user, I'm totally dependent on my muscle memory for the Alt and Control keys.  Please, Dell, give us a way to swap Ctl and Fn in the BIOS so that we can use your otherwise great machines.

Thanks!

bukepo
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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

I also need this function. Ctrl is just too far if not swapped.

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ivank1
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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

Yes, I went back to Lenovo and I'm not buying another Dell ever again until this is fixed!

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albert.mathews
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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

i also would like  a way to swap the ctrl and Fn keys.

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skipzzz
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RE: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

Nothing? I have the same problem with a Dell Precision 5520 ( coming from 10+ yr MacBook Pro & 30+ yr Emacs). I really want this swap. I found nothing in the BIOS. Apparently, other manufacturers (Lenovo?) provide a swap capability in their BIOS.

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KeithAC
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Re: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

Bump! Looks like this is a very common problem. It probably can't be done, if so, it would be nice if someone from Dell would step and fess up and admit that they got it wrong.

It's particularly annoying if you want to do a Ctrl-Shift combination, which on sensible keyboards is a middle and ring finger combination, where they line up sensibly. On the Dell laptop, it is really awkward with the keys being above each other. If the Dell were the only keyboard I had ever used, I would probably get used to it, but it isn't and it is hard to unlearn several decades of use, and remember to swap between this aberrant behaviour and normal whenever I use a different PC, which I do for work.

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pedro_estrela
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Re: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

> it would be nice if someone from Dell would step and fess up and admit that they got it wrong.

why is this wrong? Ctrl lined up with Shift, and Alt next to the spacebar is the standard since the 100% compatible IBM PC: 

http://www.keyboardco.com/product-images/ibm_model_m_beige_ps2_large.jpg

 

 

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DonFin
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Re: Swap Ctrl and Fn keys on Dell XPS

I just got a new XPS 13 to use as a Linux development machine, after working on Apple Macs for many years.

The CTRL key placement is odd to me. And it is really uncomfortable for SHIFT + CTRL combinations (e.g. for copy & paste in the terminal).

Offering the possibility to swap FN and CTRL in the BIOS looks like an easy fix to this issue (though I don't know if the keyboard wiring does not allow FN to be used as flexible as CTRL).

It would be great to at least get an official statement of Dell.

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