I have a French AZERTY keyboard with a Backspace key (that can be modified with Fn into Delete) and to my surprise I saw on the Apple Store that the English QWERTY keyboard had a Delete key in its place, so I'm wondering if it's really a Delete key (erase right) that can be modified with Fn into Backspace, or not. Edit: If I try on the virtual keyboard with American layout, the key does erase left.


On the English QWERTY keyboards, the Delete key functions as a Backspace key, and can be turned into an erase right key with the fn modified key.

  • Then I must ask: why is it labelled Delete ? – WaterBearer Jun 29 '11 at 0:57
  • I actually don't know; maybe ask it as a question here. ;) – Kevin Yap Jun 29 '11 at 0:58
  • I can see that it wouldn't be labelled Backspace because thanks to the modifier key it can erase both ways. But I don't see why the label is different on AZERTY when the behaviour is the same. – WaterBearer Jun 29 '11 at 1:20

The Delete (delete forward) key, when standalone, is called Del on both Mac and PC keyboards. Of the 6 keyboards I have convenient here (1 each full size and laptop PC, 2 full-size and 2 laptop Mac), the delete-backwards key is called Backspace on the PC keyboards and Delete on the Macs. (The Del key is called that on all the keyboards that have it or a marker for it.)

Pedantically, the Macs are correct, as the concept of "backspace" doesn't include erasing but the Backspace / Delete key does erase.

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