IBM PC Keyboards

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

In 1981, IBM released “IBM Personal Computer” (aka IBM PC. Model number 5150)

This computer and later models became widely popular, becoming what's today known as PC or PC compatible, used by everyone, world wide, running Microsoft Windows Windows. (the other computer maker that enjoyed success, is Apple's Computers.)

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IBM PC XT 2832×2128 image source

There are several models of IBM PC over the years. The major ones are:

Some of these new models, also have a new model of keyboard that come with it.

Each of the keyboard, also have many variations. Here are the main ones.

IBM Model F Keyboard, for IBM PC, 1981

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IBM Model F keyboard, used with IBM PC and IBM PC XT. 83 keys

IBM Model F Keyboard for IBM PC AT, 1984

The IBM PC AT (1987), some of its keyboard has CapsLock besides A, some has Ctrl besides A.

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IBM Model F keyboard. Year 1984. Comes with IBM PC AT. 84 keys.
IBM AT keyboard
IBM AT keyboard. 1984. 2160×1350 image source

IBM Model M Keyboard, 1986

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early IBM Model M, manufactured in 1986 with the square badge logo

[see IBM Model M keyboard]

After IBM PC keyboard

After IBM PC, in 1990s, Microsoft introduced the ❖ Window key, and ▤ Menu key.

These keys first appeared on Microsoft Natural, 1994.

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Microsoft Natural, 1994

Other keyboard makers, also added these keys.

[see Microsoft Keyboards]

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