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How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Click “start” button > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > “Languages” tab > “Details. ” button > “Add” button (under “Settings” tab) > in “Keyboard layout/IME” scroll down to United States-Dvorak and click “OK” button.

Key sequence to switch between keyboards: at the bottom click “Key Settings. ” button > select “Switch between Input Languages” > “Change Key Sequence” button

How to switch to Dvorak on Mac Mac OS X +

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Input Sources.
  2. Click the Add button then search for Dvorak.
  3. Select one or more Dvorak layouts, then click Add.
    • Dvorak: The most commonly used keys are under your fingers.
    • Dvorak – Left-Handed: The most commonly used keys are under your left hand.
    • Dvorak – Qwerty ⌘ Temporarily changes the layout to QWERTY when you press and hold the Command key.
    • Dvorak – Right-Handed: The most commonly used keys are under your right hand.

When ‘Show Input menu in menu bar’ is selected in the Input Sources pane, the Input menu appears in the menu bar. Use the Input menu to switch keyboard layouts while working.

If you select ‘Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar’ in the Keyboard pane of Keyboard preferences, you can use the Keyboard Viewer to preview layouts.

Go to: apple menu > system preferences > international > input menu tab > scroll down to Dvorak

How to switch to Dvorak on Linux Ubuntu Unity desktop: +

system -> keyboard -> click ‘Text Entry’ at the bottom -> click ‘+’ select keyboard layout to add -> click keyboard icon at the bottom to view highlighted keyboard -> click check box ‘Show current input source’ in the menu bar -> on the right select shortcut for switching between keyboard layouts

  1. Right click “Keyboard Layout Handler” in Application Launch Bar -> Keyboard Layout Handler Settings

or, if not visible, add it to the applets panel :

Right click Menu -> Add/Remove Panel items -> click “Panel applets” tab ->click “+Add” button ->select “Keyboard Layout Handler” and click +Add
Highlight “Keyboard Layout Handler” and click Preferences

  1. Uncheck “Keep system layouts”
  2. Click “+Add” and select desired layout from a tiny dropdown menu left of a language flagHow to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone
  3. “OK” it

    Add Dvorak keyboard layout:

Applications -> settings -> Settings Manager -> Keyboard pane Uncheck ‘Use system default’ box

in ‘Layout’ tab -> click ‘+Add’ button (scroll down if not visible) -> select dvorak (or desired layout)

Click button in ‘Change layout option’ and select keys combination to toggle between layouts ( e.g.: ‘Both Shift keys together’ to avoid possible interference with apps shortcuts).

Close and test it.

  1. Dvorak keyboard layout maps are in dvorak directory:

To switch to dvorak, in terminal enter the name of the keymap up to but not including the first period of the file name dvorak.map.gz :

output is similar to:
rules: evdev
model: P105
layout: us<- list of one or more names of keyboard maps your system is using (us is us.map.gz which is qwerty)

    It is helpful to create aliases to switch between keyboards.
    Good names are the first 4 keys of home row for both aliases. Aliases are saved in user’s .bashrc. Edit

Q: how do I switch between input methods for different languages when using a non-standard keyboard layout?

I have to edit text in two different languages. I would like to be able to use my keybindings across the two languages, except, of course, when inserting text into the buffer. It looks like I should be able to toggle-input-method ( C-\ ) and select the alternate language.

So far, almost so good.

Here’s the rub: I use the English Dvorak layout, which I set at the OS level (ie, with setxkbmap ). When I toggle-input-method , the text I insert would be correct if I had a QWERTY layout (the standard in the US), but comes out as gibberish because I’m on Dvorak. (FWIW, when I switch my layout to standard US, it works fine.)

So: how do I inform Emacs that I’m using Dvorak so that toggle-input-method and friends translate my keypresses to the correct characters in the other language?

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

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There is a method to change the physical layout definition for input method by setting quail-keyboard-layout-type . But it looks Dvorak is not among the possible candidates in quail-keyboard-layout-alist in my Emacs 24.4.

You can either define a new physical keyboard layout by looking at definition of quail-keyboard-layout-alist in quail.el or create a new input method by defining corresponding Arabic keys for Dvorak layout.

I’m not experienced in the first, but I can testify the second approach is easier than you think. (I had to create an Ottoman Turkish input method on top of Farsi.) Copy arabic.el (which resides in my Debian system at /usr/share/emacs/24.4/lisp/leim/quail/arabic.el.gz ) to your home site-lisp and change the keys per your preferences. Also, don’t forget to change the input method names etc. You just created a new Dvorak-Arabic input method.

I can update the answer with more details if anything seems complex.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

@EmreSahin put me on the right path to answer this question, so I’m laying out a little bit of the detail in case anyone else ever has to deal with a problem like this themselves.

As Emre points out, we need to add a Dvorak layout to quail-keyboard-layout-alist . It turns out that the quail library is not well-documented in the manual, in which two related functions are mentioned in passing on one node.

However, after consulting this help thread and, especially, the EmacsWiki page on Russian with Dvorak (from which this answer cribs), I’ve think I’ve got it figured out.

The docstring for the variable quail-keyboard-layout describes what we need to put in quail-keyboard-layout-alist . It’s a long string corresponding to 6 rows of 15 keys each. Each row corresponds to the unshifted and shifted values of each key, for a total of 30 characters per row. I’m less sure about the following point, but it appears that, for what I’ll call “semi-standard” keyboards with 4 rows of keys, the first and sixth rows should each be 30 blank spaces.

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How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

By: Zachary Johnson

Software Consultant and Developer, Ann Arbor Accelerator cohort, balance sports enthusiast.

Most people accept the QWERTY keyboard layout without any complaint. Indeed, it is the layout typically printed on keyboards in English-speaking countries. But what if QWERTY wasn’t accepted as the de facto standard and the Dvorak keyboard layout was more common?

Re-examining QWERTY

The modern QWERTY layout dates back to 1878 with the popularity of Remington No. 2 typewriters. Due to their widespread use, the QWERTY layout quickly became the standard for typing machines.

Some claim the QWERTY keyboard layout was designed to stop internal type bars from crashing into one another by placing commonly used combinations of letters farther apart inside the machine. While this is an unverified claim, the QWERTY layout didn’t take into consideration modern ergonomic best practices or the extent to which society would adopt the layout.

Enter Dvorak

Sixty years after the introduction of the QWERTY layout, along came August Dvorak. Dvorak, an American educational psychologist and professor of education at the University of Washington in Seattle, along with his brother-in-law, William Dealey, patented the Dvorak layout. Unlike the QWERTY layout, the Dvorak layout was specifically designed to improve touch typing. In fact, touch typing was not introduced until 1888, by which point the QWERTY layout had already been widely adopted.

Approximately 70% of typing in English is done on the home row with Dvorak. That compares to only 32% for QWERTY. The Dvorak layout also aims to reduce common letter combinations that are typed with the same finger and jump over the home row.

Furthermore, the Dvorak layout moves the majority of typing to the right hand, since most people are right-handed. That’s opposed to the left-hand dominance of QWERTY. For example, the three most commonly used letters in the English alphabet are E, T, and A. All are typed with the left hand on a QWERTY layout, and two are not in the home row. Compare this to the Dvorak layout, where E. T, and A all live on the home row, with T moved to the right hand.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

The effectiveness of the Dvorak layout is highly disputed. Studies are reportedly biased in favor of QWERTYor Dvorak. In truth, most improvements when switching from QWERTY to Dvorak stem from proper typing posture and/or how to touch type.

Switching to Dvorak

If you never learned to touch-type, have typing-related finger pain, or have found certain letter combinations in QWERTY cumbersome, then it certainly could be worth a shot. If you’ve decided to switch, I recommend completing the Base Dvorak course lessons here. Be careful and diligent over a one- to two-week period, stressing accuracy over speed.

After you’ve made it through the lessons, it’s time to switch completely. Most modern operating systems come with out-of-the-box support for the Dvorak layout. It should be easy to add with a quick Google search.

Pitfalls of Switching

At a friend’s house, a library, or a hardware store, it is almost guaranteed that no Dvorak layout will be waiting for you. If your line of work requires using a computer other than your own, you may find using the Dvorak layout challenging.

I have not completely forgotten the QWERTY layout. Using it to type on my phone has likely been a big help. But, if you find yourself frequently typing on a computer without Dvorak support, it can take a few minutes to regain your old QWERTY muscle memory. However, I’ve found this to be less noticeable over time. I can now quickly get to respectable speeds on QWERTY keyboards, albeit much below my words per minute on Dvorak.

Remembering common keybinds is another hurdle to overcome if you must regularly switch between keyboard layouts. For example, I became unable to use Vim shortly after switching. That muscle memory had been strongly ingrained, but I found the standard Vim keybinds incredibly awkward on a Dvorak layout.

One option is to relearn the Vim keybinds on a Dvorak layout or look for ways to remap them. But, be warned if you rely heavily on these types of shortcuts. Additionally, a common complaint is losing the ability to easily cut, copy, and paste. This is because C and V are typed with the right hand, which tends to also be the mouse hand.

The Final Verdict

Although the typical keyboard features the QWERTY key layout, you should consider using a Dvorak keyboard layout. Reducing finger travel to the most commonly-used letters in English and learning to touch type may reduce hand and wrist strain and improve typing efficiency. However, most people will see improvements in typing speed and reduction of typing-related pain simply by using touch typing and proper posture.

I switched to a Dvorak layout because I enjoyed the process of building up new muscle memory. I also liked seeing my words per minute steadily increase. If you do decide to try switching, work on committing to practicing for at least two weeks, and then see how it feels. If it’s working well, switch to the Dvorak layout full time, and never look down at your keyboard again!

I just updated my Nexus 7 to Jelly-Bean 4.2, and it has the swipe keyboard which is awesome. I want to keep this feature of the stock android keyboard, but with the Dvorak keyboard layout. Is this possible?

I’m NOT looking for a replacement. I like the built in keyboard, I just am wondering if it’s possible to change the stock keyboard layout.

Also, if it’s easy to switch between Dvorak and qwerty that’s preferable 🙂

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This is supported in stock android.

Settings -> Languages & Input -> Android Keyboard (Settings icon) -> Advanced settings -> Custom input styles -> Add style -> Set Language & Layout

Then to activate this style, go back to the keyboard settings and go to the input languages and uncheck “use system language” then check the languages you want. 🙂

I believe it is possible. Choose the layout from SETTINGS > LANGUAGE AND INPUT and the settings button on the side of the ANdroid keyboard.

You might also try long-pressing the SPACE bar on the keyboard.

This page does mention that Jelly Bean has in-built support for DVORAK.

Currently, Settings -> Language and input -> Google keyboard -> Preferences -> Custom input styles

Select language of choice and Dvorak

Then Settings -> Language and input -> Google keyboard -> Languages

Turn of system default

Select English(US) Dvorak or similar

Too bad that there seems to be support for that one US English Dvorak layout only.

I’d find other options such as right-hand / left-hand Dvorak or the German or Swedish Dvorak flavors useful and interesting. But they don’t seem to exist natively, even with my 7.0 version.

I learned Programmer Dvorak last summer (like Dvorak but with different symbols/numbers layout for easier programming) and I absolutely love programming using it. I mainly switched because of RSI issues, but also because it is a terrible experience to program using the Swedish qwerty layout that is standard on my computer. The extra Swedish characters replace the convenient placement of e.g. [, ], <, and >on British keyboard layout. < is SHIFT+ALT+8, which is not great since it's used a lot in programming.

Since I switched, my RSI problems have become far less prominent, and as a bonus, programming is a joy using that layout. However, I’ve run into some problems using the Programmer Dvorak layout. Mainly, since it doesn’t contain the swedish characters I’ve made them accessible using ALT modifications of certain keys. Over the last few months I’ve had to write a lot in swedish for school and my RSI have started to come back, probably because of the frequent ALT modifications.

Another problem is that using VMs is always really tedious. I’m using a Karabiner profile to map my Dvorak keyboard to the standard QWERTY in the VM, but switching between using the VM and doing something out of the VM (like take notes, or browse the web) requires constant profile changes in Karabiner.

A third problem have been using public computers. This doesn’t happen a lot, but whenever I have to use one, like to search for books on the library computer, it always feels really terrible to revert back to hunt-and-peck (my QWERTY skills have completely disappeared).

My planned strategy to solve this is to train using Swedish QWERTY again and try to be fluent in both layouts. I’ll probably use Programmer Dvorak for programming and QWERTY for writing. Are any of you fluent in both layouts and how is that working for you? Is it possible at all?

Tl;dr I’ve switched to Programmer Dvorak and experienced some problems and want to try and be fluent in both Programmer Dvorak and QWERTY (for programming resp. writing). I’m wondering if any one has done it and if it’s possible?

I have long been looking for a better keyboard layout to replace qwerty with.

I’ve read a lot about dvorak, workman, colemak, colemak-dh, the illustrous QFMLWY and more and I’m very sad to say that I cannot reach a decision. A lot of the sources contradict and criticize each other for their subpar approach.

Unfortunately it’s not possible for me to figure out what the best layout for me is particularly, I feel like there would be a near infinite amount of combinations I’d have to test, though I do have an idea on how I could go about it.

I’m not a touch typist, I just sort of learn qwerty the way most people do, hunt and peck became muscle memory and I mainly use my index, middle and ring figers of my right hand + my index of my left. I can type at around 95 wpm, which from what I’ve seen others do is not incredibly impressive.

I mainly do coding and just general writing and I still have no idea what the layout I should go for is. I don’t want to just jump into dvorak or colemak and then figure out years later that I should have gone for a different layout. I’m basically looking for something that is provably the most efficient layout for the puposes of genral writing and programming, to the best knkowledge of today’s technology and scientifical and statistical studies, one that I could marry and develop for years and years to come.

My main goal is achieving higher comfort, speeds and reducing the possibility that in my old age I will have problems in my wrists. I’m still young but if I have to switch layouts when I’m older it would be a huge pain.

My idea to potentially generate optimal layouts for any person would be to create a simple program:

Tracks all your keypresses with the objective of gathering your most pressed keys. This could be used for weeks or months so it could get the data from you, so that it could work for anyone using any language and coding in any environment, etc.

After the initial analysis of keypresses is done, it would ask you a series of questions.

Let’s say you have an ergonomic keyboard, or any different kind of keyboard, it should be able to take that into account for the next step. However, even ergonomic keyboard differ in design and it’s impossible to account for all without hardcoding it. So the best approach would likely be to ask the user to position their hands over the central aspect of the keyboard so that most keys can be reached at the least average distance.

Then it would start asking the user to use the closest finger to tap the first key on the first row and it will ask how comfortable that felt and which finger was used. This can be done repeatedly, while tapping other keys first, etc. to get a better meaurement of comfort. Then this is repeated for all keys the keyboard has.

At this stage the program knows a lot already:

The percentage distribution of all keys pressed by the user.

The most comfortable keys to type for the user as well as which fingers were used for each key. The physical design doesn’t matter since comfort would be the deciding factor and the program effectively went through all keys the keyboard has.

Now the program will generate the most efficient layout to maximize comfort of typing based on the most used combinations of keys and the most comfortable keys to reach. Of course, I didn’t mention this because it should be obvious, the phase of tracking keys should also be able to figure out the most used combinations of keys, bigrams, 3-letter, etc. Here there may be a possibility for the user to choose the importance of optimizing for speed or optimizing for comfort, since there may be an inverse relationship between these when it comes to same-finger letters. But of course, the details of this generation step are the most important of the whole program and a lot of study has to be done.

This would also have the advantage of being able to recommend programmable keys, should your keyboard have any. After generating the layout, of there are any keys which have been left unbound, the program could also suggest based on the level of comfort, keys that would be easier or harder to reach where other functions could be bound to if the user needed/wanted it.

If your distribution does not use the X Keyboard Configuration Database and the Programmer Dvorak layout is not already in the list supplied keymaps, you’ll need to follow the instructions in the install section first.

Setting up your account to use the Programmer Dvorak layout

If you run one of the desktop environments Gnome, KDE or Xfce, then use the GUI to change the keyboard layout. Otherwise, to install the layout on a permanent basis for the current user only put the following line in the file

If you don’t have the access to change the system setting, or you work on a shared computer, this may be the easiest way of configuring the keyboard.

Note that for security reasons only root can change the console keymap.

Debian/Ubuntu – System wide

Ubuntu compiles the console driver from the X.org layout files using ckbcomp . You can change the system wide setting for all users (who don’t define their own settings) and the login screen. In the file /etc/default/console-setup put the lines:

The settings here will be picked up the next time you reboot. You can trigger an update without reboot manually with the command:

You can also replace the keyboard layout used at boot-time by adding to /etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf

Console – Fedora/OpenSuSE/Gentoo

The ckbcomp command is only available in Debian’s console-setup package. A version which is somewhat fixed to run on Fedora can be installed with the commands:

A keyboard layout using the default options may now be generated with the command:

Note the post-processing of the keymap to get around a bug in Fedora’s loadkeys ), and that the outermost quotes make all four lines the same command. On SuSE, Gentoo and Debian, put files under /usr/share instead of /lib/kbd .

You can test the console driver temporarily with the command (note that you’ll have to be root):

If you want the right Alt key to serve as a third-level modifier, issue this command:

The file /etc/sysconfig/keyboard should contain the following line:

Gnome – Per User

Navigate to System | Preferences | Hardware | Keyboard from the menu, which by default is on top of the screen.

Keyboard Preferences dialog appears.

Select the Layouts tab.

Click the +Add. button

Choose a layout dialog appears

In the Layouts dropdown, choose USA

In the Variants dropdown, choose Programmer Dvorak

Click the Add button

You are now returned to the Keyboard Preferences dialog

Select USA Programmer Dvorak from the list

Mark the Default radio button

Click the Layout Option. button

Keyboard Layout Options dialog appear

Expand Compose key position by clicking on the text

Select the Less-than/greater-than is Compose checkbox

Expand Numeric keyboard layout selection by clicking on the text

Select the ATM/phone keypad radio-button

Return to Keyboard Preferences

Remove other keyboard layouts by selecting their item in the list and then clicking on the -Remove button

Click the Close button

KDE – Per User

Select the system logo (for instance SuSE | Favorites | Configure Desktop | Personal Settings from the menu

Personal Settings dialog appear

Select Regional & Accessibility on the list menu at the left side

Select Keyboard Layout on the next level that appears of the list menu

Select the Layout tab

Mark the Enable keyboard layouts checkbox

Select U.S. English in the Available layouts list

Press the Add>> button

Push the arrow up button to move it to the top

Select U.S. English in the Active layouts list

Choose dvp in the Layout variant dropdown

Select other layouts and press the <

Press the Apply button

Select the Xkb Option tab

Mark the Enable Xkb options checkbox

Under Compose Key Position heading select the Less-than/greater-than is Compose checkbox

Click the Apply button

Close the window

XFCE – Per User

Choose Applications | Settings | Settings Manager from the system menu, which by default is at the top of the screen

Xfce Settings Manager window appear

Select the Keyboard caplet

Keyboard Preferences dialog appears

Select the Layouts tab

Unmark the Use X configuration checkbox

Press the +Add button

Add layout dialog appear

Click on the triangle left of USA to expand it

Choose Programmer Dvorak

Press the OK button (in the Add layout dialog)

Keyboard Preferences reappears

Select other layouts from the Keyboard layouts list and then click the Delete button as applicable

Press the Close button

Press the Close button

Adding Programmer Dvorak to your system

Perform these steps only if the layout does not already exist on your system. The scripts assumes that the XKB base directory is at the path /usr/share/X11/xkb . If this is not the case, then the alternate path may be passed as a command line argument to the installer. The installation procedure has been tested on Ubuntu 8.04, Fedora 9 and OpenSuSE 11. Note that you should download the source package for an X.org installation.

Extract the files to a temporary directory and change to it:

Run the maintainer scripts to register the layout on the system:

If administrative access is not available (for instance if you have an account on a shared system) you can install the layout privately under your home directory using the maintainer script:

Cleanup temporary files:

Troubleshooting

Test the setup non-persistently in the current session with the following command line:

If you get the (dreaded) error message “Error loading new keyboard description” you can troubleshoot it by adding the -print option to the setxkbmap command and then send the output to the keyboard layout compiler:

Removing Programmer Dvorak from your system

Reverse the procedure above:

Unregister the layout from the system and remove the files that were installed with the command:

If you used the script to install to your home directory, you should also use the corresponding uninstaller:

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

How did the keys on your keyboard wind up in the QWERTY configuration? You can thank Christopher Latham Sholes. He was a typewriter inventor who used a top row layout of letters eerily similar to today’s QWERTY set-up for his Sholes & Gilden Typewriter. That design was sold to the Remington Typewriter company in 1873, which tweaked the design slightly to one we largely see today.

But not everyone uses QWERTY keyboards! Here are six alternative layouts.

1. AZERTY

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

There are some quirky QWERTY layouts that use largely the same base as Sholes’ original keyboard adapted by Remington, but switch a few keys. AZERTY, used in French-speaking countries across Europe and Africa, is one such version.

As its name suggests, it switches Q for A and W for Z in the top line. On the right hand side of the second line of letters, the semi colon key is swapped for the M key. In English-speaking western countries using the QWERTY layout, the numbers row on the top of the keyboard are used predominately as numbers (with symbols made by holding down the shift key), but in France the idea is reversed: That’s primarily your accent row, while holding down shift and hitting a key will give you a number.

2. QWERTZ

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

QWERTZ is another slight tweak on the tried-and-tested QWERTY layout. Used predominately in central Europe (Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and other nearby nations), QWERTZ is not necessarily one single layout: country-by-country variations exist that are tailored to better match the needs of that area’s particular linguistic nuances.

3. Dvorak

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Though Dvorak may sound like another string of letters, it’s in fact the surname of this keyboard layout’s inventor, August Dvorak. The inventor felt, when he patented his design in 1936, that QWERTY was uneconomical and uncomfortable—and therefore wasn’t the perfect layout. Dvorak believed that his layout was more efficient, and studies seem to agree.

People using QWERTY keyboards only make 32 percent of strokes on the “home row” (where your fingers naturally rest on a keyboard). For Dvorak, that rises to 70 percent. And likewise, most people are right handed: Dvorak accounts for that, making more than half the strokes right handed. QWERTY calls on people to use their left hands more. But save for a few eager practitioners, Dvorak is the lesser-known layout.

4. Colemak

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

The Colemak keyboard layout is meant to appease those who are uncomfortable with QWERTY but don’t feel like adopting a whole new layout. Instead, it makes 17 changes to key layout, and also does away with the Caps Lock key. It’s replaced with a second backspace key, for those of you who make double the amount of mistakes.

5. Maltron

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

The Maltron keyboard may, at first, seem utterly daunting. Rather than a single rectangular grouping of letter-based keys, Maltron produces two square sets of letters, both of which flank a number pad in the middle. The left hand square of letters has the unusual combination of ANISF as its home row, while the right hand square’s home row is set out in the DTHOR combination.

6. JCUKEN

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

For some countries—and some languages—QWERTY just won’t cut it. Russian, for example, uses the Cyrillic alphabet, which is wholly different from the Latin-based English alphabet. Since 1917 (when Russia reformed its alphabet to remove some letters), JCUKEN has been the default layout for Russian keyboards. It’s wholly memorable, for those of you keen to try it out: its home row reads FYWAPROLDV.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Although Windows 10 allows you to configure multiple keyboard layouts when setting up a new installation, you can always add or remove layouts if you did not select the correct option or you now require to type in another language.

Usually, it is rare having to modify the input settings, but it’s not uncommon. For example, sometimes you may need to switch to the Spanish layout to write words that include special characters like “Ñ,” or prefer a different layout, such as the United States-Dvorak.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 10 includes easy to manage settings to add, remove, and change layouts for hardware and touch keyboards.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps to add, change, and remove keyboard layouts in your current setup.

How to add keyboard layout on Windows 10

To add a new keyboard layout on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Under the “Preferred languages” section, select the default language.

Click the Options button.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Select the new keyboard layout you want to use.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the new keyboard layout will be added to the device, and you can switch between them using the instructions below.

How to change keyboard layout on Windows 10

While the process to change layouts is straightforward, the switch will reconfigure some of the keyboard keys, which means that the keys may print a different character depending on your configuration.

To switch between Windows 10 keyboard layouts, use these steps:

    Click the Input Indicator icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar.

Select the alternate layout.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, you can start typing with the new keyboard layout.

Enable Input Indicator

If the Input Indicator is not available in the taskbar, you can enable it using the Settings app.

To enable the Input Indicator in the taskbar, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Taskbar.

Under the “Notification area” section, click the Turn system icons on or off option.

Source: Windows Central

Turn on the Input Indicator toggle switch.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the icon will appear in the taskbar’s notification area, allowing you to see the available layouts and switch between them.

Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + Spacebar keyboard shortcut to cycle between the available keyboard layouts quickly.

How to remove keyboard layout on Windows 10

To remove a keyboard layout on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Under the “Preferred languages” section, select the default language.

Click the Options button.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Click the Remove button.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the layout for the keyboard you selected will be removed from the computer.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

The Dell XPS 15 is our choice for best 15-inch laptop

For a lot of people, a 15-inch laptop is a perfect size that offers enough screen for multitasking, and in a lot of cases, some extra performance from powerful hardware. We’ve rounded up the best of the best at this size.

How to switch to dvorak (and other keyboard layouts) on your computer or phone

The NFL is back! Check out these must-have Windows apps for football fans

After months of waiting through the offseason, the NFL is finally back this week. With these Windows 10 apps, you won’t miss a snap of the NFL action.