Select a Dvorak Keyboard Layout

Alternative keyboard layouts called "Dvorak" layouts may be helpful to people who type with one hand or finger. These layouts make the most frequently typed characters on a keyboard more accessible to people who have difficulty using the standard keyboard layout by reducing the amount of motion required to type common English text. Use of these layouts may also help avoid some types of repetitive strain injuries associated with typing. This tutorial tells you how to select a Dvorak layout in Windows XP.

No. Mouse actions Keyboard actions
1 On the Start menu:
  • Select Control Panel.
Display the Start menu by pressing CTRL+ESC (or the Windows logo key Windows logo key).
  • Select Control Panel by pressing C.
2 In Control Panel:
  • Be sure you are in Classic View (all Control Panel icons are showing. If not, under Control Panel in the left pane, select Switch to Classic View).
  • Select Regional and Language Options.
In Control Panel:
  • Be sure you are in Classic View (all Control Panel icons are showing. If not, under Control Panel in the left pane, select Switch to Classic View by pressing TAB, and then press ENTER).
  • Press Tab and the arrow keys to select Regional and Language Options.
  • Press ENTER.
3 In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, on the Languages tab:
  • Select the Details button under Text services and input languages.
In the Regional and Language Options dialog box:
  • Move to the Languages tab by pressing CTRL+Tab.
  • Select the Details button under Text services and input languages by pressing D.
  • Press ENTER.
4 In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Installed services:
  • Select the Add button.
In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Installed services:
  • Select the Add button by pressing ALT+D.
5 In the Add Input Language dialog box, underKeyboard layout/IME:
  • Select the keyboard layout you want.
  • Select OK to close the dialog boxes.
In the Add Input Language dialog box:
  • Move to theKeyboard layout/IME options box by pressing ALT+K.
  • Press the arrow keys to select the keyboard layout you want.
  • Press Tab to move to the OK button in each dialog box.
  • Press ENTER to close the dialog boxes.
6 To close Control Panel:
  • Select the Close button.
To close Control Panel:
  • Press ALT+F, C.

Windows XP

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