Chinese Input using Dvorak Layout (Microsoft Pinyin IME); 微軟拼音輸入法 Dvorak 佈局

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

If you type Chinese, but also uses the Dvorak Keyboard Layout, how do you get the Chinese input system to use Dvorak layout? Here's the answer for Microsoft Windows (tested with Vista and 7).

Press 【❖ Window+r】 then type “regedit”. Then, go to the folder in this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000804

That's the folder for Chinese simplified.

In the one named “Layout File”, change the value to “KBDDV.DLL”

Then, restart Windows. (relogin might also work.)

Chinese Dvorak Microsoft IME
Microsoft Registry showing the Chinese (simplified) input method.

Here's the folder name for some other languages.

LanguageFolder NameOriginal “Layout File” value
Chinese Simplified000000404KBDUS.DLL
Chinese Traditional000000404KBDUS.DLL

Before you change, write down the original value, just in case you want to change it back.

[see Microsoft Windows Registry Tutorial]

Get Dvorak Keyboards

You can buy a Dvorak keyboard. That way, it's directly Dvorak, for any input method you chose.

[see List of Hardware Dvorak Layout Keyboards]


Not all keyboards are included in MSKLC's lists , by Michael S Kaplan. At (Note that Michael is the one who created the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator at )

[see Dvorak Keyboard Layout]

[see Pinyin Letter Frequency and Keyboard Layout 拼音字母頻率 鍵盤佈局]

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