How to Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Microsoft Windows

Here's how to switch your layout on Windows Vista. It should be similar for Windows 7 or Windows XP.

Press the ❖ Window key to open the Start Menu.

Click on Control Panel.

Click on “Clock, Language, and Region”.

Click on “Regional and Language Options”. A dialog window will pop up.

Regional and Language Options window
Regional and Language Options window

Click on the “Keyboards and Languages” tab.

Click the “Change keyboards…” button.

Add Input Language window
Add Input Language window

Click “Add…” button, then select 〖English ▸ Keyboard ▸ United States-Dvorak〗.

Mac OS X

Mac: How to Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout


Linux: How to Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout

Keyboard Layouts

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    Alternative Layouts
  2. Alt Graph, Compose, Dead Key
  3. Most Efficient Layout?
  4. Maltron vs Dvorak
  5. Colemak vs Workman


  1. Dvorak Layout
  2. Hardware vs Software Dvorak
  3. Myth of QWERTY vs Dvorak
  4. Dvorak vs Colemak
  5. Blank Keycaps vs Labeled Keys
  6. List of Dvorak Keyboards
  7. Qwerty to Dvorak, A PhD thesis, 1978


  1. International Layouts
  3. German
  4. German Ergonomic
  5. French
  6. New French Layout
  7. French Ergonomic
  8. French Letter Frequency
  9. Russian
  10. Portuguese Ergonomic
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    Chinese Input Methods
  12. Pinyin Letter Frequency 拼音字母頻率
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    Japanese Input Method

Layout Efficiency

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    Char Frequency Counter
  2. Most Efficient Layout for Numbers?
  3. Semicolon vs Apostrophe Frequency
  4. Inverted Number Row Better?

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