The Dvorak Keyboard Layout

Lifehack has a post about the Dvorak keyboard layout:

If you have been looking for a way to increase your productivity without having to train your mind to think or behave in a completely new way, then many will point you to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard. Well, they’re wrong, as I discovered; the time and effort to re-train your mind is quite extensive, but the time spent is worthwhile!

I’ve been typing Dvorak since 2005. It took about a month to make the transition, but I think the comfort is worth it.

Same basic benefits:

  • More hand alterations than QWERTY – so faster typing
  • Commonly used consonants and all vowels are in the homerow – so faster typing and more comfort due to less moving between rows
  • The position of things like brackets and other punctuation make more sense. The comma is where the Q in QWERTY is – honestly, how often do you write Qs compared to commas?
  • Switch to Dvorak and watch people stop using your keyboard – it’s almost as good as a password.

Some basic cons:

I sing the praises of Dvorak, but some commenter is already talking about the Colemak keyboard layout, which, if you thought Dvorak was weird, you haven’t seen anything yet. That one gets rid of the Caps Lock key.

Link: Increase Productivity and Relieve Pain with the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard –

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  1. There is a version of Colemak that doesn’t change the Caps Lock key.<br/><br/>The big advantage of Colemak is that it is dramatically easier to switch from qwerty than Dvorak. I gave up on Dvorak in the end, but I found that I managed to get up to speed with Colemak more than five times as fast — and the transition didn’t suck at all. Colemak also has a very active and friendly user community.<br/><br/>These days I strongly recommend against going qwerty -> Dvorak given that there is an alternative that is so much easier to learn. However, there is little point in switching Dvorak -> Colemak if you are already proficient as a Dvorak typist and happy with it. (Having said that, though, some people do…)

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