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I'd like to use multiple keyboards (all USB or one USB and one PS/2) with a different keyboard layout on each. Is this possible in Windows 7 or XP? Is there any software that can make it work? I'd prefer to avoid a hardware-based solution if possible.

My specific issue is that I prefer to use a Dvorak layout, but most of my colleagues use QWERTY. I'd quite like it if they could use my computer with a QWERTY layout by using a second keyboard, without affecting the layout of the primary one.

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I think this is just what you need:

http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/20994/Using-multiple-keyboards-with-different-layouts-on

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That does indeed look like exactly what I need! I'll give it a try as soon as I have a second keyboard to test with. –  me_and Feb 19 '12 at 9:20
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Would you mind editing your post to summarize the article? We prefer you dont just link –  Simon Sheehan Feb 19 '12 at 21:22
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Unfortunately, the Windows can't tell one keyboard from another, so you're pretty much out of luck on the software side. The driver software just gathers all input sources and treats it as one. Perhaps Linux is smarter about this? I don't know, but you mention coworkers so you're probably bound to Windows anyway.

There are some hardwired Dvorak keyboards available. This might be an option to you?

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Since you mentioned about Linux... Yeah, we can select a different layout for each keyboard in Linux: superuser.com/questions/75817/… –  Denilson Sá Jul 16 '11 at 17:10
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