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There is no such layout by default and I have tried getting the one available here ( and it doesn't work with Windows 8. So is there any way I get the DVORAK layout on Win8?

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For future reference, you can add Dvorak as the primary layout during the Windows install process, too. Just select it from the dropdown list on the opening install screen. – techturtle Feb 8 '13 at 15:02
My assumption of DVORAK layout not existing by default was completely wrong. I was looking in the wrong place. – Afzal Feb 8 '13 at 15:06
Is it possible to have an onscreen layout displayed at all time for training purposes. – Afzal Feb 8 '13 at 15:11
If you need onscreen layout just launch the On-Screen Keyboard – Martheen Cahya Paulo Feb 11 '13 at 1:43
@MartheenCahyaPaulo Thanks. I keep forgetting what Windows actually has. I was using the touch keyboard from the taskbar and it disappears every time I type using my keyboard. Totally forgot that an on-screen keyboard existed. – Afzal Feb 11 '13 at 15:06
up vote 12 down vote accepted

From the Control Panel select Language and then Options:

Language Panel

In the Input method select Add an input method:

Options Panel

From there you can select the DVORAK R or L keyboards

Input Options

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Just figured out I was looking in the wrong place. Thanks, nice work – Afzal Feb 8 '13 at 15:06

You can use the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to create any keyboard layout you want. It even contains DVORAK layouts to get you started.

  1. Click FileLoad Existing Keyboard...

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Awesome, I will keep that handy. – Afzal Feb 8 '13 at 15:07
It seems that DLL files created with this software can not be used with Windows 8 (at least not on 64bit). – GergelyPolonkai Nov 5 '13 at 12:51
I tried this and created one, but can't figure out how to get this to be my standard keyboard. – Quispiam Dec 28 '14 at 21:08
@W00d5t0ck Nope, Windows 8 x64 and Windows 8.1 x64 both support custom keyboard layouts. Been using my custom keyboard since Windows 7. – wassup Jun 12 '15 at 16:38

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