There is no such layout by default and I have tried getting the one available here (http://www.kaufmann.no/roland/dvorak/) and it doesn't work with Windows. So is there any way I get the DVORAK layout on Windows?

  • 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 15:06
  • Is it possible to have an onscreen layout displayed at all time for training purposes.
    – Afzal
    Feb 8, 2013 at 15:11
  • 1
    If you need onscreen layout just launch the On-Screen Keyboard
    – Martheen
    Feb 11, 2013 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, 2013 at 15:06

3 Answers 3


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

  • You haven't even written what version of windows you are talking about.
    – barlop
    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:24

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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  • It seems that DLL files created with this software can not be used with Windows 8 (at least not on 64bit). Nov 5, 2013 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, 2014 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, 2015 at 16:38

I see an option in Windows 7 here

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