After some time has passed i again tried to get a dvorak layout running on windows.
Basically it is not that hard, just choose one from the keyboard layout chooser, but thats not my kind of style
Of course, as written here in an old post, i want to switch the ‘esc’ and ‘caps lock’ key, like i did in linux (easily in the end).
Unfortunately, it is not that easy in windows. The only way i found to achieve that is to change some registry entries. There are a few tools out there to do that, but i dont want to go that far.
Reason is, you have to reboot to make that work, which is a showstopper for me, as no other user can use my windows then anymore, without having to know about the new special keys.
It’s really a pitty that windows, as old as it is, still so that much non-configurable.
So i just created a new dvorak layout, adapted to my needs, with the microsoft keyboard layout creator. It looks like this:
dvorak in normal state
dvorak in shift state
dvorak in alt gr state
There is just one more pitfall i ran into. First i created a complete new layout, which led to the problem that the Ctrl and Alt modifiers behaved somehow different. They corresponding alphabetic keys where on a different place, but neither at the new dvorak, nor in the old german one.
So pressing Ctrl+C didnt copy any more, and Ctrl + C on the new layout didnt either.
That was really weird, to solve that one i choose an existing german layout and adapted the keys on that one.
Now it’s like i have to press Ctrl+C on the old keyboard to get something copied, even with the new layout enabled.
The disadvantage is, pressing Ctrl+C on dvorak layout (there, where the new ‘C’ is) doesnt copy, but something different.
The advantage is, you dont have to remap shortcuts from eclipse/Outlook/whatsoever, as they stay the same.
Here is the installer with the source file included for the microsoft keyboard layout creator:
Update: i forgot the “\” and added it, dont wanna update the pictures now, but its included in the zip file at the bottom.
Update 2: i also forgot the “%”, same procedure as before