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Windows 7: Which keyboard layout should I choose?

12 Mar 2012   #1
TrueBlue502

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Which keyboard layout should I choose?

Hello. I am setting up my new PC right now and I have been given the option to choose a 'keyboard layout'

I speak English, I'm American, and I'm right-handed.

I don't know the differences between the layouts. Which of these I should choose:
  • United States-Dvorak
  • United States-Dvorak for right hand
  • United States-International
  • US
Thank you!


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12 Mar 2012   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You need to choose the layout that matches the physical layout of your keyboard, otherwise you might find things confusing. For instance, the shifted 2 character on US keyboards is @, whereas for the UK it is ".
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12 Mar 2012   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As you are living in the United States you need to choose the US keyboard layout.

Keyboard layout - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you need to use diacritics when typing then you need the US International keyboard layout.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258824
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12 Mar 2012   #4
TrueBlue502

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes I am living in the US. I choose that one. Thanks
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12 Mar 2012   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.
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12 Mar 2012   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

HOLD ON. Let's don't just drop this thread and leave me in the dark. What are the two options with Dvorak?
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12 Mar 2012   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

It's an alternative to the Qwerty-type keyboard and is supposedly more comnfortable to use.

Introducing the Dvorak Keyboard

As Dwarf stated earlier, you need to choose the Windows keyboard layout that matches your physical keyboard.
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13 Mar 2012   #8
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
It's an alternative to the Qwerty-type keyboard and is supposedly more comnfortable to use.

Introducing the Dvorak Keyboard

As Dwarf stated earlier, you need to choose the Windows keyboard layout that matches your physical keyboard.
I followed your links but did not learn a lot other than goverment is trying to tell me what keyboard to use now. == Is Dvorak a different letter layout so that I would have to learn to type again? What is the Dvorak-right hand? I quess the one I am using now is the Qwerty, but I never did know that.
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13 Mar 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Dvorak keyboard layout: The Dvorak Keyboard -- a Primer

Comparison of the two: http://www.andong.co.uk/dvorak/

The Dvorak layout is supposedly easier to use than the Qwerty layout.

You always know if you're using a QWERTY keyboard because the first six keys on the top row of the letter keys spell...............believe it or not, QWERTY.

It's a throwback to the days of the girls' typewriters in the typists' pool.
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13 Mar 2012   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Dvorak keyboard layout: The Dvorak Keyboard -- a Primer

Comparison of the two: The Qwerty Keyboard Layout Vs The Dvorak Keyboard Layout

The Dvorak layout is supposedly easier to use than the Qwerty layout.

You always know if you're using a QWERTY keyboard because the first six keys on the top row of the letter keys spell...............believe it or not, QWERTY.

It's a throwback to the days of the girls' typewriters in the typists' pool.
Thanks for the info. I had never hard of the Dvorak Keyboard and had no I idea that I typed on a Qwerty. Learn something new everyday.
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