switching to dvorak on OS X
March 16, 2006 2:26 PM   Subscribe

Help me install/switch to Dvorak layout on OSX.

I want to learn to type on a Dvorak layout. (Just because). However, I can't seem to find this switch option on my laptop. It's an iBook G4, OS X.

I've looked in System preference, under keyboard, and I can't find that option. I've tried downloading a layout and installing that, but it doesn't install.

Any other ideas?

Thank you!
posted by state fxn to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
 
Which OS X? 10.2,10.2.8,10.3,10.4.4 etc.
posted by leafwoman at 2:29 PM on March 16, 2006


10.3.9
posted by state fxn at 2:31 PM on March 16, 2006


On 10.4 at least, Sys Prefs->Internation->Input Menu, choose the Dvorak (or Dvorak/Qwerty modifier), and check to show the input menu in the menu bar. Ydco o.by.bj.o yfl.e ,cyd a ekrpat nafrgyv!!!
posted by neustile at 2:33 PM on March 16, 2006


You should be able to go to the "International" option in "System Preferences." You should then see three tabs, choose "Input Menu," scroll down the choices until you find Dvorak, select it.

You will have to scroll past several asian layouts before you get to the alphabetical ones.

Good luck.
posted by leafwoman at 2:35 PM on March 16, 2006


Ah ha! Thank you so much. I was so frustrated. I guess I quickly scrolled through that and didn't see the option hiding there. =)
posted by state fxn at 2:37 PM on March 16, 2006


FWIW, the Apple Pro keyboard tolerates poping keycaps well.

I took all the keys off of my Apple Pro keyboard and arranged them in the Dvorak layout.
posted by teece at 3:42 PM on March 16, 2006


hijack: any suggestions on freeware dvorak typing tutors for the mac?
posted by soviet sleepover at 7:17 PM on March 16, 2006


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