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Use a Dvorak keyboard - ditch the old QWERTY keyboard

Anyone who has used a Dvorak keyboard will know the benefits of it, less finger movement and less risk of RSI, along with faster faster typing speeds. Once you've learnt the Dvorak layout it is also easy to switch back to QWERTY as well, so you not left alone in a world unfamiliar with you. A few tools can help learning and using the Dvorak keyboard easy.

At Hoolean (http://hooleon.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KBH&Category_Code=OV-D) you'll find labels for your current keyboard, allowing you to convert it to the Dvorak layout easily.

A useful software tool, DvAssist (www.cfabs.org/blogki/index.cgi?page=/ComputersAndTechnology/DvAssist), allows you to switch between keyboard layouts on the fly. It runs in the system tray and a simple double click switches between QWERTY and Dvorak. Carry it on a USB key and you can run it on other PCs as well.

For touch typing training try Stamina (http://typingsoft.com/overview.htm), a free utility that adds a bit of fun too.

If you know both QWERTY and Dvorak layout you'll find switching between the two easily (wondering why people still use QWERTY). If you only learn Dvorak then DvAssist will change the layout quickly so you can touch type on other peoples compuers, ignoring the labels on the keys.


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