Dvorak with Qwerty-based Ctrl Key Support

 STATUS: The new version is yet to be uploaded, though this page refers to it. The old version is available for download below. Read notes on previous version to know the difference between the two.

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The Dvorak keyboard layout built-in to Windows XP can introduce some problems to those who learn it, but are already used to the QWERTY layout. These problems are mainly associated with Word processors, but are also common to other applications. This new keyboard layout is designed to solve the problem by allowing the Ctrl key to use the QWERTY layout.

While it does solve a few problems, it introduces a few others. These new problems are not visible to amateur computer users, but maybe revealed to very advanced users. Usually you will not have any problem using this layout.

Note on previous version

Previously, I had uploaded Dvorak with Qwerty-based Modifier Key Support. The new version is exactly the same as the previous one, except for the name of the layout. You don't need to upgrade to the new version, as it does not give you any advantage except a sparkling new name for the layout. However, if you wish to upgrade, first uninstall the previous version by disabling it and running its setup file. Detailed uninstallation instructions are available below.


This layout is designed in Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. As per EULA of the KLC, no keyboard layout created using the software is to be sold or otherwise used for commercial gain. This layout is provided free of charge. Should you find yourself to have been cheated by purchasing this layout, contact the concerned authorities in your area and report the violation of the EULA. The KLC EULA states:

  • 4. NO RENTAL/COMMERCIAL HOSTING. You may not sell, rent, lease, lend or provide commercial hosting services with the Software and/or those files created by  the Software.



  • Extract the ZIP file. Windows XP has built-in support for ZIP files. You may require a software to extract ZIP files in other WIndows versions.
  • Run the Setup file named DvQwMod.msi
  • You will receive a notification that the keyboard layout is installed. Please note that the setup file does not confirm the installation with you. This is a limitation of KLC.
  • Go to: Start > Control Panel (or Start > Settings > Control Panel)
  • In Category View, click "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options. Skip this step if you're in Classic View.
  • Click Regional and Language Options. Classic View users maybe required to double-click this icon.
  • Go to the Languages tab.
  • Click Details button.
  • Click Add... button.
  • Make sure the input language is "English (United States)". (Hint: You may change this to some other language, for instance Danish, for easy identification of the Dvorak layout in Language Bar, if you also have Qwerty installed. This does not affect the keyboard.)
  • Check the checkbox "Keyboard layout/IME".
  • Choose "United States-Dvorak with Qwerty-based Ctrl Key Support" from the drop-down list under Keyboard layout/IME.
  • Click OK.
  • At this point, you may wish to revise your "Language Bar" and "Key Settings" configuration and/or your default keyboard settings.
  • Click OK twice.


  • You will need the original setup file to uninstall the layout. You can download the setup file from this page.
  • Extract the ZIP file if you have downloaded.
  • Refer to Installation section above and return to Regional and Language Options.
  • Remove the layout from the Installed services list and apply the changes.
  • Run DvQwMod.msi
  • You will be presented with options to repair or remove the layout. Choose the option to remove and click Finish.


  • This keyboard layout works only in NT-based systems. (Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista)
  • The keyboard layout is internally Qwerty, so if any program "hard-reads" the layout, it will recognize the layout as Qwerty. One such program is Stamina Typing Tutor. You can switch Stamina's virtual keyboard to Dvorak layout by pressing F1 key.
  • Other modifier keys like Alt, Windows, and Ctrl-Alt still follows the Dvorak layout.

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