How to Instantly Switch Any Keyboard’s Layout Wherever You Go

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If you want to boost your typing speed by at least 50%, you need to give up QWERTY. By switching to the Colemak layout, not only will you end up typing faster, but you’ll also reduce the likelihood of developing repetitive stress injuries in your wrists and fingers.

The problem with learning Colemak is that most keyboards today — whether at home, at work, or at the public library — all use the QWERTY layout. That’s where Portable Keyboard Layout comes in handy.


The program sits in the background, and when you hit both Left Alt and Right Alt at the same time, it immediately changes the layout to some other layout, like Colemak or Dvorak. Just press the Alt keys together again to toggle back to QWERTY. It’s that simple.

And because it’s a portable app, you can just keep it on a USB drive and carry it with you wherever you go. The next time you hop on a computer that isn’t your own, just load up Portable Keyboard Layout and instantly enable Colemak no matter where you are.

To learn more, check out our introduction to Portable Keyboard Layout.

Does this make you more likely to learn Colemak? Or is it too much of a hassle? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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