Sunday, January 16, 2011

Input Chinese using Dvorak (Windows)

If you're a regular Dvorak user, you may be frustrated that inputting Chinese pinyin can only be done using QWERTY layout.

But it's actually very easy to use Dvorak layout to input Chinese pinyin. You only have to change a key in the registry, and restart (or log off), and you can instantly start inputting Chinese pinyin using the Dvorak layout!

I found the simple instructions mirrored below at the following web pages (both belong to the same author).
This will probably work for German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Indian and other layouts as well. Just look for the correct language in the Keyboard Layouts folder.
Press 【Win+r】 then type “regedit”. Then, go to the folder in this path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts\00000804
That's the folder for Chinese simplified.
In the one named “Layout File”, change the value to “KBDDV.DLL”
Then, restart Windows. (relogin might also work.)
Chinese Dvorak Microsoft IME
Microsoft Registry showing the Chinese (simplified) input method.
Here's the folder name for some other languages.
LanguageFolder NameOriginal “Layout File” value
Chinese Simplified000000404KBDUS.DLL
Chinese Traditional000000404KBDUS.DLL
Japanese00000411KBDJPN.DLL
Korean00000412KBDKOR.DLL
Before you change, write down the original value, just in case you want to change it back.

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