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    Multiple keyboards and layouts

    • Started by mesonofgib
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    • Registered: 23-Nov-2006
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    Hi all, I'm going to be getting a new keyboard soon (USB - a Microsoft Natural). I'm pretty sure you can have more than one keyboard plugged in, but does anyone know if it's possible to give each one a different layout? Cos it's becoming a pain when I have to change the layout for other people who want to use my PC.

    Also, purely out of interest Shai, is it possible to estimate the number of people who now use Colemak?


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    • Shai
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    • Registered: 11-Dec-2005
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    I don't think it's possible to have different keyboard layouts for different keyboards, and it won't be any less confusing to have two keyboards.

    That's also one of the reasons that I recommend not to relabel or rearrange the keyboard keys. See the learning tips. I suggest creating several user profiles (which is a good idea anyway) and switching between them. Each user profile can have its own keyboard layout. In Windows XP you can use the Fast User Switching feature.

    As for the estimate of the number of users, see the Statistics for 2006 thread

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    • Registered: 20-Oct-2006
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    I do something vaguely like that.  I've got a dual boot OS X and Windows XP Mac mini, and I have two USB keyboards hooked up to it.  When using my 'real' computer (the OS X side), I use an Apple keyboard with the keycaps moved around (the keycaps on an Apple keyboard are all identical, so there's no terrible jagged bumpy look).  When using the 'toy' computer for playing old PC games, I use an IBM keyboard with QWERTY keycaps and layout instead.  This saves me the trouble of constantly remapping 'WASD' to 'WARS' and keeps me from forgetting how to type on the 'average' keyboard.

    This is, of course, totally unlike the setup that the original poster had in mind.  In OS X, switching layouts can be done on the fly with just two clicks on a menu item in the system tray equivalent - I used to use this shortcut from time to time while using the QWERTY keyboard in OS X before I regained my old QWERTY speed in Colemak - but I have no idea if Windows has a similar feature, since literally the only thing I ever do in Windows is double click on a desktop icon to start a fullscreen game.

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