Chinese Input with Dvorak Layout (Microsoft Pinyin IME)

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Chinese Input with Dvorak Layout (Microsoft Pinyin IME)

Xah Lee, 2010-08-30

If you type Chinese, but also uses the Dvorak Keyboard Layout, how do you get the Chinese input using Dvorak layout?

Here's the answer for Microsoft Windows.

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.

Reference: 〈Not all keyboards are included in MSKLC's lists〉 (2005-04-16), by Michael S Kaplan. At: blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap. (Note that Michael is the one who created the〈The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator〉 at msdn.microsoft.com. )

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