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How to write faster on Gboard by going from QWERTY to Dvorak

QWERTY to Dvorak

The QWERTY keyboard was not designed to type faster. It was designed thinking about the letters that were used the most, and separating them as much as possible. For what? So that in mechanical typewriters the moving parts do not collide with each other when trying to write two nearby letters. The distribution of the letters was based on that. However, today there is no mechanical problem with the smartphone. We have the possibility to distribute the keys as we want because it is a touch screen. So the keyboard layout can be whatever we want. In fact, almost all Android keyboards give us the ability to switch from one distribution to another. And in this case, let’s see how to use Gboard, the Google keyboard, to switch from QWERTY to Dvorak. Although, as we say, this is possible with almost any keyboard that we have on your mobile.

Write faster with Gboard

We go to Gboard, to the application that we will find along with all the other apps. And once here, in the app options, we select Preferences. It will be the first of the options that interests us, Custom input styles. The normal thing is that German and French appear, because they use different letter distributions, and they could be close to us. But we forget about them to add a new one, clicking on the button with the symbol “+”. Here we look for the Spanish (Spain) language, and then in the second option we can choose between all the available keyboard layouts. One of them is Dvorak. It is the keyboard layout with which the record for writing with a keyboard has been reached. Our mobile is the easiest way to test it.

They say, yes, that it costs to get used to a new keyboard layout. But if you want to try it, and you want to learn how to use it, it is a great option. The key to the Dvorak keyboard is that the keys in the middle row, the easiest to use, are used 80% of the time. It is a form of write faster, as long as we are able to adapt.