How to transition From Qwerty to Colemak keyboard layout

Effects of Intense Typing:

It was the last week of November 2019.

The past three weeks had been intense. I had a lot of client work to write (Academic writing). 

On a typical day, I would type 20 pages (6,000 words). By the last week of November, my hands were aching.

I later learned weakness of the middle fingers is associated with a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is associated with excessive typing.

A Chance encounter with Alternative keyboard Layouts:

I did some research and learned about the history of the QWERTY keyboard layout and the better alternatives that existed.

The tools you need to transition to the Colemak keyboard layout:

Switching to Colemak:


Note you can easily switch between the Colemak layout and the QWERTY layout by pressing windows + Space keys

Tips on how to switch to Colemak without changing keyboard keys around:

Use the Keyboard on the screen as  a guide instead of looking at the actual keyboard.

The above tips are especially important if you don’t have an external keyboard.

Changing laptop keyboard keys around is a complicated affair.

I have been through several other demanding months where I had to type around 10,000 words a day. 

The colemak keyboard layout has come through for me during such times in a big way. I have experienced zero pain in my hands 

Switch to Drovak / Colemak today and type for longer with zero pain.