Early in my school career I took a class on computer science. It didn’t look like real science so I figured I score an A and not break a sweat.
It worked. There’s no science to computers. It’s all Apple’s magic user dust and Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field. But I did have a chance to see someone typing on a keyboard so fast it was as if they had super powers. Here’s the trick.
Speed Typist Or Cheater?
A young mind is a terrible thing to waste. And the woman in my computer science class typed so fast I thought my measly 60 words-per-minute was a waste.
Then, I found out her secret. She wasn’t typing in English keyboard. She was typing on a Dvorak keyboard. That’s cheating.
You see, the QWERTY keyboard that most of us use is utterly 19th century. The Dvorak layout moves the keys around so you can actually type faster.
So, I tried it. What rubbish. All the keys were in different locations. I’d just spent the past year learning to type the 19th century way, so I wasn’t about to try some kind of finger wizardry without an incentive.
Since then I’ve learned two things. The Dvorak simplified keyboard makes it easier and faster to type (once you get over the learning curve). And, your Mac’s keyboard keys can be remapped to do just that. Mostly.
The app that does that is called KeyRemap4MacBook. It’s an app that lets you reprogram your MacBook’s keys to pretty much anything you want. That makes it good for setting up custom function keys.
But it also makes it fabulous for completely remapping a Mac’s keyboard for fun and profit. And it’s free.
Click Here for a long and complex screen of keyboard remapping instructions on how to use KeyRemap4MacBook. It’s a bit complicated. After all, your keyboard is complicated. Every key can be remapped to do something else. If you have Dvorak on your mind, this is the Mac app to launch your career in a traveling road show as the world’s fastest typist.
Or, you could remap every key on your girlfriend’s keyboard, and when she turns to you in her moment of need, you could switch it all back again. She would be so grateful. Not bad for free, huh?