Words Typed With The Left Hand - Dvorak Style

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I noticed this odd post on SimpleBits, Dan Cederholm’s website. It is a list of words that he can easily type with his left hand. One has to ask for what reason he is keeping his right hand free? But I, being a man of good taste, won’t go there.

For me, this list is quite different. Several years ago I was suffering from a lot of wrist pain due to typing. I started looking into all sorts of remedies. One remedy I tried was taking some time to learn the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout. My coworker at the time (and now business partner) Micah also did the same.

We simply full on took the plunge at work. It was a slow period so we downloaded a little practice app, switched our regional settings to Dvorak, and started practicing. When I had to respond to emails or write code, it was quite laughable how slow and clumsy I was…at first.

Soon enough I picked up speed and probably type faster in Dvorak than I ever did in QWERTY. Since I never got around to buying a Dvorak keyboard, I was forced to really learn touch typing. If you watch me type slowly on a keyboard, it would confuse the heck out of you as I am hitting all the wrong keys to produce the right letters.

In any case, here are a few words that I can type with my left hand using the Dvorak layout.

  • puke
  • pee
  • keep
  • peak
  • quake
  • pique
  • oak
  • quux (metasyntactic variable such as foo, bar, baz)

That is quite a limited vocabulary.

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15 responses

  1. Avatar for Nate Hekman
    Nate Hekman May 26th, 2006

    I often try to find words I can type with just my left hand. When designing keyboard shortcuts I try to make them left-hand-only if possible too. My right hand (since you've too good taste to ask :-) is on my mouse.

  2. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight May 26th, 2006

    The longest word I can type w/ my left hand on a qwerty board is qwertasdfgzxcvb...oh wait, that's not a word.
    I keep meaning to take the dvorak plunge, but don't know if I can take the productivity hit. Maybe between my current project and the next one...

  3. Avatar for Matthijs van der Vleuten
    Matthijs van der Vleuten May 26th, 2006

    Are there actually Dvorak keyboards on the market? I've been looking for one, but so far, I've only been able to find QWERTY (or localized) keyboards.

  4. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 26th, 2006

    Yeah, I think Goldtouch makes one. I saw a cheap-o one on Froogle: http://www.maxiaids.com/sto...

  5. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight May 26th, 2006

    Just go w/ this keyboard and it doesn't matter what layout you want: http://www.thinkgeek.com/co...

  6. Avatar for Adam
    Adam May 29th, 2006

    I never took the DVORAK plunge when my wrists started hurting. I switched to a trackball and a more ergonomic keyboard:
    It has the DVORAK letters painted on it as well as the QWERTY letters so I could switch if I want. Though, I don't want to, since my cruising speed is 80WPM and my sprinting speed is about 110WPM in QWERTY.
    Funny, as I type this my right wrist started aching...

  7. Avatar for Michael
    Michael July 1st, 2006

    You can always switch to left-handed dvorak if you type while using the mouse.
    Nevertheless i just switched to dvorak, i'm up to 35wpm half my qwerty speed but hope i can match it in another week. It took me 1 week to get half speed!

  8. Avatar for soedar
    soedar September 8th, 2006

    Actually, I believe the longest word you can type with your left hand only on a qwerty keyboard will be stewardess. lol.
    I've been typing on qwerty since I can remember, and I've recently picked up dvorak. I can switch comfortably between both layouts, and because I've been typing qwerty since I was a baby, my qwerty speed is usually faster than my dvorak speed.
    However, I still type in dvorak simply because its much more comfortable to type in. My fingers hop around the keyboard less often compared to the qwerty layout. Its a shame that people are still typing on qwerty, really.
    I'm learning the dvorak left hand layout now. Just for the fun of it. lol.

  9. Avatar for lukem
    lukem October 23rd, 2006

    stewardesses :-)

  10. Avatar for DJ
    DJ December 28th, 2006


  11. Avatar for Vinny
    Vinny July 14th, 2007

    The word 'eraser' can be easily typed with the left hand only
    try it! It only involves 4 letters, and those four letters are right next to each other!
    Broken into 3 parts:

  12. Avatar for juggalo ryda
    juggalo ryda September 18th, 2007

    i think typing is hard i hope one day thay make a sensor that you hook up to your head and think it and it goes on to the computer screen

  13. Avatar for The Obvious
    The Obvious May 21st, 2008

    You people are all WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!
    You can type any word if you reach across a little further with your fingers. I use the left index finger on 'J' given I have no right hand.

  14. Avatar for Alethia
    Alethia November 4th, 2008

    All you geniuses saying eraser, stewardesses, etc. get a clue.
    This post is about DVORAK one hand words. Totally different.

  15. Avatar for Dalton
    Dalton August 16th, 2010