Alternate Layouts

If you are looking for the application to reprogram your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard and/or create your own custom layout, please go directly to our Layout Designer.

If at any time you want to return your keyboard to the original layout, visit the Firmware Upgrade section
and follow the instructions on “How to upgrade the Firmware” using the firmware provided in that section.

If you have a Model 229 or 227, please note diverse layouts/languages are already programmed in your keyboard. Please review the installation guide that came with your product, or visit the Installation Guide section reviewing DIP switch #2-3-4 options.


Layouts presented in this section can be used as samples of what can be done to customize your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard. You can use any of the following layouts in our Layout Designer to make further enhancements, or you can take ideas from these layouts and combine them at your leisure.





Dvorak and equivalent



In you have a Model 229 or 227, and wish to use the Dvorak layout, simply set DIP switch #2-3-4 to the OFF position. This layout is already programmed in your keyboard.

If you have another model and prefer using the Dvorak layout, we suggest you install the newest Firmware v4.00 that already includes a Dvorak layout. After upgrading to the new Firmware v4.00, set DIP switch #2-3-4 to the OFF position. The newest Firmware v4.00 works on all models.

In you use alternative layouts like Colemak or similar, you can install the newest Firmware v4.00 that has diverse keys like the /? and '" keys in a more conventional Qwerty position that in turn allows alternative layouts to work more seamless.


We have also created the following Alternative layouts that have keys in accordance with each layout specification along a few keys in a better position for alternative layouts.

Make sure you do not end up with a case of “double translation”. This will happen if your keyboard is remapped to an Alternative Layout and you also have an Alternative Layout selected in your Operating System (OS). There can be only one! You can leave your keyboard Qwerty and use the Alternative layout in your OS, or you can remap the keyboard and use the standard Qwerty layout in the OS.


Dvorak Layout (tailored for Windows/Linux)

(Primary layer is Dvorak – Alternate layer is Qwerty)



Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements.



Dvorak Layout (tailored for OS X)

(Primary layer is Dvorak – Alternate layer is Qwerty)



Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements.





Minimal Stretch Layout for Programmers Firmware
(Emacs included)



Several keys in the “Main” and “Fn” layers are positioned to facilitate typing for programmers,
including double Enter and Backspace keys.

“Primary Main” layer has the Ctrl key at left on the home row and the Fn instead of the left space.
“Alternate Main” layer have these two keys reversed.

Num” layers have a double keypad for right or left hand use.

This layout is just one way to set up your Truly Ergonomic Keyboard. You can Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements..


Minimal Stretch Layout for Programmers Firmware (Emacs included)






Fn” layers have F1-F12 keys closer and diverse keys positioned on both sides symmetrically
to be easily used in combination with the new location of the Fn key.

You can also press Fn (left space location) converting the right space location into Shift
to invoke the Shift state of diverse keys by using your thumbs instead of using your pinkies.


Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements.


Physically, both Shift and Ctrl keycaps are identical; you can easily swap them without changing the feeling of the layout. To do this, it is highly recommended using a keycap puller to gently remove the keycaps; do not pull hard on the keycap, low incremental pressure is all you require. To re-install, gently press until firmly attached; push the keys in a downward motion only.






Dual Layouts Firmware



If you use or want to have two distinct layouts (Qwerty/Alternate or Work/Entertainment) or use two computers (Windows/OSX) without the need to constantly flip DIP switch #2, you can consider having one layout in the “Main” layer, and the secondary layout on the “Num” layer, having the NumLock‑LED showing if you are using the secondary layout – you can then use the “Fn” layer for the numeric keypad as well as special functionality.


TrulyErgonomic — Dual Layout


(Having DIP switch #2 ON – “Main” layer is set for Windows/Linux and “Num” layer is set for OS X)
(Having DIP switch #2 OFF – “Main” layer is set for OS X and “Num” layer is set for Windows/Linux)



Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements.






OS X – Fn keys as default Firmware



If you are using OS X and prefer to have the Fn keys functionality as default, compared to require to press the Fn along F6‑F12 keys, you can reprogram Fn functionality on the “Main” layer and F1‑F12 keys on the “Fn” layer.


TrulyErgonomic – OS X – Fn keys as default

(DIP switch #2 OFF)



Open this layout in the Layout Designer to download the firmware file or to make further enhancements.






If you want to manually create your own custom layout, please go directly to the Layout Designer.



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promotes a healthier posture helping to reduce wrist, shoulder, neck, and lower back pain and strains,
and allows you to become more efficient and accelerate your productivity in a comfortable and healthy manner.


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