The best computer keyboard layouts for English and programming, as at July 2023.
QWERTY is the best keyboard layout ... or is it? Isn't Dvorak better? Or what about Colemak? Or is HandsDown the hands-down winner?To answer these and other pressing questions, we have evaluated over 570 different keyboard layouts, in ANSI and ergo form factors, and list the winners in different categories. You can peruse the Top 30 in each category from the links below, or see the shorter Top 10s lower down.
The Top 30 pages have links to each layout's analysis.
Your favourite layout not there? Look up how it did in the Internet Letter Layout DB.
|ANSI Top 30 with pictures
|Ergo Top 30 with pictures
|No AltGr layer
|Uses AltGr layer
|Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs
|No letters on thumbs
|Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV
|No letters on thumbs or AltGr
|Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV + Colemak punctuation
|ANSI Top 10
|Ergo Top 10
No AltGr layer
Uses AltGr layer
Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs
No letters on thumbs
Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV
No letters on thumbs or AltGr
Conventional + QWERTY shift pairs + ZXCV + Colemak punctuation