Add Colemak keyboard layout

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac Feature Suggestions' started by AtomicLance, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. AtomicLance

    AtomicLance Bit Poster

    Hi, as a user of the somewhat exotic Colemak keyboard layout, I found it was quite a challenging experience using Parallels with Windows on ARM. The keyboard would sync to QWERTY on both guest and host, without asking. Even with layout sync disabled, Windows does not support Colemak natively, and the layout cannot be installed using files from the official Colemak site.
    NB: it would be a good idea to see if the x64 windows works with the colemak layout found on their official website, so I can ask / assist them in making it work on ARM.

    Currently, the only fix I found was to
    1. Disable Kb layout sync:
    2. Use any layout on Win10
    3. Remap keys to suit the needed layout:
    • Use powertoys and do it by hand with the key mapper
    • Remap they keys directly in the Windows registry

    As you can see none of this is simple and beginner friendly, that's why I would really appreciate it if the Parallels team could add a Windows Colemak layout natively, i.e: make another one of the "Apple" layout for Windows.
    I don't think this should be particularly challenging since you already did it for Dvorak, another unusual layout, and many, many other ones :)

    Thanks to the team for their great work !

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