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12 Apr 2016

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Software Author(s):

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dvorak keyboard layout switcher


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To install dvassist, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade dvassist, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall dvassist, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade dvassist -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade dvassist -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure dvassist installed
    name: dvassist
    state: present
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'dvassist' do
  action    :install
  version  ''
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: dvassist,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller dvassist
   Name     = 'dvassist'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = ''
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'dvassist':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install dvassist version="" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator ferventcoder on 21 Apr 2016.


Dvorak Assistant is a Windows tray utility that toggles between your normal layout and the Dvorak layout.

  • Windows 95 through Vista.
  • Double-click tray icon or configurable hotkey to toggle between Dvorak & default layout. Great for shared machines.
  • Version 2.0 is no longer restricted to US-Qwerty, DVAssist toggles between whatever your current layout is and Dvorak.
  • Stay-on-top layout window for Dvorak, including some color coding to help a beginner.

$packageName = 'dvassist' # arbitrary name for the package, used in messages
$url = '' # download url
$url64 = $url # 64bit URL here or just use the same as $url
$validExitCodes = @(0) #please insert other valid exit codes here, exit codes for ms
Install-ChocolateyZipPackage "$packageName" "$url" "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)" "$url64"
$wshell = new-object -comObject WScript.Shell
$shortCutPath = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath(7)) "DvorakAssist.lnk"
$shortCut = $wshell.CreateShortcut($shortCutPath)
$shortCut.TargetPath = Join-Path (Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) "DVAssist.exe"
Get-Process DVAssist -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | Stop-Process -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
$shortCutPath = Join-Path ([Environment]::GetFolderPath(7)) "DvorakAssist.lnk"
if(Test-Path $shortCutPath) {
    Remove-Item $shortCutPath 

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
dvassist 580 Sunday, April 7, 2013 Unknown

  • On older OSes, You must have the Dvorak layout installed before running DVAssist. With 2k (I think), XP and Vista, you're good to go out of the box.

  • If Microsoft Outlook is running when DVAssist is used to toggle the layout, Outlook will hang in a tight loop that consumes all available CPU cycles. To get out of it, (and this is weird), right-click on the Outlook entry in the task bar. Not sure why this happens, but it probably has to do with the unorthodox code used to get the word out to all applications that the layout has changed. This doesn't seem to be a problem on old 9x OSes. Note: this problem was logged around 2000 - I'm not sure if it's still a problem with the latest versions of Outlook.

  • Win 9x: You must not have Dvorak selected as your keyboard layout in Control Panel | Keyboard. Leave it set on QWERTY, then run DVAssist.

  • Win 95: Keyboard mappings don't work in DOS windows. Microsoft had a DOS driver for Dvorak layout to fix this - I have no idea if it's still available.

  • What if I need support for more than 1 layout in addition to Dvorak? You can try to built-in language bar in modern OS versions. David Bell also wrote to tell me about a MS tool for 2k and up that will allow multiple layouts each with their own hotkey. You can get it here. - 4/12/2007

  • Fixes so upgrading from old versions prior to 2.0 works seamlessly. If Dvorak is active and it detects the prior version had lived on your machine (from old registry entries) it assumes US Qwerty is the original layout. If this isn't the original layout you want to toggle to, simply toggle Dvorak off, shut down DVA, setup your machine to the proper original layout then run DVA again.

This package has no dependencies.

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