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I am using Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (Android 3.1 Honeycomb) with Logitech Bluetooth keyboard.

I don't want to use a Dvorak layout for my on-screen keyboard like the other discussion here. I only want my external keyboard to use the Dvorak layout, without rooting and hacking my device.

How can I set my external keyboard to use a Dvorak layout without hacks?

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I doubt you can, those files aren't editable without root and Android doesn't support it yet. – Matthew Read Jan 3 '12 at 17:34
Not sure if its a duplicate, but this sounds very similar to this previous question How to switch keyboard layout for external keyboard although that is a localization as well as layout change, and you're presumably keeping the same language, but changing layout. – GAThrawn Jan 3 '12 at 17:49

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You can use External Keyboard Helper Pro to do it. No need for rooting. From version 2.7, the app supports Dvorak out-of-the-box.

Disclaimer: I'm the developer of this app.

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You can use the Root Explorer to change the keyboard layout file in /system/usr/keylayout/

For the details, XDA forum explains it well.

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