One-Hand Keyboard: Free One-Hand Typing

Developer: Peter Kamb

Current Version: 3.0

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 1.1 MB - Download


Free version of the one-hand typing keyboard layout that lets any former touch-typist type with one hand.

Use if you've broken your arm, fractured your wrist, lost a finger, or have any other medical condition that limits the use of one hand.

NOTE: The free version of this app lets you type with one hand only in the app's practice window. To type one-handed in any app or text field, please purchase the full version of One-Hand Keyboard.

One-Hand Keyboard app uses your existing two-hand typing muscle memory, so it's extremely easy to learn. Your five fingers already know how to do the work of ten.

Former two-hand touch typists will be able to type with one hand in minutes.

How it works:
Examine a keyboard. The motion you use to type "G" is the same motion you use to type "H". Index finger, home row, towards the center of the keyboard.

It's the same motion, but with the other hand. The keys "E" and "I" are also a pair: they're both middle finger, top row.

If you are or were a touch-typist, your brain already knows how to make these substitutions.

So when you want to type a key on your bad hand, type the good-hand equivalent key instead. It's the same finger, same motion as the key you should be typing, the only difference is that you're using your good hand instead of the injured one.

So to type "this" with your left hand, you press the keys "tges". As you're typing, the program figures out the most likely word for that combination of letters. So it types the word "this" despite you pressing the keys "tges".

Use the Caps-Lock key to toggle between the normal keyboard and the one-hand keyboard. When typing a word with one hand, pressing the Tab key will cycle through available word options.

NOTE: Currently only works in English, with the standard QWERTY keyboard layout or the Dvorak keyboard layout. More languages and keyboard layouts coming in the future.


Release Notes:

- Completely new version of One-Hand Keyboard!
- Significantly better word prediction.
- Tap out a word with both hands, and it is automatically added to your user dictionary.
- Word predictions sorted according to your frequency of use.
- Added "Open at Login" menu item. Check to open One-Hand Keyboard automatically.
- Visual display of word predictions, including multiple monitor support.
- Support for ending punctuation ("word.")
- Support for single and double quotes ("word" / 'word').
- Added iRate frameword.
- A big THANK YOU! to everyone who has rated the app. Please help me promote One-Hand Keyboard by rating this new version as well.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.0
Review by Shmonkee

Got me over my fractured wrist injury - When I fractured my left wrist (I am right handed), I had to undergo surgery and was in a cast for 8 weeks (still in therapy). Since I am a computer professional, typiing is of key importance. I immediately tried voice recognition software. Even though I am a native English speaker with no regional accent (unless you consider California Bay Area regional), the recognition was painful. Had to alter speech patterns and needed to wear a headset as built in Mac mic had issues with the software. Then, I found out abou one handed keyboard in the MacApp store. Downloaded immediately (version 2.something). While I got the mirroring working pretty quickly with my right hand, it was intermittently successful. In conversations with Peter (the software author), he educated me on the 'v' problem with the right hand. I was reaching for the 'N' key but really, the way the keyboard is slanted, the key I should be reaching for is the 'M' key. With that adjustment, my accuracy went up. Then the next problem was that the word matching wasn't the one I was looking for. This was an extra problem for me because the popup list that shows you the words that matched wasn't showing due to my multiple monitor setup (Peter has fixed in latest version). Also, the newest version shows the most frequently chosen word as the top match (a feature I suggested to Peter). Peter has been extremely responsive and helpful from a listening to suggestions perspective. This latest version (which ironically Peter shipped just as I was getting my cast off) has incorporated all of the feedback that I and others have given Peter and I would say it's probably 98% accurate now. At least for normal typing of documents and emails. If you are a software engineer (like me) using computer langauges or other profession with a lot of terminology or symbology using punctuation marks, the software won't help in those situations. However, this is way better than using dictation software (I normally type close to 80WPM with two hands, I think I probably got to about 40WPM with one hand, which is also kind of ironic). The trick to accuracy is to NOT look where you are typing but look at the top of the popup list that is showing what the software is matching. That is how you can confirm if you are assembling the correct word and if the correct word is in the list. If it's at the top, just hit spacebar to go to next word or if it's not at the type, cursor down th the right word and hit spacebar. With that, the word should show at the top of the list the next time you type that key sequence. While I no longer need th software, it really help me get through a rough patch. I will keep the software and keep updating it just in case, hopefully I won't need it again.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.0
Review by Listener 126

Very Useful - This is a very nice app! I wish I had had it when my daughters were young, and I tried to hold one of them with one hand (and they would fall asleep), and type with the other.

Found helpful by 6 out of 10 people
Version 3.0
Review by jimpurcellbbne

Time-saver - Well done. Very useful.

Found helpful by 4 out of 9 people
Version 3.0
Review by jmanson1

Very useful for disabled people - I hope this app works well because I was in a very serious car wreck and my right arm is paralyzd which makes touch typing very difficult, will post again later

Found helpful by 3 out of 7 people
Version 3.0
Review by ojibajo

Nice concept but not for me. - The concept is great and it might work for some people, but I just couldn't get the hang of it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people
Version 3.0
Review by ofctlo

does not work - As far as I can tell, this app does not work with Sierra.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people