I'd like to use the half-qwerty keyboard layout on my mac, without actually buying any (ridiculously priced) hardware. I found a auto-hotkey script, but that appears to be windows-only. Are there any alternatives?

  • I've listed some alternatives I've found (but aren't quite "it") as answers below.
    – Sietse
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 16:08
  • You can use Ukelele to create a custom keyboard layout, and use e.g. Option as the "flip" key instead of space. Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 17:45

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I'm the developer of the one-handed typing Mac apps below. Should be just what you're looking for.

One-Hand Keyboard is the best option, as it has predictive text. Just type the one-hand keys and it will automatically figure out which word you meant. Type "tges" and it will change it to "this". Your muscle memory makes it very easy to do this.

Mirror-QWERTY is the non-predictive-text version. You hold spacebar to "mirror" the keys. So to type "this" you type [T] [G+Space] [E+Space] [S]. I find this a lot harder to do.

I hope one of these solutions works for you! Would love to hear your feedback.


I found One Hand Keyboard, but at €79,99, it's a little too expensive to try out.

Edit: There's now a free demo available on the Mac App Store:

One-Hand Keyboard [Practice Version]


The Magic Frogpad also looks promising, but isn't quite half-qwerty, and still forces me to buy expensive hardware (even though I already have the touchpad).

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