Keyboard Layer/2 3.0.2 OS/2 FREE


Keyboard Layer/2 is the alternative keyboard layers and keyboard layouts switcher for OS/2 version 4.0, 4.5 and eComStation. Keyboard Layer/2 also displays the current keyboard layer via the special indicator.

According to "IBM OS/2 Warp 4 Keyboards and code Layouts" switching between latin and national keyboard layers should work in the following countries:

The Arabian countriesar and ar470 Bulgariabg and bg241
Greecegk and el459 Israelil
Latvialv Macedoniamk
Russia *ru441 and ru443 Serbia and Chernogoriasr
Thailandth and th190  

* It is the only tested country :)

In case you're satisfied with standard keyboard switcher Keyboard Layer/2 can be used simply as a current layer indicator. Just make sure that "Don't touch my keyboard!" is selected in options.

System requirements:

  • Operating system: eComStation, IBM OS/2 Warp 3.0 or higher

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Known problems

  • If the window of any program using similar with Keyboard Layer/2 pop-up algorithm will be overlayed with the indicator window most likely that they will fight for superiority with 100% CPU loading. In this case simply drag away one from another.
  • ALT and SHIFT switching method works only in combination: (LEFT ALT and LEFT SHIFT) or (RIGHT ALT and RIGHT SHIFT). Don't try to use left ALT with right SHIFT and vice versa.
  • In full screen OS/2 sessions the standard switching is locked.
  • With "Transparent focus" enabled Keyboard Layer/2 can not be activated from a task list.
  • The mode "Transparent focus" does not work with enabled (modes) "Move Pointer to Focus", "Activate Window a Pointer" checkboxes and disabled "Only When Pointer is Moved" ones in the NPS WPS Enhancer.

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Some OS/2 files on this page was compressed (zipped). You can download and install Zippy for unpack them or use free copy of Info-UnZip for OS/2 and eComStation from Info-Zip support page.
Download Keyboard Layer/2. 312 KB DOWNLOAD

If it is necessary you can load old versions also.

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WarpIN is required for installations of archives with the wpi-extension. You can download free copy of the WarpIN for OS/2 and eComStation from WarpIN support page.
XCenter plugin 0.1.0 for Keyboard Layer/2.
It's intended to indicate the current keyboard layout as it is reported by that switcher through the pipe. Also it allows to control some Keyboard Layer/2 functions by a mouse click.
Dmitry A. Kuminov 41 KB DOWNLOAD

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Source code

Latest development source code can be obtained from git repository hosted on Bitbucket:
git clone

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Last changes

Version 3.0.2
  • Fixed OS/2 3.0 installation.
  • The Keyboard Layer/2 does not do any operations, if the size of a stack of the active program is below 1024 bytes.
Version 3.0.1
  • Keyboard Layer/2 is now covered by the GPL.
  • The layout indicator can show the selected layout and layer icon.
  • VDD is copied to OS/2 boot directory to avoid problems with its loading at installation of the program in the directory containing spaces in the name.
  • Added feature of change of the keyboard layout "on the fly" via assigned hot keys.
  • The SysTray/WPS support can be turned off.
  • Improved the keyboard layouts submenu.
  • The keyboard layer switcher should work normally with ODIN and InnoTek applications.
  • The properties window is sizable.
Version 2.1.3
  • The switcher should work normally with ODIN and InnoTek applications.

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Last modified 05/08/2016 at 11:11