Set Default Keyboard Input Language in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 25,076
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    bl00keRs said:
    My system is in X language and I've X and Y keyboard layout, X is a system language keyboard layout, and Y is different language keyboard layout. Whenever I start Windows, the system X language layout is loaded as default, but I'd like to have Y as default. How to do this? Is it even possible?

    It is possible to choose which keyboard layout is used at boot up. I have UK English as the system language on all my machines, but some of them have US keyboards so on those machines I want US as the default keyboard at start up (but UK English as the system language). Took me ages to work out how to do it, but it is simple once you know how. The start up keyboard is whatever is at the top of the list of keyboards for you system language.

    Go to Settings > Time & Language > Language. Click on your default language and choose Options. Here you can add or remove keyboards. Just remove any keyboards above the one you want as default then add them back, they will be added at the bottom of the list.

    This PC always starts up with a UK keyboard layout...

    Set Default Keyboard Input Language in Windows 10-uk-keyboard-boot.png

    ...while this one uses the US keyboard layout at boot up.

    Set Default Keyboard Input Language in Windows 10-us-keyboard-boot.png

    Both machines have UK English set as their system language.
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  2. Posts : 134
    Windows 10 PRO
       #11

    Thank you very much @Bree . Your solution worked as I wanted it to work :)
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  3. Posts : 25,076
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #12

    bl00keRs said:
    Thank you very much @Bree . Your solution worked as I wanted it to work :)
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  4. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 / 1511
       #13

    Doesn't work for login screen (W10-1903) !


    Hi all,
    Time has gone and now I had to "upgrade" from Windows 7 to 10/1903. Many problems, but at the beginning the login default keyboard layout was OK: Swiss German. This way I could log in normally with my password comprising French characters to be entered in 2 keys (eg. ^a = ).

    While trying to set the default keyboard layout for all users, I set it for the administrator and "deleted" the irrelevant French and German keyboards from the user's list. Then I used the build-in administrative option to copy it to the .default and other users.

    However, obviously there is a bug in that build-in option: afterwards the default keyboard was OK for all users, but on the contrary the login standard keyboard is now German (00000807) - that is, typing "^a" gives "^a" not "" as it should (and previously did). Strangely, the list of keyboards on the login screen still comprises French and German keyboards, but I have to switch the keyboard at each login.

    Using the few available system options such as in this thread didn't help at all. I searched a lot in internet forums and found most relevant registry keys, everything is correct there (I had to correct manually the locale standard value):
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nls\Locale]
    @="00000807"
    "(Default)"="00000807"
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Keyboard Layout\Preload]
    "1"="00000807" (no further values 2,)
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International]
    "Locale"="00000807"
    [HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload]
    "1"="00000807" (no further values 2,)
    (and the same for all users)

    However, I didn't find anywhere the German keyboard (00000407) at any place together with the Swiss and French keyboards. But the login screen still displays them, with the German as standard (while all users now only have the Swiss keyboard once logged).

    I suspect that the corresponding key is hidden has anybody an idea where the login screen keyboard choice is saved in the registry ? I want to DELETE completely the German and French keyboards from the installation.

    Best regards
    < Bug >
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  5. Posts : 61,914
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Hello Bug @Bughater,

    You might see if checking the the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts boxes from below may apply the set display and input language may apply it to the sign-in screen.

    Region and Language Settings - Copy in Windows 10

    Change System UI Language in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 / 1511
       #15

    Unfortunately the Tutorials do NOT help all:

    (1) Copying the settings in the Welcome screen and new user accounts section was not the solution but the source of the problem! Everthing worked properly before.

    (2) All 3 Options of "Set Default Keyboard Input Language" show the same: only the 2 languages de-CH and fr-CH are there, de-CH is the standard for all users including new ones and for the welcome screen. But there there are 4 options visible and the standard is de-DE ! The problem is also much deeper: MS Office 2010 programs take the number and currency formats not from de-CH but from de-DE - that is, "," instead of "." for decimals. Nothing works any more (typing 123.45 results in 123.45,00 and leads to an error) , I had to change the valid number format from . to , - now I get 123,45 when typing 123.45 ! It's essential for me to eradicate the evil de-DE scheme.
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  7. Posts : 1
    Win 10
       #16

    Hello,

    I have a laptop.
    On my laptop, the language of my keyboard is in French. I also have a second external USB keyboard. The layout of this keyboard is in Belgian.
    How can I:
    when I type with the keyboard of the laptop (French), I have the right keys and when I type with the external keyboard (Belgian), I also have the right keys?
    I am in Win 10 and currently I had to put the 2 keyboards in Belgian layout because I usually use the external keyboard. But when I only have the laptop keyboard, it stays in Belgian. :-(

    Thanks,
    Ben
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  8. Posts : 25,076
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #17

    Ben240374 said:
    On my laptop, the language of my keyboard is in French. I also have a second external USB keyboard. The layout of this keyboard is in Belgian.
    How can I:
    when I type with the keyboard of the laptop (French), I have the right keys and when I type with the external keyboard (Belgian), I also have the right keys?
    If you have added two or more keyboard layouts, then you can switch between them at any time with the WinKey+Space.

    Add or Remove Keyboard Layouts in Windows 10
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