Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10  

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

    How to Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    13 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10


    In Windows, you can configure your keyboard to use a different keyboard layout or input method to type in another language.

    The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut () in German and the tilde () in Spanish.

    If you have more than one added keyboard layout, you will be able to change your keyboard layout.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17063, Microsoft has updated the Keyboard Settings experience under the Time & Language Settings page to make it easier to use, and removed these settings from the Control Panel.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to change the keyboard layout for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: Change Keyboard Layout using Keyboard Shortcut
    • Option Two: Change Keyboard Layout from Input Indicator
    • Option Three: Change Keyboard Layout from Language Bar Docked in Taskbar
    • Option Four: Change Keyboard Layout from Language Bar Floating on Desktop
    • Option Five: Change Keyboard Layout from Touch Keyboard
    • Option Six: Change Keyboard Layout from Sign-in Screen






    OPTION ONE

    Change Keyboard Layout using Keyboard Shortcut


    How to Change Keyboard Input Language and Layout Shortcut in Windows 10


    1 Press and hold the Windows key , press the Spacebar to cycle through your keyboard input languages until you select (highlight) the one you want, and release the Windows key . (see screenshot below)

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-win_spacebar_keyboard_layout.png

    OR

    2 Press the Left Alt + Shift keys to cycle through your keyboard input languages until you select the one you want. You will only see the language abbreviation change on the language bar icon on the taskbar to help know what you selected. (see screenshot below)

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-alt-shift.png

    OR

    3 Press the Ctrl + Shift keys to switch between different keyboard layouts for the same language.






    OPTION TWO

    Change Keyboard Layout from Input Indicator


    1 Click/tap on the Input Indicator system icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on the keyboard layout language you want. (see screenshot below)

    The keyboard layout button will show an abbreviation on it for the current keyboard layout language.

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-language_bar.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    Change Keyboard Layout from Language Bar Docked in Taskbar


    1 Click/tap on the keyboard layout button on the taskbar notification area to open the language bar, and click/tap on the keyboard layout language you want. (see screenshot below)

    The keyboard layout button will show an abbreviation on it for the current keyboard layout language.

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-language_bar_docked_in_taskbar.png






    OPTION FOUR

    Change Keyboard Layout from Language Bar Floating on Desktop


    1 Click/tap on the language bar floating on your desktop, and click/tap on the keyboard layout language you want to check it. (see screenshot below)

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-language_bar_floating_on_desktop.png






    OPTION FIVE

    Change Keyboard Layout from Touch Keyboard


    1 While you have the touch keyboard open, click/tap on the keyboard layout button, and click/tap on the keyboard layout language you want. (see screenshots below)

    The keyboard layout button will show an abbreviation on it for the current keyboard layout language.

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-touch_keyboard_default.jpg Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-touch_keyboard_one-handed.jpg Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-touch_keyboard_handwriting.jpg Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-touch_keyboard_full.jpg






    OPTION SIX

    Change Keyboard Layout from Sign-in Screen


    1 While on your account's sign-in screen, click/tap on the keyboard layout button, and click/tap on the keyboard layout language you want. (see screenshots below)

    The keyboard layout button will show an abbreviation on it for the current keyboard layout language.

    Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10-change_keyboard_layout_on_sign-in_screen.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 245
    Windows 10 Pro 2004
       #1

    Hi Shawn, For grizzled old dinosaurs like myself, do you have a method using that ancient thing called Control Panel?

    I never show any of the fancy icons that you refer to in this tutorial, otherwise I would need a 29 inch screen.

    Here's what I want:

    • In my own account with Admin privileges: UK language, UK keyboard. That's exactly the current configuration.
    • Kids account: UK language, UK keyboard. At this moment, the config is US language, US keyboard.



    I would prefer a method which forces the default config to be UK/UK for any future guest account that I might create.

    BTW: In Kids account, Win+Spacebar works OK, but the effects are not persistent after logout.
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  2. Posts : 44
    ten 64
       #2

    what about the old ATL+SHIFT ?
    works from XP .

    much more comfortable for me .
    is like OPTION ONE , only without graphics on screen .

    oneLess
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  3. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Added as step 2 in Option One. Thank you oneLess. :)
      My Computers


 

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