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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.

When you change your keyboard layout, it gets applied globally to your account by default in Windows 10. If you like, you can use a different input method (keyboard layout) for each app window instead.

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 how to turn on or off using a different keyboard layout for each app window for your account in Windows 10.
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Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, Microsoft made the decision to remove the recently added Keyboard Settings page under Settings > Time & Language and will consider returning it in a future release. If youd like to add another keyboard to your language, you can do this as before from the Region & Language Settings page by selecting the language you wish to add to. Advanced keyboard settings (including overriding your default keyboard and emoji panel settings) are still available the link to this page has been moved to Settings > Devices > Typing.

Here's How:

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Time & Language icon.
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Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, you will need to click/tap on the Devices icon instead.

2. Click/tap on Keyboard on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced keyboard settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)
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Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, you will need to click/tap on Typing on the left side instead.
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3. Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Let me use a different input method for each app window under Switching input methods for what you want. (see screenshot below)
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This setting is stored in the UserPreferencesMask binary value at the registry key location below, but this UserPreferencesMask binary value is also used for other settings.

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4. You can now close Settings if you like.

That's it,