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Enabling keyboard for different languages
Enabling keyboard for different languages
Your keyboard layout, also called the "keyboard language" or "input language", controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. The layouts enable you to type all the characters for the language, including diacritical marks such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.
After you enable a language's keyboard layout, you can easily switch between keyboard languages with the Language bar to type in a different language such as Arabic, Hindi, Russian, or Spanish. For more information about using the Language bar, see Switch between different languages using the Language bar.
Tip: Do you just want to enter a few foreign characters? You can insert symbols or characters from other languages by typing ASCII character codes (see ASCII Character Codes), or with the character map, a virtual keyboard.
What do you want to do?
- Enable a keyboard layout
- Change the keyboard language with the Language bar
- Enable system support for East Asian, Southeast Asian, Indic, and right-to-left languages
Changing the keyboard language enables you to type the characters that are used in that language.
Note: To check for spelling, grammar, or hyphenation errors, the proofing tools for the language that you are typing in must be enabled and a language pack or language interface pack may be required. For more information, see Check spelling and grammar in another language.
In Windows 7:
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2.Under Clock, Language, and Region, under Region and Language, click Change keyboards or other input methods.
3. In the Region and Language dialog box, on the Keyboards and Languages tab, click Change keyboards.
4. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language, and then go to Change the keyboard language with the Language bar.
*If the language that you want to use as the default input language is not listed, complete steps 5 through 8.*
5. Under Installed services, click Add.
6. Expand the language that you want to use as the default input language, and then expand Keyboard.
7. Select the check box for the keyboard or Input Method Editor (IME) that you want to use, and then click OK. The language is added to the Default input language list.
8. Under Default input language, click the language that you want to use as the default language.To preview the keyboard layout, click Preview.
If you enabled the keyboard layouts for all the languages that you need and you are ready to type text in another language, you can change the keyboard with the Language bar before you start typing. For more information about using the Language bar, or if you don't see the Language bar on your desktop or task bar and need to enable it, see Switch between different languages using the Language bar.
1. Open your document and place the cursor in the document where you want to start to type text in a different language.
2. Click the language icon on the Language bar, and then click the language that you want to use.
- Keyboard shortcut : To switch between keyboard layouts, press ALT+SHIFT.
Note: The actual language icon shown on your computer depends on the language of the active keyboard layout. It will not be the same for all language keyboards.
If you have set up more than one keyboard layout for a single language, you can switch between layouts by clicking the keyboard layout indicator on the Language bar, and then clicking the keyboard layout that you want to use. The name on the indicator changes to reflect the active keyboard layout.
See a keyboard in your selected language
If you’re using a physical keyboard in one language, such as English, but have changed your keyboard layout to a different language, such as Russian, you can see which keys on your keyboard will type what characters on your screen by opening the onscreen keyboard.
To open the onscreen keyboard, do the following:
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista:
Windows 7 and Windows Vista include all the necessary files to support East Asian, Southeast Asian, Indic, and right-to-left languages. Just enable the keyboard or Input Method Editor (IME) for the language that you want by following the steps in the Enable a keyboard layout section.