Sometimes special characters are required when writing text, especially if the text is written in a foreign language. For example, some languages may use characters that are not included in your currently selected keyboard layout. In this case, the characters must then be integrated into the document using the tedious Insert Special Characters option called the “Character Map”. This can be quite inconvenient and time consuming, especially with longer texts. It is much easier to change the keyboard language in Windows 10.
Windows 10 makes changing your keyboard layout easy
Naturally, you can only change your Windows 10 keyboard language if the respective language is installed. Depending on which country you bought your Windows version in, the local language may sometimes be the only one installed. If you want to use other languages, you will need to install them manually. Language packs are available for download from Microsoft.
Installing keyboard languages in Windows 10
Windows 10 does not have every keyboard language preinstalled. If you need a new keyboard language, you can easily add it by following the steps below.
Select “Time & Language” in the Windows Settings menu.
You can add the desired keyboard in the language menu. To do so, you must select the default language in the menu under the heading “Preferred languages”.
When you click on the default language, additional settings options will appear. Click on Options here.
You can install additional keyboards under the heading “Keyboards” using “Add a keyboard”.
You can find your desired keyboard in the list and add it by clicking on it.
The new language option is now displayed under “Keyboards”.
In the taskbar, the abbreviation for the currently used keyboard is displayed next to the time. For example, if the English keyboard is currently selected, it will say “ENG”. If you click on this abbreviation, a window will appear with a list of all the available keyboard layouts. The last item on the list is the “Language preferences”. If you click this, you will automatically be taken to the Windows language settings menu.
If you also want to install additional language features, you can add another preferred language after step three instead of just installing the keyboard. To do this, select “Add a preferred language” in the “Language” menu.
When installing additional languages, you can change more than just the Windows 10 keyboard.
Select your desired language and click “Next”.
Select your desired language and confirm by clicking “Next”.
You can also set the corresponding language as the display language.
If you change the display language, Windows will no longer display the system-specific information in English.
Note: Changing the display language changes the system language. This means that all menus, options and descriptions will be displayed in the new language. For example, if you select English as the display language, Windows 10 will interact with you in English. However, if you just select the keyboard or language pack without checking “Set as my display language”, only your keyboard layout will change.
It is also possible to change your keyboard layout in Word. Go to the “Language” option located under the “Review” section to access the language preferences. From there you can select the keyboard layout from the installed proofing languages. The current version of Word is part of Microsoft 365 which is available with a setup service from IONOS.
Changing the keyboard layout in Windows 10
When you have more than one layout installed, you can easily change the keyboard language. Windows 10 provides multiple ways to do this.
Using the taskbar to change the keyboard layout in Windows 10
Using the button with the language abbreviation located in the information area of the taskbar next to the time, you can change the keyboard in Windows 10 with just two clicks. For example, “ENG” stands for the English keyboard. If you hover your mouse over the language abbreviation, additional information about the currently active keyboard will be displayed. If you left-click on it, a list of all the available keyboards will be displayed. You can set your desired keyboard language with a single click. Each entry has two lines. The top line contains the display language, while the bottom line is the keyboard layout.
Changing the keyboard from the taskbar: Windows 10 displays all available keyboard languages as a list with a single click.Changing your keyboard language in Windows 10 using keyboard shortcuts
There are several shortcuts which can be used to change your keyboard. If you hover your mouse over the language option in the taskbar, you will see a keyboard shortcut. However, there are generally three ways to switch between keyboard languages at lightning speed using shortcuts.
Windows key + spacebar: This is the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcut for changing between keyboard layouts. It should always work if there is more than one keyboard installed. Hold down the Windows key and then press the spacebar. You can choose between the different keyboard languages displayed by repeatedly pressing the spacebar.
ALT + SHIFT: This is the classic keyboard shortcut for changing keyboards. However, in some versions of Windows 10, this shortcut will now only give you information about which keyboard is currently active.
CTRL + SHIFT: This shortcut is an alternative to ALT + SHIFT.
If you have changed your keyboard layout, the keys may no longer correspond to the characters on your keyboard. A good example of this is the placement of the Z and Y keys on the German and English keyboards. In the German keyboard layout, the Z key is located in the middle of the top row of letters, while that is the location of the Y key on the English keyboard. This can lead to typos when entering passwords.
In additional articles, we will show you how to change the keyboard language in Windows 8 and how to change the keyboard language in Windows 7.
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