Normally your Keyboard language is set when
Windows is first installed; however, Windows may not
always get the keyboard language correct, resulting
in the language having to be changed manually.
The problem may not immediately be noticeable
until you perhaps come to use the traditional quotes
(") or the ampersand (@) keys and suddenly notice
that, when pressing the key, an alternative
character is being typed. An example is a UK
keyboard with a US keyboard language. Press Shift+2
and you end up with the (@) character instead of the
You may also have installed additional Windows
language packs which require a change of keyboard
language to enable the user to make use of specific
Whatever the reason you may have for changing the
keyboard language the procedure to do so is
relatively straightforward, as you can see from the
- Click the Start button.
- From the Start Menu, click the Control Panel
- In Control Panel, click the Region and
- In the Region and Language window, click the
Keyboards and Languages tab.
Fig: 42-1 Region and Language
- On the Keyboards and Languages tab, click
the Change Keyboards button.
Fig: 42-2 General tab showing
default input language
- If the language you require has been
previously installed by yourself then simply
select it from the Input field in the Default
Input Language section. You do this by clicking
the Down arrow to the right of the Input field
and then clicking on the relevant installed
language. Once you have selected the language,
click OK followed by OK again in the next
- If the language you require hasn't been
installed by you previously then follow the
steps below to install a new language.
- In the Text Services and Input Languages
window, click the Add button. You will now see a
list of available Languages.
Fig: 42-3 Select new language
from input language list
- Click on the Language you want to add and
then click on the Plus sign (+) next to the
- From the list, Select the option you require
and place a Check Mark (Tick) in the box to the
left of the option by hovering your Mouse Cursor
over the box and clicking your Left mouse
- Next move up the window to the Default Input
Language section and click on the Down Arrow
next to the Input field.
Fig: 42-4 Click the down
arrow to select the default language option
- From this list, Select the language you wish
to make Default and then press OK.
- You will now be taken back to the Text
Services and Input Languages window. In this
window, click the OK button to make your
- You have now changed your Keyboard language.