How to Change Keyboard Layout Settings in Windows?

By Rimzhim Sharma March 25, 2017 How To, Windows

Did you know that we can easily add foreign languages and customize our keyboard settings without the use of third party apps? Well, there are a couple of exciting features in the Control Panel itself, which are often left unnoticed that’ll help you do this.

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This article will help you learn how to change your keyboard settings of your Windows in less than no time.

Windows 7

1. Click the start menu and open Control Panel.

2. In the Clock, Language and Region subheading select “Change keyboards or other input methods”.


3. Switch to Keyboards and Languages tab and choose “Change Keyboards”.


4. In the Text Services and Input Languages Window click on “Add” button.


5. Select the language of your preference and check to add it.


6. Now in the default input Language drop down menu you will see all the options of selected language preferences.


7. Select keyboard language from drop down menu and click apply to save the settings.

Once you have made the necessary settings, now the question comes how to use the additional language keyboard on your system. Follow the below mentioned steps to switch keyboard preferences:

  • Open the start menu and type On-Screen keyboard, hit enter to select it.


  • For easier access in the future, you can right-click the “On-screen keyboard” icon on your taskbar and select “Pin this program to taskbar.”


  • Select a text field and start typing with your mouse, finger, or whatever other input device you have in the preferred language of your choice.


Windows 8 and 10

Windows 8 and 10 users can follow these quick steps to enable keyboard customization on their system:

1. Open Control panel.

2. To save a few clicks, switch to the Small icons view and select the Language option.


3. On the right-hand side you will see an options hyperlink, click on it.


4. Over here you will be able to add and remove keyboard layouts.


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How to Switch Keyboards?

  • To quickly access the keyboard from the taskbar on Windows 10, right-click the taskbar and ensure the “Show touch keyboard button” option in the context menu is enabled.


  • You’ll see a keyboard icon appear near your system tray, or notification area. Click that icon or tap it with your finger to pull up the on-screen keyboard.


  • Once you’ve opened the on-screen keyboard you can tap or click the buttons to send keyboard input. It works just like a normal keyboard would.


In case you face trouble in executing any of the above mentioned steps then feel free to call us on our toll free number 855-765-6710 (US, Canada) so that our tech experts can guide you through.



Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."