Figuring out how to change the keyboard language isn’t exactly the hardest task, but it’s not immediately obvious how to do it.
As someone who is bilingual and constantly uses my laptop keyboard for both work and general purposes, I regularly switch languages on my keyboard layout. So if you are trying to do the same, we will walk you through the entire process.
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Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change the keyboard language on both Windows and macOS. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and once you’ve added your preferred languages, you won’t have to go through the setup process again.
We’ll even show you a keyboard shortcut that lets you switch between languages instantly. Ready? Alright, let’s get started.
How to change the keyboard language in Windows
1. Navigate to the far left of the taskbar (at the bottom of the screen) and click the start button. Alternatively, tap the windows key to activate the main Start menu. Then select the Settings icon on the left side of the menu, which should open the Settings window.
2. Next, click on the option “Time and language” as below screenshot shown.
3. Go ahead and click on the Language tab, which should appear on the left side of the window.
4. Now scroll down and select the option “Add a language”, which should appear in the category “Preferred languages”.
5. Write your preferred language or select from the list presented. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and Click Next continue.
6. Now you should be able install selected language pack. At this stage, you can also decide if you want this language to be set as your windows display language. This means that features like Settings and File Explorer will appear in the newly selected language.
Click “Install” to finish the process.
7. All ready! Now you should be able switch between your keyboard languages by clicking on the Language icon on the right side of the taskbar. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Alt.
How to change the keyboard language in macOS
1. First, locate your taskbar at the top of your Mac screen and click the apple icon. Next, click on the “System Preferences” option in the drop-down menu to continue.
2. In the new window, go ahead and click the keyboard icon.
3. Next, select the tab “Input sources”, which should be located at the top of the window.
4. Go ahead and click the “+” icon more as below screenshot shown.
5. Anyone write in your preferred language or select from the list presented. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and click Add to finish the process.
Congratulations! You’re done. Now you should be able exchange between languages for clicking on the flag icon on the right side of the toolbar at the top of the screen.
Alternatively, you can set up a keyboard shortcut. You can do this by going to System preferences, keyboard, shortcuts, input sources Y by checking the first box titled “Select the previous input source.”
Once you’ve enabled this shortcut, you should be able to switch between your keyboard languages by pressing Ctrl + Space.
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