Perhaps you have foreign guests staying at your home or are travelling abroad and using a computer in a hotel or airport where the keyboard is not set to the standard English QWERTY layout. Changing the keyboard language or keyboard layout in Microsoft Windows 7 allows you to customise computer keys to your particular needs and requirements. The process, which utilises the computer's Language Bar, allows you to change the keyboard layout or language as many times as you wish.
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Move your mouse cursor over the computer's taskbar and click the right mouse button to bring up the "Toolbars" menu. Click the "Language Bar" option.
Click the "Input Language" button and choose the language you wish to use from the list of languages displayed. There may be more than one option for each language, such as "American English" and "British English," or "Spanish" and "Latin American Spanish."
Click the "Keyboard Layout" button next to the small icon of a computer keyboard. Select the layout you require but make sure you choose the same layout as the language you have just chosen to avoid confusion.
Tips and warnings
- Alternatively, you can also change the keyboard layout on the Windows 7 welcome screen by clicking the "Keyboard Layout" button and selecting the keyboard language you want to use. However, this option is only available on computers where more than one input language has already been installed.
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