How to Change U.S. Keyboard Settings to U.K. Settings

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Typing on a keyboard with an English (United States) language layout when you're a native of the United Kingdom, a country that uses the English language, but has a different keyboard layout, could be extremely difficult. When you're typing, you may find yourself searching for the right keys like a small child or a person who has never learnt to type. To get your keyboard set up to what's comfortable for you, you can easily change the keyboard layout from the taskbar.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Changing Keyboards

  1. 1

    Right-click on the taskbar and click on "Toolbars."

  2. 2

    Click on "Language bar." If this option doesn't appear on the menu, you only have one language on your computer. Refer to the steps in Section 2 to add languages to your computer. If you have to add "English (United Kingdom)," you may have to restart your computer before you can change the keyboard layout.

  3. 3

    Click on "Input language."

  4. 4

    Select "English (United Kingdom)" from the list of languages.

  5. 5

    Click on "Keyboard layout" and select the "English (United Kingdom)" keyboard layout and apply the changes.

    Add Languages to Your Computer

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" icon.

  2. 2

    Click on "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Click on "Clock, Language, and Region."

  4. 4

    Click on "Regional and Language Options."

  5. 5

    Click on the "Keyboards and Languages" tab and click on "Change keyboards..."

  6. 6

    Click on "Add..." in the "Installed Services" section.

  7. 7

    Select "English (United Kingdom)" on the list and check each of the entries under "Keyboard" and "Other," and then click on "OK" to close the menu.

  8. 8

    Click on "Apply" and "OK" to add "English (United Kingdom)" to your computer.

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