How to Change the Keyboard Language on an HP TouchSmart Laptop

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How to Change the Keyboard Language on an HP TouchSmart Laptop
Change the TouchSmart keyboard language settings. (laptop keyboard detail image by KtD from Fotolia.com)

The HP TouchSmart tm2 Notebook PC is the first notebook that allows you to input data with a keyboard, digitizer pen or by touching the screen with your fingertips. The versatile notebook is powered by Windows 7, the latest operating system from Microsoft. Your notebook's keyboard language setting is determined by Windows 7, which makes it easy to install and use international keyboard layouts.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu and click on the "Clock, Language, and Region" icon.

  2. 2

    Select "Regional and Language" from the list of choices to open the "Regional and Language" window.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Keyboards and Languages" tab and press the "Change keyboards" button to open a new dialogue window.

  4. 4

    Click the "Add" button next to the tree display of the "Installed Services" section. Select the language and text services you want to add from the menu and click "OK" to close the menu. Click "OK" in the "Regional and Language" window to apply your changes and close the window.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Input Language" button on the Language Toolbar to select a new input language. If you do not see the language toolbar on your main taskbar, right-click on your taskbar and select "Language Bar" from the "Toolbars" sub-menu.

  6. 6

    Click on the "Keyboard Layout" button on the language toolbar to change your keyboard layout.

Tips and warnings

  • Changing your "Input Language" will cause Windows to read all input in the language you select, but will not change the characters that appear when you use the keyboard. Changing the "Keyboard Layout" will change the characters that appear when you press a key on the keyboard but will not change the way Windows reads input. Change both "Input Language" and "Keyboard Layout" to input information and commands in a different language.

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