How to Enter the Mac OS X Macbook Keyboard Change Option

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How to Enter the Mac OS X Macbook Keyboard Change Option
Change the keyboard settings on a MacBook with System Preferences. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

If English is the default language on your MacBook, you might need to access the Mac OS X settings to change the keyboard options. For example, if you need to type a document in French and you want the correct accent marks to appear above the letters, you can change the keyboard layout to French instead of using the standard English keyboard set-up. You can access the MacBook's System Preferences to change how the keyboard works.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Apple" logo at the top left of the Finder menu on the MacBook.

  2. 2

    Click "System Preferences."

  3. 3

    Click "Keyboard."

  4. 4

    Click the "Keyboard" tab.

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    Click the "Show Keyboard and Character Viewer in Menu Bar" check box to select it. An icon of the American flag appears at the top of the MacBook's menu bar, indicating that the keyboard is set to the standard U.S. English language option. The flag changes depending on which language is enabled for the keyboard.

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    Click the American Flag in the menu bar, then click "Open Language and Text." A list of languages appears under "Select Input Methods to Use."

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    Click the check box next to a language to select it, such as "French," "Chinese" or "Dutch."

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    Click "System Preferences" from the System Preferences menu, then click "Quit System Preferences."

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    Click the flag icon in the menu bar, then click the name of a language to enable it in the MacBook's keyboard.

  10. 10

    Click the flag icon and click "Show Keyboard Viewer" to display the keyboard viewer window, which shows how the letters or characters in the selected language are mapped to the MacBook's physical keyboard. Start typing in the selected language.

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    Click in a document where you want to insert characters using the selected language. Click a key on the Keyboard Viewer to select a character, if you don't want to type with the keyboard, and the character appears in the document at the insertion point.

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