Switching languages on your keyboard can be extremely useful if you work with text in multiple languages. Here, we will demonstrate how to alter both language and layout settings on a Mac or Windows computer.
Windows’ default keyboard language switcher shortcut is Left Alt + Spacebar; however, other hotkeys may also work.
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1. Menu bar
If you have a multilingual computer and wish to switch keyboard languages, there are several methods of doing so. These may include using taskbar options or keyboard shortcuts – it all depends on which languages and keyboard layouts you’re currently using.
To change the keyboard language on Windows, toggling between languages requires clicking the Language bar icon near the clock in your taskbar and selecting from its list of available languages. To revert to your original setting simply click back on this icon.
Mac users can also switch languages with their keyboards by accessing the Input menu in the menu bar and then selecting their language from a list. If an input source appears dimmed, this indicates that current app does not support that particular keyboard.
On Android phones, switching languages is simple. Simply open an application that enables typing and tap on the keyboard icon; the keyboard will display a menu containing various language choices; simply select your language of choice from this list and your phone’s keyboard will automatically switch over.
Samsung phones feature an inbuilt feature to easily switch between languages on your phone. To use it, open any app that allows text input using the Samsung Keyboard and tap on the three-dot menu at the top of your screen – this will open the Settings menu where Languages & Input can be easily found.
Here, you will see a list of all languages installed on your device, with checkboxes next to each language to indicate its availability for keyboard use. To disable one simply uncheck its box. Alternatively, you can change your default keyboard language using the Input menu of Settings; this change will apply across apps that utilize Samsung Keyboard as well as enable/disable it at will. You may also set a function key that lets you toggle between languages quickly.
Have you ever noticed your keyboard switching languages unexpectedly and providing equal signs instead of question marks or exclamation points when typing? To switch it back easily in Windows, follow these steps below.
Click the language bar icon in your taskbar, select your keyboard language of choice, and name will change to reflect this decision. To switch languages again simply repeat these steps until a different option appears and click it again before selecting that new keyboard language.
As soon as you switch languages on your keyboard, the flag in your taskbar will also change to show which language is currently selected. This provides a convenient way of seeing which one you are typing in and making sure that spelling mistakes do not arise when typing.
Your keyboard shortcut can make changing input languages faster and simpler than ever! Simply right-click in the area where you wish the shortcut to appear and choose New and Shortcut – in the New Shortcut dialog box enter its name before choosing its placement in the list of available shortcuts.
Android smartphone owners can quickly change the keyboard language by creating a shortcut in the Settings app’s Text input, Text services and Input languages sections. When they click Languages button they can see all installed keyboards; select desired one before tapping Change keyboards button.
Change the language on your keyboard when learning a new language or wanting to switch alphabets. However, getting used to an unfamiliar keyboard may take some getting used to; especially one with additional symbols or punctuation marks that need remembering (for instance if learning French or Spanish, three keys may need pressing in order to add an accent).
3. Function key
Have you ever found yourself questioning what exactly all those function keys at the top of your keyboard are for? While they can help adjust screen brightness or volume settings, these buttons offer many other uses – even changing keyboard languages and layouts! You can remap most function keys to accomplish different tasks.
Function keys are located at the top of your keyboard, above the number pad. They’re usually labeled F1 through F12 and can be programmed to perform various tasks; for instance, F1 could open a program’s help menu or launch a website; many of these keys have action icons to indicate what happens when you press them.
To change your keyboard language, launch the System Preferences app and navigate to Keyboard > Language tabs > Press key for input source switching menu > and choose the one desired from list of languages available
Windows 10 provides several methods for switching keyboard languages quickly and effortlessly, including both a taskbar option and shortcut button to speed up this process.
If you have multiple keyboard languages installed on your computer, switching between them regularly may become tiresome and time consuming if using default keyboard shortcuts. This guide will show how to set custom shortcuts that will allow easier switching between languages and layouts on your computer.
Switch between your keyboard’s input language and output language by opening the Input menu in System Preferences or by using keyboard shortcut. This menu can be found both on desktop computers as well as within apps supporting keyboard input. Pressing keys or selecting an icon within apps that support keyboard input are other ways of switching keyboards.
iOS devices typically allow for switching languages directly on their keyboards. To do this, launch any text-editing app such as Notes or iMessage that lets you type, and when your keyboard appears tap and hold on the globe icon until your desired language changes appear on it.
4. Input menu
If you need to quickly switch between keyboard languages on macOS, use the input menu in the menu bar. However, not all apps support all languages; if an app doesn’t support one language, its entry will appear dimmed in the input menu.
To access the input menu in the menu bar, navigate to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Language & Text and open Keyboard tab before expanding “Press Fn Key to” drop-down. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to choose an input source shortcut keyboard shortcut from among several available.
If your keyboard supports multiple languages and keyboard layouts, setting a shortcut to toggle them can also help save time when switching back and forth between keyboard layouts. To do this, go to the Shortcuts tab within Language and Input menu and choose an option from the drop-down list. Alternatively, if using a Mac laptop with dedicated Fn keys for changing input sources you can configure one function key as a switcher between different languages and layouts automatically.
Once complete, click ‘OK’ to save your changes and press your shortcut to bring up an Input Menu with available keyboard languages and layouts – select which language/layout combination you would like and it will switch automatically when clicking the Input menu in the menu bar.
The Input menu also shows an abbreviation for the currently selected keyboard language in the taskbar, such as EN for English. On Mac computers, this section shows an icon for your current keyboard layout.
When using Windows computers, switching keyboard languages is easy with either the Language bar docked to the taskbar or hotkeys. Navigating to Settings then clicking or tapping Text services and input languages option or in more recent versions clicking or tapping Language Bar to open up a separate Text Services and Input languages box will do.