How to Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 10 & 11

Want to use a different keyboard layout? Here are the steps to change keyboard layout in Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.

While installing Windows, you are prompted to choose a language and keyboard layout. Depending on the language, Windows can automatically set the keyboard layout. If the language has multiple layouts, you are prompted to choose one when necessary. For example, the English language has multiple keyboard layouts. So, the OS asks for the layout while setting up.

If you are switching between languages or keyboards with a different layout, it is essential that you also change the keyboard layout in Windows. Otherwise, you might not be able to type as you wish. After all, depending on the language, the keypresses can produce different output than what you expect.

Thankfully, as long as all the required keyboard layouts are already installed in Windows, you can change the keyboard layouts or switch between multiple layouts with just a couple of clicks or a single keyboard shortcut.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to change the keyboard layout in Windows.

Table of contents:

Keyboard shortcut to change the keyboard layout

Windows has a simple keyboard shortcut to change the keyboard layout quickly. All you have to do is, press the keyboard shortcut. Here’s how.

Use the “Windows key + Space” shortcut to change the keyboard layout. Pressing the shortcut multiple times cycles through the available keyboard layouts.

Use the language bar to switch keyboard layout

Alternative to the keyboard shortcut, you can also switch the keyboard layout using the language bar icon. When you have already installed multiple keyboard layouts/languages, Windows 10 and 11 show a language bar icon on the taskbar. You can use it to get the job done.

First, find the language bar icon on the taskbar. Next, click on it to see a list of available keyboard layouts. Click on the layout of your choice to select it.

use language bar to change keyboard layout

Change keyboard layout from the touch keyboard

If you use the touch keyboard, you can also use the touch keyboard option to change the keyboard layout. Here is how.

First, click the touch keyboard icon on the taskbar to open the touch screen keyboard. It might be hidden if you don’t see the taskbar icon. To show it, right-click on the taskbar and choose “Taskbar settings.” Expand the “Taskbar corner icons” section and turn on the “Touch keyboard” option.

Next, choose the keyboard layout of your choice. The layout will change immediately.

use touch keyboard to change keyboard layout

That is all. It is that simple to change the keyboard layout in Windows.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

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