How to Change Keyboard Layout in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to change your keyboard layout in Ubuntu Linux.

When you install a new preferred language in Ubuntu Linux, the default keyboard layout for the language will also be installed.

Ubuntu Linux also allows users to install additional languages as well as keyboards to support these languages for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have multiple input language keyboards installed, you can switch between the keyboard layouts you’re using. To do that, press the Super+Space keys go to the next keyboard, and Shift+Super+Space to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

You can also select the language abbreviation in your top bar then choose the language or input method you want to use.

Below is how one can change keyboard layout in Ubuntu Linux.

How to switch keyboard layout in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, you can switch the keyboard layout you’re using; press and hold the Super key and then repeatedly press the Spacebar to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

Below are shortcuts and steps to change the keyboard layout in Ubuntu Linux.

By default, you can press the Super+Space keys go to the nest keyboard, and Shift+Super+Space to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

Install alternative keyboard layouts:

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Keyboard tile.

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In the System Settings -> Keyboard settings pane, click the + button in the Input Sources section

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Select the language which is associated with the layout, then select a layout and press Add.

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If you don’t see a keyboard layout available on the list provided, click the vertical ellipses as highlighted below.

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Choose the keyboard layout that you want to use.

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You should then be able to switch between input language layout using the language bar on the top of your screen.

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Press the Super+Space keys to go to the next keyboard layout and Shift+Super+Space to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

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That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change input keyboard layout in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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