How to Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change the keyboard layout in Windows 11. When you install a new preferred language in Windows, the default keyboard layout for the language will also be installed.

Windows allows users to install additional languages as well as keyboards to support installed 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 the keyboard layout you’re using; press and hold the Windows key and then repeatedly press the Spacebar to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

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

Below is how one can change keyboard layout in Windows 11.

How to switch keyboard layout in Windows 11

As mentioned above, you can switch the keyboard layout you’re using; press and hold the Windows 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 Windows 11.

You can also should the language bar in Windows 11 to quickly switch between preferred languages. To do that navigate to the Start menu > Settings > Time & language > Typing > Advanced keyboard settings > then check the box for “Use the desktop language bar when it's available“.

windows 11 use desktop language bar

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

select language on bar

Alternatively, one can select the language abbreviation in your taskbar and select the input language method you want to use.

windows 11 switch keyboard input language taskbar

You can also switch input keyboard layout on the Sign-in screen by clicking on the Language switcher icon at the bottom right of your screen.

If you can’t find the keyboard layout you want, you may have to add a new keyboard.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change input keyboard layout in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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