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Change Keyboard Layout on Windows 10 (Add, Switch, and Remove Layouts)

One of the first things that you need to configure whenever you install a fresh new copy of Windows 10 on a PC is your keyboard layout.

However, you don’t need to worry about making any mistakes during this time, since new layouts can be added later, while the current ones can be modified or removed entirely without any issues.

Keyboard Layout on Windows 10

Adding new layouts and modifying current ones can be especially useful when you need to talk to people that use an entirely different alphabet, such as Germans that use Ü.

That is why we’ve created this article, so that we can show you exactly how you can create new keyboard layouts, switch between your current ones, or remove the ones that you don’t need anymore.

How to Manage Keyboard Layout in Windows 10?

1. Add new keyboard layouts

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu
  2. Go to Settings
    • It’s the cogwheel-shaped button in the Start menu
  3. Select Time & Language
  4. Choose Language
  5. Look under Preferred languages, and select your desired default language
  6. Click on Options
  7. Select Add a keyboard from under the Keyboard section
    • Choose a new layout from the drop-down list

Once you’ve followed these steps, the new keyboard layouts will be added to your Taskbar, and you can easily switch between them afterwards.

2. Switch keyboard layouts in Windows 10

Keep in mind that in order for this to work, you need to see the Input indicator, which can sometimes be hidden due to system settings.

You can fix this by following these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Choose Personalization
  4. Select Taskbar
  5. Click on the Turn system icons on or off option
  6. Enable the Input indicator slider by clicking it

Once you’ve followed these steps, you’ll be able to see the Input indicator in the Taskbar, and you can then proceed to switch between your different keyboard layouts:

  1. Look for the input indicator in your Taskbar
  2. Choose an alternative layout

You can repeat the steps above in order to keep switching between your installed keyboard layouts.

3. Remove keyboard layouts in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select Time & Language
  4. Choose Language
  5. Look under Preferred languages, and select your desired default language
  6. Click on Options
  7. Select the layout you no longer need from under the Keyboard section
  8. Click on Remove

By following these steps, all selected keyboard layouts will be removed from your system. However, keep in mind that they can be added again later without a problem.

CONCLUSION: Keyboard Settings

This concludes our step-by-step guide on how to change the keyboard layout on the Windows 10 OS.

By following the steps precisely, as well as the screenshots, you should be able to effortlessly add new keyboard layouts, switch between the ones you already have, or remove the ones you no longer need.

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