Windows 11 change keyboard layoutsSource: Windows Central

Although Windows 11 gives you a chance to add keyboard layouts during the out-of-box experience (OOBE), it's possible to add or remove them at any time.

Technically, you can continue with the default layout if you know how to insert special characters (such as the "Ñ" character in Spanish). However, changing the keyboard layout on Windows 11 makes it a lot easier to type in a different language. Also, this feature comes in handy if you simply prefer a different layout, such as the United States-Dvorak.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to add or remove keyboard layouts on your device.

How to add keyboard layout on Windows 11

To add a keyboard layout on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & language.
  3. Click the Language & region page on the right side.

    Language & regionSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the menu (three-dotted) button next to the language and click on Language options.

    Language optionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Under the "Keyboards" section, click the Add a keyboard button for the "Installed keyboards" setting.
  6. Select the keyboard layout to add to Windows 11.

Once you complete the steps, the new layout will configure on your account. You may need to repeat the steps to add more layouts as required.

How to change keyboard layout on Windows 11

To change to another keyboard layout, use these steps:

  1. Click the Keyboard layout icon in Taskbar (bottom right).
  2. Select the new keyboard layout.

    Change Keyboard LayoutsSource: Windows Central

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to switch back to the default layout.

Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + spacebar keyboard shortcut to cycle between the layouts.

How to remove keyboard layout on Windows 11

To delete a keyboard layout on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & language.
  3. Click the Language & region page on the right side.

    Language & regionSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the menu (three-dotted) button next to the language and click on Language options.

    Language optionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Under the "Keyboards" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button next to the keyboard layout and click the Remove option.

    Remove keyboard layoutsSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the keyboard layout will no longer be available on Windows 11. If you have multiple layouts, you may need to repeat the steps to remove those you don't need.

More Windows resources

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