Windows 10 allows you to add one or multiple keyboard layouts during setup — also known as Out-of-box experience (OOBE) —. However, if you configured the wrong layout, or you need to type in different languages, you can add and change your keyboard configuration at any time.

Usually, you won't need to change your input settings, but if you need to type in Spanish (you know, when you need to type words that include the letter "Ñ"), you have to switch to United States-Dvorak, or another layout, the language settings on Windows 10 makes it an easy task for hardware as well as for the touch keyboards.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to add and switch keyboard layouts on your device.

How to add keyboard layout on Windows 10

To add a new keyboard layout on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Select your default language from the list.
  5. Click the Options button.

  6. Under the "Keyboards" section, click the Add a keyboard button.

  7. Select the new keyboard layout that you want to add.

Once you complete the steps, the new layout will installed on your device, and you can start using it with the steps below.

Windows 10 allows you to add as many keyboard layouts as you need. If you require even more keyboards, simply repeat the above instructions.

Removing keyboard layouts

If you no longer need a keyboard layout, you can remove it with these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Select your default language from the list.
  5. Click the Options button.

  6. Under the "Keyboards" section, select the keyboard from the list.
  7. Click the Remove button.

After you complete the steps, the keyboard layout will be uninstalled from your device.

How to change keyboard layout on Windows 10

To switch between the available keyboard layouts on your device, use these steps:

Warning: Changing the keyboard layout will reconfigure the actions of the keyboard keys, which means that depending on your settings, the keys on the keyboard may output a different character on the screen.

  1. Click the keyboard layout out button on the notification area of the taskbar.
  2. Select the layout that you want to use.

Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + Spacebar keyboard shortcut to quickly change between the available keyboard layouts.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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