Windows 10 change keyboard layoutSource: Windows Central

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

Typically, you won't have to change the input settings. However, if you need to type in Spanish (to type words that include the letter "Ñ," for example). You have to switch to United States-Dvorak, or another layout, the language settings on Windows 10 makes it easy to add and remove layouts for hardware as well as for the touch keyboards.

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

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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. Under the "Preferred languages" section, select the current default language.
  5. Click the Options button.

    Language Settings on Windows 10Source: Windows Central

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

    Windows 10 add keyboard layout optionSource: Windows Central

  7. Select the new keyboard layout.

    Add second keyboard layout on Windows 10Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the new layout will install on Windows 10, 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, repeat the above instructions to add more layouts.

How to change keyboard layout on Windows 10

To change between keyboard layouts, use these steps:

Quick note: Changing the keyboard layout will reconfigure the actions for some of the keys, which means that depending on your settings, the keys on the keyboard will output a different character.

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

    Windows 10 change keyboard layout from taskbarSource: Windows Central

  3. Repeat steps No. 1 and 2 to switch back to the default layout.

After you complete the steps, you can start typing with the new keyboard layout.

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

How to remove keyboard layout on Windows 10

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

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Under the "Preferred languages" section, select the current default language.
  5. Click the Options button.

    Language Settings on Windows 10Source: Windows Central

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

    Windows 10 remove keyboard layoutSource: Windows Central

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

More Windows 10 resources

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