How to manage and add new keyboard layouts in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to add one or more keyboard layouts during initial setup, also known as Out of the Box Environment (OOBE). However, if you set up the wrong layout or later need to type in different languages, you can add and change the keyboard configuration at any time.

Generally, you do not need to change the input settings. However, if you need to type in Spanish (for example, to type words that include the letter "Ñ"), the language settings in Windows 10 make it easy to add and remove layouts for hardware as well as touch keyboards.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll show you how to add, switch, and remove keyboard layouts on your device.

New source of delivery of language packs

The main innovation of the updated "Tens" is the download of new language packs not from the Update Center, as it was before, but from the Microsoft Store. This organizational change made the process of downloading system files included in language packs faster. Language packs now take 2-3 minutes to download, while earlier they usually took 10-20 minutes to download from the Update Center even with a good Internet connection. And this is the real, real, not crammed with marketing chips progress of Windows 10.

Where did the extra keyboard layout come from in Windows 10 and how to remove it

In a “normally” configured Windows 10, two input languages ​​\u200b\u200bare available and two language switching layouts - Russian and English. Of course, if your Windows 10 is not “for one language”, you can add as many localizations and as many layouts as you like, but this will not be discussed at all. What to do if you have an additional layout of the dialect of one language in the language panel, as in the example shown in the screenshot?

It would seem that what is the problem here, can't the extra layout be removed through the language settings?

Clicked on the same panel "Language settings", opened the language settings with an extra layout.

Updated language settings

Previously, we could access the language settings in the application “Settings”.

However, this was done in the spirit of a protracted transformation of the classic settings into their modern format: some of the options were in the Settings UWP application, some remained available only in the control panel. Now, the language settings have been removed from the latter, and in the "Parameters" all the previously missing options have been implemented - redefining and switching input methods, referring to administrative language settings. We will no longer be able to configure languages ​​and layouts in a universal way for all versions of Windows in the control panel, Microsoft left us only the option with the Settings application.

How to change buttons for switching keyboard layout

Eng-Ru keyboard layout icon is located in Windows tray

Windows 7 keyboard has its own "dashboard" - Language bar. The easiest way to call it is by right-clicking on the icon with the language layout, then - "Settings...". This icon (Rus / Eng) is located in the lower right corner of the monitor, near the clock in the tray.

How to set up the keyboard in Windows

The Text Input Languages ​​and Services dialog box appears - the Keyboard Switching tab we need is to the right of the others.

In the dialog for changing keyboard shortcuts, everything is clear on an intuitive level. Changing the input language is done with the Alt + Shift combination by default; it is more convenient to switch the layout change to Ctrl + Shift. The right side of the menu, where it says about changing the keyboard layout, should not be touched. A pair of familiar buttons "OK" and "Apply" - now the Russian-English layout will change with the leftmost buttons of the keyboard.

How to add and remove keyboard layouts

region and language click on the current system language. Then click on the appeared button "Parameters".

Next, click the option to add a keyboard.

And select the layout we need.

Here, where layouts are added, they can also be removed as unnecessary.

How to add Ukrainian (Uzbek, Kazakh) font for computer keyboard

In Windows 7 and more recent operating systems, everything is already built-in and is at hand. Right-click on the layout switching icon in the menu Options to open the window Languages ​​and text input services. Usually, the main language pair is already listed there - Russian with English. It is easy to add additional national layouts.

Adding additional languages ​​to the keyboard layout

  1. Open the Language bar (right click on the language icon).
  2. Here is the Add button.
  3. Choose from a huge list the desired language and the appropriate layout (on the right - a drop-down plus sign).
  4. As usual - "apply". Ready!

In this example, we added the Kazakh language to the computer; it is designated as KK.

When a third (and fourth, etc.) language is added to the operating system, neither the English keyboard layout nor its Russian variation will go anywhere.

By the way, by the icon for changing the keyboard layout, you can find out the version of Windows in a second. If the language is displayed in the form of three letters (Eng or Rus), then we have Win 10. If there are only two letters (En / Ru), we are in Windows 7 or an older version of the OS.

There are other ways to find out the version of Windows - in one click, or in more detail - with x32 or x64 bit depth.

Adding a new language and translating the system interface to it

Adding a new language to Windows previously did not mean automatically applying it as the main language and, accordingly, translating the system interface to it. But from now on, any language added by default will take precedence over the languages ​​that are already in the "Ten". Why is that? Click "Add language".

Select the desired language, in our test case it will be Ukrainian. Press "Next".

And here is an important point: in the window for launching the language installation, the checkbox for assigning it to the system is set by default. If the language pack is downloaded not to translate the Windows interface into it, but simply to add it to the system so that you can switch to it and enter something (for example, when there is no required layout for the current language), this pre-checked box is necessary, respectively, take off. As a result, click "Install".

A minute or two with a good internet connection and the package will be downloaded. In our case, we are considering adding a language with a translation of the Windows interface into it, and for the completeness of this operation, something else needs to be done. Click the link for administrative language settings.

In their window, click the button at the bottom of the window.

From the drop-down list, select the language that we just added. Press "OK". This is necessary for the compatibility of some third-party desktop programs, usually older ones.

Next, we will see a system message prompting us to reboot. But it's too early to do so. You need to click the cancel button and return to the administrative settings. Now click on the button at the top of the window.

Put two checkmarks at the bottom, exactly as in the screenshot below. And press "OK". This is a translation of the inscriptions on the lock screen.

And only now we reboot the device.

The next time you start Windows, we will see the system interface with the new language.


Keyboard layout - matches the characters of the selected language and special characters to the keys on the input device (keyboard). Thus, if you are currently using the Latin layout, then when you press the keys, you will type text in English, or special characters assigned to this key with the selected layout.

Now we have the concept of an input language.

Input language is a term used in computer technology that indicates which character input mode is currently selected. To make it easier to understand, several language packs can be installed in the operating system. The input language shows which one is currently active. And of course, what letters will appear on the screen when typing from the keyboard.

Appearance and key groups

Here is the standard version of the Russian-English layout.

The characters that will be displayed on the screen when the corresponding key is pressed will depend on which input language or layout is currently active.

All keys are usually divided into the following groups:

  • F1-F12 — functional group of keys. Used for basic commands - save, update, call help, and so on.
  • A-Z, A-Z, 0-10 - alphanumeric group
  • Cursor keys
  • Optional number pad (if present)
  • Ctrl, Alt, Shift, etc. - modifier keys. Used in keyboard shortcuts to call certain commands and functions
  • Esc, print-scr, etc. - specialized keys

The layout of the alphabetic keys remains almost unchanged. But all other groups can be located in different ways. Here are some photos of keyboard layouts.

How to add keyboard layouts and change the system language in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

The April 2021 Update continues Windows 10's tradition of rolling new features, but also removes some, according to Microsoft, obsolete functions. These included the homegroup and language settings that previously lived in the control panel. Now in the Dozens environment, there is only one place left where you can add new keyboard layouts, download new language packs and assign them as the main ones in the system - the application "Settings".

However, after the last large-scale update, something in the organization of language settings has changed in it. How now in the Windows 10 environment to change system languages ​​and add new layouts?

How to add a keyboard layout in Windows Settings

In the Settings window that opens, select Time and Language.

Select the Language tab, and on the right side of the window, click on the installed language for which you want to add a keyboard layout.

Then press the Options button.

In the list of keyboard layouts available for this language, select the layout you need.

The selected keyboard layout has been added.