Sunday, September 14, 2014

How To Change Keyboard Layout in Windows 8.1

Having the right layout of  Windows 8.1 keyboard can make typing and getting the right symbols easy. There are two major types of keyboard layout out there, the Qwerty and the Azerty.  Having a Qwerty layout mainly meant for English users is good for language preference. It is sub-divided into other categories like the UK, the US or English International. Whatever your layout looks like it is clear you don't have to remove and swap keys to have a well laid out keyboard to navigate your work.

Image displaying Keyboard

To do that you have to see to where your AT key ( @ ) is located. The UK own is usually located close to the ENTER key  while the US or English International is added to the key number 2. Both processes require the SHIFT +  one of those two keys for it to present you with the @ sign or symbol. These two locations really determine the kind of Qwerty layout you have on your system. Usually you are going to get English keyboard when you are living in the USA or other English speaking countries or possibly UK when you are located in the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada.

Having said that, if you are have a different keyboard and want to change it to suit your working layout in Windows 8.1 this instruction is meant for you. To do that follow the step-by-step information below.

Image showing Windows + R key

STEP 1: Press Windows + R key to open the 'Run' dialog.

Red arrow pointing to control international at Run dialog

STEP 2: Type or copy and paste  control international  into 'Run' dialog and press 'OK' to continue.

Image of red arrow pointing to Language Preferences

STEP 3: Click on the bluish 'Language preferences ' link to continue.

Red arrow pointing to Options link

STEP 4: At the 'Change your language preferences' click on 'Options' link at the right-hand side of the 'Add a language' position.

Image show arrow pointing to Add an input method link

STEP 5: Click on 'Add an input method' link to continue.

Red arrows pointing to processes

STEP 6: Look for the Keyboard layout for your language preference, select it  and  click on 'Add'.

Image of red arrows pointing to processes

STEP 7: Click on 'Remove' at the right-hand side of the language preference to remove any additional layouts you might have there and click on 'Save'.