© StepanPopov/Shutterstock It's easy to change your keyboard language on Windows 10. StepanPopov/Shutterstock

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  • You can change the keyboard language on a Windows computer by going through the 'Time & Language' menu.
  • After you change the keyboard language once, you'll be able to switch between languages quickly using a button in your taskbar.
  • You can also change the language that Windows uses for everything, not just the keyboard.
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Windows gives you a lot of control over the language it uses — so much control, in fact, that it can be confusing to set it up the way you want.

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For example, you can change the language that Windows uses for every menu, or just the language used for the keyboard.

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How to change the keyboard language on Windows 10

You can change your keyboard's language without changing the language that Windows is using on the screen — this is handy for gaining access to accent marks and other specialized characters, or for typing on a keyboard with a different language layout.


1. Click Start and then click the Settings icon (which is shaped like a gear).

2. Click 'Time & Language.'

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Use Settings to add a new keyboard language. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. In the navigation pane on the left, click 'Language.'

4. In the 'Preferred languages section,' click your language (i.e., 'English') and then click 'Options.'

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Click 'English' (or your current default language) and choose 'Options.' Dave Johnson/Business Insider

5. Scroll down to 'Keyboards' and then click 'Add a keyboard.' In the pop-up menu, click the keyboard language you want to add.

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider Add a keyboard from the list of options. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

6. Close Settings. Once you add a second keyboard language to Windows, a language control button will appear in the taskbar, in the lower-right corner of the screen. Click it, and in the pop-up menu that appears, choose the language you want to use with your keyboard.

© Dave Johnson/Business Insider You can switch among keyboards using the language options in the task bar. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

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You can always return to the taskbar to switch back to your original keyboard language.


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