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 Post subject: Keyboard Layouts Guide
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:39 pm GMT 
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Well, I remember, vaguely, raving about figuring out how to use something but here's a how-to guide for getting other keyboard layouts. :'D

These will get you Japanese keyboards, Greek, Russian. . .and Spanish, French, German. . . Of course, for those, I would simply get the US-International keyboard.

Uh, when I say get, I should mention that this is entirely free, and usually already on your computer, just hidden away in a setting that no one seems to know about. XD

SO. Here you go, or you can just scroll down.

Windows (XP & Vista)

Macintosh

(Disclaimer: I copied this from a Penn State webpage...)

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 Post subject: Re: Keyboard Layouts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:55 pm GMT 
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If you have Windows:

XP:

    The following keyboards are available by default from Microsoft:
    • Most Western European (Spanish, French, German, Italian and so forth)
    • Most Central European (Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and so forth)
    • Most Baltic Languages (Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, and so forth)
    • Modern Greek
    • Cyrillic - Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian and so forth.

    The following keyboards are available from Microsoft, but must be loaded from the system disk first:
    • East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai)
    • Hebrew
    • Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Urdu
    • Other Middle Eastern: Syriac, Georgian, Armenian, Syriac
    • Indian Scripts: Hindi,Sanskrit, Tamil, Gujarati, Divehi

    Some keyboards are available only with Service Release Pack 2 (SP 2)
    • Under-supported South Asian scripts such as Bengali, Malayalam and Oriya


To Activate Keyboard:
  • Go to Start » Settings » Control Panels to open the Control Panels window, then click on the Regional and Language Options icon.
  • In the Regional Options window, click on the Language tab on the top.
  • Click the Details button to open the Settings window. Language Tab. Click on Details next.
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  • Click on the Language Bar button at the bottom to open the Language Bar Settings window. Language Settings window. Click on Language Bar to activate.
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  • Check the option Show the Language bar on the desktop, then click OK to close the window.
    NOTE: You can click Show Text Labels to show the full label. Otherwise only icons (e.g. Image icon for English) will be shown. You should see a blue toolbar on the top of your desktop. The Language settings is to the far left.
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  • Make sure the Language Bar as been activated.
  • Go to Start » Settings » Control Panels to open the Control Panels window, then click on the Regional and Language Options icon.
  • In the Regional Options window, click on the Language tab on the top. Regional and Language Settings Control Panel. Click on Language tab.
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  • Click the Details button to open the Settings window. Language Tab. Click on Details next.
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  • In the Settings window, Click on the Add button to open the Add Input Locale window.
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  • From the Input locale pull-down list, select English (United States). Select United States-International from the Keyboard IME menu. Codes for the U.S. International keyboard are also available on this Web site. Settings Input Locale Settings for the International Keyboard.
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  • In the Settings window, you should see the new language or keyboard listed in the Input language menu. If you want the added language to be the default, then choose that language from the Default input language pull down menu. Language Settings window. Use top pull-down menu to set default keyboard for your machine.
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  • If you want to set keyboard shortcuts to switch between multiple keyboards, make sure you are in the Settings window (shown in Step #4) , then click the Key Settings button on the bottom to open a new window. Adjust the keyboard sequence as desired.
  • Click OK to close the Regional Options windows.
    NOTE: If you close a window without clicking OK, none of the settings will be changed.


Vista:

    The following keyboards are available by default from Microsoft:
    • Most Western European (Spanish, French, German, Italian and so forth)
    • Most Central European (Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and so forth)
    • Most Baltic Languages (Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, and so forth)
    • Modern Greek
    • Cyrillic - Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian and so forth.

    The following keyboards are available from Microsoft, but must be loaded from the system disk first:
    • East Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai)
    • Hebrew
    • Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Urdu
    • Other Middle Eastern: Syriac, Georgian, Armenian, Syriac
    • Indian Scripts: Hindi,Sanskrit, Tamil, Gujarati, Divehi, Bengali, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala
    • Ethiopic


    Software Compatibility
      Microsoft keyboards are compatible with most applications, but may not work with certain older applications.


To Activate Keyboard:

  • Go to Start » Control Panel to open the Control Panels window,
  • Click on the Regional and Language Options icon. A list of time and currency specifications will be displayed.
    Note: If this icon is not visible, click the Category menu at top and select Clock, Language and Region.
  • In the control panel window, click on the Keyboards and Languages tab on the top.
    Regional and Language Options Control Panel. Click Keyboards and Languages tab next.
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  • Click the Change Keyboards button to open the input options window (labeled Text Services and Input Options).
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  • Click the Add button to open a list of available keyboards on your system.
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  • Click the plus sign for the language and country you want. Click the plus sign next to Keyboard to see possible variants. Some languages may only have one.
    Note: The U.S. option always replicates the U.S. standard keyboard no matter which country you have selected.
  • Check the keyboard option you wish to activate.
    Note: For the U.S. International keyboard, click the plus sign next to English (United States), then United States-International. Settings for United States international keyboard (listed under English-United States)
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  • To see a keyboard layout, click the Preview button. A pop-up window showing which keys produce which symbol appears. Close this window when you are finished with the preview.
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  • Click the OK button to close the list of keyboards. The keyboard you selected will be added to the list of input keyboards you have activated.
  • Click the OK button to close input options window. Close the OK button another time to close the control panel.
    Note: If you close these windows without clicking OK, then the keyboards will not be activated.
  • You should now see an EN icon in the lower right of your computer screen. See the Switch Keyboard in Applications instructions below for details on how to switch to the keyboard. This icon indicates that more than one keyboard is active on your system: Image

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 Post subject: Re: Keyboard Layouts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:55 pm GMT 
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Available Language Input Keyboards

    The following keyboards are available as of OS 10.2 (Jaguar):
    • Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Devanagari, Gujarati, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hawaiian, Greek (modern), most Western and Central European languages
    • Western: Belgian, Danish, Dutch, French (France/Canada/Switzerland/), German (Germany/Austria/Switzerland), Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil/Portugal), Spanish, Swedish
    • Cyrillic: Bulgarian, Bulgarian Phonetic, Russian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
    • Central European: Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak

    The following have been added in OS X 10.3 (Panther):
    • Multiple options for Japanese, Armenian, Cherokee, Cree, Pashto, Persian, extended Unicode keyboards for Finnish, Faeroese, Irish, Welsh, Serbo-Croatian, and others.

    The following have been added in OS X 10.4 (Tiger):
    • Multiple options for Chinese and Korean, Russian Phonetic, Polytonic Greek, Tamil input palette, Nepali, improved Keyboard Viewer.

    The following have been added in OS X 10.5 (Leopard):
    • Tibetan and others

    The following have been added in OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard):
    • U.S. International - PC (has the same codes as the Windows U.S. International keyboard), others may have been added.

Software Compatibility:
    Some very old versions of Macintosh programs originally developed in a pre-OSX environment (e.g. Office 2001) may not be compatible with some Unicode keyboards, however this problem has been resolved in almost all upgrades and is non-existent in OS X native programs.


Activate Keyboards

To activate different keyboards in OS X , do the following.
NOTE: If you are using foreign language scripts in "Classic" environment software, you may also need to install Language Kits.

  • Go to the Apple menu and open Systems Preferences.
  • Click the International icon (or Text and International in OS X 10.6) on the first row of the Systems Preferences panel. System Preferences International Option (OS X 10.5):
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    10.6 preferences window with language and text icon
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  • Click the Input Menu tab or (or Input Sources (OS X 10.6)/Keyboard Menu (OS X 10.2) tab) and check the keyboards you want activated.
    NOTE: If you do not see the keyboard you need to activate, you may need to install them from an OS X CD or download the most recent version of OS X from Apple. Make sure the appropriate Localized Files are checked during the installation set-up wizard. Input Menu listing available keyboards and input palettes (OS X10.3-10.5):
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    Input Menu listing available keyboards and input palettes in OS X 10.6:
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 Post subject: Re: Keyboard Layouts Guide
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:26 pm GMT 
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*attempts to download all the information but it doesn't all completely compute*

<ERROR ERROR>

Okay, So what this is: is a way to change an English layout into another language? :U

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 Post subject: Re: Keyboard Layouts Guide
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:29 pm GMT 
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Only the keyboard, not the interface. ^^;;

It's so you can easily use the á and ó (and ¡ ² ³ ¤ € ¼ ½ ¾ ‘ ’ ¥ × ä å é þ ü ú í ö « » ¬ ß ð ø ¶ ´ æ ç ñ µ ¿) with the US-International keyboard layout. ^^

Or Japanese if you want. (今日は!)

Etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Keyboard Layouts Guide
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Thanks for this awesome post. There’s a lot of useful and interesting information on here. Keep up the top work!

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