Changing the keyboard language

A number of keyboard languages are available on the Windows operating system, allowing you to change the language used.

To configure your keyboard to use a different language on Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.

    Start button
  2. Select Control Panel

  3. With Control Panel displayed, click on Change keyboards or other input methods below Clock, Language, and Region.

    Change keyboards


    The Region and Language dialog box will be displayed.
  4. Click on the Change keyboards... button.

The Text Services and Input Languages dialog box will be displayed. By default, on LSE computers the Default input language is English and the the only option available within the Installed services is an English keyboard.

 Text services box 

  1.  In the Installed services section, click the Add button.

The Add Input Language dialog box will be displayed with a list of available languages.

Keyboard language

  1. Scroll down the list to find the language you want to add i.e.
    Chinese (Simplified, PRC) and click on the + symbol to expand and display Keyboard and Other.

 Select language

  1. Click on the + symbol to the left of Keyboard to display a list of keyboard options.
  2. Tick the box alongside the Keyboard setting you prefer i.e Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pimyim ABC Input Style.

Keyboard options

  1.  Click OK to close the Add Input Language dialog box.

The Text Services and Input Languages dialog box will be displayed with the keyboard language you have just added within the list of Installed services.

New language available

  1. Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.

A Language bar will be displayed in the taskbar with an abbreviation of the current keyboard language i.e. EN for English.

Language bar

  1. Click on the abbreviation of the current keyboard language in the Language bar and select the desired language from the pop-up menu.

Select new language

The abbreviation displayed in the Language bar will change to suit the selected keyboard language alongside other relevant icons (depending upon which language was chosen).

Chinese language

To switch to another installed keyboard language, repeat step 11.

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