Use a keyboard layout for a specific language

You can use specialized keyboard layouts to type in specific languages. If you have more than one keyboard layout installed, you can switch between them.

ShowInstall keyboard layouts for specific languages in Windows XP

  1. On the Microsoft Windows Start menu, point to Control Panel.
  2. Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options and then click Regional and Language Options.
  3. Click the Languages tab and then click Details under Text services and input languages.
  4. Select the desired keyboard layout from the Default input language list and then click Apply.
  5. If you want to be able to switch keyboard layouts by using the Language bar, click Language Bar under Preferences, and then select the Show the Language bar on the desktop check box.

ShowInstall keyboard layouts for specific languages in Windows 2000

  1. On the Microsoft Windows Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Do one of the following:

ShowIf the Text Services icon is available

  1. Double-click the Text Services icon, and then click the Settings tab.
  2. Under Installed Services, click Add.
  3. In the Input Language box, click the language you want, and then click OK.

The keyboard language you selected appears in the Installed Services box.

  1. If you want to be able to switch keyboard layouts by using the Language bar, click Language Bar under Preferences, and then select the Show the Language bar on the desktop check box.

ShowIf the Text Services icon is not available

  1. Double-click the Keyboard icon.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are running Microsoft Windows NT version 4.0 or Microsoft Windows 2000, click the Input Locales tab.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • If you are running Windows 98 or Windows Me, click the language you want in the Language list, and then click OK.
    • If you are running Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, click the language you want in the Input locale list, and then click OK.
  5. If you want to be able to switch keyboard layouts by using the Windows taskbar, make sure the Enable indicator on taskbar check box is selected.

ShowSwitch keyboard layouts

Do one of the following:

ShowIf the Language bar is visible

  • On the Language bar, click the keyboard layout indicator Button image, and then click the layout you want. The letters on the indicator change to reflect the language of the keyboard.

ShowIf the Language bar is not visible

  • On the Microsoft Windows taskbar, click the keyboard layout indicator Button image, and then click the layout you want. The letters on the indicator change to reflect the language of the keyboard.

 Note   To type East Asian text, you must be using an Input Method Editor (IME) (IME: A program that enters East Asian text (Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, or Korean) into programs by converting keystrokes into complex East Asian characters. The IME is treated as an alternate type of keyboard layout.).

 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, InfoPath 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003