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Your keyboard layout, also called the "keyboard language" or "input language", is a setting that controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. The layouts allow you to type characters in your selected language by pressing a single key, and add diacritical marks such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

Some or all of your keyboard keys might change when a different keyboard layout is applied. The U.S. English keyboard and Greek keyboard layouts are shown below. The same keys produce the different characters you see, depending on which language you have selected.

US Keyboard

Greek Keyboard

Office uses the language settings in Mac OS X preferences to determine the keyboard layout that you are using. You can change your keyboard layout, as well as the formats for date, time, number and measurement, in order to match language and regional standards.

 Note   This article explains the procedure for changing languages in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you have another version of Mac OS X, see Apple Help.

Do any of the following:

ShowChoose a new keyboard layout language

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the check boxes next to the keyboard layouts that you want.
  4. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. Click the Input menu, and select a new keyboard layout to begin typing in that language.

ShowTurn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer

It can be difficult to remember which keys have changed when you apply a new keyboard layout. Turn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer to display a map of the current layout to use as a reference while you're typing.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the Keyboard & Character Viewer check box and the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. On the Input menu, click Show Keyboard Viewer Keyboard Viewer.

ShowSwitch between keyboard layouts for different languages

If you have already selected different languages for your keyboard layout, turn on the Input menu to easily switch between them.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box, and then close the Language & Text dialog box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. To change your keyboard layout to another language, click the Input menu, and then click the layout for the language that you want.

Input menu, expanded

ShowChange the default date, time, number or measurement format.

You can change the format used to display information (such as dates, times, currency, and measurements) so that it matches the standards or language used in the country or region where you are located. For example, if you work on documents in both French and English, you can change the format to French so that you can display currency in Euros or display dates in the day/month/year format.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Formats tab.
  3. Do any of the following:
To Do
Update the date, time, number, currency, and measurement formats based on your geographic region On the Regions pop-up menu, select the region you want.
Change the way the date is formatted

Under Dates, click the Calendar pop-up menu to choose a different calendar.

Click the First day of week pop-up menu to choose a new first day of the week.

Click the Customize button, and then rearrange the date elements to reflect how you wnat the date formatted.

Change the way the time is formatted Under Times, click the Customize button, and then rearrange the time elements to reflect how you want the time formatted.
Change the way numbers and currency are formatted

Under Numbers, click the Currency pop-up menu to change the default currency.

Click the Measurement units pop-up menu to change the default unit of measure.

Click the Customize button to change the separators for numbers and currency.

See also

Proofing tools that are available for each language

About multilingual features in Office

Display tools to translate text

Excel

Your keyboard layout, also called the "keyboard language" or "input language", is a setting that controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. The layouts allow you to type characters in your selected language by pressing a single key, and add diacritical marks such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

Some or all of your keyboard keys might change when a different keyboard layout is applied. The U.S. English keyboard and Greek keyboard layouts are shown below. The same keys produce the different characters you see, depending on which language you have selected.

US Keyboard

Greek Keyboard

Office uses the language settings in Mac OS X preferences to determine the keyboard layout that you are using. You can change your keyboard layout, as well as the formats for date, time, number and measurement, in order to match language and regional standards.

 Note   This article explains the procedure for changing languages in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you have another version of Mac OS X, see Apple Help.

Do any of the following:

ShowChoose a new keyboard layout language

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the check boxes next to the keyboard layouts that you want.
  4. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. Click the Input menu, and select a new keyboard layout to begin typing in that language.

ShowTurn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer

It can be difficult to remember which keys have changed when you apply a new keyboard layout. Turn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer to display a map of the current layout to use as a reference while you're typing.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the Keyboard & Character Viewer check box and the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. On the Input menu, click Show Keyboard Viewer Keyboard Viewer.

ShowSwitch between keyboard layouts for different languages

If you have already selected different languages for your keyboard layout, turn on the Input menu to easily switch between them.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box, and then close the Language & Text dialog box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. To change your keyboard layout to another language, click the Input menu, and then click the layout for the language that you want.

Input menu, expanded

ShowChange the default date, time, number or measurement format.

You can change the format used to display information (such as dates, times, currency, and measurements) so that it matches the standards or language used in the country or region where you are located. For example, if you work on documents in both French and English, you can change the format to French so that you can display currency in Euros or display dates in the day/month/year format.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Formats tab.
  3. Do any of the following:
To Do
Update the date, time, number, currency, and measurement formats based on your geographic region On the Regions pop-up menu, select the region you want.
Change the way the date is formatted

Under Dates, click the Calendar pop-up menu to choose a different calendar.

Click the First day of week pop-up menu to choose a new first day of the week.

Click the Customize button, and then rearrange the date elements to reflect how you wnat the date formatted.

Change the way the time is formatted Under Times, click the Customize button, and then rearrange the time elements to reflect how you want the time formatted.
Change the way numbers and currency are formatted

Under Numbers, click the Currency pop-up menu to change the default currency.

Click the Measurement units pop-up menu to change the default unit of measure.

Click the Customize button to change the separators for numbers and currency.

See also

Proofing tools that are available for each language

About multilingual features in Office

Display tools to translate text

PowerPoint

Your keyboard layout, also called the "keyboard language" or "input language", is a setting that controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. The layouts allow you to type characters in your selected language by pressing a single key, and add diacritical marks such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

Some or all of your keyboard keys might change when a different keyboard layout is applied. The U.S. English keyboard and Greek keyboard layouts are shown below. The same keys produce the different characters you see, depending on which language you have selected.

US Keyboard

Greek Keyboard

Office uses the language settings in Mac OS X preferences to determine the keyboard layout that you are using. You can change your keyboard layout, as well as the formats for date, time, number and measurement, in order to match language and regional standards.

 Note   This article explains the procedure for changing languages in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you have another version of Mac OS X, see Apple Help.

Do any of the following:

ShowChoose a new keyboard layout language

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the check boxes next to the keyboard layouts that you want.
  4. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. Click the Input menu, and select a new keyboard layout to begin typing in that language.

ShowTurn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer

It can be difficult to remember which keys have changed when you apply a new keyboard layout. Turn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer to display a map of the current layout to use as a reference while you're typing.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the Keyboard & Character Viewer check box and the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. On the Input menu, click Show Keyboard Viewer Keyboard Viewer.

ShowSwitch between keyboard layouts for different languages

If you have already selected different languages for your keyboard layout, turn on the Input menu to easily switch between them.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box, and then close the Language & Text dialog box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. To change your keyboard layout to another language, click the Input menu, and then click the layout for the language that you want.

Input menu, expanded

ShowChange the default date, time, number or measurement format.

You can change the format used to display information (such as dates, times, currency, and measurements) so that it matches the standards or language used in the country or region where you are located. For example, if you work on documents in both French and English, you can change the format to French so that you can display currency in Euros or display dates in the day/month/year format.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Formats tab.
  3. Do any of the following:
To Do
Update the date, time, number, currency, and measurement formats based on your geographic region On the Regions pop-up menu, select the region you want.
Change the way the date is formatted

Under Dates, click the Calendar pop-up menu to choose a different calendar.

Click the First day of week pop-up menu to choose a new first day of the week.

Click the Customize button, and then rearrange the date elements to reflect how you wnat the date formatted.

Change the way the time is formatted Under Times, click the Customize button, and then rearrange the time elements to reflect how you want the time formatted.
Change the way numbers and currency are formatted

Under Numbers, click the Currency pop-up menu to change the default currency.

Click the Measurement units pop-up menu to change the default unit of measure.

Click the Customize button to change the separators for numbers and currency.

See also

Proofing tools that are available for each language

About multilingual features in Office

Display tools to translate text

Outlook

Your keyboard layout, also called the "keyboard language" or "input language", is a setting that controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. The layouts allow you to type characters in your selected language by pressing a single key, and add diacritical marks such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

Some or all of your keyboard keys might change when a different keyboard layout is applied. The U.S. English keyboard and Greek keyboard layouts are shown below. The same keys produce the different characters you see, depending on which language you have selected.

US Keyboard

Greek Keyboard

Office uses the language settings in Mac OS X preferences to determine the keyboard layout that you are using. You can change your keyboard layout, as well as the formats for date, time, number and measurement, in order to match language and regional standards.

 Note   This article explains the procedure for changing languages in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). If you have another version of Mac OS X, see Apple Help.

Do any of the following:

ShowChoose a new keyboard layout language

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the check boxes next to the keyboard layouts that you want.
  4. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. Click the Input menu, and select a new keyboard layout to begin typing in that language.

ShowTurn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer

It can be difficult to remember which keys have changed when you apply a new keyboard layout. Turn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer to display a map of the current layout to use as a reference while you're typing.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Under Select input methods to use, select the Keyboard & Character Viewer check box and the Show Input menu in menu bar check box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. On the Input menu, click Show Keyboard Viewer Keyboard Viewer.

ShowSwitch between keyboard layouts for different languages

If you have already selected different languages for your keyboard layout, turn on the Input menu to easily switch between them.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Input Sources tab.
  3. Select the Show Input menu in menu bar check box, and then close the Language & Text dialog box.

Input menu on menu bar

Callout 1 The Input menu appears as a flag in the menu bar.

  1. To change your keyboard layout to another language, click the Input menu, and then click the layout for the language that you want.

Input menu, expanded

ShowChange the default date, time, number or measurement format.

You can change the format used to display information (such as dates, times, currency, and measurements) so that it matches the standards or language used in the country or region where you are located. For example, if you work on documents in both French and English, you can change the format to French so that you can display currency in Euros or display dates in the day/month/year format.

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Under Personal, click Language & Text, and then click the Formats tab.
  3. Do any of the following:
To Do
Update the date, time, number, currency, and measurement formats based on your geographic region On the Regions pop-up menu, select the region you want.
Change the way the date is formatted

Under Dates, click the Calendar pop-up menu to choose a different calendar.

Click the First day of week pop-up menu to choose a new first day of the week.

Click the Customize button, and then rearrange the date elements to reflect how you wnat the date formatted.

Change the way the time is formatted Under Times, click the Customize button, and then rearrange the time elements to reflect how you want the time formatted.
Change the way numbers and currency are formatted

Under Numbers, click the Currency pop-up menu to change the default currency.

Click the Measurement units pop-up menu to change the default unit of measure.

Click the Customize button to change the separators for numbers and currency.

See also

About multilingual features in Office

Display tools to translate text

 
 
Applies to:
Excel for Mac 2011, Outlook for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011