How to Change U.S. Keyboard Settings to U.K. Settings

Typing on a keyboard with an English (United States) language layout when you're a native of the United Kingdom, a country that uses the English language, but has a different keyboard layout, could be extremely difficult. When you're typing, you may find yourself searching for the right keys like a small child or a person who has never learned to type. To get your keyboard set up to what's comfortable for you, you can easily change the keyboard layout from the taskbar.

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Changing Keyboards

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Right-click on the taskbar and click on "Toolbars."

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Click on "Language bar." If this option doesn't appear on the menu, you only have one language on your computer. Refer to the steps in Section 2 to add languages to your computer. If you have to add "English (United Kingdom)," you may have to restart your computer before you can change the keyboard layout.

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Click on "Input language."

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Select "English (United Kingdom)" from the list of languages.

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Click on "Keyboard layout" and select the "English (United Kingdom)" keyboard layout and apply the changes.

Add Languages to Your Computer

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Click on the "Start" icon.

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Click on "Control Panel."

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Click on "Clock, Language, and Region."

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Click on "Regional and Language Options."

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Click on the "Keyboards and Languages" tab and click on "Change keyboards..."

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Click on "Add..." in the "Installed Services" section.

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Select "English (United Kingdom)" on the list and check each of the entries under "Keyboard" and "Other," and then click on "OK" to close the menu.

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Click on "Apply" and "OK" to add "English (United Kingdom)" to your computer.