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How Do I Add / Change my Keyboard Language in Mac OS X

Objective:

  • Change keyboard language
  • Add new language input options
  • Type in different language
  • Localized keyboard

Environment:

  • Mac OS X

Additional Information:

n/a

Procedure:

Adding Keyboard Language

  1. Open Spotlight (Cmd + space) and type "system", then click on System Preferences, or click on Apple in top left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences from menu.
  2. Click on Keyboard.
  3. Switch from Keyboard to Input Sources tab, and then click on + (plus) button in bottom left corner of the window.
  4. Choose your desired language from the list on the left, and then choose particular layout for this language from the list on the right. Finally, click on Add button to add this language to your system.
  5. You're done! 

 

Switching Keyboard Language

There is no quick method of doing this out of the box in Mac OS X. You need to manually assign keyboard shortcut to the "switching" action.

  1. Go to Keyboard in System Preferences.
  2. From Keyboard switch to Shortcuts tab.
  3. Click on Input Sources on the left list and check Select next source in Input menu. You'll see a little warning, because this keyboard shortcut is already used by Spotlight.
  4. Click on Spotlight on the left list and uncheck Show Finder search window. Now the warning is gone.
  5. That's it. Now you can switch languages by using Cmd + Opt + Space shortcut :)
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