How to Change Keyboard Layout on Windows 11

Although Windows 11 gives you the option to add keyboard layouts during the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE), you can add or remove them at any time.

Technically, you can continue with the default layout if you know how to insert special characters (like the “Ñ” character in Spanish). However, changing the keyboard layout on Windows 11 makes it much easier to type in a different language. Also, this feature is handy if you just prefer a different layout, such as US-Dvorak.

In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to add or remove keyboard layouts on your device.

How to add a keyboard layout on Windows 11

To add a keyboard layout on Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. To open Settings.
  2. Click on Time and language.
  3. Click it Language & region page on the right side.

    Source: Windows Central

  4. Click the menu button (three dots) next to language and click Language Options.

    Language OptionsSource: Windows Central

  5. In the “Keyboards” section, click the Add a keyboard button for the “Installed Keyboards” setting.
  6. Select the keyboard layout to add to Windows 11.

Once the steps are completed, the new layout will be set up on your account. You may need to repeat the steps to add more layouts as needed.

How to Change Keyboard Layout on Windows 11

To switch to another keyboard layout, follow these steps:

  1. Click it Keyboard icon in the taskbar (bottom right).
  2. Select the new keyboard layout.

    Change keyboard layoutsSource: Windows Central

  3. Repeat the steps 1 and 2 to return to the default layout.

Alternatively, you can also use the Windows key + spacebar keyboard shortcut to switch between layouts.

How to Remove Keyboard Layout on Windows 11

To remove a keyboard layout in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. To open Settings.
  2. Click on Time and language.
  3. Click it Language & region page on the right side.

    Language & regionSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the menu button (three dots) next to language and click Language options.

    Language OptionsSource: Windows Central

  5. In the “Keyboards” section, click the menu button (three dots) next to Keyboard layout and click the Eliminate option.

    Delete keyboard layoutsSource: Windows Central

After completing the steps, the keyboard layout will no longer be available on Windows 11. If you have multiple layouts, you may need to repeat the steps to remove the ones you don’t need.

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