How to Change the Keyboard Language of a Mac

Need to type in another language on your Mac? You can change the input language of your keyboard to a wide variety of languages, and you can switch between them with a few clicks or keystrokes. You can also have multiple languages enabled, allowing you to switch back and forth whenever you choose.

Steps

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    Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
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    Click Keyboard.
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    Click the Input Sources tab.
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    Click the "+" button to search for languages to add.
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    Check the box for each input source you want to use. You can add multiple input sources.
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    Check the "Show Input menu in menu bar" box. A flag icon representing the current input will appear in the menu bar.
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    Click the flag to change input languages. You'll be able to quickly select from any of the input sources you've checked.
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    Use keyboard shortcuts to change between languages.
    • Command + Space - Switch to previous input language
    • Command + Option + Space - Switch to next input language

Tips

  • If the keyboard shortcuts open Spotlight Search instead, return to the Input Sources tab of the "Language & Text" menu. Click the Keyboard Shortcuts button and then select "Spotlight Search". Uncheck the boxes and then select "Keyboard & Text Input". Check the "Select the previous input source" and "Select the next source in Input menu" boxes.

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Categories: Mac