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brummyfan

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How do I change the keyboard layout to UK layout? I have to use " key for @ and vice versa at the moment. Thanks.
 

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You could check with the keyboard manufacture to see (if not already none so) to see if there is an upgrade or a patch. Good Luck
 

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You could check with the keyboard manufacture to see (if not already none so) to see if there is an upgrade or a patch. Good Luck
Unfortunately that's not a viable option as my laptop manufacturers are Acer and they are not going rush to offer me an upgrade or a patch. The problem is I have been offered only US English as my selection of language, the keyboard layouts are slightly different in UK, all I can do at the moment is to put up with the minor inconvenience until the final release of Win8.
BTW Win8 DP was much better and had no problems.
 

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I can understand, it will probably be sometime be MS gets their act together. Hopefully they will get enough complaints and issues a patch for your problem.:eek:
 

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Kari

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To add / delete / change keyboard layouts:

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5891-input-methods-add-remove-keyboard-layout-windows-8-a.html


  1. Open Control Panel. Hover pointer on bottom left corner, right click when you see Start button with miniature image of Metro screen, select Control Panel:
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  2. Switch to icon view, select Language:
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  3. Click Options:
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  4. Click Add an input method:
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  5. Scroll down to keyboard layout you want to install, click Preview to check how it looks, click Add to add to the input methods:
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  6. Close Language module & Control Panel
  7. Click the input language icon on notification area to change layouts as you wish:
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    (I am using vertical taskbar on left, so above image might look funny to you... If you are using default horizontal taskbar you'll find the language icon a bit left from the time at bottom right.)
Easy and fast!

Kari
 
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How do I change the keyboard layout to UK layout? I have to use " key for @ and vice versa at the moment. Thanks.
i just did it via the control panel with no hassle
control panel - add a languages
then ensure the uk one is at the top of the list or delete the us one

edit
ahhh just seen above post
 

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Thanks Kari and soundsound.:thumb:
 

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I can understand, it will probably be sometime be MS gets their act together. Hopefully they will get enough complaints and issues a patch for your problem.:eek:
It was actually my mistake, I should have selected UK in the Time & Currency selection dropdown menu at the install screen, I found out this morning while installing in my desktop.
Anyway, Thanks for trying to help me out.
 

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This old thread is close to my question and I will continue it rather than open a new topic.
Switching between languages in Win8 is done by default with Alt+Shift and switching between keyboard layouts - with Ctrl+Shift. I am used to the opposite control, in WinXP and Win7 one can change the default toggle key combinations, but in Win8 I see nothing like that in Control Panel - Language.
The icon showing current language icon is docked to the toolbar and cannot be moved around like in previous versions and does not show the current layout. I use 2 different layouts for my native language + one layout for English language and it is very annoying to guess which layout is currently selected.
Any solution?
 

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This old thread is close to my question and I will continue it rather than open a new topic.
Switching between languages in Win8 is done by default with Alt+Shift and switching between keyboard layouts - with Ctrl+Shift. I am used to the opposite control, in WinXP and Win7 one can change the default toggle key combinations, but in Win8 I see nothing like that in Control Panel - Language.
The icon showing current language icon is docked to the toolbar and cannot be moved around like in previous versions and does not show the current layout. I use 2 different layouts for my native language + one layout for English language and it is very annoying to guess which layout is currently selected.
Any solution?
If you move your cursor over keyboard, you should be able to see the current layout.
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Thanks for the hint, brummyfan, but really do You find it useful? I have installed classic shell and the current language is visible on the taskbar, but not the current layout. To check language/layout in METRO is even more tragic . .
Are You familiar how to change default shortkey combinations in Win8?
 

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The hint is irrelevant. The suggested software SharpKeys simply remaps certains keys, not key combinations:
"SharpKeys is a Registry hack that is used to make certain keys on a keyboard act like other keys. For example, if you accidentally hit Caps Lock often, you could use this utility to map Caps Lock to a Shift key or even turn it off completely"

It is strange that keyboard language switch key combination cannot be changed by the user in Win8 like it was obvious to do in previous Win versions.. At least I cannot find how to do it.
 

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The Dutch (Belgium) keyboard layout (LCIS hex code 0x00000813) usually has a Shift Lock key instead of a Caps Lock key. In Windows 7, it is possible to configure this correctly, as shown in this tutorial here: Quick Tip: Change the Shift Lock Behavior | ADdict
Does someone know how to do this in Windows 8, or should I just revert to Windows 7 because it's next to impossible for an experienced typist to type any text like this? :sick:

EDIT: Never mind, I found it. :party:
 
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Scroll down to keyboard layout you want to install, click Preview to check how it looks, click Add to add to the input methods:
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I'm using windows 8 in Japanese, and want to add an English keyboard, but the step above only shows the Japanese keyboard layout. There is no other layout I can choose from.
 

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Take screenshots from your computer when you are are at steps 4 and step 5, post the screenshots here.

Kari
 

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OK. I wanted to see if the Add Input Methods link is there as it should. Seems to be, if I am correct that the highlighted item in image below is that:

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But when you click it you really only have Japanese to select as your second screenshot shows.

Logically thinking this could be because of you using a non-latin character input language. If I am correct you need first install a latin character display language on your PC, I think that then you would also find other layouts here.

My suggestion for now:
  • Create another admin level user account (no Microsoft Account needed, it can be a local account)
  • Sign in to that account, download and install English Language Pack (Display Language)
  • Set this new account to use English as Display Language
  • Reboot, log in to your original Japanese account
  • See if you can now change the input language
Come back here to tell how it went.

Tutorial: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5853-display-language-change-windows-8-a.html

Kari
 

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I already installed the English Language Pack. Like in your example, I can add any keyboard layout I want when I choose English as the display language.
But when I go back to Japanese, the only option available is still the Japanese keyboard.

I looked at some forums in Japanese, and it seems that some people are having the opposite problem. The default layout is in English, and they cannot change to the Japanese layout. Maybe it is a bug with the Japanese Display Language? One of the solutions is to change a value directly on the registry. I will try that and see if it works for me. Thanks anyway.
 

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I am very interested in the outcome of this. Please let us know whatever you find out!

Kari
 

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