In fact, this article explains how to use any keyboard for any language in Windows 10 and 11.

Short Version:

If you your computer is setup already to use multiple keyboard layouts (and many non-English computers are), the easiest way to change to the language you use is to press ALT + SHIFT (i.e. press and keeping holding down the ALT key and then press the SHIFT key.  This will bring up the keyboard selection and you can chose English or French or German or Italian or whatever other language your computer is already setup for.

How To Change Your Keyboard Language:

If you have a multilingual keyboard like the one shown below it very difficult to get slashes, brackets and question marks.

french enclish keyboardFortunately you can easily tell Windows 10 / 11 that it is an English keyboard and to ignore the accents and British pound symbols by setting the keyboard mapping.

  1. Click START
  2. Click the cog icon (settings)
  3. Click TIME & LANGUAGE
  4. Select a language from the list in PREFERRED LANGUAGES
  5. Click OPTIONS
  6. Select ADD A KEYBOARD
  7. Select the keyboard layout language you want

If the language you want is not shown in PREFERRED LANGUAGES, you need to add that language first, in LANGUAGE SETTINGS.

Enjoy!

 


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