Change Input Language

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How to change a computer's settings so you may input text using different languages.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

To turn on input source for a language

  1. From the Apple menu (upper left corner of screen), select System Preferences, click Language & Text.
  2. Select the tab labeled Input Sources.
  3. Select the language that you would like to add by clicking on the checkbox next to it.
  4. Click on the Show Input menu in menu bar checkbox. Exit the window.
  • To select/toggle between languages, click on the flag icon in the menu bar (upper right corner of screen).


To turn on the Keyboard Viewer

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences, click Language & Text and then click Input Sources.
  2. Click the Keyboard & Character Viewer checkbox.
  3. Make sure the checkbox next to each input source you want to use is selected and that Show Input menu in menu bar is also checked.


Windows 7

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel. Under Clock, Language, and Region click on Change keyboards or other input methods.
  2. This opens a new window: Region and Language. Under the Keyboards and Languages tab, click on Change keyboards.
  3. This opens a new window: Text Services and Input Languages. Under the General tab, click Add.
  4. This opens a new window: Add Input Language. Scroll through the list to locate the desired language(s).
  5. To view that language's keyboard options, click the + signs next to the language and "Keyboard."
  6. Check the boxes to select the languages you want to use.
  7. Click OK as you go back through all three windows to accept and save changes and exit the menu.
  8. To toggle between languages now, click on the upper-case two-letter abbreviation (example: EN for English) located in the task bar, bottom right - or click on Show the Language bar to toggle from the top of the screen. (Clicking on the dash will return the toggle tool to the bottom task bar.)