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Installing Language Keyboards in Windows 7

Installing Language Keyboards in Windows 7

The instructions below will guide you through the process of installing language keyboards on Windows 7.

1. Open the Control Panel by selecting it from the Start menu.

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2. Click on Change keyboards or other input methods under the Clock, Language, and Region settings.

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3. Click on the Change keyboards... button under the Keyboards and Languages tab.

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4. Click the Add... button to add additional language keyboards in Windows 7.

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5. Scroll down to find the language of the keyboard you would like to install. To see the available keyboards, click on the plus sign next to the language. Once you have found the keyboard you would like to install, click on the check box next to it to select it. Then click OK.

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6. You will then see the following screen that displays the new keyboard you have added. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as many times as needed to add additional keyboards. Click Apply to apply your changes.

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7. Next, click on the Language Bar tab. You will find properties for the Language Bar which allows you to switch between multiple keyboards. Select the Docked in the taskbar option for the easiest access to your new keyboards. Then click OK.

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8. In the lower right hand corner you should now see a button that says EN. This is the default English keyboard. To switch to a different keyboard, click the EN button and then choose the keyboard you would like to use.

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9. To switch to the Spanish keyboard, click the EN button and select ES Spanish (Spain, International Sort).

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10. You should now see a button that says ES. If you need to switch back to English, click on the ES button and select EN English (United States).

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11. You will now be able to type using the Spanish keyboard layout. To view the On-Screen Keyboard click the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Ease of Access, and select On-Screen Keyboard.

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12. The Spanish On-Screen Keyboard looks like this:

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13. You can pin the On-Screen Keyboard to the Taskbar for easy access. To do this, right click on On-Screen Keyboard in the Start Menu and select Pin to Taskbar.

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14. This will place the On-Screen Keyboard icon in the Taskbar where you can quickly access it.

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