How to Change Keyboard Layout on Mac

How to Change Keyboard Layout on Mac

Most of us prefer the QWERTY keyboard layout, as it’s more popular. But that doesn’t mean this input source can fit into the needs of everyone. This is where customization becomes the need of the hour.

macOS has the support for tons of languages and their accepted input sources. And based on your preference, you can change the keyboard layout on your Mac to type faster in a specific language. So, whether you want to write comfortably in Dutch or Chinese, there is a suitable layout for you. Let me walk you through the quick steps!

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How to Change Default Keyboard Layout on Mac

Step #1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac.

Open System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Now, click on Keyboard.

Click on Keyboard in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. On the next screen, click on the “Input Sources tab” and then click on the “+” button that is located on the bottom left.

Click on Input Sources tab and then Click on Plus button in Keyboard Settings on Mac

Step #4. Next up, select the desired language on the left side. It will show the matching keyboard layout option/s on the right.

For instance, if you choose the Dutch language, you will see two options: Belgian and Dutch input options on the right. Choose the preferred layout and click on Add.

Select Desired language and Choose layout and click on Add to Change Keyboard Layout on Mac

Now, here you can see the layout you have just added.

You Can See new Keyboard Layout on Mac

Sticky note: One thing worth noting is that you can add as many languages and their available layouts as you want.

On the next screen, you can choose to make the keyboard layout switch to a document’s input source automatically. Check out the option at the bottom.

Besides, make sure the box for Show input menu in the menu is ticked off. It will help you switch between multiple input options a lot quickly. Now, quit the window.

How to Switch Between Keyboard Layouts on Mac

Step #1. Check out the input menu at the top right in the menu bar. And click on it.

Step #2. Now, you should see your selected keyboard layouts. Pick the one you want to use, and you are ready to go!

Switch Between Keyboard Layouts on Mac

Go ahead and type on the keyboard. The keys will have a different role to play.

What if you no longer want to use a specific input option? You can easily remove it from your list.

How to Remove Keyboard Layout on Mac

Step #1. Open System PreferencesKeyboardInput Sources tab.

Step #2. Now, select the input source you want to remove and then click on the “-“ button at the bottom left.

Select Layout and Click on Delete button to Remove Keyboard Layout on Mac

There you go!

More Customization Options?

There are many ways you can customize the keyboard and its functionality on your Mac. Some of the coolest ways to bring some fun element into the play are using third-party apps like Ukelele and Karabiner. While the former allows you to create keyboard layouts, the latter lets you change the functions of the modifier keys.

That’s not all; there are quite a few impressive decals and funky keyboards that can help you spice up your experience.

Signing Off…

Assuming, you’ve got what you had wanted. Now, make the most of these little nifty tricks to get the most out of your keyboard. But if you wish to go even further, craft some custom keyboard shortcuts to speed up your typing.

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