Chromebook Keyboard and Language Settings

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Want to change the display language of your Chromebook or add a keyboard layout for typing in another language? The Chromebooks operating system (Chrome OS) is a fully multi-language operating system, so changing the system language or adding keyboard layouts for other languages is really simple. Follow these instructions to add a keyboard language layout for typing in another language (Russian, Spanish or any other language).

  1. Click on the status area in the lower right-hand side of your screen.
  2. Click “Settings.”
  3. Click the “Keyboard Settings” button.
  4. Click “Change language and input settings.”
  5. Click the “Add” button in the languages panel.
  6. Choose the language you would like to add and click “OK” button.
  7. Check the checkbox by the Input Method that you would like to activate for this language.
  8. If you would like display the whole operating system in this langauge, click the button “Display Google Chrome in this language.”
  9. Click the “Done” button.

Once you have added your new keyboard layout, you will see a new keyboard indicator in the settings area. This shows you which language you are currently typing in. To switch the keyboard layout to a different language, use the Alt + Shift key combination. Now you can easily toggle between the two (or more) languages when typing.

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