If you are using Ubuntu, you can add an additional keyboard layout. An additional keyboard layout will bring up a drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the desktop, where you can choose the keyboard you want to use.
Step 1. Open Ubuntu settings
Click on the small arrow that points down at the top right of the desktop, then click on the icon that represents a gear and a screwdriver. You can also access the preferences by opening the activity manager and clicking on Settings.
Step 2. Click the Region and Language tab
It is in the left panel. Your language and input settings will then be displayed in the right panel.
Step 3. Display the languages
Click on + to open the list of available languages.
Step 4. Select a layout
If you don't see the language you're looking for, click the 3 vertical dots below the list to see more options. If you still don't see it, click Other to display even more languages.
- If, despite everything, you still do not see the desired keyboard layout, then close the window and simultaneously press the keys. Ctrl and T to open a terminal window. Start the command settings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true, then return to the tab Region and language to try again.
- Depending on the language chosen, you may have a choice of several layouts. For example, for French, you will see French (Belgium), French (Caribbean), French (Canada), etc. Another example with Cameroon, where you will see Multilingual Cameroon (Dvorak) or Multilingual Cameroon (QWERTY).
Step 5. Click the Add button
It appears in the upper right corner when you choose a layout. This will add the selected layout to the list of input devices.
Step 6. Select the default layout
Place the default layout at the top of the list. The first layout will be the one that Ubuntu associates with the default keyboard. If you want to change to a different layout, select the layout and then click the icon ^ which is below the list until that provision is at the top of the list.
- If you want to assign different layouts according to the windows (for example, you want to write in Spanish for one project and keep French for another), click on the button Options which is above the input list to see the settings for multiple inputs.
Step 7. Switch between layouts
When you have more than one keyboard layout in your list, a keyboard menu will appear at the top right of the screen. It is represented by an arrow pointing down next to the first letters of the selected language. To switch between layouts, click the menu, then choose a different layout.
- You can also switch between the different layouts by pressing the space bar and the Windows key simultaneously.
- To remove a layout you no longer use, click to select it, then click the trash can icon.
- To change the keyboard layout in the command prompt with Ubuntu Server, enter the command: sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
- Some layouts are not compatible with standard keyboards. Make sure your keyboard is compatible with the desired layout before selecting it.