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Changing the language of your keyboard

To type in a language other than your own, you may need to change your computer's input method or keyboard language. Here's how.

Select your computer's operating system from the list below for step-by-step instructions:

Mac OS

Adding Input Methods

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Select Keyboard
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  1. Select the Input Sources tab

  2. Then select the plus symbol (+) in the lower left
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  1. Select the language and click Add
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Keyboard Viewer

To display the on-screen keyboard:

  1. Select the country flag in the menu bar to set the language you wish to type in (or using the keyboard, press ⌥+⌘+space)

  2. Select Show Keyboard Viewer
  1. The pop-up keyboard is displayed. For example, if you selected Korean you should see this keyboard. Clicking on any of the keys will insert the corresponding character in the text box

How to type in Simplified Chinese using pinyin

  1. Select the country flag, and choose Pinyin - Simplified
  1. Begin typing in pinyin. Press the spacebar to see the corresponding characters. You can choose from one of the characters that pop up by either typing the corresponding number, using the arrow keys, or selecting the character using the mouse.
  1. If you want to type in pinyin using tone marks, make sure you have selected the U.S. Extended keyboard (repeat steps 1 to 5 to install the keyboard)
  1. Now you'll be able to use these keyboard shortcuts to type tone marks:
  • 1st tone: option A + vowel
  • 2nd tone: option E + vowel á, é, í, ó, ú, ü

  • 3rd tone: option V + vowel
  • 4th tone: option `+ vowel à, è, ì, ò, ù, ü

How to type in Japanese

  1. Select the flag, and select Hiragana
  1. Once you begin typing, you can select the space bar once to convert the hiragana into kanji. If you select the space bar again, you will be given a scrolling list of kanji to choose from
  1. To type in katakana, just click the flag and select Katakana

You can now make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of different languages!

Windows 7

Changing the keyboard language

  1. Select Start, then Control Panel

  2. Under Clock, Language and Region, click Change keyboards or other input methods
  1. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab, then select Change keyboards
  1. Select Add
  1. Select your language from the drop-down menu
  1. Select the Language Bar tab, and select the following options: Floating on desktop, Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar, and Show text labels on the Language Bar
  1. The Language Bar is displayed on your desktop. From there, you can select one of the languages that you added in Step 5. *To switch between languages (input sources) press the left Alt key + Shift

On-screen keyboard For certain languages, you may want to use the on-screen keyboard. Here are steps to display it:

  1. Select Start and in the search box, type Ease of Access. Then select Ease of Access Center under Programs
  1. Select Start On-Screen Keyboard
  1. Now when you select a language from the Language Bar, the corresponding keyboard will be displayed, when applicable. Here's an example of what the Arabic keyboard looks like:

How to type in Simplified Chinese using Pinyin

  1. Select Chinese (Simplified, PRC) from the Language Bar
  1. Begin typing in pinyin and press the spacebar to display the corresponding characters

How to type in Japanese

  1. Select Japanese from the Language Bar
  1. Select Input Mode and select Hiragana

  2. Begin typing in hiragana and press the spacebar once to convert it to kanji, or press it again to see the scrolling list of kanji
  1. To type in katakana, all you have to do is select Input Mode, then Katakana

You can now make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of different languages!

Windows XP

Changing keyboard input language

  1. Select Start then Control Panel
  2. Select Date, Time, Language and Regional Options
  1. Select Add other languages
  1. Check the following two boxes, if applicable: "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages including Thai" and "Install files for East Asian Languages"
  1. You will be prompted to restart your computer for the new settings to take effect, select Yes

  2. Once your computer has restarted, repeat steps 1 to 3. Open the Languages tab and select Details
  1. Select Add to select input languages
  1. Select a language from the drop-down menu and select OK (you can also change the keyboard layout, if necessary). Repeat this process until you have added all of the languages that you'd like to use.
  1. In the Settings tab, select Language Bar
  1. Check the following three boxes and select OK: "Show the Language bar on the desktop", "Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar" and "Show text labels on the Language bar"
  1. The Language bar will be displayed on your desktop, and from there you can select one of the languages that you added in Step 8 (switch between input sources by pressing the left Alt key + Shift)

On-screen keyboard For certain languages, you may want to use the on-screen keyboard. Here are steps to display it:

  1. Select Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Accessibility -> On-Screen Keyboard
  1. Now when you select a language from the Language Bar, the corresponding keyboard will be displayed, where applicable. Here’s an example of what the Arabic keyboard looks like:

How to type in Simplified Chinese using Pinyin

  1. Select Chinese (PRC) from the Language Bar
  1. Begin typing in pinyin and press the spacebar to convert the latin text into the corresponding characters

How to type in Japanese

  1. Select Japanese from the Language Bar
  1. Select Input Mode and select Hiragana
  1. Begin typing in hiragana and press the spacebar once to convert it to kanji, or press it again to see the scrolling list of kanji
  1. To type in katakana, select Input Mode and select Katakana

Now you can make flashcards and study on Quizlet in dozens of languages!