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14.2. Using Multiple Keyboard Layouts

To configure additional keyboard layouts, run the Keyboard Preferences utility by selecting SystemPreferencesKeyboard from the panel, and click the Layouts tab.
The Keyboard Preferences utility
The Keyboard Preferences utility
Figure 14.2. The Keyboard Preferences utility

The upper part of the window provides a list of currently enabled layouts. To add a new one, click the Add... button below the list.
Choosing a layout
Choosing a layout
Figure 14.3. Choosing a layout

The Choose a Layout dialog allows you to browse the available layouts either by the country they are associated with, or by the language:
Confirm the selection by clicking the Add button. When more than one keyboard layout is enabled, a keyboard indicator appears on the panel, allowing you to click on it to switch between the layouts.
The keyboard layout indicator
The keyboard layout indicator
Figure 14.4. The keyboard layout indicator

To make a certain layout the default, click on its name to highlight it, and use the Move Up button to move it to the top of the list.

Tip: Disable Separate Layout for Each Window

By default, changing the keyboard layout affects the active window only. This means that if you change the layout and switch to another window, this window will use the old one, which might be confusing. To turn this behavior off, unselect the Separate layout for each window check box.