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1.2. Changing the Keyboard Layout

Although the installation program allows a system administrator to configure a keyboard layout during the system installation, the default settings may not always suit your current needs. To add a new keyboard layout, open the System Settings window by selecting ApplicationsSystem ToolsSystem Settings from the Activities menu, click the Region and Language icon, and select the Layouts tab.
Changing the keyboard layout
Changing the keyboard layout
Figure 1.2. Changing the keyboard layout

The left part of the window provides a list of currently enabled layouts, while the right part allows you to choose whether to use the same keyboard layout for all windows, or if you prefer to use a different layout for each window.
To add a keyboard layout, click the + (that is, the plus sign) button below the list. A dialog box will appear, allowing you to select the desired layout. The input field in the bottom part of the dialog box allows you to reduce the number of displayed items by typing part of the layout name (such as slov for Slovak layouts) in it. Once you are done, click the Add button to confirm your choice.
Adding a keyboard layout
Adding a keyboard layout
Figure 1.3. Adding a keyboard layout

To remove a keyboard layout, click the (that is, the minus sign) button below the list.
When more than one layout is enabled, a keyboard indicator appears on the panel in order to allow you to switch between the layouts, and the first layout in the list is considered the default. To move a particular layout up or down in the list, select it from the list and click the (the upwards arrow) or (the downwards arrow) buttons respectively.
The keyboard layout indicator
The keyboard layout indicator
Figure 1.4. The keyboard layout indicator

The changes take effect immediately.