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9.6. Keyboard Configuration

Select Keyboard from the Installation Summary Menu.
In the left-hand pane, English (United States) is listed as the keyboard layout, unless you clicked the checkbox in Section 9.3, “Language Selection” to set the keyboard layout to the default for your selected language. If so, you may still want to select a more specific layout. For example, if you selected French as the language for this installation, the layout listed in the left-hand pane will be French (French). However, you may want to change it to French (French (Canada)).
Keyboard Configuration
Keyboard configuration screen
Figure 9.4. Keyboard Configuration

To change the layout or add additional layouts, click the + button and select from the list. To delete a layout, select it and click the - button. Use the arrow buttons to arrange the layouts in order of preference. For a visual preview of the keyboard layout, select it and click the keyboard button.
To test a layout, use the mouse to click inside the text box at the right. Type some text to confirm that your selection functions correctly.
To test additional layouts, select the keyboard icon at the top of the Installation Summary Menu to switch between your selected layouts. Alternatively, you can set up a keyboard combination to toggle between them. Click Options to open the Layout Switching Options dialog and choose a combination from the list by selecting its check box. The combination will then be displayed above the Options button. This combination applies both during the installer and on the installed system, so you must configure a combination here in order to use one after installation.


If you use a layout that cannot accept Roman/ASCII characters, such as Russian, you are advised to also add the English (United States) layout and configure a keyboard combination to switch between the two layouts. If you select only your native layout or do not configure a layout switch combination, you may be unable to enter a valid root password or user credentials later in the installation process. This may prevent you from completing the installation.
Once you have made your selection, click Done to return to the Installation Summary Menu.


To change your keyboard configuration after you have completed the installation, visit the Keyboard (in GNOME) or Input Devices (in KDE) section of the System Settings menu.
Fedora includes support for more than one keyboard layout for many languages. In particular, most European languages include a latin1 option, which uses dead keys to access certain characters, such as those with diacritical marks. When you press a dead key, nothing will appear on your screen until you press another key to "complete" the character. For example, to type é on a latin1 keyboard layout, you would press (and release) the ' key, and then press the E key. By contrast, you access this character on some other keyboards by pressing and holding down a key (such as Alt-Gr) while you press the E key. Other keyboards might have a dedicated key for this character.