Selecting a keyboard in Windows 98

To have multiple keyboards in Windows 98, you can fool the system by adding an unused language, such as Icelandic, and changing its layout to an alternative in the language properties of the keyboard Control Panel.

1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, and Keyboard. The Keyboard Properties panel will open.

2. Click the Language tab at the top of the panel.

3. Click the Add button. The Add Language panel will open.

4. Choose any language in the drop-down list and click OK. The Add Language panel will close, and the newly added language will appear selected in the Keyboard Properties panel.

5. Click the Properties button. The Language Properties panel will open.

6. Select the keyboard layout (e.g. United States-International) to be associated with the given language. Choose from the pull-down list and click OK. The Language Properties panel will close.

7. In the Keyboard Properties panel, select one of the Language-Layout combinations and click the Set as Default button. The selected keyboard will be used every time you start your computer.

8. Click the Left Alt+Shift option and the Enable indicator on the taskbar check box.

9. Click OK to close the Keyboard Properties panel.

10. Close the Control Panel.

Plugging in the Lomak may cause the Add New Hardware Wizard to launch.

1. When the Add New Hardware Wizard opens, click Next.

2. When the next dialog box opens, select Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended) and click Next.

3. If you are prompted to enter a path to the Windows 98 operating system files, do one of the following:

  • If the Windows 98 operating system files are installed on your computer, they should be in the C:\Windows\Options\Cabs folder. Enter this path in the Copy files from dialog box and click OK.
  • If the system prompts you for the Windows 98 operating system CD, insert this CD into your CD-ROM drive, enter D:\WIN98 (where D is your CD-ROM drive) in the Copy files from dialog box, and click OK.

4. The Add New Hardware Wizard window re-opens indicating that the installation is complete. Click Finish.

Launch your application and select your keyboard from the language and layout choices on the right of the taskbar.

For instance, if you have added the United States-International keyboard, you can now create international characters from your Lomak keyboard using the AltGr technique if the Lomak is set to either US/UK or US-International layout.