Selecting a keyboard in Windows Vista

For a Windows Vista system, you need to be logged in with administrator privileges in order to do the tasks listed here. If you do not have administrative rights, ask your system support person for assistance.

1. Click the Start button.

  • If you have a Classic Start menu (with a single column of items) click Settings and then Control Panel. Go to Step 2.
  • If you have a Start menu with a double column of items select Control Panel from the right-hand column and go to Step 2.
  • If the Control Panel option is not shown, reveal it by following these steps:
    • Right click on an empty area of the Start menu and select Properties. This will open the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties panel.
    • Click the Start Menu tab at the top of the panel.
    • Click the Customize button on the right. This will open the Customize Start Menu panel.
    • The Control Panel options are near the top of the Start menu items list. Select Display as a link.
    • Click OK to close the Customize Start Menu panel.
    • Click OK to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties panel.

2. If the Control Panel Home view is displayed, click the Change keyboards or other input methods link. If the Classic View is displayed, open the Regional and Language Options panel.

3. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab at the top of the panel.

4. Click the Settings button. This will open the Text Services and Input Languages panel. The General tab shows the current setting for the Default input language which identifies the language associated with your keyboard when you start your computer.

5. In the Installed services section of the General tab, select Keyboard in the drop-down list and click the Add button. This will open the Add Input Language panel, which lists the languages and the keyboards associated with those languages.

6. Scroll to your language of choice, which is normally the default input language as noted in Step 4 above. You should see its current keyboard(s) in the list—if not, click on the “+” icon to expand the list at this point.

7. Click on the Show more option to reveal a full list of keyboards available.

8. Select the keyboard layout to be added. Note that a computer can use multiple keyboards and that those already in use will be indicated with a tick (check mark).

9. Click OK to close the Add Input Language panel. This will return control to the Text Services and Input Languages panel.

10. Click the Language Bar tab and select whether you want the Language Bar floating on the desktop or docked in the taskbar. You use the Language Bar to change between keyboards.

11. Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages panel.

12. Click OK to close the Regional and Language Options panel.

13. Close the Control panel.

Launch your application. Then if you click the tiny keyboard icon on the right of the taskbar (assuming that the taskbar is horizontal) you can choose your desired language from the list that pops up. Your choice needs to agree with the layout setup of your Lomak keyboard.

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