Selecting a keyboard in Windows XP

For a Windows XP 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 Win XP Start menu (with a double column of items) select Control Panel 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 midway down on the right. This will open the Customize Start Menu panel.
    • Click the Advanced tab at the top of the panel.
    • The Control Panel options are at the top of the Start menu items list. Select Display as a menu.
    • Click OK to close the Customize Start Menu panel.
    • Click OK to close the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties panel.

2. From the Control Panel, open the Regional and Language Options panel.

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

4. Click the Details button. This will open the Text Services and Input Languages panel. At the top, this will show 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, select Keyboard in the drop-down list and click the Add button. This will open the Add Input Language panel.

6. Click the Keyboard layout/IME check box.

7. Select the keyboard layout to be added (e.g. United States-International) from the pull-down list immediately below the check box. Note that a computer can use multiple keyboards and that those already in use will not be listed.

8. Click OK to close the Add Input Language panel. Control will return to the Text Services and Input Languages panel.

9. Repeat from Step 5 if you wish to add another keyboard layout.

10. In the Default input language pull-down list at the top of the Text Services and Input Languages panel, select which of the installed input languages you wish to use when you start your computer. This will be the default for all applications launched.

11. In the Preferences section at the bottom of the Text Services and Input Languages panel, click the Language Bar button. This will open the Language Bar Settings panel.

12. Select Show the Language bar on the desktop, and click OK to close the panel.

  • This will display the Language bar near the top of the screen, on which there is a keyboard icon. Pausing the mouse pointer over this icon will display the currently used language. Clicking the icon will display a list of languages from which you can select and immediately change the language used by the current application.
  • If the Language bar is minimised, its keyboard icon will be placed among the notification icons on the Taskbar (at the right, assuming that the bar is horizontal). Pausing the mouse over this icon, or clicking on it, has the same function as noted above.

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

14. Click OK to close the Regional and Language Options 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.