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How To - Set up Your Computer for a Keyman Keyboard

Keyman Desktop will automatically set up your computer for best performance with most Keyman keyboards. However, for best performance on some keyboards you may need to manually associate your Keyman keyboard with a Windows language and layout.

Benefits of Association

Correctly associating your Keyman keyboard has three main benefits.

  1. When a Keyman keyboard and Windows language are correctly associated, turning one on will activate the other. You won't need to adjust both every time you want to use your Keyman keyboard.

  2. When a Windows layout and a Keyman keyboard are correctly associated, you can be sure you are using a Keyman keyboard as it was designed. This is especially helpful if you are using a non-English hardware keyboard as your Windows layout. For example, if you are using a Spanish, French, or German hardware keyboard.

  3. When a Windows language and a Keyman keyboard are correctly associated, your computer will know which language the keyboard is using. This is helpful for many reasons:

    • Applications will know which typing direction to use, left-to-right or right-to-left. This is necessary for right-to-left languages like Arabic, Hebrew, and Farsi.

    • Applications will know how characters and symbols should be rendered. This is partucularly necessary for many Indian languages.

    • Applications will know which language tools to use when spell checking what you type.

Association instructions


Keyman Desktop allows you to associate multiple Windows languages to a keyboard.

  1. Click on the Keyman Desktop icon , on the Windows Taskbar near the clock.

  2. From the Keyman Desktop menu, select Configuration….

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Click on the down arrow () beside the keyboard name.

  5. Click the Add language button on the left side under 'Languages:'

  6. From the pop up window, search for the Windows langauge you would like to use and click OK

  7. To remove an association, hover over the language name, and click the button that appears.

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