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1.3. Changing the Keyboard Layout

Although the installation program allows a system administrator to configure a keyboard layout during the system installation, the default settings may not always suit your current needs. To change the default keyboard layout, select the Layouts tab of the Region and Language application. You will be presented with a list of currently enabled layouts.
Changing the keyboard layout
Changing the keyboard layout
Figure 1.5. Changing the keyboard layout

To add a layout to the list, click the + (the plus sign) button below the list. A dialog window appears, allowing you to select the desired keyboard layout. The input field at the bottom part of the dialog window allows you to reduce the number of displayed items by typing first few letters of the layout name in it (for example, slov for a Slovak layout). Once you select a layout, click the Add button to confirm your choice.
Adding a keyboard layout
Adding a keyboard layout
Figure 1.6. Adding a keyboard layout

The first layout in the list is always considered the default. To move a particular layout up or down in the list, select it and click the (the upwards arrow) or (the downwards arrow) buttons respectively. To remove a layout, click the (that is, the minus sign) button. Additionally, by selecting an option button on the right side of the window, you can choose if you want to use different keyboard layouts for individual windows, or a single layout for all windows.
When more than one layout is enabled, a keyboard indicator appears on the panel in order to allow you to switch between the layouts.
The keyboard layout indicator
The keyboard layout indicator
Figure 1.7. The keyboard layout indicator