Change Ubuntu 17.10 Keyboard Layouts to your Native Language

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Few weeks ago we showed students and new users how to change the default language in Ubuntu to their native language. To read that post, please click here. This post is going to show students and new users how to change or use alternative keyboard layouts in Ubuntu 17.10

There are many different keyboard layouts for different languages that come with Ubuntu. One language can have many different keyboard layouts. You can make your current keyboard behave like a keyboard with different layout, regardless of the letters and symbols printed on the keys.

This is the beauty of Ubuntu. There’s something for everyone!

To get started with using alternative keyboard layouts with Ubuntu, continue with the steps below.

Changing Ubuntu Keyboard Layouts

To change the keyboard layouts, go to the system menu at the top right corner of your screen and select System Settings as shown below.

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Then select Region & Language on the left of the items list to open the panel.

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Click the + button in the Input Sources section, select the language which is associated with the layout, then select a layout and press Add.

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When you add a new input source, it becomes available to use and it’s shown in the list below Input Sources.

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Some rarely used keyboard layout variants are not available by default when you click the + button. To make also those input sources available you can open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl Alt T and run this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true

Using Alternative Keyboard Layouts

Now that the keyboard is available, you can quickly change to another layout by using Input Source Keyboard Shortcuts. These shortcuts open the Input Source chooser where you can move forward and backward. By default, you can switch to the next input source with Super Space and to the previous one with Shift Super Space. You can change these shortcuts in the Keyboard settings.

The super key is the Windows key to the left of the spacebar with the Windows logo.

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This is how to change to alternative keyboard layouts in Ubuntu.


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  1. Become mentally retarded?
    Where is the terminal and console commands?

  2. looking around i found that in a terminal the command to start this is:
    if you receive the error message “not found” you may install it whit the command suggested. (sudo apt install…)

  3. Thank you very much for this article. Somehow my Ubuntu keyboard layout used to change once logged in and so every authentication would fail.
    Using show text, I found the shift + number keys were hitting different characters and this article showed how to diagnose and change back the keyboard settings according to the keyboard layout I had.

  4. omg I fkin LOVE U SO MUCH

    thx !!! u saved my life

  5. Gan Uesli Starling

    Suppose you have an Ubuntu custom keyboard layout file different from those built in. Where do you put it in 18.04 LTS so that it works like before the update from 16.04 LTS? Mine is for Esperanto and assigns the 6 different characters differently. Not just to be different, you understand, but because I came up with that layout 30 years ago (before there was an official for any OS at the time … did mine on Amiga 2000, actually) and I can type 50wpm with it. I can’t get used to the ‘official’ version.

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