How to Override Default Input Method in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to override the default input method in Windows 11. Windows allows you to install a preferred language for Windows features like Settings and File Explorer.

When you install a preferred language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed as well. Windows also allows users to install an input language keyboard to set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have multiple languages and keyboard layouts in Windows, a default input method will always be used when switching between languages and keyboard layout.

Windows will allow you to change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method they want to use. If you want to use an input method that is different than the display language you’re using, you can set a default input method override so that the default method will always be used.

How to set default input method override in Windows 11

As mentioned above, when you have multiple languages and keyboard layouts in Windows, a default input method will always be used when switching between languages and keyboard layout.

This will only work if you have multiple preferred languages and multiple keyboard layouts. If you haven’t installed additional languages and keyboard layouts, then use the posts below to learn.

Below is how one can change the default input method by overriding its settings in Windows 11.

When you have multiple preferred languages installed, you should have similar screen in Settings > Time & language > Preferred languages

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For each preferred language, when you go into the language option, you should be able to add additional input keyboard layout.

Now to change the default override method, go to the Start menu > Settings > Time & language > Typing.

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On the Typing settings pane, select and click the Advanced keyboard settings tile.

windows 11 typing advanced keyboard settings

On the Advanced keyboard settings pane, choose the override for default input method. Windows will pick the default input language keyboard as the recommended and default.

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You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to override default input method in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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  1. It doesnèt work. Look! I canèt get rid of the French setting and want to go to ENGLISH (US). Please help!

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