Qwerty, Azerty, or whatever you please, Windows 10 lets you make use of and toggle between different keyboard languages and layouts.
There are advantages to using different keyboard layouts on Windows for users who are bilingual or even extensively multilingual. Some may simply prefer using different layouts for different contexts, especially when using convertible devices like the Surface which offer a flexible touch keyboard.
Here’s how to install and change different touch keyboards on Windows
- Open the Windows Settings App and Navigate to “Time and Language”
- Navigate to the “Region and Language” sub-menu.
- Select the language you would like to add an alternate keyboard to, for instance, I use “English: United KIngdom”, and can select Belgian French for the Azerty Layout, English United States for strange placement of the @ key, or others.
- Click on “Add a keyboard” in your language options, and select the keyboard you’d like to add. This should go without saying, but the physical lettering on your keyboards will not change, only the values that they are mapped to. Should you be using a touch keyboard on a Surface or other convertible, you will have more flexibility with this.
- To change the keyboard layout while typing, you can quickly press and hold the Windows Key then tap the Spacebar. This will quickly switch between all your installed keyboard layouts.