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Windows Vista™ Step by Step by Joyce Cox, Joan Lambert

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Changing the Keyboard Input Language

Keyboards come in a variety of language-specific versions that incorporate special alphabet characters used in those languages. Your desktop or laptop computer might have a keyboard configured for American English, UK English, French, Canadian French, German, Swedish, Danish, Belgian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian... the list goes on, and includes some specialized languages such as Gaelic, Inuktitut, and Maori. Some keyboards, such as the Japanese keyboard, depict two alphabets.

When you first set up your Windows Vista computer, you choose an input language that matches your keyboard, and Windows Vista programs itself to correctly recognize the keys that you press to match ...

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