OS X Mavericks: Use input sources to type in other languages

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Use input sources to type in other languages

To type in a different language without having a keyboard designed for that language, add an input source for the language, then switch to it when you want to use it. You can type in any language that uses the same script or alphabet as the current input source.

When you choose an input source that doesn’t match your keyboard, the keys you see (and press) on your keyboard may be different from the characters that are displayed when you type. To see which keys to press, use the Keyboard Viewer.

Use the Keyboard Viewer

Add input sources

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Input Sources.
  2. Click Add (+), search for a language or input source, then select one or more input sources.

    When you add an input source, the option to show the Input menu in the menu bar is automatically selected. The Input menu lets you quickly switch input sources as needed.

Switch between input sources

Choose an input source from the Input menu (looks like a flag or character) in the menu bar. If an input source is dimmed, the current app doesn’t support that language.

You can also press Option-Command-Space bar to select the next input source in the menu, or Command-Space bar to select the previous input source. If Spotlight opens instead, change the conflicting keyboard shortcuts.

If Spotlight opens when you switch input sources

Published Date: Oct 20, 2015
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