CONFIGURE A NoteBook Keyboard  ▷ Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

This article was created with the intention of helping all those people who are having problems when typing with their physical keyboards on their computers. This is generally due to a bad configuration, although in other cases it may Whether you have accidentally activated the “Num Lock” key. Each of these scenarios looks very complicated, but they actually have a fairly simple solution.

Most of today’s operating systems are designed so that the same user is able to solve any misfortune that may arise at some point. It is because of that MacOS and windows they are so easy to use. Many people believe that in order to apply these solutions you need advanced knowledge, but the reality is that they can be done in a very short time.

In this article we will teach you how to correctly configure the keyboard of your computer, Notebook or Laptop. This guide is very extensive since we show the step by step to change it from Windows or MacOS, here you will find the way to repair your keyboard with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 despite being the same operating system the change of versions alters a bit the position of the options.

Steps to configure and repair the keyboard on your computer or notebook

If your keyboard does not write what you indicate, it is probably using another language. This often happens a lot when languages ​​are accidentally activated. Modern keyboards have the advantage of being able to type in multiple languages. So that Today we will teach you how to check if this is the problem and how to fix it.

Before starting with the steps, Let’s do a review of the Num Lock or Num Lock key, which is mostly located on top of the keyboard. On many laptops when this key is active, makes the letters write numbers or symbols instead of what they are supposed to write, or even the number keys work or not.

Num Lock key

To deactivate it you must locate the position of this key and press it again to deactivate it, in the case of some keyboards you must press Fn + Num Lock. Now we confirm that this function is disabled by typing again, specifically with those keys in which you presented the problem.

On Windows 10

Windows 10 is one of the OS that offers the most facilities to users when making driver and hardware configurations. If what you want is to delve into the keyboard configuration, what you should do is the following:

  • Enter in the “Control Panel” and find the section “Accessibility”. Once there you search and click on the option “Change keyboard operation”.
  • This will open a window like the one in the following image where you will see all the configurable aspects, and you can change and activate them at will and then save the changes by clicking on “To accept”.

Configure all aspects of the keyboard

An aspect that you will not be able to configure in the previous section is the keyboard language, which is also an important thing to know.

To do this you simply have to do the following:

  • Enter the menu “Windows” and then you click “Setting”. In the window that will appear you will select “Add a keyboard”.
  • Automatically will show a list in which you will see all the existing keyboards in the world. For example, if our physical keyboard is Spanish and the one we have (in the configuration) is American, its keys would not match, it is for this reason that the keyboard is considered as unconfigured.

add a keyboard

  • To eliminate this problem, we must search the list for the keyboard that matches our language. If we are going to write in Spanish we click on the keyboard “Spanish”. Now you look for the icon “IT IS” located on the Windows taskbar on the right side.
  • Then it will display a small list of keyboards which are installed in the system, so you select the Spanish language (or whatever you want).

spanish keyboard icon

  • In this way already you will have changed the language of your keyboard and you will have it configured correctly from your Windows 10 computer.

In Windows 7

The process in Windows 7 is practically identical to that of the previous version. Both OS are very similar, in fact many say that the success of version 10 is due to the similarity it has with 7. Again, the first thing you should learn is to enter the keyboard configuration.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Enter in the “Control Panel” and search “Accessibility”. Once there, click on the option “Change keyboard operation”.
  • This will open a window where you will see all the configurable aspects, and you can change and activate the ones you want at will and then save the changes by clicking on “To accept”.

Configure all aspects of the keyboard

  • The next thing you should do is simply change language in case this is not configured in the best way.
  • Look in Windows startup for the option “Control Panel” located to the right of this. Once in the control panel, double-click on the icon “Regional and Language Settings”.

watch, language and region

  • In the window that opens, click on the option “Change keyboard or other input methods”.

change keyboard

  • Another window will appear, and within all the options that are displayed, select “Change Keyboards”.

click change keyboards

  • In the box that is displayed you will see a drop-down list where you will find the language for your keyboard and click on “To accept”. If the language you want does not appear, click on “Add” and in the list that is shown with all existing keyboards, select the one of your preference and click on “To accept”.

In this way you change the keyboard of your computer. To confirm, look for the icon on the taskbar “IT IS” and you click, the keyboard that is marked as default will appear with a bullet, if it is the one you chose then all were done perfectly.

In Windows 8 and 8.1

In this section you will learn how to configure the keyboard from your Windows 8 or 8.1 quickly and easily. Again, the first thing you should do is configure the most basic aspects.

To do this you must do the following:

  • Click on the menu “Start”, later locate “Control Panel” and look inside it “Accessibility”. Once there, click on the option “Change keyboard operation”.
  • A window will open where you can see all the configurable aspects, and change and activate the ones you want at will and then save the changes by clicking on “To accept”.
  • For the language we press the keys Win + X to access the “Control Panel”. You can also access this window from the Windows search engine by typing “Control Panel”.
  • Once there we look for the option that says “Watch, language and region” and select the option “Add a language”.
  • Then the default language for Windows 8.1 will appear. You click on the link “Options” and in the section “Input method”, then you will click “Preview”.

Keyboard preview

  • When the default keyboard sample appears on the screen, it must match the one you have physically. If not, you will have to close the window and go to the options “Add an input method”.

Add input method

  • Will show a options list with those keyboards and their different languages. You must choose the one that matches your physical keyboard so that you can enjoy it.
  • After doing so, go back to step 3 and confirm the keyboard and verify that it matches the one you physically have.

On macOS

With MacOS configuring your keyboard will be much easier, since you don’t have to do so many procedures. Follow the instructions that we leave below so that you can achieve it and enjoy writing in the language as it should.

  • On the desktop find the Apple icon and click to open the menu, then find and select the option “System preferences”.
  • Enter the options search “Keyboard” and click there.
  • Then select the tab “Input source” located at the top of the window.

click keyboard icon

  • Click on “+”, which is located on the left side of the dialog box. There he looks for the option “Language” and you click on it and a list of languages ​​that the system already has installed will appear.
  • Click on the keyboard or the option “Input sources” to preset the keyboard language for your computer, which this option is located on the right side of the “Control Panel”.
  • You will then be presented with a keyboard layout example so you can check if it is the keyboard you want to choose.

keyboard input sources Mac

  • Then click “Add”. Now mark “To show” the keyboard menu in the menu bar located at the bottom of the window. Doing so will bring up a flag on the right side of the menu bar.
  • make click on the flag and select the language you want to use on the keyboard. Ready!

Select Mac keyboard language

What to do if your keyboard is English and you want it in Spanish?

This situation is different, since if you want to write in Spanish you will have to memorize the position of the Spanish keys or use the on-screen keyboard. Even though the difference from one keyboard to another is the letter Ñ.

However today markets They sell mats to install it on your physical keyboard and thus change all the keys and symbols. This method is very useful if you have a laptop.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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