How to Make Custom Keyboard Layouts in Windows 8, 8.1

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If you are interested in customizing your own keyboard layouts or start the layouts from scratch for any kinds of reasons like set the keyboard to a language Microsoft systems don’t have support for or include a symbol of your liking just by pressing a keyboard button. Now you can find exactly how to do this by following the tutorial posted a few rows below.
custom keyboard layout in Windows 8
In the tutorials posted below we will see exactly how we can set an input method, remove an input method from our keyboard layouts and use Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to customize our keyboard on Windows 8 to our preferences.

Steps on how to customize our keyboard layouts in Windows 8

First tutorial:

This tutorial shows how to add or remove keyboard input from Control Panel.

  1. Move the mouse cursor to the right side of the screen.
  2. In the search box type Control Panel
  3. Click (left click) on “Control Panel” icon that shows after the search is completed.
  4. After the Control Panel window opens click (left click) on the “Language” icon.
  5. Double click (left click) on “Add a language” situated in the middle side of the window you opened.
  6. Under the “Input Method” field click (left click) on “Add an input method”.
  7. Double click (left click) on an input method you prefer to add or just choose an input method and click on “Add”.
  8. You can repeat the two steps above to add another input language if you want.
  9. When you are finished you just need to click (left click) on “Save” in the lower side of the window.
  10. After you add an input method you will just need to switch the methods from the lower right side of the screen where it says what language is your keyboard set to operate.

Second tutorial:

You can also add or remove input methods using the PC settings feature in Windows 8 explained below.

  1. Open “PC Settings” by going with the mouse on the charms bar
  2. Click (left click) on “Settings”
  3. Or another way to open PC settings is by pressing and holding “Windows” and “I” buttons.
  4. Click (left click) on “General” situated on the left of the screen.
  5. Click (left click) on “Language Preferences” link situated under the “Language” section on the right side of the screen.
  6. From here you can follow the steps presented in the first tutorial.

Third tutorial:

Here we will see how we can download Microsoft Keyboard Layout creator and create our own keyboard layouts from scratch using this app.

  1. Follow the link below to download Microsoft Keyboard Layout creator
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22339
  2. Using the link below you will see that this application doesn’t support Windows 8 but nevertheless it will work just fine if you install it and also
    as a requirement for this app to work on your Windows 8 system you will need to install also Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0, you can find the link for this app below:
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa496123

Note: this application also requires a 32-bit system but if you got a 64-bit system it will run with no issues just that it will be in a 32-bit mode setup.

The three ways above showed you how you can customize the keyboard input in Windows 8. All you have to do now is go and try it for yourself. Please write us below for any new ideas on how to customize your keyboard.

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