How to Change Language on Mac Keyboard

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you using a Mac and need to change the language on your keyboard? Whether you want to type in a different language or simply want to switch to a different keyboard layout, changing the language settings on your Mac is a straightforward process. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to change the language on your Mac keyboard.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut Command + Spacebar and search for “System Preferences” using Spotlight.

Step 2: Select “Keyboard”

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Keyboard” icon. It is represented by an image of a keyboard.

Step 3: Click on “Input Sources”

In the Keyboard settings window, navigate to the top tab labeled “Input Sources.” This tab allows you to manage and add different languages or keyboard layouts.

Step 4: Add a New Language

To add a new language, click on the “+” button located at the bottom left of the Input Sources tab. A list of available languages will appear.


  • If you want to add a specific language, type its name in the search bar located at the top-right corner of the window for quicker access.
  • You can also checkmark “Show input menu in menu bar” if you want easy access to switch between languages from your menu bar.

Step 5: Choose Your Language

Select your desired language from the list by clicking on it. You can expand the language options by clicking on the triangle next to each language to reveal different keyboard layouts available for that language.

Step 6: Confirm Language Selection

After selecting your desired language and keyboard layout, click on the “Add” button to confirm your selection. The chosen language will now appear in the left-hand list of input sources.

Step 7: Switch Between Languages

You can easily switch between languages or keyboard layouts by either clicking on the input menu icon in your menu bar (if you enabled it) or using a system-wide shortcut. By default, the shortcut is set to Command + Spacebar. Pressing this combination will toggle between your previously selected languages.


  • If you have multiple input sources added, you can rearrange their order by dragging and dropping them in the Input Sources tab. This affects the order in which they cycle when using shortcuts to switch between languages.
  • You can remove unwanted languages from your input sources list by selecting them and clicking on the “-” button located at the bottom of the Input Sources tab.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the language on your Mac keyboard. Now you can comfortably type in a different language or use a different keyboard layout without any hassle.

Remember, if you ever need to switch back to your original language or keyboard layout, simply follow these steps again and choose your preferred settings.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful for you. Enjoy exploring and utilizing different languages on your Mac!

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