I need computer keyboard drivers or layouts

Updated: 05/05/2017 by Computer Hope

Keyboard drivers

Today, the majority of standard computer keyboards will be automatically detected and installed by the computer operating systems.

Computer keyboards that utilize distinctive interfaces, such as FireWire, may require additional software and drivers to function properly. This condition also applies to keyboards with special function keys. We recommend that you visit the keyboard manufacturer's web page to obtain drivers for your keyboard.

Keyboard layouts

Computer keyboardIf you require keyboard support for a different language or special characters, you'll need to install a new multilingual or international layout for your operating system.

Microsoft Windows XP users can install different languages and layouts/IME by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click the Regional and Language Options icon.
  2. Within the Regional and Language Options window, click the Languages tab.
  3. Within the Text Services and Input Languages window, open the Settings tab and click the Add button to add additional input languages or keyboard layouts.

Once the above steps are complete, you can switch between these languages and keyboard layouts by clicking on the icon in your Systray. You can also use a shortcut key, which is specified in the keyboard layout window.

Microsoft Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4, and 2000 users can install different languages and layouts/IME by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click the Keyboard icon.
  2. Within the Keyboard properties window, click the Input Locales tab.
  3. If you want to add an input language or a different layout, click the Add button and select the language and layout you want to use.

Microsoft Windows 3.1x users can install a different layout by following the steps below.

  1. From Program Manager, open the Control Panel.
  2. Within the Control Panel window, open the International icon.
  3. Select the US-International from the drop-down menu and install the new layout using your Windows diskettes.

Apple OS X different languages and keyboard layouts

  1. Open the System Preferences icon from your dock area.
  2. Open the International icon in the System Preferences window.
  3. Select the Keyboard Menu tab.
  4. Finally, select the keyboard layouts you want to install from the Keyboard Menu.

Once completed the above steps, Apple OS X users can change between the different keyboard layout icons by clicking the flag icon in the top corner of the screen.

Additional information

  • See our keyboard definition for further information and related links on this term.