I'm used to working with everything in English. At the same time I'm in Germany hence I use a German keyboard and a German keyboard-layout.

Now on Linux (at least on Debian-based distros) it's very easy to do this combination and even application-independent (an option that is also available in Windows for my surprise). On Windows 10 this is a nightmare.

In the latest Windows default keyboard-layout and language used for the interface are connected pretty tight. If I change the default order of the keyboard-layouts I have to change the interface language of Windows. Let's not forget the issues I'm facing with spellchecking and the fact that I always have to manually select German in Word etc. as my default language (even though I have explicitely set the spellchecking default language to German!!!). Otherwise I get English by default.

Any idea how to fix this? I just want to type with German keyboard-layout while having Windows in English at the same time. How difficult can this be?

  • I use English Windows 10 v1703 and use German keyboard. what is your issue? – magicandre1981 May 5 '17 at 16:04
  • The fact that every time I start a new application it takes the top-most keyboard-layout which is English because the order of the keyboard-layouts is determined by your language settings. That is if I change the order, next time I start Windows I get a German Windows interface. – rbaleksandar May 5 '17 at 16:13
  • I don't have this. During setup of Windows10 I selected German keyboard and I don't see what you have. – magicandre1981 May 5 '17 at 16:22
  • @rbaleksandar - Is it every application or certain applications? Can you be more specific? – Ramhound May 5 '17 at 18:12
  • Every single one. Including the ones developed by Microsoft. :D – rbaleksandar May 5 '17 at 19:00

Try the settings in Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region > Language > Advanced settings. Here you can choose "Override for Windows display language" or "Override for default input method". Advanced settings control panel

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  • It appears to be working. That is until the next major Windows update probably. LOL – rbaleksandar Sep 18 '18 at 5:59

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