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? 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. 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. 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 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

  • 1
    It appears to be working. That is until the next major Windows update probably. LOL Sep 18 '18 at 5:59
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    This setting is no longer available in current Windows 10.
    – serg
    Nov 14 '20 at 21:13
  • @rbaleksandar You predicted the future. Jan 14 '21 at 7:41

(tested on build 1909)

It is confusing at first, because apparently Keyboard layout settings are now a property of particular Display language options.

  1. Go to Settings > Time & Language > Language

  2. Press Add a preferred language and proceed to install the display language, in this case "English (United States)".

Optional: Remove all display languages you don't need.

  1. Once the display language is installed, make sure it's on top of the list.

  2. Press Options > Add a keyboard and proceed to install the keyboard languages, in your case "German" & "English".

  1. Press Win key (aka Magic Key)
  2. Type Language settings, open it (or use your preferred method to get there)
  3. In the Language settings window, scroll down to the Related settings header
  4. Click on the Spelling, typing & keyboard settings link below 'Related settings'
  5. Now you have another window opened called Typing, scroll down till you see the More keyboard settings header
  6. Under 'More keyboard settings' you'll see Advanced keyboard settings, click on that little rascal too (click-click-click more clicks! not enough clicks! gimme some more clicks and more useless windows Microsoft! I hope you get there before you die because actually part of me died forever while I was looking for that option feeling anger, frustration, and desperation; but, hey, you're not me, I know you can do it, so just keep going, fella! God Speed!)
  7. By now, you would have a window called 'Advanced keyboard settings' in front of your eyes. And the top thing you see is Override for default input method, and it's even written there below: 'If you want to use an input method that's different than the first one in your language list, choose it here' Click on the drop-list-box bellow.
  8. Do whatever you came here for and feel all the anger and rage I felt for past 30 years while using all the ugly and apparently far from efficient UX-design solutions made by a bunch of very overpaid sadists who have worked in Microsoft UX-design department all these years. Peace, sis (or bro)!

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