I'm struggling to achieve what seems like a quite easy thing.

  • I'm running a Windows 10 Laptop installed in English.
  • I live in Germany, so Country or region (Settings -> Time & Language -> Region & language) is set to Germany.
  • My Display Language is set to English (United States).
  • As I use a hardware keyboard with US layout, but still need to type some German stuff, I have two keyboard layouts added to the input language - US (default) and German.

So far, so good. But I recently started learning Russian and now I need to practice typing. I can't add the Russian keyboard layout to the English (United States) language - it simply doesn't show up in the list.

To add the keyboard layout to my hotkey switchable keyboard layout list is all I want. When I add Russian as a language it is obviously being ignored by the keyboard layout switch hotkey, since it's a completely new input method instead of just a keyboard layout, so it keeps switching between US and DE only.

This is what my language bar looks like with Russian added as a language:

Screenshot of Input Methods

Those are my advanced settings and language bar hotkeys:

Screenshot of and language bar hotkeys

Can someone help? Many thanks in advance!

  • If you want cyclic change US => DE => RU using the only hotkey then set up three languages i.e. English(en-US keyboard), German(de-DE) and Russian(ru-RU).
    – JosefZ
    Dec 31, 2017 at 15:55
  • Wouldn't that change the interaction with different things? Like websites that will then start to preferably show up in Russian when ru-RU is currently active? I'd rather have the same language and different keyboard layouts. I mean, I can't be the only one who wants to use English as display language and Russian as input method, right? There needs to be a simple way to set this up.
    – David
    Dec 31, 2017 at 16:23

1 Answer 1


This question asks the opposite of another one that i answered, but the same answer applies here as well (for the most part). It's possible to add any keyboard layout to any input language via PowerShell. In your case you would need:

$OldList = Get-WinUserLanguageList
# German layout (or you can add it via Language screen afterwards)
# Russian layout
Set-WinUserLanguageList -LanguageList $OldList

Keep in mind that spell check is dependent on input language, so you won't be able to use spell check in Russian or German. If you do need spell check in these languages setup three input languages as JosefZ stated in a comment.


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