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System Shadow Keyboards

System shadow keyboards allow you to use Keyman Desktop keyboard layouts as if they were native Windows keyboards.

Note

Unless you have a specific need to use system shadow keyboards, you should instead use the Languages tab in Keyman Desktop Configuration. System Shadow Keyboards are not recommended due to limitations in their configuration and use, and are retained only for legacy support. The system shadow keyboard functionality will be removed in a future version of Keyman Desktop.

For example:

  • If you have a customized keyboard layout for French, you could use it in place of the standard French keyboard layout that Windows installs, or,

  • If you have a keyboard layout for a language not supported by Windows, you can associate that keyboard layout with a language you're not currently using. For example, if you have a keyboard layout for Anglo-Saxon, which is not supported by Windows, you could associate it with Afrikaans or Finnish (assuming that you don't normally use either of those languages).

When you install a keyboard layout into Keyman Desktop, a Windows keyboard layout with the same name is also installed into the Windows Control Panel. You can associate this keyboard layout with any language you like.

Associate a keyboard layout with a language (Windows XP):

  1. Click on the Start menu.

  2. Select Control Panel.

  3. Select 'Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options' (if not in Classic View) or 'Regional and Language Options' (Classic View).

  4. Select the Languages tab.

  5. Click Details.

  6. Click Add.

  7. Select the Input Language.

  8. Select the Keyman Desktop keyboard layout from the list of Keyboard layouts/IMEs.

  9. Click OK to apply changes.

Associate a keyboard layout with a language (Windows Vista):

  1. Click on the Start menu.

  2. Select Control Panel.

  3. Select 'Regional and Language Options'.

  4. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab.

  5. Click Change Keyboards.

  6. Click Add.

  7. Select the Input Language.

  8. Select Keyboard, and tick the box Show More.

  9. Select the Keyman Desktop keyboard layout from the list of layouts/IMEs.

    Note

    The Keyman Desktop keyboard layout must be installed for all users in order to be viewable from this screen.
  10. Click OK.

  11. Click OK to apply changes.

Associate a keyboard layout with a language (Windows 7):

  1. Click on the Start menu and type 'Keyboards'.

  2. Select 'Change keyboards or other input methods'.

  3. Select Change Keyboards….

  4. Click Add.

  5. Select the Input Language.

  6. Select Keyboard, and tick the box Show More.

  7. Select the Keyman Desktop keyboard layout from the list of layouts/IMEs.

    Note

    The Keyman Desktop keyboard layout must be installed for all users in order to be viewable from this screen.
  8. Click OK.

  9. Click OK to apply changes.

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