Q: Access US International Keyboard in Windows 10

I just updated to Windows 10. I want to use US International QWERTY keyboard. I see that it is installed under Settings/Keyboards, but I can't figure out how to access it. I had an icon in the task bar with Windows 7 that let me select which keyboard to use.

How do I select, and move back and forth between the 2 keyboards now?


Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

To work with two Keyboard language simultaneously, you can first all the languages you want the keyboard layout to be. Next you can click on the Language Icon present on the bottom right corner on the Taskbar present before Time and Date.

For reference: Change your keyboard layout

Let us know if it helps. We will be glad to assist you further.

Thank you.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

1 person was helped by this reply

I had this question too....since everything on Google still points to 7 or XP. Can this be answered in English? That wasn't quite English. 

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Click the windows start button, then click settings. 

Select region and language, then select the languages you want to work in. 

At the bottom of that selection screen, click the link to Additional Date, Time and Regional settings

The screen pops up with several options. Under language, click the link to Change Input Methods. 

there you can add US International QWERTY keyboard or AZERTY, at least I haven't looked any farther. 

The icon on the task bar is different from 7; it's directly to the left of the date/time indicator at the bottom right of the screen/task bar. It was there on my task bar for a while before i recognized the fact. 

I write in French a lot, but I like to use US International for accents, etc. It appears that if I select French as the language, it obliges me to use AZERTY. Have you seen anything different?

I'll be glad to help if you have any other questions of a Windows 10 rookie. . 

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

22 people were helped by this reply

DBrentA's reply is not quite right for Windows 10 - but thanks for getting us started.

Microsoft changes things sometimes, so it's important to note the full version of Windows in the advice.

On Windows 10 (US) Version 1607 OS Build 14393.693 Windows 10 Home Edition:

  • Click the Window icon at the lower left.
  • Click Settings
  • From Windows Settings, Click Time & Language

         Windows 10 probably shows a panel with Date and time at the top

  • On the left, click Region & Language

         Windows 10 shows a panel with Country or Region at the top

  • Below Languages, below the + Add a language you should see your current language name, with Windows display language (override) just beneath it.  In the U.S., it's probably English (United States)
  • Click your current language

         The box enlarges, and offers 3 choices: Set as default, Options, and Remove

  • Click the Options button

         A panel appears saying English (United States) (or whatever language is your default)

  • Below the word Keyboard, click + Add a keyboard
  • Scroll through the list, and select United States - International QWERTY
  • Close the panel saying English (United States) by clicking the X in the upper right.

You should now see a keyboard icon on your task bar - it lets you switch between the standard US and the United States - International.

You probably want to actually USE the new keyboard. Sorry, Microsoft has not documented that for Windows 10. But it generally works like the older Windows 7 version:,-in-windows-vista,-and-in-windows-xp

Skip all the setup stuff in the link above.

In case Microsoft removes that page, here's the relevant instructions:

=================== Creating extended characters The United States-International keyboard layout assigns new functions to the right ALT key (the ALT key on the right side of the keyboard). Use the right ALT key in combination with other keys to create extended characters.

The following table illustrates characters that you can create by using the combination of the right ALT key plus another key, as well as those that you can create by using the right ALT key plus the SHIFT key plus another key:
Creating international characters When you press the APOSTROPHE ( ' ) key, QUOTATION MARK ( " ) key, ACCENT GRAVE ( ` ) key, TILDE ( ~ ) key, or ACCENT CIRCUMFLEX,. also called the CARET key, ( ^ ) key, nothing is displayed on the screen until you press a second key:
  • If you press one of the letters designated as eligible to receive an accent mark, the accented version of the letter appears.
  • If you press the key of a character that is not eligible to receive an accent mark, two separate characters appear.
  • If you press the space bar, the symbol (apostrophe, quotation mark, accent grave, tilde, accent circumflex or caret) is displayed by itself.
The following table shows the keyboard combinations that you can use to create the desired character.
Press this key Then press this key Resulting character
'(APOSTROPHE) c, e, y, u, i, o, a ç, é, ý, ú, í, ó, á
"(QUOTATION MARK) e, y, u, i, o, a ë, ÿ, ü, ï, ö, ä
`(ACCENT GRAVE) e, u, i, o, a è, ù, ì, ò, à
~(TILDE) o, n, a õ, ñ, ã
^(CARET) e, u, i, o, a ê, û, î, ô, â

For some reason, Microsoft doesn't think the Scandinavian variations are important enough to include in the above. To gain access to them, you must add the relevant language keyboard, and then switch to it.


Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

19 people were helped by this reply

Thank you so much!

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Windows 10 (UK) does not appear to offer US International QWERTY keyboard.
Under Settings, you can select different Languages in order to install a keyboard (there's no option to select 'keyboard' as such). Many versions of 'English' are available, but NOT the US-International-QWERTY, nor any other designated either 'US' or 'International'.
So the instructions given in these Answers do not apply in UK.

Any other ideas???

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

To answer my own question...
I have now succeeded in finding it. Having loaded the English(UK) language (among several others), I discovered that clicking on the list item "English(UK)" it did indeed give me an 'Options' button, which gave me access to the desired 'International' Keyboard in addition.
Persistence needed!

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Question Info

Views: 3,562 Last updated: May 23, 2018 Applies to: