How to See Font Keyboard Layout in Windows


Microsoft Windows has become the most popular operating system for personal computers for at least two reasons. Its graphical user interface makes running programs and managing files a matter of moving a mouse and clicking. And its customization options enable you to easily control desktop and keyboard layouts. You can use several fonts and languages, though sometimes, especially for non-Western scripts, how a font relates to a key is not obvious. Fortunately, a free Microsoft program reveals any keyboard layout.

  • Download, install and run Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (see References).

  • Click the “File” menu and choose “Load Existing Keyboard.” Select the current keyboard from the list, which is U.S. by default.

  • Click “OK” to load the keyboard onto the displayed layout. Use the checkboxes on the left to show how different shift states affect the characters. For example, to show capital letters, click a checkmark into the “Shift” checkbox.

  • Click “View” and “Font” to display the Font dialog box. Select the font you want to display and choose a size that makes each character just slightly smaller than an individual key on the displayed layout.

  • Click “OK” to close the dialog box and load the font onto the keyboard display.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to quickly see the keyboard layouts for different languages without fonts or a program download, go to Windows Keyboard Layouts (see References). Choose a language from the drop-down menu to display a small window showing the selected keyboard. To view different shift states, click a key like “Shift” or “Control.”

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