Choose keyboard language & special characters

You can use different keyboard languages, sometimes called input methods, on your Chromebook to:

  • Change your typing language
  • Spell check 
  • Use special characters, like accent marks or currency symbols

Set your keyboard language

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings and then Advanced.
  3. Optional: To add another keyboard language, select Language and then Add languages. Choose your language(s) and select Add.
  4. In the "Languages and input" section, select Input method and then Manage input methods.
  5. Check the boxes next to the keyboard languages you'd like to use.
  6. Select Back Back.
  7. Select the keyboard language you want to use. You’ll see "Enabled" listed under the current keyboard.
  8. Optional: To see all your keyboard language options on your desktop, turn on Show input options in the shelf.

Switch between keyboard languages

If you have more than one keyboard language turned on, you’ll see the language you’re using next to your account photo.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select your keyboard language Input.
  3. Choose the keyboard language you want to use.

Note: You can also switch your language by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space until you see the language you want. To switch back, press Ctrl + Space.

Set your spell check language

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings and then Advanced.
  3. In the "Languages and input" section, select Spell check.
  4. Choose the languages you want to use for spell check.

Add accent marks

The U.S. International keyboard has the following accent marks:

Acute (é) + letter

Grave (à)

+ letter
Tilde (ñ) Right Alt + ~ + letter
Circumflex (ô) Shift + ^ + letter
Umlaut/diaeresis (ü) Shift + + letter
Cedilla (ç) + c
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