Time and Language Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in Windows 11


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In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

When you change your keyboard layout, it gets applied globally to your account by default in Windows 11. If you like, you can use a different input method for each app window instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off use a different keyboard layout for each app window for your account in Windows 11.


The Let me use a different input method for each app window setting is stored in the UserPreferencesMask binary value for the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop registry key, but this UserPreferencesMask binary value is also used for other settings.



Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in PowerShell




Option One

Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Typing on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Advanced keyboard settings. (see screenshot below)

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4 Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Let me use a different input method for each app window for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)


 Turn On Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in PowerShell

This will check Let me use a different input method for each app window, and uncheck Use the desktop language bar when it's available.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacySwitchMode

OR

This will check both Let me use a different input method for each app window and Use the desktop language bar when it's available.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar -UseLegacySwitchMode



 Turn Off Use Different Keyboard Layout for each App Window in PowerShell

This is the default setting.

This will uncheck both Let me use a different input method for each app window and Use the desktop language bar when it's available.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption

OR

This will uncheck Let me use a different input method for each app window, and check Use the desktop language bar when it's available.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar


3 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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