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How to change the keyboard layout to French?
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bignono1


Joined: 17 May 2009
Posts: 362
Location: New ME

PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2009, 03:46    Post_subject:  How to change the keyboard layout to French?  

Is there a command that i can use to change the kb layout, like from US to FR?
Thank you all.
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CatDude


Joined: 03 Jan 2007
Posts: 1467
Location: UK

PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2009, 07:43    Post_subject:  

Hello bignono1

MU wrote:

try typing:
Code:
setxkbmap -layout se

or
Code:
setxkbmap -layout us

in a consolewindow to switch to a different layout.


Personally i prefer doing things like this:

Open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
and add your keyboard layouts
Code:

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Keyboard0"
   Driver      "kbd"
   Option      "XkbRules" "xorg"
   Option      "XkbModel" "pc105"
   Option      "XkbLayout" "us,fr" #xkeymap0
   Option      "XkbOptions"   "grp:alt_shift_toggle"
EndSection


That will allow you to toggle between the US and FR keyboard layouts
by simultaneously pressing Alt + Shift

You could also install this fbxkb-0.4-i486-startup-1.pet
which will give you a visual indication as to what layout you are using by way of a flag in the taskbar,
you can also toggle between the two layouts by clicking on the flag.

Hope this helps
CatDude
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bignono1


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PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2009, 11:22    Post_subject:  

It sure did help mate, i was looking for that pet , it is much easy now to change the kb layout.
Thank you CatDude.
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bignono1


Joined: 17 May 2009
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Location: New ME

PostPosted: Wed 09 Dec 2009, 01:00    Post_subject:  

After editing the Xorg conf file i was able to use the Alt+Shift combo to change the language but in Write it will give strange fonts (unreadable) if i choose other than US , in Calc and Paint it is ok.
I opened the Write conf file but it was very huge i was lost .
Can the Write config file be edited?? and if yes: how ?
One last thing : the fbxkb-0.4-i486-startup-1.pet did not work with all Puppy versions i have.
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