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Keyboard layouts in openSuSE 11.2

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This article is about changing the layout of the keyboard at the press of a key on openSuSE 11.2

Open Application Launcher (Start) -> Configure Desktop

Click on Regional & Language -> Keyboard Layout

Click on the Enable keyboard layouts radio button

Select the desired layout from the list of Available layouts as shown below

Click on the green arrow facing rightwards to add it to the list of Active Layouts. In this tutorial, I’ve selected Germany.

Then click on the Advanced tab

As shown below, under Key(s) to change layout, select the option Any Win key (while pressed)

Click on Apply.

Now when the Win key on the keyboard is pressed, the keyboard changes to German layout and when released, changes back to US Layout.

The characters on the keyboard ; ‘ [ and now when typed while holding the Win key will result in the German alphabets ö, ä, ü and ß respectively

Ganz einfach, nicht wahr?

Please leave a comment if this tutorial was useful to you.


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  1. Great explanation, leaves nothing to puzzle over. Thanks

    The Win key is a good idea, but one is left with the impression from the text above that that is the only way to go. You might want to mention that any of the other combinations can be used for switching over, and one can set more than one option.


    March 31, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    • Thank you so much for your valuable comments and wonderful suggestion. I agree with you that people may get carried along with using only the Win key without realizing that any key can be used for that matter. But I mainly kept it to win key because it becomes a dummy key when you logon to SuSE and also for the purposes of simplicity of this tutorial.

      However, I will edit my post as per your suggestion and mention this too shortly.

      Ragavan N

      March 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM

  2. Thanks a lot ..I’ve been looking for similar article for many days , and then I found the best of what I am looking for.


    September 11, 2010 at 4:29 AM

  3. Thanks! Like uthman, this post set me on the right track. Update: In OpenSuse 12.2 (or KDE 4.8 ?) it’s in Configure Desktop – Hardware – Input Devices – keyboard. Add a new layout, select a variant, choose a code. Remove the original layout (removes the keyboard switch from the panel). Apply.

    Wish they made this an option at install-time like Ubuntu etc.. It put me off OpenSuse for a while. Now I can continue my quest 😉


    September 17, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    • opensuse, opensuse, keyboard, us, international, dead keys


      September 17, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    • Thanks a lot for your useful comment 🙂

      Ragavan N

      September 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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