I want to work with my computer in my own language. How do I switch to Persian, German or any other language?
There are several ways to do this:
first click on the whisker menu and the power-icon or press the power-button of your computer.
as a second step do not “shutdown” your computer but click “Log Out”.
On the right top corner of the screen you see an Icon saying for example “en_US” or “de_AT”.
This is the language used if you login now (username: kalliope, password: kalliope. remember?).
You can now change this language before login to the one you wish.
As a practice do it now. Change the language for example to german and login.
Note: in some languages not everything is translated and you will see some english expressions, too.
Practice: now log out again and try another language or go back to english.
I switched the language to Arabic but the keyboard is still Latin/english. how can I switch the keyboard language?
In the opening keyboard-settings window you unchoose “Use system defaults”
click on the add button and a “Keyboard layout selection” will be prompted.
choose one or more additional languages. in future these keyboard layouts will be available to you.
The order of the keyboards show is the order it will be switched (see below) and the topmost is the default keyboard layout after startup
So how do I now switch between the keyboard layouts?
The fastest way to switch layouts is a “keyboard shortcut”. These tricky keyboard-shortcuts are used in several situations and can be very helpful. No panic, the ones you need you will remember soon.
open –> settings –> keyboard –> Layout again
click on “Change layout option” and choose “ALT-SHIFT”
after that close the window
Begin writing something, then press ALT-SHIT, go on writing. Repeat this and the language you write will change every time you hit ALT-SHIFT
My Computer has a german keyboard layout. When working in arabic (or others) how do I find the correct keys?
You can find templates in the internet. If you search google or any other search engine for “keyboard stickers arabic” (e.g.) you find templates.
If you attend our courses in Wels you can ask for printouts, we do some.
You can download our templates: arabic-a4
Open Whisker Menu -> Accessories -> Onboard
The Onboard keyboard will always show your currently used keyboard layout. So if you switch to e.g. arabic, it will will show that
If the Onboard keyboard is to large and/or hiding things you need to see, you can move, resize and close the window with the controls on the right side. Resizing is done on the edges like other regular windows.