How to Change Chrome OS On-Screen Keyboard Layout on Chromebook

Chrome OS offers variety of keyboard layouts for on-screen keyboard (software keyboard or touch keyboard. Here’s the steps for how to change on-screen keyboard layout to another region or language or enable Ctrl and Alt keys appear on the software keyboard.

How to Change Chrome OS On-Screen Keyboard Layout on Chromebook

Step 1: Click on the Clock to open the System Menu.

Step 2: Click on the Settings cog icon.

Click the clock then click on Settings cog icon to access System Menu
Click the clock then click on Settings cog icon to access System Menu

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom and click Advanced.

Access Advanced system menu
Access Advanced system menu

Step 4: Scroll down until Language and Input section.

Step 5: Click Input Method to expand it.

Step 6: Click Manage Input Methods.

Manage input method
Manage input method

Step 7: Locate the keyboard you want to use and check the box right to it to install the keyboard settings. For example, if the Ctrl and Alt keys don’t appear on Chromebook’s current on-screen keyboard, click US Extended Keyboard box to enable it.

check US Extended Keyboard
check US Extended Keyboard

Step 8: To select the keyboard you want to use from existing keyboard list, tap or click the language input icon to the left of the Space bar.

select US Extended keyboard from existing on-screen keyboard
select US Extended keyboard from existing on-screen keyboard

Step 9: Selected keyboard’s layout will change immediately without restart Chromebook.

Ctrl and Alt keys are now added to the keyboard
Ctrl and Alt keys are now added to the keyboard