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  • Changing Keyboard Icon Colors
    • Keyboards and Languages
    • Start
    • Control Panel
    • Regional and Language Options
    Using Microsoft Windows Vista
    • Change Keyboards
    If you have followed the above steps correctly you should be looking at the window shown on the next slide. If not; redo the above steps.
  • Changing keyboard Icon Color
  • Changing Keyboard Icon color Check that English (United States)-US is the input language default unless you have some other preference Select the Language Bar Tab
  • Changing Keyboard Icon color Check that Docked in Taskbar is selected unless you prefer the Desktop. I prefer the taskbar because the icon is visible when running applications full screen or when using Vista Sidebar, etc. Make sure that Show Additional Language bar icons on taskbar is checked Make sure that Show text label on Language Bar is checked. When you mouseover the icon it will show US or US International text label. Return to the General tab.
  • Changing Keyboard Icon color Select the United States International under Installed Services; EN ; Keyboards. The Properties button should change from greyed-out to available. Click on the Properties button.
  • Changing Keyboard Icon color The Keyboard Layout Preview window should open. Click Change Icon . Select an icon or keyboard icon of any color listed for the US International keyboard or browse for a favorite icon. Click OK. Close the Change Icon and Keyboard Layout Preview windows returning to the Text Services and Input Languages Window.
  • Changing Keyboard Icon color Select the US keyboard under Installed Services; EN; Keyboards. The properties for the US keyboard are now available. Follow the previous steps opening the Preview Layout Windows and the Change Icon windows for the US keyboard. Choose a different icon or different color icon than you did for the US International keyboard. Click OK .. Close all open windows. If you do not see the different color icons on the status bar then reboot Vista.
  • Changing keyboard Icon Color The task bar should now contain a keyboard icon corresponding to the active keyboard installed. Mouse over the icon and it should show you whether it is the US or US International keyboard. Right clicking the icon should show a drop down menu allowing you to switch from one keyboard to another or you may use the Keyboard shortcuts if you have configured any. The methods are similar if you chose to place the Language bar on your desktop rather than on the taskbar. The original purpose of assigning different icons to the respective language keyboard icons was so that the user could readily discern which keyboard he is using without having to mouse over the icon or open the Language bar. I hope that you find this helpful.
  • The End