Windows – Display selected keyboard layout in Windows 7 task-bar notification area

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In control Panel I selected two keyboard layouts, a standard one and an extended one. They mainly differ in that one uses ` as a dead key for composing accented characters. The other allows simple entry of ` without having to press a space bar afterwards.

Because I have more than one keyboard layout selected, I have a keyboard icon in the task-bar notification area.

keyboard icon in notification area

I can toggle between the two layouts using Ctrl+Left Shift but I have no visual indication of which is currently selected. Just an unvarying icon of a keyboard.

I recall older versions of Windows (XP?) did have at least show a two character country identifier in the notification area.

I can choose "show the Language Bar" (which appears at top of screen) but would prefer something smaller and less conspicuous.

Is there any way to display the name of the current keyboard layout in the task bar notification area? Or at least a different icon for each?

Best Answer

  • In Properties of that particular keyboard layout you get option to select a custom Icon.

    In Text Services and Input Language, selecting the layout and clicking on the Properties button take you to a preview and there is a button at top named Change Icon....

    Showing Result of changing Icon
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    This should solves the icon issue but I'm not aware of any possibility of displaying name of the layout.

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