German keyboards are usually QWERTZ keyboards, named after the first line of letters up to the first that differs from the English layout, which is QWERTY.

You can switch between these two using the key combination Alt + Shift.

This switch may be the cause of your keyboard behaving strangely - for example if you pressed the combination by accident. In this case z would be replaced by y and nearly every special character would be mapped differently. Try to switch layouts if you experience that.

Switch between English and German keyboard layouts on German keyboards (Windows)
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6 thoughts on “Switch between English and German keyboard layouts on German keyboards (Windows)

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    April 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!

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    September 18, 2017 at 10:32 pm
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    Very Usefull !!!
    And short”!
    Thank you

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    January 18, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    this has helped a lot

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    April 6, 2019 at 11:02 pm
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    This was very helpful. Thanks

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    September 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm
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    I have an English keyboard on my laptop, can I attach a wireless keyboard in German types and will it work
    using German types?

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    October 13, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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    You sir are a hero!

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