Switch German and English Keyboard Layouts (Windows)

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English/US keyboards are QWERTY keyboards, again named after the first six letters on the keyboard. Here’s a screenshot of an English/US “QWERTY” keyboard layout:

English/US QWERTZ keyboard layout

German/European keyboards are QWERTZ keyboards, named after the first six letters on the keyboard. Here’s a screenshot of a German “QWERTZ” keyboard layout:

German/European QWERTZ keyboard layout

💬 Question: How to switch between German and US/English keyboard layouts (shortcut)?

(If you’re searching this, you may actually have written “How to switch between German and English kezboard lazouts”? because the characters “Y” and “Z” are swapped on the keyboard.) 😀

You can switch between the QWERTZ (German) keyboard and the QWERTY (English/US) keyboard by using the keyboard shortcut ALT + SHIFT. Press both keys at the same time to toggle the layout instantly back and forth.

Here’s a screenshot of which two keys to press and hold:

How to switch between German and US/English keyboard layouts (shortcut)?
Press ALT + SHIFT

Yay! Your keyboard layout has now toggled. To switch back, just press the same keyboard shortcut again.