What Keyboard Layout Do They Use in Australia?

The keyboard is the primary functional input device for computer users and comes in all shapes and sizes, but there is more to a computer keyboard than just the standard QWERTY layout and some function keys.

Language settings are a must and some languages even have their own layout or additional keys and functions relevant to that language and its accents, signs, and symbols.

Does Australia use a UK or US keyboard layout?

Yes, Australia makes use of both UK and US keyboard layouts but the most commonly used layout in Australia is the US-International keyboard layout.

The reason they prefer the US-International layout is that the US-English language itself is more similar to their localized version of English and it echoes their dialect and their spelling of the English language, which makes its use far more convenient.

ANSI or ISO Keyboard – What Does Australia Use?

Australia uses the ANSI standard keyboard, and with no plans to change that in the future.

ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute.

Does Australia use UK or US English?

Australia uses British English, which is no surprise considering it’s part of the Commonwealth. So common spelling and sentence construction will be very similar to British English, but Australians developed their own accent, language and slang – derived from British and Aboriginal terms – and accent a long time ago.

How do I make my keyboard Australian?

For Windows 10 users:

  1. Open Settings from the start menu.
  2. Click on the Time & Language.
  3. Click on Language.
  4. Under the “Preferred languages” section, select the current default language.
  5. Click the Options button.
  6. Go to “Keyboards”, and then click the ‘Add a keyboard’ button.
  7. Select the new keyboard layout.

For Windows 11 users:

  1. Open Settings from the start menu.
  2. Click on Time & Language.
  3. Click the Language & Region option on the right-hand side of the page.
  4. Click the menu button (dots) next to the language and select Language Options.
  5. Under ‘Keyboards’ click ‘Add a keyboard’.
  6. Select your desired layout.

Mac users, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Keyboard.
  3. Click on the ‘Input Sources’ tab and then click the + button which is at the bottom.
  4. Choose the desired language from the left-hand side and it will offer the keyboard layout option to the right.
  5. Choose your desired keyboard layout and click Add.
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