Is it possible to automatically toggle input sources for international keyboards?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gswearengin, Sep 8, 2013.

  1. gswearengin macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2007
    Hey guys,

    Possible n00b question here...something I thought would be pretty simple but seems to elude me so far. I just bought a German-format Apple wireless keyboard. I assumed, apparently foolishly, that when I used this keyboard I could automatically use the extra German characters, but it didn't work. I have since figured out how to change back and forth between the English and German input sources. This is fast and simple enough, but not ideal.

    I have a US-format wired keyboard and a German-format wireless keyboard. Is there any way to configure it so that one automatically uses the US input source and the other automatically uses the German input source, or do I have to switch back-and-forth all the time?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Under the Keyboard prefs you can put a Keyboard switcher in the menu bar. Are you aware of this? Is this help?

    If you want to go one step further you could write a small AppleScript to make the change faster via Spotlight. Or check Automator.
  3. subsonix macrumors 68040

    Feb 2, 2008
    I do this, and use alt + space for fast switching, works great.
  4. gswearengin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2007

    Thanks for the quick replies. I am aware of the quick-switcher in the menu bar, I was just hoping to find some way to set it up so that one keyboard was always configured for German, the other for the USA format. No dice? :)



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