PowerTip: Detect keyboard layout using PowerShell

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 18 Dec. 2013 / Last Updated on 18 Dec. 2013]

A tip on how to use Windows PowerShell to detect the keyboard layout.

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (a.k.a. The Scripting Guy at Microsoft) that shows you how to use Windows PowerShell to detect the keyboard layout.

Question: You need to be able to programmatically determine keyboard layout. How can you do this using Windows PowerShell?

Answer: Use the Get-Culture cmdlet and select the KeyboardLayoutID parameter. This command appears here:

(Get-Culture).keyboardLayoutID

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

 

 

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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