How to Add a New Language Keyboard – Ubuntu 12.04

Here’s a little step-by-step procedure on how you can add new language keyboard on ubuntu 12.04:

  1. Go to System Setting and click on Language Support
  2. Change the “Keyboard input method system” parameter to “ibus“. Then hit “Install / Remove Languages…
  3. A new screen labelled “Installed Languages” will show up. Check all the languages that you wish to add.
  4. You may or may not need to restart your computer after step 3.
  5. Type in “ibus” in “Dash home
  6. Go to “Input Method” tab and select your desired input keyboards
    *Note to self: “Chewing” is like the New Phonic” in MS Windows

Optional Steps:

  1. Go back to the “General” tab and set “Show language panel:” parameter to Always
  2. Under Keyboard Shortcuts section:
    • Enable or disable parameter: This is the keyboard shortcut setting on how you wish switch back to English or default keyboard. My personal preference is Ctrl+Shift_L
    • Next input parameter: this is where you wish to switch between your added languages. Note: you cannot switch the keyboard back to default using this shortcut (must be the shortcut you defined above). Alt+Shift_L is my preference.

Hope this is somewhat helpful! Peace~