How to add Polish to your iPhone/iPad keyboard

Similar to my earlier post on How to type Polish letters in Windows 10 on your English keyboard, a quick post on how to add Polish to your keyboard on an iPhone/iPad.  It’s very simple and will take you 30 seconds & won’t affect your normal English keyboard at all.

You don’t actually need to do this to type Polish characters, but if you don’t then the auto-correct will keep “fixing” your polish or at least underlining every Polish word as a mistake.

First you need to open up your Settings :

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Then scroll down to find General :

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Scroll down again to find Keyboard :

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Select Keyboards at the top :

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Add New Keyboard :

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Find Polish in the list and select it.  You’re half way there!

Now go back a couple of menus until you’re on the General page again, and this time select Language & Region.

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Choose to Add Language & then find and select Polish (Polski) from the list.

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That’s it, you’re done!

Now on your keyboard in whatever application you’re using, there will be a button at the bottom left which lets you swap keyboard languages & auto-correct will be appropriate for whatever language your keyboard is in!

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Keyboard in English with language button highlighted

 

Once you press that language button you will see this instead :

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Keyboard in Polish with auto-correction marks gone

 

When you want to type the special Polish letters like ż, ź, ę, ą, ł, etc, you simply hold down the English letter until the popup menu appears and choose the one you want:

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Hold down English letter to offer Polish letters

 

That’s all there is to it.  You’ll now get Polish auto-corrections/suggestions in your texts & emails when your keyboard is in Polish.

As an added bonus, if you have Dictation switched on (which it is by default), then when your keyboard is in Polish and you press the Microphone symbol (next to the space bar), speak Polish into it and it’ll recognise (hopefully) your Polish and dictate for you in Polish rather than English!

Powodzenia!

How to type Polish letters in Windows 10 on your English keyboard

I’ve spoken to a few people who didn’t realise how simple it is to type Polish letters from your existing keyboard in Windows 10.  In previous versions of Windows it was a bit trickier, but it couldn’t be much simpler in Windows 10.

If you want to do this on your iPhone/iPad, I have a post on how to do it here : How to add Polish to your iPhone/iPad keyboard

Start by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and typing the word LANGUAGE and you will see this option appear in the menu : “Region & language settings”.  Select it.

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Next, under Languages, click on “Add a language”

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On the following screen, select the language you want (Polski / Polish)

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This may take a few moments to add the language, but then it will return to the previous screen and you should now see Polski in your list of languages.

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If you want to change Windows so that it can use Polish for things like Menus, Tooltips, MessageBoxes, etc, then go ahead and click it again to download the Language Pack.  However if all you want to do is type in Polish sometimes, then you are now done.

If you look at your Windows taskbar (at the bottom of the screen usually), you will now see that near the clock there is a new bit that says “ENG”.

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This reflects that currently your keyboard will be typing in English.  There are several ways to change the language you’re typing in.

  1. Click on ENG with your mouse and select the new language from the menu which appears
  2. On your keyboard, hold the Windows Key and press the Space bar.  This will pop the same menu.  Continue to hold the Windows Key and each press of space will change the language.
  3. On your keyboard, hold down the Shift Key and press the ALT Key to the left side of your Space bar.  This doesn’t pop up the menu, it just switches the language.  This is the way I do it as it’s faster and becomes an easy habit.

After any of these ways you should see that your taskbar has changed to look like this.

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Now you can type Polish letters very easily.  Your letter keys still type the English letters as you would expect, but in order to make the special Polish letters, you need to hold the ALTGR key on the RIGHT side of your Space bar.

Just like holding Shift and pressing a letter changes the letter to the capital version of that letter, the ALTGR key changes it to a Polish form (more or less).

The following combinations now work:

ALTGR + Z = ż

ALTGR + X = ź

ALTGR + S = ś

ALTGR + C = ć

ALTGR + L = ł

ALTGR + O = ó

ALTGR + E = ę

ALTGR + A = ą

If you need a capital letter such as a Ą or Ę, you simply hold down the Shift key too as you would normally.

Mostly you could get away with leaving your keyboard in Polish all the time and never notice the difference, but various other keys also change their meaning.  For example, the ” and @ keys are swapped around when using a UK English keyboard.  I imagine if you have a US English or different keyboard you will find some other keys are changed too, so you’ll probably end up hoping back and forth between ENG and PL modes as you need them, but now you can see that’s really easy to do.

I hope this simple article shows that it’s not at all difficult to have your keyboard in a different language.