Polish Keyboard on PC

I can't speak to a Mac user, but I use a PC and I can choose a Polish keyboard through the control panel. From there, click on "Clock, Language and Region". You would choose the "change keyboard" option. This brings you to a dialog box.

In the dialog box, you will need to "add" a keyboard. You can choose from hundreds of keyboard, but the choices are alphabetical by language. When you get to P for Polish, you should choose the keyboard for "Polish Programmers". Man, this keyboard is almost like the American keyboard. The layout is the same, unlike Spanish or French. All you need to do is press down on the "alt" key to the right of the space bar. If you press this alt key with the letter needing a diacritical mark, it will work effortlessly.

You can toggle between the English and Polish keyboard by using the shortcut, left hand side alt and shift.

I just toggled and now I can type the following diacriticals using right side alt:ą,ę,ó,ż,ć,ś. The incredible ź, different from ż, requires right alt with x.

If you have any questions, post them here. I hope that I have been a help.

December 11, 2015


The mistake i kept making was that i pressed the ALT buton on the left side of the keyboard.

I appreciate this explanation, Dziękuję!

December 11, 2015

This only works if I use right-alt{@style=color:Red}, ąę but not left-alt?

by diacriticals you mean these? óżćś żź .... left alt doesn't give me anything.

December 11, 2015

I could only use right alt. Maybe you can use left alt with a letter and I am wrong? Let me know if left alt works for diacriticals. Thanks for sharing.

December 11, 2015

[any ctrl] + [left alt] works like [right alt], so [ctrl] + [left alt] + a = ą

Also you can have grand letters by pressing [shift] + [right alt] + letter or [shift] + [ctrl] + [left alt] + letter.

[shift] + [right alt] + a = [shift] + [ctrl] + [left alt] + a = Ą

December 11, 2015

Mogę pisać z ctrl i left alt. Bardzo dziękuję. Nie wiedziałem, że był możliwe.

December 11, 2015

Hi. "Nie wiedziałem, że to jest możliwe". You have to use "to" (it), also second part of sentence is about present, so you should use present tense.

December 11, 2015

You could also hold shift and ` (upper left corner of the keyboard, left of the numbers) and then press one of the keys. That's how I first figured it out. But it's a good thing you told me about using the right-alt key, that sounds easier.

December 11, 2015

It does seem easier by using just one key, the right alt versus the two keys on the left side. Nonetheless, it is good to know about the options.

December 11, 2015

I use the Finnish multilingual keyboard and I have all those diacrtics (you have to use Alt Gr to get ą, ę, ł, and ż, but the others can be done with ´ and the letter)

December 13, 2015

Barzo ciekawe. Thanks for sharing. I looked at the Finnish keyboard and it is the same QWERTY keyboard as the American with some additional Finnish characters.

December 13, 2015

It's not exactly same, because most of the punctuation is located on different keys, but for letters yes

December 14, 2015

On macOS go to Keyboard settings -> Input Sources -> click "+" on the bottom right and find "Polish - Pro" to get the same layout.

Btw, I recommend using programmers layout even if you're not a programmer, because it matches the US layout better and it's much easier to find letters with diacritics.

Use the RIGHT option (alt) key to access ą, ę, ó, ł, etc. Note that you can't use LEFT ctrl + LEFT alt for this, unlike on Windows.

December 10, 2018

The diacritical a is not available using the app for an iPad.

January 31, 2019

thank you! :)

April 7, 2019
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