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Set the localized keyboard in the login window OS X Server
For some unknown reason, the login window keyboard was in English instead of French (OS X server10.2.5). After a long search, I have found the preference to modify.

First, you have to su root, and cd to /var -> root -> Library -> Preferences. Then type pico .GlobalPreferences.plist, and modify the order of the following item in this array:

<key>AppleLanguages</key>
<array>
  <string>French</string>
  <string>English</string>
  <string>German</string>   
  <string>Japanese</string>
</array>
The first <string> will be the keyboard used for typing in the login window. I don't know is this is the same for Mac OS X client.
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Set the localized keyboard in the login window
Authored by: dylanjames on Jul 08, '03 02:20:01PM

Thank you! I installed my home machine with a Dvorak keyboard, but then to my shock found that the login screen was also Dvorak-mapped. This was no good for the rest of my family! (My workaround was to have their accounts use no passwords, which is fine, because that machine is behind a firewall...).



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A GUI method
Authored by: C14ru5 on Jul 08, '03 02:26:38PM

An easier method is simply to login as root in the login window (click on "Other…" if you have a list of users), then change the keyboard setup in the International preference pane just like you would do with your own account.

I have the Dvorak layout enabled at the login window on my computer, as a security measure just in case somebody were to find out my login password. Of course, it would be a real pain if I were to instruct somebody else how to login on my account :-)



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Set the localized keyboard in the login window
Authored by: steepndeep on Jul 08, '03 02:43:57PM

I believe TinkerTool can do that too, although I haven't tried it myself.



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Set the localized keyboard in the login window
Authored by: bigl00z3 on Jul 09, '03 03:45:15AM

what about changing the keyboard in console mode?
>b!gl00z3<

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-----------b!gl00z3-------------
--+++zw33t-m4l4x!ng-!m4g3r!+++--
-------www.bigloose.com---------
------info@bigloose.com---------



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Set the localized keyboard in the login window
Authored by: discordantus on Jul 09, '03 09:39:33PM
Or,
sudo '/Applications/System Preferences.app/Contents/MacOS/System Preferences'
then enter your password. Modify International settings, and quit. (i think that's what I did when I had that problem.)

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Set the localized keyboard in the login window
Authored by: BMarsh on Jan 20, '05 06:11:16PM

The location has changed for 10.3 as far as I can tell

/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist

is the new location, and an administrator should be able to edit the file without requiring su or sudo now.

I ran into this with one eMac in a lab that was accidentally setup with the "France" french keyboard layout, while it was supposed to be Canadian French keyboard layout

the eMac would then not login due to a password error
(once it was logged in, the user accounts were properly set to the correct keyboard layout, but the login windows keyboard layout was incorrect)



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