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Recover from wrong language on screensaver password System
I have my Mac (running Tiger) use both British English and Spanish keyboard layouts. My passwords use various symbols as well as letters and numbers. Several times I have had passwords rejected, even though I know I typed them right. This is due to the differences in the keyboard layouts, and sometimes the OS seems to switch layouts at random.

While this is not a problem normally -- I can just use the menubar item to switch back -- it has happened a few times when I have been at the password entry box for a locked screensaver, from where the menubar isn't reachable.

I remembered that sometimes the input source menu item would hijack my Quicksilver shortcut (the system uses Command-Space for this by default). So I tried hitting Command-Space in the password dialog, and then entered my password. It worked! And even if you are running Quicksilver.
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Recover from wrong language on screensaver password
Authored by: ecirtap on Apr 03, '06 08:40:54PM

This has happened to me, too, but AFAIK, it is *not* OS X that randomly switches between keyboard layouts. You do this yourself, by trying to call up Quicksilver *before* it has actually launched. (It takes a while for it to load after your system has booted.)

Your hint is cool & definitely useful; the reason why it will work even with Quicksilver installed is because Quicksilver has not launched by the time you get to the login window.

In OS X Tiger in --> System Preferences --> Accounts --> Login Options, you can also tick "Show input menu in login window", and you can choose one of your keyboard layouts from a drop-down menu in the login screen.


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Recover from wrong language on screensaver password
Authored by: dogboy on Apr 04, '06 07:52:13AM

This hint will also work if you are using a password protected screensaver. In this case, quicksilver will be already running, so it seems that when there is a password dialog on the screen, keystrokes are not passed on to any other apps.
This makes sense, because if you move the cursor away from the dialog box you get a spinning beachball.

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Recover from wrong language on screensaver password
Authored by: vinc17 on Apr 04, '06 02:02:06AM

I have a similar problem. When I installed Mac OS X, I had a French keyboard, so that I chose the French keyboard layout. I'm now using a British keyboard, and though I could select a corresponding keyboard layout for the main use (a "hand-written" one installed in ~/Library/Keyboard\ Layouts for desktop use, the British one in the login window), the OS still switches to the French keyboard at a few places: when the password is required (via the GUI) for admin tasks, and in some fields of iCal (dates, times). And I don't know how to fix this.

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Recover from wrong language on screensaver password
Authored by: dieter on Apr 04, '06 07:24:03AM

Actually, there is a simple solution: Option-Command-Space toggles through the available keyboard layout entries in the main menu, even if the menu is not visible, as in the screensaver password prompt box. I have to use this when I want to access the Mac (which has a german keyboard) via VNC from a Sun workstation (which has a US keyboard).

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