How to change keyboard layout in CentOS Linux

Today I ran into the problem of installing a virtual machine that has a french keyboard layout.  I have a US keyboard so it’s clear that I needed to change. Here’s how to do it from console.

  1. Open the keyboard file for editing
    vi /etc/sysconfig/keyboard

    You will see something like this:

  2. Change KEYTABLE and LAYOUT from “fr” to “us”
  3. Save it and reboot



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