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The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator

Ever wanted to quickly and easily define your own keyboard layout for a language Microsoft doesn't support? Or define your own keyboard layout so you can quickly and easily enter your favorite symbols with a simple keystroke? Have the keyboard work on 64-bit platforms, or make use of custom locales in Windows 7 to provide new language names? Well, want no more: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is here!

The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC) extends the international functionality of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 systems by allowing users to:

  • Create new keyboard layouts from scratch
  • Base a new layout on an existing one
  • Modify an existing keyboard layout and build a new layout from it
  • Multilingual input locales within edit control fields
  • Build keyboard layout DLLs for x86, x64, and IA64 platforms
  • Package the resulting keyboard layouts for subsequent delivery and installation

The older version of MSKLC (version 1.3) is still available and will work on all downlevel Windows platforms. It requires version 1.0 or 1.1 of the .NET Framework.

Notice:This application is distributed "as is", with no obligations or technical support from Microsoft Corporation.

Download: MSKLC.EXE (10.1 MB)

File Downloads & Installation Requirements

To install and use MSKLC 1.4, your system must meet the following requirements:

  • Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. (MSKLC 1.4 will not run on Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows NT 4.)

  • Microsoft .NET Framework v2.0 must be installed. If you have not already installed this version of the .NET Framework, you can do so from the following URL: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa731542.aspx

  • Note that MSKLC 1.4 is a 32-bit application. It will run on 64-bit systems, but in 32-bit mode.