Getting the Keyboard Menu
To get the keyboard menu to appear on U.S. systems, you have to edit the
system resources. This is relatively Big Magic, so be careful, and if
you mess up your system, forget where you read this.
- Get a copy of
if you don't already have it. (It's free!)
- Quit all applications, so only the Finder appears in the
Application menu (at the top right corner of the screen.
- Launch ResEdit. Click on the logo to make it go away.
- Open the file called "System" inside the System Folder.
ResEdit will give you a stern warning; pay it no attention.
- Double-click the "itlc" resource. A list will appear with
one item (labelled "48" on my system). Double click that item.
- Scroll down a bit to an option called "Always show keyboard
icon". The radio button next to it should be at 0 (zero).
- Change it to 1 (one).
- Save your changes (command-S).
- Quit ResEdit.
- Restart your computer.
That's it! You should now have a keyboard menu right between the
balloon help and the application menu (see figure at right). It probably
contains a long list of foreign keyboards, too. If you want to remove
those, open the System file with the Finder (i.e., just double-click it
like a folder), and drag the offensive keyboard layouts to the trash (or a
backup directory, or whatever).