Hi SilvaLazarus, in System Preferences click on Languages and Text. Click on 'Input sources' and below, click on the language(s) you would like to use which will show up in the tool bar to the right of your screen as the Portuguese flag. Also click on the Keyboard and character icon. If you are using a UK keyboard, you can select the Portuguese keyboard viewer to enable using the Portuguese language characters.
When all that is set up, all you do is to click on the flag icon, and from the drop down list, click Keyboard viewer and remember to tick the 'Show input menu in menu bar' box.
Hope that helps.
Thats exactly what I have to do... almost every day.
Imagine that your systems would show the wrong keyboard every other day (not always, and thats the strange part).
Its clearly a bug but its been there since the Mountain Lion was released...
From what I read in other discussions, similar things are happening with other languages...
Did not find a support thread relating specifically to this bug and I am hoping Apple will notice.
You might try creating a new user account and see if you have the same problem when logged into that. If not, it means some .plist in your main account has gotten corrupted and needs to be trashed. Finding the right one is another issue....
In general to bring something to Apple's attention, you need to use the feedback channels
since these forums are really just for users.
How many different keyboards have you tried?
As an exercise, try one of them with the MB and see if it triggers the issue(s) there.
Also, be sure your primary desired lang is pushed to the top of the list, above English as an example.
Apple loves to hear about such issues, so if you can't find an online feedback channel, call Support and/or walk into your nearest Apple Store and ask them to take a look, etc.
OK. Thank you all for your suggestions.
The plist idea is the one I still have to investigate further.
Any ideas on wich one should be related to that keyboard preferences and where to find it?.
I really dont want to mess with a new user account.
Since Lion (or was it Snow Leopard?) creating a new user account in the same machine is a lot of assle with networks and I am in a network with loads of other Mac and Windows machines.
My problem is to do with the fact that English is on top of the list in the System, since I have Mac OS X in English in all my machines but I do use a Portuguese keyboard.
I don't want to have a system in Portuguese.
I have a MacBook pro that I use daily with the same exact configuration and no problems.
Problem hapenning with my desktop iMac.
The only diference I detected so far is that I have Microsoft Office on my iMac and not on the MacBook.
Yes. "US" keyboard is unchecked.
I tried already leaving the US checked to see if all I had to do was going to the top of the menu bar and switch.
But unfortunately it simply removes the PT keyboard...
KT when you talk about "trying different keyboards", do you mean physical keyboards?
Your idea is that this might be triggered by some keyboard firmware?
I have a standard Apple Portuguese full keyboard on the iMac.
I can try switching that one by another from another machine and see what happens...
Will report tomorrow.
Yes. "US" keyboard is unchecked.
What keyboard is active when you have to login to your account? If it is the wrong one, you can try running the setup assistant again.
But a new account is required for that too now.