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:

  1. Change KEYTABLE and LAYOUT from "fr" to "us"
  1. Save it and reboot