Mac Computers – Virtual Keyboard Instructions

In order to type in certain languages, you may need to add a new virtual keyboard.  This guide will explain how to add virtual keyboards on Mac OS and choose the correct settings for each language.

Language Keyboard Instructions

1 .Open “System Settings” (under the Apple icon).

Opening the system settings on a Mac.

2. Click Keyboard (on the left).  Then click the “Edit” button (under “Text Input”).

editing keyboard inputs in Apple System Preferences.

3. Turn on “Show Input in menu bar”. This will add a language switcher button (keyboard switcher) in the top-right of your screen.

4. Click the + icon in the bottom-left corner.

adding keyboard language.

5. Choose the language and keyboard layout option. Then click the “Add” button.

6. Click the input icon (in the top-right corner) to change your keyboard.

selecting alternative keyboard layout.

Try typing. You should find that you are now writing in your selected language.

View Virtual Keyboard Layout

Click the input icon and choose “Show Keyboard Viewer”.

Selecting an alternative keyboard.

A virtual keyboard will show the  layout for your selected language.

Easy Ways to Type Accented Characters

Mac OS also allows easily typed accented letters and diacritical marks by using a sustained keypress on a single key. For example, if you press and hold on “a” a pop-up will appear after holding that key for a few moments which displays which accents are available for that particular letter or character.

  • Press and hold on the letter you wish to accent, continue holding the letter until a menu with character accents are displayed.
  • Choose the character accent with the mouse, or press the number corresponding below the accent in the menu.

If this accent sub-menu feature isn’t available to you, it’s likely because you either have a fairly old version of system software, or perhaps you disabled the accent menu to favor key repeat instead.

Language Specific Instructions

Following the previous instructions, Step 5 will vary for each language

The following section shows which keyboard layout should be used for each language.

Amharic

Choose Amharic > Ge’ez

how to choose amharic.

The Amharic keyboard will look like this:

Arabic

Choose Arabic > Arabic

choose Arabic keyboard layout on Mac.

The Arabic keyboard will look like this:

Arabic virtual Keyboard Layout.

Armenian

Choose Armenian > Armenian – HM QWERTY

The Armenian keyboard will look like this:

Armenian virtual keyboard.

Chinese Simplified

Choose Chinese, Simplified > Pinyin Simplified

how to choose Chinese simplified keyboard.

Note: There is no keyboard layout for the Chinese, Simplified – Pinyin Simplified keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet.

How to Type in Chinese Simplified:

  • Typing in Chinese Simplified begins with typing the pronunciation of the word (Pinyin) and then hitting the space bar to bring up a list of Chinese Simplified characters to choose from.

Chinese Traditional

Choose Chinese Traditional > Pinyin – Traditional

Note: There is no keyboard layout for the Chinese, Traditional – Pinyin Traditional keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet.

Hebrew

Choose Hebrew > Hebrew

The Hebrew keyboard will look like this:

Hindi

Choose Hindi > Devanagari – QWERTY

The Hindi > Devanagari – QWERTY keyboard will look like this:

Japanese

Choose Japanese > Japanese – Romaji

Choose Japanese keyboard.

Note: There is no keyboard layout for the Japanese keyboard because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet.

Japanese Romaji virtual keyboard.

Type in Japanese.

  • Typing in Japanese begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting space bar to bring up a list of Japanese characters to choose from.
  • Note: You may need to hit the SHIFT button.

Korean

Choose Korean > 2-Set Korean

The Korean keyboard will look like this:

Marathi

Choose Marathi > Marathi – Standard

The Marathi keyboard will look like this:

Russian

Choose Russian > Russian

The Russian keyboard will look like this:

Tamil

Choose Tamil > Tamil 99

The Tamil keyboard will look like this:

Tamil Virtual Keyboard.

Telugu

Choose Telugu > Telugu – Standard

Telugu keyboard input.

The Telugu keyboard will look like this:

Ukrainian

Choose Ukrainian > Ukrainian – Legacy

The Ukrainian keyboard will look like this:

Ukranian virtual keyboard.

Urdu

Choose Urdu > Urdu

The Urdu keyboard will look like this:

Urdu virtual keyboard.

Vietnamese

Choose Vietnamese > Vietnamese

type in foreign language.

The Vietnamese keyboard will look like this:

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