Below are the instructions for Windows XP which is currently in the Student Computing Labs. Most language keyboard utilities have been installed in the lab (and are preinstalled on home computers), but need to be activated.
PLEASE NOTE : Once you activate the following settings, they will permanently appear in your settings every time you log in.
The following keyboards are available by default from Microsoft
The following keyboards are available from Microsoft, but must be loaded from the system disk first
Some keyboards are available only with Service Release Pack 2 (SP 2)
Microsoft keyboards are compatible with Microsoft Office products, Dreamweaver and other recent applications, but may not work with older applications.
This procedure activates the Language Bar utility which allows you to switch keyboards from your desktop.
The U.S. International keyboard allows users to type accents with the apstrophe key, quotes key and so forth. To activate it
This is similar to activating the U.S. International Keyboard above.
Because Asian and Middle Eastern scripts differ from alphabets, they are considered "complex scripte" and may require additional utilities to be installed from a Windows System CD-ROM. After that, the procedure is similar to activating the U.S. International Keyboard above.
Make sure the Language Bar as been activated then click OK.
Student Computing Labs - The utilities are installed in the University Park Student Computing Labs, but students must install the utlities by going to the Start menu then International Language Support » Microsoft Office » Microsoft Office Asian Character Input Support.
Home Computers - Several Chinese keyboards are available in Windows, but you may have to install it from the Windows System disk because it is a complex script. Follow the instructions below.
This step assumes that you have activated the Language Bar and activated your keyboards. See the sections above for details.
Begin typing in your document.
NOTE: For some keyboards such as Armenian, you may have to switch to another font such as "Arial Unicode."
In addition to activating a keyboard for Arabic or Hebrew, you may want to activate and use the Right-to-Left (RTL) and Left-to-Right (LTR) paragraph buttons in Microsoft Word.
NOTE: You may be restricted to certain fonts such as "Times New Roman", "Arial" or "Tahoma".
The Microsoft Visual Keyboard is a utility which allows you to view the keyboard layout for each Input Locale within Microsoft Office applications.
You can download the utility onto your own computer from http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2002/VkeyInst.aspx. Follow the posted instructions to install and use.
On the Student Computing Labs, the Visual Keyboard can be opened from Start » Microsoft Office » Microsoft Office Tools » Microsoft Visual Keyboard. Switch to the appropriate keyboard in the Language Bar to see its layout. Keys highlighted in white are typically "hot keys" for adding accents.
The image below shows a sample layout window of a Hebrew keyboard as seen in the Microsoft Visual Keyboard.
Tavultesoft has developed a utility called Keyman 6 which allows Windows users to install additional language keyboards not available from Microsoft. Keyman 6 is free for academic and commercial use. Tavultesoft also sells Keyman Deveioper which allows users to create custom keyboard layouts.
Links to Keyman compliant keyboards can be found at: