Google Input Tools - Chrome Extension

Google Input Tools is a quick and easy option for activating web-based virtual language keyboards inside the Chrome browser. Google Input Tools provides virtual language keyboards that test takers may find easier to use compared to what the Chrome OS provides. Click the link here and follow the steps on the page for installing the extension.

Chrome OS - Virtual Keyboard Instructions

There are 3 steps needed to load virtual keyboards and type in the desired language

Step 1: Activate the language and keyboard in the system. This is explained further below for each language
Step 2: Switch to the desired language
Step 3: Type in the desired language

Step 1: Activate Language Keyboard

  • Click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
chrome-writing-input-guide-account-settings.png
 
  • Under Device click on Keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-device-keyboard.png
 
  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings
 
  • Under Languages and input click on Language
chrome-writing-input-guide-language.png
 
  • Click on Add languages
chrome-writing-input-guide-add-languages.png
 
  • Select the checkbox next to the language(s) you wish to add and click Add
 
  • Next you will need to select the input methods for the added language(s)
  • Click on Input method under the Languages and input section
chrome-writing-input-guide-input-method.png
 
  • Click on Manage input methods
chrome-writing-input-guide-manage-input-methods.png
 
  • Check the checkboxes next to the input methods for the languages you have loaded
  • Close Settings
 

Step 2: Switch to the Desired keyboard

  • After activating an additional language keyboard you should see US in the tray directly to the left of your account picture. Click that, then click US keyboard and select the desired keyboard to use
chrome-writing-input-guide-switch-languages.png
 
  • Note: Quickly switch between activated language keyboards by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space

Step 3: Type in the Desired Language

  • After switching to the desired keyboard begin typing in the target language.
  • On-Screen Keyboard: Using the On-Screen Keyboard is not required, but may be helpful for test takers typing in a character-based language. Test takers can click the keys on the On-Screen Keyboard, or use it as a keyboard layout reference when typing on the physical keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-onscreen-us-keyboard-layout.png
 
  • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
 
  • Scroll down and click Advanced
 
  • Under Accessibility click Manage accessibility features
chrome-writing-input-guide-manage-accessibility-features.png
 
  • Flip the switch to the right of Enable on-screen keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-enable-onscreen-keyboard.png
 
  • Click the keyboard icon in the tray to turn on the on-screen keyboard
 
  • Once the On-Screen Keyboard is turned on the selected language will display on the On-Screen keyboard

Language Specific Instructions

Arabic

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Arabic and for input method check Arabic keyboard
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Arabic keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Arabic
    • Responses need to be typed using Modern Standard Arabic and not dialect
 
 

Armenian

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Armenian and for input method check Armenian Phonetic keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-armenian-input-method-2.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian Phonetic keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Armenian
chrome-writing-input-guide-armenian-keyboard-layout-2.png
 
 

Cantonese

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese Traditional and for input method check Cantonese input method
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Cantonese input method
  • Step 3: Type in Cantonese
    • Typing in Cantonese begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting the space bar to bring up a drop down list of Cantonese characters to select

Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Cantonese Input Method keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

Chinese Simplified

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese (Simplified) and for input method check Pinyin input method
chrome-writing-input-guide-chinese-simplified-input-method.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Pinyin input method
  • Step 3: Type in Chinese Simplified
    • Typing in Chinese Simplified begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting the space bar to bring up a drop down list of Chinese Simplified characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin Input Method keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

Chinese Traditional

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese (Traditional) and for input method check Traditional Pinyin input method
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Traditional Pinyin input method
  • Step 3: Type in Chinese Traditional
    • Typing in Chinese Traditional begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting the space bar to bring up a drop down list of Chinese Traditional characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Traditional) - Traditional Pinyin Input Method keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

Haitian Creole

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for English (United States) language and for input method check US International keyboard
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to US International keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Haitian Creole
    • Haitian Creole only uses one accent mark - the grave accent mark
    • To type Haitian creole accent marks click ' (~ key) then type the letter ae, or o to produce àèò. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce ÀÈÒ
 

Hebrew

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Hebrew language and for input method check Hebrew keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-hebrew-input-method-3.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Hebrew
 
 

Hindi

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox Hindi (India) language and for input method check Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
chrome-writing-input-guide-hindi-input-method-2.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
  • Step 3: Type in Hindi
    • Typing in Hindi starts with typing the pronunciation of the word and then hitting space bar to bring up a drop-down list of characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Hindi - Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic) keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

Japanese

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Japanese language and for input method check Japanese keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-japanese-input-method-2.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Japanese keyboard
  • Step 3: 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 drop down list of Japanese characters to choose

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

 

Korean

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Korean language and for input method check Korean input method
chrome-writing-input-guide-korean-input-method.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Korean input method
  • Step 3: Type in Korean
chrome-writing-input-guide-korean-keyboard-layout-2.png
 
 

Polish

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Polish - polski language and for input method check Polish keyboard
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Polish keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Polish
chrome-writing-input-guide-polish-keyboard-layout.png
 

Russian

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Russian language and for input method check Russian keyboard
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian keyboard
  • Step 3: Type in Russian
chrome-writing-input-guide-russian-keyboard-layout-2.png
 
 

Samoan

There is no keyboard provided by the Chrome Operating System that lets you type Samoan accent marks. We recommend using Google Input Tools for typing Samoan accent marks on Chrome computers. Read more about typing Samoan accent marks using Google Input Tools here.

 

Tamil

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Tamil language and for input method check Tamil keyboard (Tamil99)
chrome-writing-input-guide-load-tamil.png
chrome-writing-input-guide-tamil-input-method.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil keyboard (Tamil99)
  • Step 3: Type in Tamil
chrome-writing-input-guide-tamil-keyboard-layout.png
 
 

Vietnamese

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Vietnamese language and for input method check Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)
chrome-writing-input-guide-load-vietnamese-2.png
chrome-writing-input-guide-vietnamese-input-method-2.png
 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)
  • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese
chrome-writing-input-guide-vietnamese-keyboard-layout-2.png
 
August 2018

*Avant Assessment has compiled the information in this guide to assist you in activating various language input methods on Chrome Operating Systems. Since software and hardware updates and changes occur quite frequently, these are only suggested processes that we have identified, tested and produced in these simple guides. If one of the processes outlined does not seem to work for your configuration, please check with the developer of your hardware and operating system for more specific support. There may be more updated information available through those resources. As always, Google is also a great resource to use if you are searching for assistance with this process as well.


Chrome OS - Loading Language Keyboards

The 3 main steps required for setting up languages not based on the Latin-alphabet, as well as suggestions for activating each language, are described in detail below:

Step 1: Activate the language keyboard in the system
Step 2: Switch from English (or current language) to the desired language
Step 3: Type in the desired language

Step 1: Activate Language Keyboard

  • Click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
chrome-writing-input-guide-account-settings (2).png
 
  • Under Device click on Keyboard
chrome-writing-input-guide-device-keyboard (1).png
 
  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings
chrome-writing-input-guide-change-language-and-input-settings (1).png
 
  • Under Languages and input click on Language
chrome-writing-input-guide-language (1).png
 
  • Click on Add languages
chrome-writing-input-guide-add-languages (1).png
 
  • Select the checkbox next to the language(s) you wish to add and click Add
chrome-writing-input-guide-load-arabic-2 (2).png
 
  • Next you will need to select the input methods for the added language(s)
  • Click on Input method under the Languages and input section
chrome-writing-input-guide-input-method (1).png
 
  • Click on Manage input methods
chrome-writing-input-guide-manage-input-methods (1).png
 
  • Check the checkboxes next to the input methods for the languages you have loaded
chrome-writing-input-guide-arabic-input-method-3 (2).png
 
 

Step 2: Switch to the Desired keyboard

  • After activating an additional language keyboard you should see US in the tray directly to the left of your account picture. Click that, then click US keyboard and select the desired keyboard to use
    chrome-writing-input-guide-switch-languages (1).png
     
    • Note: Quickly switch between activated language keyboards by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space
     

    Step 3: Type in the Desired Language

    • After switching to the desired keyboard begin typing in the target language.
    • On-Screen Keyboard: Using the On-Screen Keyboard is not required, but may be helpful for test takers typing in languages not based on the Latin-alphabet. Test takers can click the keys on the On-Screen Keyboard, or use it as a keyboard layout reference when typing on the physical keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-onscreen-us-keyboard-layout (1).png
     
    • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
     
    • Scroll down and click Advanced
    chrome-writing-inut-guide-advanced-settings-2 (1).png
     
    • Under Accessibility click Manage accessibility features
    chrome-writing-input-guide-manage-accessibility-features (1).png
     
    • Flip the switch to the right of Enable on-screen keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-enable-onscreen-keyboard (1).png
     
    • Flip the switch to the right of Enable on-screen keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-onscreen-keyboard-button (1).png
     
    • Once the On-Screen Keyboard is turned on the selected language will display on the On-Screen keyboard

    Suggested Keyboards & Instructions for Languages not Based on the Latin-Alphabet

    Arabic

    • Step 1: Activate the Arabic Keyboard by adding it
      • Check the checkbox for Arabic and for input method check Arabic keyboard
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Arabic
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Arabic
      • Responses need to be typed in Modern Standard Arabic
    chrome-writing-input-guide-arabic-keyboard-layout-2 (1).png
     
     

    Chinese (Mandarin) - Simplified

    • Step 1: Activate the Chinese Simplified Keyboard by adding it
      • Check the checkbox for Chinese (Simplified) and for input method check Pinyin input method
    chrome-writing-input-guide-chinese-simplified-input-method (1).png
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Chinese Simplified
      • You should see US in the tray directly to the left of your account picture. Click that, then click US keyboard in the menu and select Pinyin input method
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Chinese Simplified
      • Typing in Chinese Simplified begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting the space bar to bring up a drop down list of Chinese Simplified characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

    Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin Input Method keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

     

    Chinese (Mandarin) - Traditional

    • Step 1: Activate the Chinese Traditional Keyboard by adding it
      • Check the checkbox for Chinese (Traditional) and for input method check Traditional Pinyin input method
    chrome-writing-input-guide-chinese-traditional-input-method (1).png
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Chinese Traditional
      • You should see US in the tray directly to the left of your account picture. Click that, then click US keyboard in the menu and select Traditional Pinyin input method
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Chinese Traditional
      • Typing in Chinese Traditional begins with typing the pronunciation of the word with letters from the English alphabet, and then hitting the space bar to bring up a drop down list of Chinese Traditional characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

    Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Traditional) - Traditional Pinyin Input Method keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

     

    Hebrew

    • Step 1: Activate the Hebrew Keyboard by adding it
      • Check the checkbox for Hebrew language and for input method check Hebrew keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-load-hebrew-2 (1).png
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Hebrew
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Hebrew
     
     

    Hindi

    • Step 1: Activate the Hindi Keyboard by adding it.
      • Check the checkbox Hindi (India) language and for input method check Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
    chrome-writing-input-guide-load-hindi-2 (1).png
    chrome-writing-input-guide-hindi-input-method-2 (1).png
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Hindi
      • You should see US in the tray directly to the left of your account picture. Click that, then click US keyboard in the menu and select Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Hindi
      • Typing in Hindi starts with typing the pronunciation of the word and then hitting space bar to bring up a drop-down list of characters to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your characters there

    Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Hindi - Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic) keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

     

    Japanese

    • Step 1: Activate the Japanese Keyboard by adding it
      • Check the checkbox for Japanese language and forr input method check Japanese keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-japanese-input-method-2 (1).png
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Japanese
    • Step 3: Begin typing 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 drop down list of Japanese characters to choose

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

     

    Russian

    • Step 1: Activate the Russian Keyboard by adding it.
      • Check the checkbox for Russian language and for input method check Russian keyboard
    chrome-writing-input-guide-load-russian-2 (1).png
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Russian
    • Step 3: Begin typing in Russian
    chrome-writing-input-guide-russian-keyboard-layout-2 (1).png
     
    Updated September 2017