Windows 10 - 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

  • Start Menu > Settings > Time and Language
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  • Select the Region & Languages tab
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  • Click the + sign next to Add a language
 
  • Select the desired language and click Next. This is explained further below for each language
 
  • Deselect Set as my Windows display language and click Install
 
  • Click on Options for the language you just added
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  • Under Keyboards click the + sign next to Add a keyboard
 
  • Click on the desired keyboard to add it. This is explained in further detail below for each language
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  • Close the Settings window

Step 2: Switch to the Desired keyboard

  • Change language keyboards on the taskbar by clicking on the abbreviation for the active language and switching it to the desired language
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    • You can also hold down the Windows key and press the Space Bar to switch language keyboards
       

    Step 3: Type in the Desired Language

    • After switching to the desired keyboard you can begin typing in the desired 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.
    • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on the Windows menu and type "OSK" or "On-Screen Keyboard" and click on the app to launch it. Once the On-Screen Keyboard is turned on it will display the active language.

    Language Specific Instructions

    Arabic

    • Step 1: Add Arabic (Saudi Arabia) as the language then add Arabic (101) for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Arabic (Saudi Arabia) - Arabic (101) keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Arabic
      • Responses need to be typed in Modern Standard Arabic
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    Armenian

    • Step 1: Add Armenian as the language then add Armenian Eastern (Legacy) for the keyboard

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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian - Armenian Eastern (Legacy) keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Armenian
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    Chinese Simplified

    • Step 1: Add Chinese (Simplified, China) as the language then add Microsoft Pinyin for the keyboard

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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Chinese (Simplified, China) - Microsoft Pinyin
      • At this point there is also a Chinese/English switch key which defaults to the Shift key. When you go to start typing you may need to hit shift to start typing in Chinese
    • Step 3: Type in Chinese Simplified
      • Typing in Chinese Simplified begins with typing the pronunciation of the word (Pinyin) with letters from the English alphabet and then hitting the space bar to bring up a list of Chinese Simplified characters to choose

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

     

    Chinese Traditional

    • Step 1: Add Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR) as the language then add Microsoft Bopomofo for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR) - Microsoft Bopomofo
      • At this point there is also a Chinese/English switch key which defaults to the Shift key. When you go to start typing you may need to hit Shift to start typing in Chinese
    • 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 list of Chinese Traditional characters to choose

    Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong SAR) - Microsoft Bopomofo keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

     

    Haitian Creole

    • Step 1: Add English (United States) as the language then add United States - International for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to English (United States) - United States-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 aeo to produce àèò. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce ÀÈÒ
     

    Hebrew

    • Step 1: Add Hebrew as the language then add Hebrew (Standard) for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew - Hebrew (Standard) keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Hebrew
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    Hindi

    • Step 1: Add Hindi as the language then add Hindi Traditional INSCRIPT for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hindi - Hindi Traditional INSCRIPT keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Hindi
    windows10-hindi-keyboard-layout.png
     

    Japanese

    • Step 1: Add Japanese as the language then add Microsoft IME for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Japanese - Microsoft IME
      • There is a Japanese/English toggle switch next to where you switched the language on the taskbar. When you go to start typing you may need to click on it to start typing in Japanese
      • There are additional options available that can be accessed by right-clicking on the Japanese/English toggle. Click on Properties to access advanced options to customize the way the keyboard will be used and also to change the input mode
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    • 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 convert to Japanese characters

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

     

    Korean

    • Step 1: Add Korean as the language then add Microsoft IME for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Korean - Microsoft IME
      • There is a Korean/English toggle switch next to where you switched the language on the taskbar. When you go to start typing you may need to click on it to start typing in Korean
      • There are additional options available that can be accessed by right-clicking on the Korean/English toggle to customize the way the keyboard will be used
    • Step 3: Type in Korean
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    Polish

    • Step 1: Add Polski Polish as the language then add Polish (Programmers) for the keyboard
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Polish - Polish (Programmers) keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Polish
      • To type Polish accent marks click Shift and the ` (~ key) then type the letter eoaslzxcn to produce ęóąśłżźćń. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce ĘÓĄŚŁŻŹĆŃ
      • Or press the right Alt key for the additional Polish letters
     
     

    Russian

    • Step 1: Add Russian as the language then add Russian for the keyboard
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    Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian - Russian keyboard
    Step 3: Type in Russian

     
     

    Samoan

    • Step 1: Add English (New Zealand) as the language then add Maori for the keyboard
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    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to English (New Zealand) - Maori keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Samoan
      • To type Samoan accent marks click ' (~ key) then type the letter aeiou to produce āēīōū. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce ĀĒĪŌŪ
     

    Tamil

    • Step 1: Add Tamil (India) as the language then add Tamil 99 for the keyboard
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil (India) - Tamil 99 keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Tamil
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    Vietnamese

    • Step 1: Add Vietnamese as the language then add Vietnamese for the keyboard
     
    • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese keyboard
    • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese
      • The Vietnamese special accentented characters are created by typing numbers 1 - 0 and the + and [ ] keys