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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
Account Settings

  • Under Device click on Keyboard
Keyboard

  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings
Language and Input Settings

  • Under Languages and input click on Language
Languages and Input

  • Click on Add languages
Add languages

  • Select the checkbox next to the language(s) you wish to add and click Add
Add Languages

  • Next you will need to select the input methods for the added language(s)
  • Click on Input method under the Languages and input section
Settings Input Method

  • Click on Manage input methods
Settings Input Method

  • Check the checkboxes next to the input methods for the languages you have loaded
Arabic Keyboard
  • 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
Switch Language Keyboards

  • 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
On-Screen Keyboard

  • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
Account Settings

  • Scroll down and click Advanced
Advanced Settings

  • Under Accessibility click Manage accessibility features
Enable On-Screen Keyboard

  • Flip the switch to the right of Enable on-screen keyboard
Enable On-Screen Keyboard

  • Click the keyboard icon in the tray to turn on the on-screen keyboard
On-Screen Keyboard Icon

  • 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
Load Arabic KeyboardArabic 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
Arabic Keyboard layout


Armenian

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Armenian and for input method check Armenian Phonetic keyboard
Load Armenian KeyboardArmenian Keyboard
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian Phonetic keyboard
Step 3: Type in Armenian

Armenian Phonetic Keyboard layout


Cantonese

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese Traditional and for input method check Cantonese input method
Activate Chinese traditional LanguageCantonese 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
Activate Chinese Simplified LanguageChinese Simplified Input Method
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
Activate Chinese TraditionalChinese Traditional 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
Activate Haitian CreoleHaitian Creole Input Method
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 a, e, or o to produce à, è, ò. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce À, È, Ò

Hebrew

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Hebrew language and for input method check Hebrew keyboard
Activate HebrewHebrew Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew keyboard
Step 3: Type in Hebrew

Hebrew keyboard layout


Hindi

Step 1: Check the checkbox Hindi (India) language and for input method check Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
Activate HindiHindi Input method
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
Activate JapaneseJapanese Input method
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
Activate KoreanKorean Input method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Korean input method
Step 3: Type in Korean

Korean Keyboard Layout


Polish

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Polish - polski language and for input method check Polish keyboard
Activate PolishPolish Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Polish keyboard
Step 3: Type in Polish

Polish Keyboard Layout


Russian

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Russian language and for input method check Russian keyboard
Activate RussianRussian Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian keyboard
Step 3: Type in Russian

Russian Keyboard Layout

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)
Activate TamilTamil Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil keyboard (Tamil99)
Step 3: Type in Tamil

Tamil Keyboard Layout


Vietnamese

Step 1: Check the checkbox for Vietnamese language and for input method check Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)
Activate VietnameseVietnamese Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)
Step 3: Type in Vietnamese

Vietnamese Keyboard Layout

Updated 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
Account Settings

  • Under Device click on Keyboard
Keyboard

  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings
Language and Input Settings

  • Under Languages and input click on Language
Languages and Input

  • Click on Add languages
Add languages

  • Select the checkbox next to the language(s) you wish to add and click Add
Add Languages

  • Next you will need to select the input methods for the added language(s)
  • Click on Input method under the Languages and input section
Settings Input Method

  • Click on Manage input methods
Settings Input Method

  • Check the checkboxes next to the input methods for the languages you have loaded
Arabic Keyboard

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
Switch Language Keyboards

  • 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
On-Screen Keyboard

  • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings
Account Settings

  • Scroll down and click Advanced
Advanced Settings

  • Under Accessibility click Manage accessibility features
Enable On-Screen Keyboard

  • Flip the switch to the right of Enable on-screen keyboard
Enable On-Screen Keyboard

  • Click the keyboard icon in the tray to turn on the on-screen keyboard
On-Screen Keyboard Icon

  • 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
Load Arabic KeyboardArabic 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

Arabic Keyboard layout

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
Activate Chinese Simplified LanguageChinese Simplified Input Method
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
Activate Chinese TraditionalChinese Traditional Input Method
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
Activate HebrewHebrew Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Hebrew
Step 3: Begin typing in Hebrew

Hebrew keyboard layout

Hindi

Step 1: Activate the Hindi Keyboard by adding it.
  • Check the checkbox Hindi (India) language and for input method check Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)
Activate HindiHindi Input method
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
Activate JapaneseJapanese Input method
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
Activate RussianRussian Input Method
Step 2: Switch the keyboard from English (or current language) to Russian
Step 3: Begin typing in Russian

Russian Keyboard Layout

Updated September 2017

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