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

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  • Under Device click on Keyboard

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  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings

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  • Under Languages and input click on Language

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  • Click on Add languages

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

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  • Next you will need to select the input methods for the added language(s)

  • Click on Input method under the Languages and input section

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  • Click on Manage input methods

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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  • Scroll down and click Advanced

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  • Under Accessibility click Manage accessibility features

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

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  • Click the keyboard icon in the tray to turn on the on-screen keyboard

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  • Once the On-Screen Keyboard is turned on the selected language will display on the On-Screen keyboard


Language Specific Instructions

AMHARIC

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Amharic and for input method check Ethiopic keyboard

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Ethiopic keyboard

  • Step 3: Type in Amharic

    • Press Shift for additional Amharic letters on the keyboard

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ARABIC

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Arabic and for input method check Arabic keyboard

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  • 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

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ARMENIAN

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Armenian and for input method check Armenian Phonetic keyboard

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian Phonetic keyboard

  • Step 3: Type in Armenian

    • Press Shift for additional Armenian letters on the keyboard

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CANTONESE

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese Traditional and for input method check Cantonese input method

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  • 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 phonetically in Latin characters which will automatically bring up a list of Cantonese candidates to select

Note: There is no keyboard preview for the Cantonese Input Method because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Cantonese word candidates will display to be selected. If the on-screen keyboard is active Cantonese word candidates will appear there

 

CHINESE SIMPLIFIED

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese (Simplified) and for input method check Pinyin input method

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  • 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 phonetically in Latin characters which will automatically bring up a list of Chinese Simplified candidates to select. If you're using the On-Screen Keyboard you will select your candidates there

Note: There is no keyboard preview for Chinese (Simplified) - Pinyin Input Method because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Chinese Simplified word candidates will display to be selected.

 

CHINESE TRADITIONAL

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Chinese (Traditional) and for input method check Traditional Pinyin input method

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  • 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 preview for for Chinese (Traditional) - Traditional Pinyin Input Method because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Chinese Traditional word candidates will display to be selected.

 

HEBREW

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Hebrew language and for input method check Hebrew keyboard

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew keyboard

  • Step 3: Type in Hebrew

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HINDI

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox Hindi (India) language and for input method check Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic)

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  • 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 phonetically in Latin characters which will automatically convert to Hindi characters

Note: There is no keyboard preview for Hindi - Devanagari keyboard (Phonetic) because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters

 

JAPANESE

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Japanese language and for input method check Japanese keyboard

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  • 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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Korean input method

  • Step 3: Type in Korean

    • Press Shift for additional Korean letters on the keyboard

 
 

RUSSIAN

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Russian language and for input method check Russian keyboard

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian keyboard

  • Step 3: Type in Russian

 
 

TAMIL

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Tamil language and for input method check Tamil keyboard (Tamil99)

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil keyboard (Tamil99)

  • Step 3: Type in Tamil

    • Press Shift for additional Tamil letters on the keyboard

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TELUGU

Chrome OS only provides phonetic and transliteration keyboards for Telugu. To type with a keyboard preview we recommend using Google Input Tools for typing Telugu on Chrome computers. Read more about using Google Input Tools here.

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Telugu language and for input method check Telugu keyboard (Phonetic)

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Telugu keyboard (Phonetic)

  • Step 3: Type in Telugu

Note: There is no keyboard layout for the Telugu keyboard (Phonetic) because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and will automatically convert to Telugu

 

URDU

Chrome OS only provides a transliteration keyboard for Urdu. To type with a keyboard preview we recommend using Google Input Tools for typing Urdu on Chrome computers. Read more about using Google Input Tools here.

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Urdu language and for input method check Transliteration (salam)

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Transliteration (salam)

  • Step 3: Type in Urdu

Note: There is no keyboard preview for Urdu Transliteration (salam) because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Urdu word candidates will display to be selected.

 

VIETNAMESE

  • Step 1: Check the checkbox for Vietnamese language and for input method check Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese keyboard (TCVN)

  • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese

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Updated July 2019

*Avant Assessment has compiled the information in this guide to assist you in activating various language virtual keyboards 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.

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