Chrome – Virtual Keyboard Instructions

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


  • Click on your account in the tray in the lower-right corner and select Settings

  • Under Device click on Keyboard
  • Scroll down and click on Change language and input settings


  • Under Languages and input click on Language

  • Click on Add languages
  • 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

  • Click on Manage input methods
  • Check the checkboxes next to the input methods for the languages you have loaded
  • Close Settings


  • 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

  • Note: Quickly switch between activated language keyboards by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space



  • 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

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


  • Step 1: Add Hindi language and then select Devanagari as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Devanagari

  • Step 3: Type in Hindi


  • Step 1: Add Japanese language and then select Japanese as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hiragana

  • 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 list of Japanese characters to choose. Note: you may need to hit the SHIFT button

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


  • Step 1: Add Korean language and then select 2-Set Korean as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to 2-Set Korean

  • Step 3: Type in Korean


  • Step 1: Add Marathi language and then select Marathi as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Marathi

  • Step 3: Type in Marathi


  • Step 1: Add Russian language and then select Russian as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian

  • Step 3: Type in Russian


  • Step 1: Add Tamil language and then select Tamil99 as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil99

  • Step 3: Type in Tamil


  • Step 1: Add Telugu language and then select Telugu as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Telugu

  • Step 3: Type in Telugu


  • Step 1: Add Urdu language and then select Urdu as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Urdu

  • Step 3: Type in Urdu


  • Step 1: Add Vietnamese language and then select Vietnamese as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese

  • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese

If this accent sub-menu feature isn’t available to you, it’s likely because you either have a fairly old version of system software, or perhaps you disabled the accent menu to favor key repeat instead.

Updated November 2019

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