Macintosh - Virtual Keyboard Instructions

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

Step 1: Activate the language and input source 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 & INPUT SOURCE

  • Click the Apple menu and open System Preferences

  • Click the U.N. flag icon which represents Language & Region in the first row of the System Preferences panel

 
  • Click the + sign and add the desired language(s)

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  • NOTE: The system may ask to use this new language as your primary language. If this happens select Use English

  • Close the System Preferences window

 

STEP 2: SWITCH TO THE DESIRED KEYBOARD

  • In the upper right portion of the screen, click on the American Flag icon (U.S. Flag icon). Use the dropdown menu to select the desired language

 
  • A flag icon corresponding to the keyboard will now be displayed

  • Pressing Command + Space Bar will cycle through the activated keyboards

 

STEP 3: TYPE IN THE DESIRED LANGUAGE

  • After switching to the desired keyboard begin typing in the target language

  • Keyboard Viewer: Using the Macintosh Keyboard Viewer is not required, but may be helpful for test takers typing in a character-based language. Test takers can click the keys on the Keyboard Viewer, or use it as a keyboard layout reference when typing on the physical keyboard

 
  • To turn on the Keyboard Viewer click on the Apple menu in the upper right corner and select Show Keyboard Viewer

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  • Once the Keyboard Viewer is showing, switching to a different language will make it show up on the Keyboard Viewer


Language Specific Instructions

ARABIC

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

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Arabic

  • Step 3: Type in Arabic

    • Responses need to be typed in Modern Standard Arabic

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ARMENIAN

  • Step 1: Add Armenian and then select Armenian - HM QWERTY as the input source

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian

  • Step 3: Type in Armenian

 
 

CHINESE SIMPLIFIED

  • Step 1: Add Chinese, Simplified and then select Pinyin Simplified as the input source

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Pinyin - Simplified

  • Step 3: Type in Chinese Simplified

    • Typing in Chinese Simplified begins with typing the pronunciation of the word (Pinyin) and then hitting the space bar to bring up a list of Chinese Simplified characters to choose

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

 

CHINESE TRADITIONAL

  • Step 1: Add Chinese, Traditional and then select Pinyin - Traditional as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Pinyin - Traditional

  • Step 3: Type in Chinese Traditional

    • Typing in Chinese Traditional begins with typing the pronunciation of the word (Pinyin) 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 - Pinyin Traditional keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

HAITIAN CREOLE

  • Step 1: Add English language and select ABC Extended as the input source

  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to ABC Extended

  • 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: Add Hebrew language and then select Hebrew as the input source

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew

  • Step 3: Type in Hebrew

 
 

HINDI

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Devanagari

  • Step 3: Type in Hindi

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JAPANESE

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

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  • 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 for the Japanese keyboard because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

KOREAN

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

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

  • Step 3: Type in Korean

 
 

POLISH

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Polish

  • Step 3: Type in Polish

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RUSSIAN

  • 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

 
 

SAMOAN

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Maori

  • Step 3: Type in Samoan

    • To type Samoan accent marks click ' (~ key) then type the letter aeio, or u to produce āēīōū. For capital letters hold shift when typing the letter to produce ĀĒĪŌŪ

 
 

TAMIL

  • 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

 
 

VIETNAMESE

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese

  • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese

 

Easy Way to Type Accented Characters

Mac OS also allows easily typed accented letters and diacritical marks by using a sustained keypress on a single key. For example, if you press and hold on "a" a pop-up will appear after holding that key for a few moments which displays which accents are available for that particular letter or character.

  • Press and hold on the letter you wish to accent, continue holding the letter until a menu with character accents are displayed

  • Choose the character accent with the mouse, or press the number corresponding below the accent in the menu

 

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 August 2018