Windows 7- 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 > Control Panel > Region and Language

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  • Select the Keyboards and Languages tab and click on the Change keyboards... button

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  • Click the Add... button to bring up the list of languages

 
  • Click the + sign next to the desired language you want to activate. Then check the checkbox for the input method under the keyboard dropdown. Please see further details below

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STEP 2: SWITCH TO THE DESIRED KEYBOARD

  • Language Bar: Use the Language Bar to switch between the language keybaords in Windows. There are a few options you can play with for how to use the Language Bar. To view options go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Region and Language. Click on Change keyboards... and select the Language Bar tab.

  • The left Alt key + Shift will cycle through the activated language keyboards.

 

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.

 
  • To turn on the On-Screen Keyboard click on the Start menu and type "OSK" in the "Search programs and files" field..

  • IMPORTANT: To setup an On-Screen Keyboard for test takers, go into the options and uncheck "Use Text Prediction" as shown in the images below to ensure the On-Screen Keyboard is not aiding test takers with their writing.

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  • Once the On-Screen Keyboard is turned on, switching a language in the Language Bar will make it show up on the On-Screen Keyboard.


Language Specific Instructions

ARABIC

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Arabic (Saudi Arabia) and then under Keyboard check Arabic (101)

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Arabic

  • Step 3: Type in Arabic

    • Responses need to be typed in Modern Standard Arabic

 
 

ARMENIAN

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Armenian (Armenia) and then under Keyboard check Armenian Eastern

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Armenian

  • Step 3: Type in Armenian

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CHINESE SIMPLIFIED

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Chinese (Simplified, PRC) and then under Keyboard check Chinese (Simplified) - Microsoft Pinyin ABC Input Style

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Chinese Simplified

    • After selecting the Chinese Simplified keyboard, adjust the input style in the same area to Microsoft Pinyin ABC Input Style. At this point there is also a Chinese/English switch key which defaults to the Shift key. The test taker may need to hit the Shift key to start typing in Pinyin

  • 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 list of Chinese Simplified characters to choose

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

 

CHINESE TRADITIONAL

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) and then under Keyboard check Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Chinese Traditional

    • After selecting the Chinese Traditional keyboard, adjust the input style in the same area to Chinese (Traditional) - New Phonetic. At this point there is also a Chinese/English switch key which defaults to the Shift key. The test taker may need to hit the Shift key to start typing in Chinese Traditional

  • 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

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Note: There is no keyboard layout for for the Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) - New Phonetic keyboard layout because phrases are spelled out with letters from the English Alphabet

 

HAITIAN CREOLE

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for English (United States) and then under Keyboard check United States - International

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to United States - International

  • 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: Click the + sign for Hebrew (Israel) and then under Keyboard check Hebrew

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hebrew

  • Step 3: Type in Hebrew

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HINDI

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Hindi (India) and then under Keyboard check Hindi Traditional

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Hindi

  • Step 3: Type in Hindi

 
 

JAPANESE

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Japanese (Japan) and then under Keyboard check Microsoft IME

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Japanese

    • After selecting the Japanese Keyboard, adjust the input mode in the same area as Microsoft IME and change the input mode to Hiragana, Full-width Katakana, or Half-width Katakana

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

 

KOREAN

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Korean (Korea) and then under Keyboard check Microsoft IME

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Korean

  • Step 3: Type in Korean

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POLISH

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Polish (Poland) and then under Keyboard check Polish (Programmers)

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Polish (Programmers)

  • Step 3: Type in Polish

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RUSSIAN

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Russian (Russia) and then under Keyboard check Russian

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Russian

  • Step 3: Type in Russian

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SAMOAN

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Maori (New Zealand) and then under Keyboard check Maori

 
  • 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: Click the + sign for Tamil (India) and then under Keyboard check Tamil

 
  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil

  • Step 3: Type in Tamil

 
 

VIETNAMESE

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Vietnamese (Vietnam) and then under Keyboard check Vietnamese

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Vietnamese

  • Step 3: Type in Vietnamese

 

Updated August 2018

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