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 keyboards 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

AMHARIC

Windows 7 only provides a phonetic keyboard for Amharic. To type with a keyboard preview we recommend using Google Input Tools with Chrome to type in Amharic on Windows 7 computers. Read more about Google input Tools here.

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Amharic (Ethiopia) and then under Keyboard check Amharic Input Method (version 1.0)

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Amharic

  • Step 3: Type in Amharic

Note: There is no keyboard preview for the Amharic Input Method (version 1.0) because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and will automatically convert to Amharic

 

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 preview for Chinese (Simplified, PRC) - Microsoft Pinyin ABC Input Style because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Chinese Simplified candidates will display to be selected.

 

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 preview for Chinese (Traditional, Taiwan) - New Phonetic because phrases are spelled out phonetically in Latin characters and a list of Chinese Traditional candidates will display to be selected.

 

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 preview for Japanese (Japan) - Microsoft IME because phrases are spelled out phonetically with Latin characters and automatically converted to Japanese candidates.

 

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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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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TAMIL

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Tamil

  • Step 3: Type in Tamil

 
 

TELUGU

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

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Telugu

  • Step 3: Type in Telugu

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URDU

  • Step 1: Click the + sign for Urdu (Islamic Republic of Pakistan) and then under Keyboard check Urdu

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  • Step 2: Switch the keyboard to Urdu

  • Step 3: Type in Urdu

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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 July 2019

*Avant Assessment has compiled the information in this guide to assist you in activating various language virtual keyboards on Windows 7 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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