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Multilingual Computing at the Library Computers

If you need to type a letter, create a PowerPoint presentation, write and send an email, or use another Microsoft Office product, and would like to use a language that does not use the Roman alphabet; you may now do so at The Library's public computers. This page contains detailed instructions for typing at The Library's computers in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, Telugu, or Urdu.

If you would like additional information and detailed instructions, please ask at the Information Services and Youth Services desks.


How To Get Started

Log on to the computer as you normally do.

Go to the Start Menu and open the Microsoft Office program in which you wish to create a document.

Click on the language indicator (EN symbol in bottom right corner) on the taskbar to select your language.

Choose your Language

A list of the languages that are available on your computer will pop up from the bottom of the screen.

Click on the language you want to select it.

Typing In Chinese or Japanese

If you choose either Chinese or Japanese, a small visual (or soft) keyboard will display on the computer screen. Use this to choose your characters.

Typing in Other Languages Using Non-Roman Characters

If you want any of the other languages (currently Arabic, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian Telugu, or Urdu), you need to insert an extra step.
Go to the Start Menu and click on the Visual Keyboard.

 

The Visual Keyboard

A small keyboard that appears on your computer screen to let you see the keyboard for the language you’ve selected.
It shows you which characters the letters on your keyboard now correspond to.

Typing in Non-Roman Characters

Choose your language using the language indicator on the taskbar.
The Title Bar on the Visual Keyboard will change to the language you have selected.
Click to place your cursor on your document. (You may also need to click on the screen keyboard to enable it.)
Begin typing.
Use your keyboard or click with your mouse on the character you want on the visual keyboard.

Typing in Right-to-Left Languages

Languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, and Urdu requires an extra step to set up typing from the right side of the screen.
Click on the Align Right button on your Formatting Toolbar and your text will input from the right.

Summary

It is now possible to type in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Punjabi, Russian, Telugu, or Urdu at The Library’s public computers. If there is a language missing in which you would like to type, please ask for it. If it is available through Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP we will try to make it available for you. Please direct suggestions, questions, or comments to the librarians at the Information Desk.