How Do I Add Keyboard Support for Arabic/Chinese/Korean Bibles under Vista and Later Versions of Windows?


Language support for Right-to-Left Languages as well as Far Eastern Languages is built into Windows Vista and later versions of Windows (to learn how to install these versions under Windows XP, click here). It is still necessary, however, to add keyboards for the specific languages to be used. These can be added under the Regional and Language Options dialog, accessed from the Windows Control Panel. To add one or more keyboards for languages, take the following steps:

1. Open Windows Control Panel and access the REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE OPTIONS dialog box.
2. Click on the tab labeled KEYBOARDS AND LANGUAGES.
3. Click on the button labeled CHANGE KEYBOARDS...
(The Text Services and Input Languages dialog will open with the General tab displayed.)
4. Click on the button labeled ADD...
(The Add Input Language dialog box will open.)
5. Scroll up or down the list until you find the desired language.
6. Click the plus sign at the left of the name to expand that item.
7. Repeat the same action for the plus sign to the left of KEYBOARDS.
8. Select one or more keyboards for the language input by placing a checkmark in the box to the left of the name.
(When more than one keyboard is selected, each will be available via a pop-up menu from the language bar. Some languages have many entries, due to geographical variations, and each language, in turn, has multiple options for the keyboard that can be selected. Some trial-and-error may be needed to determine which keyboard is best. We can offer recommendations, but other combinations may work as well.)
9. When finished making selections, click the OK button to accept the selections and close the Add Input Language dialog.
10. Click the LANGUAGE BAR tab to display those options.
11. Make the desired selection for the location of the language bar as well as other configuration preferences.
12. When finished, click the APPLY button, then click the OK button to close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog, and then OK again to close the Regional and Language Options dialog.
(There are additional settings that can be made on the ADVANCED KEY SETTINGS tab of the Text Services and Input Languages dialog. Consult the Windows Help for additional information about these settings. For the purpose discussed in this article, no settings changes are needed in the Install/uninstall languages... found under Display Languages on the Regional and Language Options dialog.)

Last Update: RRG/September 7, 2007