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How to type in Devanāgarī
Setup: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista
Setup: Mac OSX
Keyboard layout character map
How type in Devanāgarī
The Devanāgarī-QWERTY keyboard layout is designed to ease the process of typing in the Devanāgarī script for those using Roman-alphabet. Wherever possible, Devanāgarī letters are mapped to similar Roman-alphabet keys. The layout is quite simple and consisent, with only a few exceptions.
Special Characters, Conjuncts, and Shortcuts
Roman Letters
Setup: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista
Installing the Devanāgarī-QWERTY Keyboard
  1. Download and run Devanāgarī-QWERTY Keyboard Layout.
  2. Choose a folder to extract to.
  3. Navigate to that folder and run setup.exe.
  4. Open Control Panel and click Regional and Language Options.
  5. (XP) Click the Languages tab, and then click Details under "Text Services and Input Languages".
    (Vista) Click the Keyboards and Languages tab, and then click Change Keyboards.
  6. Click Add.
  7. (XP) Under "Input language" choose Sanskrit, under "Keyboard Layout/IME" choose Devanāgarī-QWERTY.
    (Vista) Scroll to and double-click Sanskrit, then Keyboard. Select the checkbox next to Devanāgarī-QWERTY.
  8. Click OK.
  9. (XP) Click Language Bar. Select the checkboxes next to Show the Language Bar and Show additional Language Bar icons.
    (Vista) Click the Language Bar tab, and select Docked in the taskbar.
To switch between keyboard layouts in Windows:
  1. Click on the Language Bar (it may be free-floating, or docked in the bottom-left taskbar). It should display an "EN", "FR", or "SA" icon depending on your input language.
  2. Choose Sanskrit (India) from the menu and start typing.
Setup: Mac OSX
Installing the Devanāgarī-QWERTY Keyboard
  1. Open System Preferences and click International.
  2. Click Input Menu.
  3. Select the checkbox next to "Devanāgarī-QWERTY".
  4. Select the “Show input menu in menu bar” checkbox.
To switch between keyboard layouts in Mac OSX:
  1. Click the Input Menu icon (international symbol) in the upper-right corner of the menu bar.
  2. Choose "Devanāgarī-QWERTY" from the menu and start typing.
Keyboard layout character map
Below is a complete map of the Devanāgarī-QWERTY keyboard layout with every possible combination of keys:

Windows/Mac: Base Keyboard Layout Base Keyboard Layout
Windows/Mac: Shift Shift
Windows: Ctrl+Alt / (Right-Alt)
Mac: Option Ctrl+Alt / Right-Alt / Option
Windows: Shift+Ctrl+Alt / Shift+(Right-Alt)
Mac: Shift+Option Shift+Ctrl+Alt / Shift+Right-Alt / Shift-Option
Windows/Mac: (Caps Lock On) Caps Lock On
Windows/Mac: Shift (Caps Lock On) Shift (Caps Lock On)