How to Change a Keyboard to Arabic

By Mark Slingo

Arabic script is used for writing several languages of Africa and Asia, including Arabic and Urdu. It uses letters and writing structure different from Latin-derived Western alphabets. QWERTY keyboards can be adapted so they can write in Arabic script. Specific keyboards that cater to both scripts are also available. You have to change your PC setup to allow you to type in Arabic.

Step 1

Click "Start," "Control Panel" and double-click on "Regional and Language Options." A new window appears.

Step 2

Click on "Keyboard and Languages" from the tabs along the top of the window. Select the "Change Keyboards" button from the options that appear. This opens the "Text Services and Input Languages" window.

Step 3

Add Arabic to the language list. Click on the "Add" button. In the new window, select "Arabic" from the language choices available. A list of Arabic countries will appear as a sub-menu. Select any Arabic-speaking country, as keyboard layouts are the same. Select "OK" to save this setting and exit the window.

Step 4

Mark the keyboard with Arabic script. If you are not using a keyboard pre-marked with Arabic script, then you need to create a guide for the user to know the corresponding letter keys for typing. In the Arabic language section of the language options, click on the "Preview" button. This will show you the Arabic keyboard layout. Use this as a guide and mark your QWERTY keypad with Arabic letter stickers to show the user the keys.

Step 5

Change the computer's input language to Arabic. A new language bar will have been created beside the system tray on the Windows taskbar. Click on this language box and from the pop-up window that appears, select "Arabic." The keyboard will now write in Arabic script on the PC.