Getting at those Hebrew vowels

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/09/09 02:00 -04:00, original URI:

And then the other day Chuckles asked:

I have the Hebrew keyboard installed but need to type vowels as well. Any suggestions?

Now it can be a little harder to find them because on the Hebrew keyboard on Windows the SGCAPS feature of keyboards is used, and the vowels are in the SGCAPS+Shift state. Which means that they may not be so easy to find!

But you can use the OSK (On Screen Keyboard), or you can look at the Hebrew keyboard layout on the Windows Keyboard Layouts site.

Personally, I like to use MSKLC to look at keyboard layouts, where it is easy to load any layout on the machine and see what is there.

There is also a great online resource that Jony pointed out entitled Typing Hebrew Points (Niqud) in Windows and Word.

If you want all of the Hebrew points as well as the vowels, you may have to use something like MSKLC to add them yourself; they are really not used in modern Hebrew as they are used as the trope that signify the way one would chant sections of the Torah or Haftorah. But it is easy enough to add them to a keyboard if that is something you need....


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# jameshanley39 on 21 May 2008 6:30 PM:

how do you get hold of the standard hebrew KLC file.

or do you have to try to type it in manually. Then "add those vowels" ?

# Michael S. Kaplan on 21 May 2008 7:18 PM:

You can just load the Hebrew keyboard with MSKLC, and then save the KLC file from the File menu....

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