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The Arabic language is spoken by over 280 million people in the world. For native Arabic speakers or those who are currently learning Arabic, it may be necessary to type in Arabic characters on your computer. You may want to use Arabic characters in a word processor such as MS Word, creating visual presentations on MS Powerpoint, chatting with friends on instant messaging programs, or even to type in your Internet browser. This article shows you how to type Arabic characters in Windows 7.
First, click on the "Start Menu" and go to "Control Panel". Under "Control Panel", click on "Clock, Language and Region".
Next, click on "Change keyboards or other input methods" under "Region and Language". A Window will then pop up. Under the "Keyboards and Languages" tab, click on"Change keyboards...". A new window will pop up.
Click on the "General" tab. The default input language is usually English. In order to type in Arabic, you will have to add Arabic as another input language. To do this, click on the "Add" button. The "Add input language" window will appear and here you can select the language that you would like to add from the list of input languages. In this example, let us choose "Arabic (Egypt)". Click on the plus sign next to the language you have chosen and under the "Keyboard" section, check the box next to "Arabic 101". Click "OK".
You will now see that "Arabic (Egypt)" is added under the "Installed Services" section in the "Text Services and Input Languages" window, under the "General" tab. Click "OK". Once you have completed this step, the Language Toolbar will appear on your taskbar. Your default language is English so you will see the "EN" icon there (close to your computer's clock). If you want to type in Arabic, click on the "EN" icon and a pop up menu will appear, where you can choose Arabic as your input language. You should now see "AR" instead of "EN" on your taskbar.
You might be wondering, "How do I type in Arabic now when I don't know which Arabic character is associated to which key on my keyboard?" Most people do not have an Arabic keyboard, therefore in this case, you will need to use the On-Screen Keyboard feature in your computer.
To access the On-Screen Keyboard, click on the "Start" menu and click on "All programs". Under the "Accessories" folder, click on "Easy of Access" subfolder. Click on "On-Screen Keyboard". The on-screen keyboard will now appear. When you choose "AR" as your input language from the Language Toolbar, the On-Screen Keyboard will display Arabic characters.
Depending on which one is more convenient for you, you can choose to type by clicking the keys on the On-Screen Keyboard, or type as usual on your keyboard, using the On-Screen Keyboard as your reference if it is more convenient for you.
You can also use these steps to add any other language as the input language of your computer.