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How To - Download and Install a Keyman Keyboard

You must have a Keyman keyboard installed to type with Keyman Desktop in your language. You can download and install a Keyman keyboard at the same time you download and install Keyman Desktop. For more information, see: How To - Download and Install Keyman Desktop.

You can also add keyboards to Keyman Desktop after you have installed Keyman Desktop. For more information, keep reading.

Downloading & Installing a Keyman Keyboard within Keyman Desktop

Here's how to download and install a Keyman keyboard within Keyman Desktop:

  1. Start Keyman Desktop.

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Keyman menu (on the Windows Taskbar near the clock).

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Click Download keyboard….

  5. From the dropdown boxes, find a language associated with your keyboard and click Search.

  6. Click Install Keyboard for the keyboard you want to install.

    Tip

    The icons to the right of each keyboard name show valuable information about what the keyboard includes:

    • – means that the keyboard is a Unicode keyboard.
    • – means the keyboard has a virtual On Screen Keyboard.
    • – means the keyboard contains help documentation.
    • – means the keyboard comes with fonts.
    • – means the keyboard has introductory help.

    Note

    You may also download the keyboard without installing it. Tick 'Don't install, just download' in the Download Keyboard window.

    Note

    If the keyboard you want doesn't have an Install Keyboard button, then the keyboard has been made available from a third-party site. You can download the keyboard by following the links provided. If the keyboard doesn't install automatically, follow the instructions below to install a keyboard from your computer.

  7. Click Install or Install for all users at the Install Keyboard or Package dialog.

    Tip

    The Install Keyboard/Package dialog includes some helpful information about the keyboard you are installing. In addition to the name, encoding standard, and version of the keyboard, the dialog may also show:
    • Fonts to be installed with the keyboard.

    • Author name and contact information.

    • Specific help and readme information (under the readme tab).

    • Other details.

    Note

    Install for all users installs the keyboard for anyone who can log on to your computer. Install installs the keyboard only for the user account currently logged on to your computer. If you do not see both options, it means you are running as an Administrator and the keyboard will be installed for all users on the computer.

    Note

    If a keyboard with the same name is already installed, Keyman Desktop will ask you if you want to replace the old keyboard or cancel the installation.
  8. Click OK if asked to configure you computer to work with your new keyboard.

  9. Click OK to save your settings and exit Keyman Configuration.

Installing a Keyman Keyboard from a Folder on Your Computer

There are two ways you can install a Keyman keyboard from a folder on your computer. The easiest way is to find the keyboard on your computer and double-click to install it. Keyman keyboards have a file name that ends with .KMX or .KMP.

You can also install a keyboard from your computer within Keyman Desktop. Here's how:

  1. Start Keyman

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Keyman menu in the Windows taskbar.

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Click Install keyboard….

  5. Find and select the keyboard on your computer.

  6. Click Open.

  7. Click Install or Install for all users at the Install Keyboard or Package dialog.

    Tip

    The Install Keyboard/Package dialog includes some helpful information about the keyboard you are installing. In addition to the name, encoding standard, and version of the keyboard, the dialog may also show:
    • Fonts to be installed with the keyboard.

    • Author name and contact information.

    • Specific help and readme information (under the readme tab).

    • Other details.

    Note

    Install for all users installs the keyboard for anyone who can log on to your computer. Install installs the keyboard only for the user account currently logged on to your computer. If you do not see both options, it means you are running as an Administrator and the keyboard will be installed for all users on the computer.

    Note

    If a keyboard with the same name is already installed, Keyman Desktop will ask you if you want to replace the old keyboard or cancel the installation.
  8. Click OK if asked to configure you computer to work with your new keyboard.

  9. Click OK to save your settings and exit Keyman Configuration.

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