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(image: Keyman icon) Using a Keyboard

Activating the keyboard

Before you can type with a keyboard, you must activate it. Because each application can have a different keyboard selected, you must make sure the correct application is active before activating a keyboard.

Keyman 6.2 can automatically switch on a Keyman keyboard whenever a particular language is selected. Details on how to do this are in the keyboard install help page. In this situation, switching on a Keyman keyboard is as simple as selecting the language with the Windows language indicator or the Language Bar in Windows XP.

With Word 2002 and other recent applications, Keyman supports an important new integration model through the Text Services Framework (TSF). You can use the TSF for any Unicode Keyman keyboards. To use the TSF with Keyman, activate keyboards through the Language Bar. For more information on the TSF, read this topic.

How to: Select a Keyman keyboard with the Language Bar (Word 2002 and other TSF-enabled applications)

  1. Select the language you wish to type in from the Language Bar.


  2. Select Tavultesoft Keyman from the list of input methods for the language.


  3. Select the Keyman keyboard from the Keyman menu in the Language Bar.

How to: Select a Keyman keyboard with the Keyman keyboard selector (all other applications)

  1. There are two possible icons in the task tray: the Windows language selector, and the Keyman keyboard selector.
  2. First, choose the language you wish to use.
  3. Click on the keyboard indicator in the taskbar status area, and select the keyboard you want from the menu.


Selecting a font

Depending on the application and the keyboard you are using, it may be necessary to select an appropriate font that can display the characters used by the keyboard.

If the output from the active keyboard is a series of rectangles, or gibberish characters, make sure you are using a font that is compatible with the keyboard.

(image: Gibberish output with an incompatible font selected)
Gibberish output with an incompatible font selected

In Microsoft Word, you can also have problems with fonts if you have the wrong language selected. Read FAQ001 for instructions on how to avoid this.

More about Unicode Keyboards

More information on using Unicode keyboards is available here.