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Getting started with Keyman for macOS

Follow these steps for a basic introduction to Keyman for macOS:

Note: Keyman for macOS must be installed first. For help on installing Keyman for macOS, please see: Install Keyman for macOS.

Step 1: Is Keyman active?

Keyman menu bar

Check the menu bar near the date and time to see if Keyman for macOS is active. If it is active you will see the Keyman icon: Keyman icon

  • If the Keyman icon is in the menu bar near the date/time, continue on to Step 4.

Step 2: Choose Keyman from Input Menu

If the Keyman icon is not in the menu bar, choose Keyman from the Input menu in the menu bar and continue on to Step 4.

Input menu

The Input menu appears in the menu bar only if you enable at least two input sources in Keyboard preferences. The Input menu is identified by a flag or character that represents the input source currently in use.

If Keyman is not in the Input menu, Keyman for macOS is not added as an input source. Follow Step 3 to add Keyman for macOS as an input source.

Step 3: Add Keyman for macOS

To add Keyman for macOS as an input source:

  1. On the Apple menu, click System Preferences.

    Apple menu

  2. Click Keyboard, select the Input Sources tab, and then click +.

  3. In the left-hand pane, select Multiple Languages, and then select Keyman in the right-hand pane.

    Add Keyman

  4. Click Add.

Now, return to Step 2.

Step 4: Select a Keyman keyboard

On the Input menu, point to Keyboards, and then select a Keyman keyboard. Note: If the Keyman menu items are not available, please restart the computer.

Tip:: If there are no Keyman keyboards in the Keyboards menu, you can learn how to install one here: Install a keyboard.

Step 5: Enable the On-Screen Keyboard

Amharic On Screen Keyboard

To become familiar with the layout of a Keyman keyboard, use the On-Screen Keyboard tool: On the Input menu, point to Keyman, and then click On-Screen Keyboard.

Tip:: You do not need to use the On-Screen Keyboard in order to type. You can turn it off at any time.

Tip:: Some Keyman keyboards do not include an On-Screen Keyboard. You will see a standard US keyboard layout if the selected keyboard does not include an On-Screen Keyboard.

Step 6: Start typing!

You can now start typing in your language in almost any application. Use your hardware keyboard or click the keys in the On-Screen Keyboard to type.

Note: To return to using your normal keyboard, choose your default keyboard from the Input menu in the menu bar.