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Getting Started with Keyman for Mac OS X

Follow these steps for a basic introduction to Keyman for Mac OS X:

Note

Keyman for Mac OS X must be installed first. For help on installing Keyman for Mac OS X, please see: How To - Download and Install Keyman for Mac OS X

Step 1

Check the menu bar near the clock to see if Keyman for Mac OS X is active. If it is active you will see the Keyman icon:

Step 2

  • If the Keyman icon is in the menu bar near the clock, continue on to Step 5.

  • If the Keyman icon is not in the menu bar near the clock, choose Keyman from the Input menu in the menu bar. The Input menu appears in the menu bar only if you enable at least one input source 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 Mac OS X is not added as an input source. Read steps 3 and 4 to learn how to add Keyman for Mac OS X as an input source.

Step 3

To add Keyman for Mac OS X as an input source:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences.

  • Click Keyboard, then click Input Sources.

  • Click , then select Keyman in Multiple Languages.

  • Click Add.

Step 4

  • Choose Keyman from the Input menu in the menu bar.

  • Keyman for Mac OS X will now be active and the Keyman icon will be in the menu bar near the clock.

Step 5

Open a typing application, like TextEdit.

Step 6

Select a Keyman keyboard from the Keyboards menu under Keyman in the Input menu.

Tip

If there are no Keyman keyboards in the Keyboards menu, you can learn how to install one here: How To - Download and Install a Keyman Keyboard

Step 7

To learn how to type with your new Keyman keyboard, open the On-Screen Keyboard tool. You can open the On-Screen Keyboard tool from the On-Screen Keyboard link under Keyman in the Input menu.

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 8

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

Step 9

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

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