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(image: Keyman icon) Using Keyman in different versions of Windows


Older versions of Windows have had limited support for non-European scripts. Each version of Windows has its own set of limitations and things to watch out for.

How to: Discover which version of Windows you have

  1. Hold down the Windows key, and press Pause.
  2. If you do not have a Windows key on your keyboard, start Control Panel and select System.
  3. The dialog that appears will tell you which version of Windows you have.

Windows 95, 98 and Me

  • These versions of Windows do not support Unicode input directly.
  • Keyman makes Unicode input possible with a limited set of applications, including, among others: Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, WordPad (and other programs that use RichEdit), UltraEdit, EmEditor.
  • Check the Tavultesoft website for an up-to-date list of applications that support Unicode input with Keyman.
  • Windows 95, 98 and Me do not support Unicode supplementary plane characters.
  • Keyman requires Internet Explorer 4.0 or later on Windows 95 to run.

Windows NT 4

Windows 2000, Windows XP (Home and Pro)

  • Keyman has no special requirements on these operating systems.
  • These operating systems do not display Unicode supplementary plane characters by default.
  • Display of many Unicode scripts is dependent on a Microsoft technology known as Uniscribe.

How to: Switch on Unicode supplementary plane character display in Windows 2000 and Windows XP

  1. Start Keyman Configuration, and select the Options tab.
  2. Select the checkbox Turn on Unicode supplementary character display.
  3. Close Keyman Configuration (it will prompt you to restart Windows).