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(image: Keyman icon) What's New

Text Services Framework support

Keyman 6.2 supports the new Text Services Framework that is part of Microsoft Office XP. This enables Keyman to integrate with Microsoft Word 2002 much better than previously. Click here for more information.

Enhanced European keyboard support

Keyman 5.0 required you to use a US English keyboard (QWERTY layout) for full compatibility with Keyman keyboards. Version 6.2 now supports any layout you wish to use, and is not dependent on US English in any way.

Visual keyboards

An on-screen and printable keyboard is now available for Keyman 6.2 keyboards.


Keyman now supports add-ins for other applications. Included with Keyman 6.2 are add-ins for Word and RichEdit. The RichEdit add-in does not require RichEdit 3.0.

Enhanced integration with Windows languages

It is now possible to switch Keyman keyboards on automatically when a language is selected as a non-Administrative user.

What was new in Keyman 5.0?

Unicode support

With the release of version 5.0, Keyman now includes full support for Unicode. Unicode is a character encoding standard that supports most of the world's more common scripts, and includes support for user-defined scripts. Keyman 5.0 keyboards now support input and output of any of the thousands of characters defined in Unicode, including characters outside the Basic Multilingual Plane which are encoded with surrogate pairs.

Integration with Windows

Keyman 5.0 integrates more tightly with the multilingual features of Windows 9x, Me, NT, and 2000. Keyman 5.0 also features full shell integration, so that you can install a keyboard by simply double-clicking on its icon in Windows Explorer.

Keyman Developer

From version 5.0 and up, the Keyman Developer (previously TIKE) is a separate application, which must be downloaded and registered independently. This simplifies the deployment of Keyman on the majority of systems, where keyboard development is not required. See the Keyman Developer website for more information.