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How To - Download and Install a Keyman Keyboard


You must have a Keyman keyboard installed to type with Keyman in your language. You can download and install a Keyman keyboard at the same time you download and install Keyman. For more information, see: How To - Download and Install Keyman.

You can also add keyboards to Keyman after you have installed Keyman. For more information, keep reading.

Downloading & Installing a Keyman Keyboard within Keyman

Here's how to download and install a Keyman keyboard within Keyman:

  1. Start Keyman.

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Keyman menu (on the Windows Taskbar near the clock).

  3. Click Download keyboard… at the bottom of the window.

  4. Type a language name, a country name, a keyboard name or even name of the author of the keyboard into the search box, or click the Popular keyboards link to see some of the most commonly installed keyboards.

  5. After a moment, Keyman will present a list of keyboards. Choose the keyboard you wish to install.

  6. A page with more details about the keyboard will be presented. Click Install keyboard in this page to continue downloading and installing the keyboard.

  7. The keyboard will be downloaded to your computer.

  8. Click Install at the Install Keyboard/Package dialog.

    Tip: The Install Keyboard/Package dialog includes some helpful information about the keyboard you are installing. In addition to the name, encoding standard, and version of the keyboard, the dialog may also show:

    • Fonts to be installed with the keyboard.

    • Author name and contact information.

    • Specific help and readme information (under the readme tab).

    Note: Install installs the keyboard for anyone who can log on to your computer.

    Note: If a keyboard with the same name is already installed, Keyman will ask you if you want to replace the old keyboard or cancel the installation.

  9. You may be prompted by User Account Control to allow Keyman to make changes to your computer -- click 'Yes'.

  10. The keyboard will now be installed; you can close Keyman Configuration.

Installing a Keyman Keyboard from a Folder on Your Computer

There are two ways you can install a Keyman keyboard from a folder on your computer. The easiest way is to find the keyboard on your computer and double-click to install it. Keyman keyboards have a file name that ends with .KMX or .KMP.

You can also install a keyboard from your computer within Keyman. Here's how:

  1. Start Keyman

  2. Open Keyman Configuration, from the Keyman menu in the Windows taskbar.

  3. Select the Keyboard Layouts tab.

  4. Click Install keyboard….

  5. Find and select the keyboard on your computer.

  6. Click Open.

  7. Click Install at the Install Keyboard or Package dialog. You may be prompted by User Account Control to allow Keyman to make changes to your computer -- click 'Yes'.

    Tip: The Install Keyboard/Package dialog includes some helpful information about the keyboard you are installing. In addition to the name, encoding standard, and version of the keyboard, the dialog may also show:

    • Fonts to be installed with the keyboard.

    • Author name and contact information.

    • Specific help and readme information (under the readme tab).

    • Other details.

    Note: Install installs the keyboard for anyone who can log on to your computer.

    Note: If a keyboard with the same name is already installed, Keyman will ask you if you want to replace the old keyboard or cancel the installation.

  8. Click OK to save your settings and exit Keyman Configuration.

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