Russify MS Windows: Keyboard
If you only browse the Net and read cyrillic documents, you do not really need a cyrillic keyboard switcher. You do need a keyboard switcher if you want to type in Cyrillic.
Your alternatives are:
The following preferences apply:
NLS Cyrillic keyboard for Windows 95
(1) Install Microsoft cyrillic fonts, unless you aready did so. This would enable cyrillic keyboard support.
(2) Make keyboard state visible by going to ControlPanel. Keyboard. Language and checking Enable indicator on taskbar.
(3) Now you can change character set that your keyboard generates by pushing LeftAlt+Shift or by left-clicking on En/Ru indicator on taskbar.
(4) This is a good time to check how your cyrillic support works. Open the WordPad application, switch keyboard into Russian state and start typing something. If you see cyrillic letters, then cyrillic support is installed and works properly.
(5) You installed JTsUKENG keyboard layout -- the one that is used on Russian typewriters. Many people, including me, like Phonetic or YaWERTY keyboard layout in which cyrillic 'A' sits on the same key as latin 'A', cyrillic '.' sits on the same key as latin '.', and so on.
(6) To install this layout, download file kbdru-ph.zip to your Windows\System directory, say, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.
(6a) Unzip downloaded file by executing these commands from MS DOS prompt:
(7) Save your original Windows cyrillic keyboard file, and replace it with downloaded file by executing these commands from MS DOS prompt:
Close all applications and reboot your machine.
After rebooting your standard Russian keyboard will
become a phonetic keyboard, just like the one shown above.
This keyboard layout was generated using Janko''s Keyboard Generator for Windows 95.
NLS Cyrillic keyboard for Windows NT 4.0
NT 4.0 distribution includes Russian CP1251 keyboard layout.
To enable CP1251 keyboard:
(2) Now you can switch keyboard by pushing LeftAlt+Shift or by clicking EN/RU mini-icon on a Task Bar and selecting the appropriate language.
Just like with Windows 95, many people would like to use
Phonetic or YaWERTY keyboard on Windows NT.
If you are one of them:
Comparison to our previous recommendation:
originally we have recommended to use Mike Chikalov *.EXE
program that could change something in the registry and
thus install phonetic layout.
WinKey package for Win95 and Win3.1
(1) Create an installation directory somewhere on your disk. For instance, you create directory C:\WKINST.
(2) Download file winkey.zip to this directory.
(3) Unzip file winkey.zip into directory C:\WKINST:
(4) Start INSTALL.EXE from WKINST directory. Answer "OK" to "Copy Program files to your Windows hard disk?" question.
(5) Then, after some time question "Would you like to add multilingual Windows system fonts?" appears. Answer NO to this question. Fonts in WinKey are not very good, we only use it as a keyboard switcher.
(6) Now installation is complete and you can use WinKey.
All program files are placed into directory WINKEY
on the same drive where you have the installation directory.
(7) Start program WINKEY\winkey.exe.
First time it starts, it asks "Would you like to turn this helpful but annoying
feature off now?".
Answer yes, cause this feature is real annoying.
(8) Now you have WinKey running in background. On its icon it displays current state of your keyboard -- language that you are typing in. To change the language push ScrollLock button.
(9) To access WinKey features and menus push Right Mouse Button
on WinKey icon and while holding the button,
select setting that you want to change.
I do not like writing Cyrillic letters on Latin keyboards
and I have too many keyboards to write on, so
keyboard for WinKey in which
latin letter A produces cyrillic A in cyrillic mode,
latin letter W produces cyrillic B,
latin Q produces cyrillic Ya, and so on.
click ALTERNATE 4 button,
Then select WinKey.RightMouseButton.AlternateKeyboard.YaWERTY KOI8-R,
and now you have YaWERTY keyboard that produces KOI8-R!
WinKey and Hebrew
Submitted by David E. Shleifman.
Here is my small contribution (click here to download). Two keyboard layouts HEB862.WKB (DOS standard) and ISO8859.WKB (windows standard) are designed for using along with hebrew font ELRONET (from ftp://ftpwww.huji.ac.il/pub/fonts/).
Unfortunately it is not possible to type hebrew texts inasmuch as WinKey "Right to Left" option does not work. I use them for small edit purposes only.
RUS866T.WKB is a RUS866.WKB adjusted for typists.