Arabic Typing Manual

Typing in Arabic is simple once the IME (Input Method Editor) is installed. Select the program you want to type in and then select the Arabic IME (keyboard), by clicking on Arabic. You can see this being done in the pictures.

Windows Language Bar

Macintosh Language Bar

If you follow the directions you will install the Arabic keyboard on a Mac, and the Arabic (101) keyboard on the Windows. You can see a layout for those keyboards below. You can also see the keyboard you are using by enabling the on-screen keyboard. The alternative phonetic keyboards are not particularly helpful. Arabic sounds are generally too different to make a good phonetic keyboard. You can see the layout of those keyboards on the on-screen keyboard.

Windows Arabic Keyboard

Keyboard map: Windows

Macintosh Arabic Keyboard

Keyboard map: Mac