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How to enable and use different language Input Sources

You can use the Input Sources pane of Language & Text preferences to turn on input sources, so you can type in other languages.

  1. From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose Language & Text.
  3. Click the Input Sources tab. You should see a window similar to this:

  • To enable a different language's input source, select the checkbox next to any input source you want to use.
  • To show the Input menu at the right side of the menu bar, select "Show input menu in menu bar". The Input menu contains all the enabled language input sources you selected so you can easily switch between them.
  • Use "Input Source options" to select whether you want to use the same input source in all documents, or if you want to use different input sources in different documents.
  • You can use the shortcuts to switch between your selected input sources. If your portable Mac supports Trackpad Handwriting, the Trackpad Handwriting shortcut is also available. You can turn Trackpad Handwriting on and off using the shortcut.

About bidirectional text

If your computer is set up to use a right-to-left language, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Persian, Pashto, and Urdu, bidirectional text options are available.

  • Select the “Use split cursor” checkbox to show a split cursor when you move the cursor to a boundary between left-to-right and right-to-left text. The split cursor is often more precise than the single insertion point when working with bidirectional text.
  • Select the “Enable keyboard shortcuts” checkbox to use keyboard shortcuts to change the direction of text and to type the Arabic date in the order it’s displayed, using slashes. To enter each slash in the Arabic date, press Control-Slash.

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