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OS X Mountain Lion: Type in another language

Type in another language

You can type in a language that uses a different writing system (or “script”) from yours without having a keyboard designed for that language. The language you write in can also be different from the language used in your menus and dialogs.

To write in another language, turn on the input source for the language in Language & Text preferences. After turning on the input source, you can choose it from the Input menu in the menu bar whenever you want to use it.

When you choose an input source that doesn’t match the keyboard you have, the keys you see (and press) on your keyboard may be different from the characters that are displayed when you type. To see what keys to press, use the Keyboard Viewer. For more information about the Keyboard Viewer, see:

See how to type characters in another language

Some apps may not support all languages. If the input source is dimmed (not available) in the Input menu, the app doesn’t support that language.

Turn on the input source for a language

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Language & Text, and then click Input Sources.
  2. Select the checkbox next to the input source you want to use.
  3. Select the “Show Input menu in menu bar” checkbox.

Choose the language to type in

Choose the input source for the language from the Input menu (looks like a flag or character) in the menu bar.

Last Modified: Aug 8, 2013
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