Arabic Keyboard

Arabic keyboards are designed for typing in the Arabic language, and the layout is different from the standard QWERTY layout used for English. There are a few common Arabic keyboard layouts, but the most widely used one is the Arabic 101 layout.

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1. Switch to Arabic Keyboard Layout:

Before you start typing, ensure your computer is set to use the Arabic keyboard layout. You can do this through the language and input settings on your operating system:

  • Windows:
    • Press Windows key + Space or Alt + Shift to cycle through the available keyboard layouts until you reach the Arabic layout.
  • macOS:
    • Go to "System Preferences" > "Keyboard" > "Input Sources" and add the Arabic keyboard. You can switch between layouts using Command + Space.

2. Basic Typing:

Once you've switched to the Arabic keyboard layout, typing basic characters is similar to using a standard QWERTY keyboard. However, keep in mind that Arabic is a right-to-left script, so text input and cursor movement follow that direction.

3. Arabic Letter Forms:

Arabic letters change shape based on their position in a word (initial, medial, final, or isolated). The keyboard automatically adjusts the letter forms based on the context.

4. Common Arabic Characters:

Here are some common Arabic characters and their positions on the Arabic 101 keyboard layout:

  • ء (Hamza): Press the key located to the left of the number 1 key.
  • أ (Alef with Hamza Above): Press the Shift + \.
  • آ (Alef with Madda Above): Press the Shift + '.
  • ب (Ba): Press the ب key.
  • ت (Ta): Press the ت key.
  • ث (Tha): Press the ث key.
  • ج (Jeem): Press the ج key.
  • ح (Haa): Press the ح key.
  • خ (Khaa): Press the خ key.
  • د (Dal): Press the د key.

5. Switching Between Languages:

If you use multiple languages or keyboard layouts, know how to switch between them. This is often necessary when typing in different languages or using different scripts. On Windows, it's typically Alt + Shift, and on macOS, it's Command + Space.

6. Language and Input Settings:

Check your computer's language and input settings to ensure that the Arabic keyboard layout is selected. This is usually found in the system preferences or control panel.

Remember that these instructions are general, and the specific details might vary slightly depending on your operating system and any additional software you have installed. If you encounter any difficulties, refer to the documentation for your specific Arabic keyboard or consult your operating system's help resources.

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