Urdu Keyboard

The choice between the Urdu Keyboard and an Urdu Arabic keyboard depends on your preferences and requirements for Urdu typing. Both layouts have their own characteristics: 

Note: You can also make use of our Urdu Translator.

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Urdu  Keyboard:

  • Phonetic Layout: The Urdu  Keyboard is designed to be phonetic, allowing users to type Urdu using a QWERTY-based layout that corresponds to the sounds of the Urdu language.
  • Commonly Used: This layout is widely used and recognized for Urdu typing, especially in Pakistan.
  • Additional Characters: It includes additional characters and ligatures specific to Urdu, making it easier for users to type in the Urdu language.

Urdu Arabic Keyboard:

  • Arabic Script Layout: An Urdu Arabic keyboard would typically follow the layout of the Arabic script. This layout is based on the Arabic script and includes characters specific to both Urdu and Arabic.
  • Standard Arabic Layout: It follows the standard Arabic script layout and may be used for typing in both Arabic and Urdu.
  • Right-to-Left Writing: Like the Arabic script, the Urdu Arabic keyboard is written from right to left.

Choosing Between Them:

  • Phonetic vs. Script-Based: If you are comfortable with a phonetic layout and want a keyboard that corresponds to the sounds of Urdu, the  Urdu Keyboard might be more suitable. If you prefer a traditional script-based layout, an Urdu Arabic keyboard following the Arabic script may be more appropriate.
  • Usage Context: Consider the context in which you'll be typing. If you need to type in both Urdu and Arabic, an Urdu Arabic keyboard might be more versatile.
  • Personal Preference: It ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some users find phonetic layouts more intuitive, while others prefer the traditional script-based layout.

When setting up your computer for Urdu typing, you can choose the specific layout in the operating system settings. On Windows and macOS, you can add the Urdu language and keyboard layout in the control panel or system preferences. On Linux, you can configure the keyboard layout through system settings or configuration files.

Always refer to the documentation of your specific operating system for the most accurate instructions, as the steps may vary depending on the version you are using.


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