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Free Hebrew phonetic keyboard for Windows

Others might be interested in this free homophonic Hebrew keyboard from the University of Kansas, on which the letters are more or less where an English speaker would expect them to be, making it straightforward to type Hebrew without the need for keyboard stickers or having to memorise the arbitrary default layout.

Installation instructions:


The file itself is located at: https://egarc.drupal.ku.edu/sites/egarc.drupal.ku.edu/files/files/keyboards/KU_HE.zip

June 21, 2016



Thanks for this! Perfect! I use a similar keyboard for Russian (instead of the layout used in Russia, the Cyrillic letters are "matched" to a similar English sound, which makes it easy to type the Russian sentences). It's a good concept, makes it much easier to learn to type.

I already installed the Hebrew keyboard, and was impressed by the step-by-step info on the page you linked to.

Very helpful!

Now, back to Hebrew to see if I can finish a skill or two!


Did you have any trouble with it in the beginning? I installed it, but holding the shift key doesn't give me the other Hebrew letters . . . just a capitalized English letter instead.


To make this keyboard layout work under Windows 10, you'll need to open the Registry Editor (Win+R, then type "regedit"), then navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layouts\0000040d", and change the "Layout File" from "KBDHEB.DLL" to "KU_HE.dll", then restart the computer.

This fixes the "unavailable input method" error.


Hmm, interesting... maybe I'll go with this layout instead.


OK. I've looked and looked and looked, and I can't seem to find how to make the tsere and patach. If truly not provided on this keyboard, it seems like an extraordinary oversight, given they've provided for every other niqqud sign/mark.


In a pinch, you can always use "alt codes" to add Hebrew vowels and points. Tsere is 0197 and patah is 0199.

To add points to Hebrew letters:
Set your Language Bar to Hebrew [Left ALT + SHIFT] and ensure NUMBER Pad is on [press NUM LOCK key.] Type a Hebrew letter or word. With insertion point to the left of a letter hold down the Left ALT key, type the code using the Number Pad on the Right of your keyboard, then release ALT.

qamats 0200
pataḥ 0199
sheva 0192
dagesh or mapiq 0204
qubuts 0203
holam 0201
shin dot 0209
sin dot 0210
hiriq 0196
tsere 0197
segol 0198
ḥataf pataḥ 0194
ḥataf segol 0193
ḥataf kamats 0195
rafe 0207
paseq 0208
sof paseq 0211
space 0253
meteg 0205
makaf 0206
Or, on the Site Map, look for "ALT Codes for Vowel Pointing":

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    I'll leave a note here because I was just struggling with the same problem, and it will probobly be useful for Yiddish when/if it gets released. The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator 1.4 can be downloaded here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22339 Once running the software you can load the keyboard of your choice with File -> Load Existing Keyboard... Then you can edit the keyboard layout, so, for example, I want my SHIFT+z to give a patach so I input U+05B7 in the Shift+key field. Then you could Project -> Build (or Test) and then run the setup file created.


    Thank goodness! I've been wondering how i was going to type my hebrew answers to complete my tasks and no one can help me

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