Russian on-screen keyboard

There is an on-screen keyboard for French, and it would be great if you could add a similar on-screen keyboard for Russian, as it looks like many people are complaining about not being able to type answers in the Russian courses.

January 2, 2017


What is your platform? Is it Windows? If you run Windows, you already have this. Go to "Control Panel", then "Easy of Access Center", there you can find an on-screen keyboard (English). For the Russian one you should already have this language on your computer.

If you don't have Russian on your PC, you can download it from Microsoft:

  1. Go to Settings -> Time language & Region language.

  2. Select Add a language.

  3. Select the language you want to use from the list, then choose which region's version you want to use. Your download will begin immediately.

January 2, 2017

Nah, windorch no way. Too old, cheesy, buggy and insecure. 100% linux.

January 3, 2017

Load a Cyrillic keyboard on Linux, then. Here are instructions for more recent releases of Ubuntu, and it won't be difficult to find instructions for whatever distribution you use. An onscreen keyboard can't hold a candle to typing on the keyboard.

January 3, 2017

Sweet, thanks! worked perfectly

July 26, 2018

Give the DuoKeyboard extension a try. It is available for: Chrome, Firefox and Opera

January 7, 2017

Awesome! Makes it really easy to learn the Russian keyboard layout. I completed just a few lessons and already managed to memorize the position of some of the most used letters.

May 25, 2017

Both duokeyboard extension and russian keyboard stickers are the best combination! Thanks for your suggestion!

July 22, 2019
April 5, 2017

I use my Russian keyboard on my Android device for that.

January 3, 2017

Winrus is a good one. I write the Russian words using this, then copy and paste them into Duo.

January 2, 2017

just for old XX century windows, not a solution for us all.

January 2, 2017

Languages like French only have a few additional letters and diacritics, so it's easy to put them on screen, however it would be quite a mess to put the entire Russian alphabet and its 33 letters on screen.

January 2, 2017

no, it is not a mess, it is simple. any android phone has a russian keyboard.

January 2, 2017

I find I prefer to do Russian on the mobile app because it switches back and forth between keyboards automatically. I selected the Russian language choice under setup. On my mac I need to pull up show keyboard when I switch and then it hides what I did correctly or incorrectly. I tried to find a keyboard cover/protector to mark the keys and put it over my regular keyboard but couldn't find one.

February 16, 2017

I realize this was posted a year ago but for those new to this study and looking for cyrillic keyboard stickers (transparent to go over the existing keys on your key board and showing both the original letters and the new cyrillic letters - just go to Amazon and type in Russian Keyboard stickers - there are probably 20 solutions you can choose from. And in windows - once you have downloaded the Russian keyboard software - you can switch between English and any other language you have loaded with a simple click of your mouse. And they come in both transparent and non-transparent as well as in 4 different color combinations. Prices in the $6 to $9 range and next day or two day free shipping with prime.

June 5, 2018

My transparent key covers (for Russian came today) - they are red which against the black background are not as sharp as I might like them - I think the blue or yellow would have stood out a bit more - but they are fine - will help me learn the keys faster if I have to struggle a bit up front - I normally touch type so will need to learn the positions or I will be hunt and pick typing - I just click on the language selection (there is also a key stoke to change keyboards which I have not mastered yet to go back and forth between language keyboards) - I have 4 language packs installed so the key stroke change is a bit tricky to get the right one up without looking at the pull down list. Hope this helps anyone struggling with which keys are which and the ability to switch easily between keyboards.

June 8, 2018
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