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Greek Keyboard - How to get it.


How to change to a Greek keyboard, for your equipment.

Op.System version Explanation by
Windows 10 Microsoft
Windows 8.1, 7 Microsoft
Apple Mac iOS wikiHow
Apple Mac iOS youtube
Browser Chrome Plugin
Browser Firefox Plugin
Browser Opera Plugin
CellPhone iOS, Android, other wikihow


  • On keyboards, to get accent marks, use the lowercase (i.e. the semi-colon key) , located to the right of the L key on a US keyboard.
  • On mobile phones for accents, just hold the letter for an extra second or two and there will appear a variety of that letter with accents. Slide up to the one you want.
  • For Linux (debian) :
    • use "setxkbmap gr".
    • use fluxbox as windowmanager.
    • To switch between us and gr add the following lines to ~/.fluxbox/keys:
    • F12 :execCommand setxkbmap gr
    • Shift F12 :execCommand setxkbmap us

If you have a different operating system, or the explanations on these links still leaves you confused, also check out : Greek Keyboard - Other suggestions

If you have any other references that you have found beneficial for accessing a Greek keyboard, please comment below.

[Guide] To other Keyboards

February 22, 2019



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Greek Keyboard - other suggestions

Suggestions for keyboards , from our language learning community:

Op.System version Explanation by
Windows vista and later billmounce
Windows 10, 8, Visa, XP Conversation Exchange
Windows 10 isunshare
Windows 10 acer
Windows/Mac Charles pdf
Virtual lexilogos
Virtual gate2home
Transliterate GR.TRANSLIT.CC

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QWERTY keyboard and finding Greek Characters


Brilliant! This is what we've always wanted and didn't even know we could have. Thank you so much Linda on behalf of all learners. Everyone should bookmark this link. It's perfect for Greek but not only, because there are also guides to other language keyboards.

The screenshot of the keyboard will be a game-changer for all students and in particular those who are new to Greek. And yes as you note more than half the letters in the Greek Alphabet are the same as the English. And some that sound the same are exactly where their English equivalents are...for example the Greek Ππ is on the English Pp, Λλ is on Ll, Σσ is on Ss and Φφ is on Ff.

So, while the Greek Alphabet may seem daunting at first this will show you just how similar to English it is and how easy it is to learn.

Thank you doesn't half say how grateful we all are for this presentation.


Dear Jaye,
You are an inspiration, and I am so thankful to be able to serve in a team with you.
I have some more pans on the stove top that I am also going to bring out soon. ( shhhhhh .... they are still in the early stages .... but they are looking promising. )

Also - I am looking forward to double back and spruce this one up, and and also be able to offer it in a different format.

We all think differently, all of us are unique. And so it is good to have material presented in different ways. Yet that these ways are also accessible. That people can find them. And follow the ways of explaining things that are most appropriate for where they are at, from their history, and skills they have and what they do.

I also welcome others to link to other resources that they find useful. Also to create resources to share that they find useful. For this may also assist others, and will leave me in their debt.

To speak of which, also we need some links to some of the excellent posts you have done Jaye !


Well, if they are even a tenth as good as this we're in for a great ride. But everything you do is top of the line. Again thanks for it all. Can't wait.


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QWERTY keyboard and finding Greek Characters

Good news for English speakers, that 14 of the 24 characters on the Greek keyboard/alphabet are quite familiar. And are located on the keys that are also similar to the US English keyboard. However, take a note of a couple of differences.

You will notice that the Greek letter "Ρ, ρ" is on the key for "R" on an English keyboard. And this is important to note. The sound that the Greek letter "Ρ , ρ" represents is the same as r in the English language.
i.e. ροζ ρύζι / ΡΟΖ ΡΥΖΙ : pink rice (or "rose rice") Said similar in transliteration/greek written in latin characters as : roz rýzi .

This also introduces accents that are used in Modern Greek.
The accent over the vowel shows where the emphasis comes in the pronunciation. E.g. μαμά = maMA.

On a keyboard you can type the accent by pressing the Imgur key, before you press the vowel which needs the accent. The vowels are ά, έ, ή, ί, ό, ύ, ώ. On this example keyboard, you will notice they are highlighted in yellow.
You will notice the Imgur on an English US keyboard on the right of the L key.


So now, there are just the 10 other characters. I will create another post for this soon.

The English keyboard continues to make it easy to learn the Greek letters.

  • Π π : You will notice on the English key P is the Greek letter that represents the P sound, being Π π. Which is the well known maths symbol we call "pi".

  • Σ , σ which gives us the "s" sound, is on the English "s" key. This letter has one more trick, in that when it is used at the end of a word, the letter changes to look like ς. You will see this character is just above the English "s" key, on the English "w" key.

  • Δ δ is on the English "d" key. However in Modern Greek the sound this letter represents is unique, and is approximately between a d sound and th sound.

  • Φ φ which represents the "f" sound, is on the English f key.

  • Γ γ which give the harsh g sound, is on the English g key. s on the L key.
  • Ω ω which is the well know symbol for Omega watches, and represent an o sound.
  • Leaving the last one Ψ
  • Λ λ for the L sound, i ψ looking like the pitch fork of the water god Poseidon, and you hear in the word ψάρι {το} : fish (in greeklish "psári".) Ψ represents the "ps" sound .

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ευχαριστώ! Glad to be set-up with a greek keyboard :)


Great work lindakanga!

I spend a few minutes to find something that you have forgotten... The only things that I tried to find are διαλυτικά and άνω τελεία :-)


getting close to midnight here in the land of oz. Sorry I may not be able to process this ... possibly for a couple of days, as the weekend is on us way down south - and it is a hot one with all the dangers a hot one brings.
Thanks so much for your valued contribution. Thank you also for your patience.

διαλυτικά : ie Ϊ ϊ ῒ ΐ ῗ Ϋ ϋ ῢ ΰ ῧ ϔ , being the two dots over a letter.

In Modern Greek, αϊ and οϊ represent the diphthongs /ai̯/ and /oi̯/, and εϊ the disyllabic sequence /e.i/, whereas αι, οι, and ει transcribe the simple vowels /e/, /i/, and /i/. The diacritic can be the only one on a vowel, as in ακαδημαϊκός (akadimaïkós, 'academic'), or in combination with an acute accent, as in πρωτεΐνη (proteïni, 'protein').

άνω τελεία : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct

An interpunct (·), also known as an interpoint,[1] middle dot, middot, and centered dot or centred dot, is a punctuation mark consisting of a vertically centered dot used for interword separation in ancient Latin script.
The modern Greek ano teleia mark (άνω τελεία, ánō teleía, lit. "upper stop"), also known as the áno stigmī́ (άνω στιγμή), is the infrequently-encountered Greek semicolon and is properly romanized as such.[7] It is also used to introduce lists in the manner of an English colon.[6] In Greek text, Unicode provides a unique code point—U+0387 · GREEK ANO TELEIA[8]—but it is also expressed as an interpunct. In practice, the separate code point for ano teleia canonically decomposes to the interpunct.[6]


No worries. I will give you a hand...

a) For διαλυτικά: shift + tone key + letter

b) For διαλυτικά and tone: right alt + tone key + letter

For the άνω τελεία, . . . it's complicated.

Enjoy the rest of your summer at the adorable Land of Aussie :-)


Whenever I install Greek it always becomes my display language! It's not like I can disable only that and still have the Greek keyboard. For any other Windows 10 users, how do you get the Greek keyboard without everything turning Greek all of a sudden?


ohhh it does not do that for me. I am NOT saying this is not the reality for your situation.
You will need me to have some time to focus on what questions I need to ask you. Such as what platform are you accessing this through? Especially what software is your device running ?
Such as the version of the operating system.


How do you get accents on the Greek keyboard?

  1. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS READ THE COMMENTS BEFORE POSTING YOUR OWN. This is all givenin the comments. But here we go again:

2Go here for more information on the Greek alphabet. The accents are explained near the end.


Also, read the advice and other comments here:



This is the Greek Forum you should bookmark it for further use.



Do you also know how to type the Iota subscript? I can only copy paste it and it takes forever... ᾠῇ


You might like to check out: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/17517247 on Ancient Greek Resources.

ohhh - I have not heard of that script. Ahhh - that is as it is associated with ancient Greek, not Modern Greek. And relates to only a couple of letters.
If I locate answers for how to type them, I will post back here.

Unless of course someone else beats me to it :D

More resources to check out:

However in my initial brief reading, I do not see the answer to your specific request in these links. I will be returning on another day to clean up this reply post.


Duolingo teaches Modern Greek and the "Iota subscript" is not used in Modern Greek. You can find Ancient Greek keyboards on the internet. ᾠῇ is not used anywhere on our course.


I know that it is only used in Ancient Greek and that it's not used on the Duolingo course, but thank you anyways.

great Lindakanga! Thank you for your time!


I will still be looking into this challenge.
Yes, it is not relevant to our course that focuses on teaching to/from Modern Greek.
However I know for historians, and also people interested in certain religious pursuits that they would be interested in this.

And, it is highly likely, rather than posting here, I will accumulate interesting information in a separate post to cater for issues of Ancient Greek script.

So if you could hang 10 for now, while I gather information hopefully over this next week.

And then of course, will from then on use that as a reference to accumulate more useful information on Ancient Greek Scripts over time, including for others to also gather appropriate information in this post that is yet to be created.


Merci infiniment pour votre réponse T F

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