Arabic Keyboard Entry (Mac)

Setting Up the Arabic Keyboard in Mac OS

  1. Open the System Preferences Panel by clicking on the Apple Menu in the upper-left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Select the Keyboard icon.

    System Preferences Window Opening

  4. Click on the Input Sources tab.
  5. In the lower-left-hand corner of the panel, click the + button to add a language keyboard.

    Keyboard Preference Panel Open

  6. In the list of languages presented, scroll down until you see Arabic and click on Arabic.

    Select Arabic Language keyboard options

  7. In the window to the right, select the Arabic-QWERTY or the Arabic-PC keyboard, whichever you are most comfortable typing with or whichever your instructor asks you to use.
  8. Click the ADD button.

    Selecting the Arabic-QWERTY keyboard
  9. Go ahead and close the System Preference panels once you have selected your language keyboard.
  10. In the upper-right-hand portion of your screen, you will see that some language selection options have appeared. Click on the Text Input menu option to select your Arabic keyboard

    Language Menu Options
  11. Your text input option should have turned to the Arabic symbol icon. You now have an Arabic keyboard enabled and can begin typing.

Using the Arabic Keyboard in Mac OS

QWERTY Layout

The basic layout of the Arabic-QWERTY keyboard maps most of the Arabic glyphs phonetically to their U. S. letter counterparts.

Arabic Base Keyboard Layout

By pressing the Option key or Shift-Option key combination, more glyphs and other useful characters become available.

Arabic Option Keyboard Layout

 

PC Layout

The basic layout of the Arabic-PC keyboard maps most of the Arabic glyphs as you would find on a computer in the Middle East or in most of the Arab speaking world.

Arabic PC Base Layout

By pressing the Option key or Shift-Option key combination, more glyphs and other useful characters become available.

Arabic PC Keyboard Option Layout