Arabic Keyboard Entry (Win)

Setting Up an Arabic Keyboard in Windows 10

Windows Regional and Language Options control several options on your computer that may vary by region. Formats, Location, keyboards and Languages and Administrative Options. You can edit documents in multiple languages by changing the language (the input language) in which you type. Input languages are included with Windows, but you need to add them to your list of languages before you can use them.

Important Note: Whenever changing languages, be sure you have "English (United States)" selected as your default Windows Display Language!!! If not, your Windows system will render in the language you defaulted to or the language that is at the top of your selection list!

  1. Click the Start button then clicking the Control Panel icon (the Gear Icon).

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  2. In the Windows Setting window, click on the Time & Language menu item.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  3. In the left-hand sidebar of the Time & Language menu item, select the Language option.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  4. In the Language menu option, go to the approximate center of the window, and choose the ADD A LANGUAGE option by clicking on the "+" button.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  5. In the search bar at the top of the “Choose a Language to Install” menu option, type in your language and select the main keyboard for that language. In this example, we typed in "Arabic" and selected the "Arabiic (Jordan) keyboard. Press the NEXT button to continue.

    Although the main keyboard stays the same, you may want to select a specific language region corresponding to the area of the Arab world you will most likely be focusing on. General guidelines are:

    • Levantine Arabic - We recommend using the Arabic (Jordan) setting
    • Egyptian Arabic - We recommend using the Arabic (Egypt) setting
    • Modern Standard Arabic - We recommend using the Arabic (Saudi Arabia) setting

      Windows Keyboard Setup

  6. If your selected language provides for it, make sure that “basic typing” is checked, and choose optional add-ons such as Speech and Handwriting. Make sure the “Install Language Pack” checkbox option is set as well. Press the NEXT button to continue.

    Windows Keyboard Setup

  7. Once the language pack is installed successfully, the Language window will display both English and your selected Language options.

    Arabic Keyboard Setup Step 7
  8. Your default keyboard will be the Arabic PC 101 layout.

  9. Close out the Settings windows.

  10. In the lower right-hand corner of your Windows desktop, you should see a language option entitled ENG. This means you have English set for your keyboard. Click the ENG button on your system tray to change the language.

    Arabic Keyboard Setup Step 11
  11. Select your alternative language keyboard to change your language. The ENG letters will change to to indicate you are now in a different keyboard.

Using the Arabic Keyboard in Windows 10

The standard Arabic keyboard is what most users see in the Middle East and in most Arabic speaking areas.

Standard Windows Arabic Keyboard Layout

Please note that Windows 10 does not automatically give you Arabic Indic numbers as part of the built-in keyboard. If you need to use Arabic Indic numbers, you will need to install the Arabic Microsoft Language Pack for Microsoft Office and configure it within Microsoft Word to access the numbers.