Russian Keyboard Entry (Mac)

Setting Up the Russian 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 Russian and click on Russian.

    Select Russian Language keyboard options

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

    Selecting the Russian-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 Russian keyboard

    Language Menu Options
  11. Your text input option should have turned to the Russian flag icon. You now have the Russian keyboard enabled and can begin typing in Cyrillic.

Using the Russian Keyboard in Mac OS

QWERTY Layout

The basic layout of the Russian-QWERTY keyboard maps most of the Cyrillic letters phonetically to their U. S. letter counterparts.

Russian Base Keyboard Layout

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

Russian Option Keyboard Layout

 

PC Layout

The basic layout of the Russian-PC keyboard maps most of the Cyrillic letters as you would find on a computer in the Russian Federation or in most of the Russian speaking world.

Russian PC Base Layout

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

Russian PC Keyboard Option Layout