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Install the Cyrillic keyboard on your computer

by Natalia Kulikova

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM.

Learn how to install Russian alphabet to your computer or phone and how to access an onscreen keyboard.

For Macs:

To add a language to your Mac, go to System Preferences, then click Language&Text and choose Input Sources. There, you’ll be able to choose the languages you want to have on your computer (add Russian). To get access to an onscreen keyboard, tick Keyboard&Character Viewer in the same menu. After that, you’ll be able to both change the language and summon the keyboard by clicking on a little flag picture in the right-top corner of your screen (next to time and battery life.)

For Windows:

The exact titles for menus you need to click vary depending on the version of Windows you have (XP, Vista, Win7, Win8), but the differences are minimal. What is “Regional and Language Options” in WinXP, is “Clock, Language, and Region” in Win8. So if you can’t find the particular title we name here, look for something very similar.

To install another language, open Start menu, click Control Panel, then Control Panel (or Settings, and then Control Panel), then double-click Regional and Language Options. Find the Languages tab, and then click Details under “Text Services and Input Languages” or “Change Keyboards”, depending on the version of the Windows you have. Then under Installed Services, click Add, and find the language you want to add and the keyboard layout you want to use for that language.

To access the onscreen keyboard, click Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Accessibility, and then click On-Screen Keyboard.

For Android:

To select the language you want to work with on Android, go to Settings, then Language and Keyboard, click Android Keyboard and then Input Language. You can also download alternative keyboards and other input methods on Google Play.

For iPhone and iPad:

To add a language, click Settings, then General -> Keyboard -> International keyboards -> Choose a language. 

Web keyboard

Another way to type in Russian that doesn't require installing anything at all, is to go to translit.ru, and use the keyboard there. You'll be able to type in English, and the website will change the english letters into Russian ones (for example, every time you type "ya" it will change into "я", "zh" will become "ж", "s" will turn into Russian "с", and so on.)

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