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For reference we show here the layout for the Israeli Hebrew keyboard:

To type Hebrew vowels on an Israeli Hebrew Keyboard, it is usually necessary to press caps-lock-shift, and then one of the keys on the top row of the keyboard.  This reference shows the layout. To learn basic typing on the Israeli Hebrew keyboard, try Hebrew Keyboard TutorTo type up study materials in Hebrew, and take quizzes, try newSLATE.

Mac OS 8.6/9: Full Hebrew support is included on your installation disk.  Install it (see these instructions or these other instructions). Then click on the little flag on the right side of the topmost task bar.  In the list that is displayed, click in the checkbox to add the Hebrew keyboard layout.  Now, to see how the keys are arranged, use Keycaps (which you can find by clicking on the Apple icon on the left side of the topmost task bar) to select the Hebrew keyboard.  You can then type in Hebrew in SimpleText, and perhaps other applications (experiment to find out what works).

Mac OS 10.2 or later: Full Hebrew support is built-in.  To use Hebrew, go to System Preferences, and from the Personal area, select International.  On the International panel, select the Input Menu tab, and put a check mark next to Hebrew.  You will now have a small flag icon in the application menu bar at the top of the screen.  Select the Israeli flag icon to type in Hebrew.  Use Keycaps (from Finder, go to Applications | Utilities) to determine keyboard layout.

Linux:If you have Linux, it is best to consult IGLU.

Windows PC: If you have a Windows PC, you can get Hebrew support from Microsoft.  On newer systems, such as Windows XP, you may find that Hebrew support is included on your installation CD, or, if your new computer did not come with a Windows installation CD, it may already be on your computer.  If you have a newer system, begin by looking through the installation CD or your system for language or regional options.  The easiest way to do this is by clicking on Start|Help and searching for "add language." Follow the instructions, and if you find Hebrew there, install it.  Now, try typing in Hebrew in Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program.  Create a new message, set Format|Encoding|Right-to-Left, pick a Hebrew font (e.g. Miriam, David), and begin typing. 

Otherwise, or if you have Windows 98 or later (Microsoft no longer provides this support for older Windows operating systems), follow these steps:

Note:   Windows ME users who upgrade from Windows 98 where Hebrew support was already installed may need to first uninstall Hebrew support under Windows 98, then upgrade to Windows ME, and then follow the instructions below.

  1. Using MSIE 5 or later, open the web page http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/.
  2. Click on the link for "PRODUCT UPDATES"
  3. Wait for the page to completely load.  It may appear that NOTHING is happening for several minutes.  It may also open a small window asking your permission to install "Windows Update Control" or something similar.  If it does, say yes.  Then a new browser window will pop up with a message that Windows Update is updating the list of products available for your system. This window will eventually go away automatically, but this, too, may take a few minutes. Finally, the browser should display a list of product updates available for your system, under a heading of "Select Software". 
  4. The first section of the list shows what Microsoft calls "Critical Updates".  If your machine needs any of these, download and install them before you try to install Hebrew support.  To do this, just click on the large "Download" arrow at the top right of the page and follow the instructions.  After all the critical updates have been installed, you will probably have to restart your machine.  Then, go back to step 1 and repeat until there are no more critical downloads.  Then you can go on to step 5.
  5. Scroll down to the section labeled "International Language Support" (it will be under "Additional Windows Features") and look for Hebrew.  Click on the little box to the left of Hebrew so there is a check mark in it.
  6. Click on the large "Download" arrow at the top right of the page and follow the instructions.
  7. After all the above has finished, you should have Hebrew support available on your machine. 
Now, to actually make use of it for typing, you need to enable the Hebrew keyboard.  Here's how to do it:
  1. Click on Start|Settings|Control Panel.
  2. Double click on the "Keyboard" icon in the Control Panel window to open the Keyboard Properties window.
  3. Select the "Language" tab at the top of the Keyboard Properties window.
  4. Click on the "Add..." button, select "Hebrew" from the drop-down menu on the Add Language window and click OK.
  5. Make sure that there is a check mark next to "Enable indicator on taskbar" on the Keyboard Properties window.
  6. Click OK on the Keyboard Properties window. You can also close the Control Panel and My Computer windows.
  7. Now, when you look at the task bar at the bottom of your screen, you should see a small square with a two-letter language code displayed.  (For English, this is "En".)  Click on the square and you should see a pop-up menu with both "En" for English and "He" for Hebrew.
Now, try typing in Hebrew in Microsoft's Outlook e-mail program.  Create a new message, set Format|Encoding|Right-to-Left, pick a Hebrew font (e.g. Miriam, David), and begin typing. 
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last updated 07/09/2003