How To Type In Indian Languages Using Google IME.

IME Supported Languages

Friends,
Have you ever wondered, how your friends are updating their facebook status in Hindi/Tamil/Malayalam or how they are sending scraps to you in these regional languages ?.
Then its time for you too to own that trick.Now it is easily possible for you  to write in your own native language by a technology called Transliteration.
Various transliteration providers are available nowadays. But the one provided by Google is very simple and offers lot of extra functionalities to the user. So here I’m going to explain about Google Transliteration IME and how to activate it in your system.

What is Google Transliteration IME ?
 

Google Transliteration helps user to enter text in one of the supported languages using a roman keyboard. Google Transliteration IME will convert a word that is entered by a user to its native script. Don’t think that this is same as translation. It is just converting a word from one alphabet to other, not their meaning.

Currently Google Transliteration IME supports 22 different languages including Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Kannada,Hindi,Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbian, Sinhalese, Malayalam, Tamil, Urdu.



Given images are sample status windows and the edit windows for Hindi IME.

Installation And Configuration.

  • To install, download (Select 64-bit radio button If you are on a 64-bit Windows,) and run the installer and follow the instructions on screen.
  • Requirements are Windows 7/Vista/XP 32-bit/64-bit operating systems.
  • Only one instance of IME will be installed per machine but the configuration is done for each user using IME.
  • On the same client machine more than one language IME can be installed.
Insatll Google IME
Google Transliteration
Indian Language Installation

You must open Google IME for using it with any application like notepad. You can open IME by clicking on the language bar and then selecting the language icon or using a shortcut key if it’s already configured.

 

Displaying Language Bar

  • In desktop, right click on tool bar and select Toolbars -> Language bar
Language Bar

How to Enable Language Bar ?

 

If you can’t see ‘Language bar’ in ‘Toolbars’, then it needs to be enabled through control panel:

Windows XP

  1. Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab -> Text services and input languages (Details) -> Advanced Tab.
  2. Please make sure that under System configuration, option Turn off advanced text services is NOT checked.
  3. Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab -> Text services and input languages (Details) -> Settings Tab.
  4. Click Language Bar.
  5. Select Show the Language bar on the desktop. Click OK.
  6. If you are installing the IME for East Asian language or Right-To-Left language, go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages Tab.
  7. Make sure that options Install files for complex scripts and right to left languages and Install files for East Asian languages are checked in the checkboxes. This requires installation of system files and the system will prompt to insert the Operating System Disc.
  8. After applying all settings, try to display language bar as mentioned in previous section.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Keyboard and Languages tab
  2. Click on Change keyboards… then Text services and input languages dialog will open.
  3. Select Language Bar tab.
  4. Enable the radio button Docked in the taskbar below Language Bar section.
  5. After applying all settings try to display language bar as mentioned in previous section.

IME Shortcut

You can enable shortcut key to the IME as follows.
Windows XP

  1. Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab -> Text services and input languages (Details) -> Settings Tab.
  2. If either <Language> or Google <Language> Input not listed in Installed Services box, then click Add and in Add Input language dialog box, select <Language> in Input language and Google <Language> Input in Keyboard layout/IME. Click OK
  3. Press Key Settings.
  4. In Hot keys for input languages, Select Switch to <Language>-Google <Language> Input
  5. Press Change Key Sequence 
  6. Select Enable Key Sequence 
  7. Select a option, example Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 
  8. Save all changes
  9. Now press Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 to open the IME.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Keyboard and Languages tab 
  2. Click on Change keyboards… button to open Text services and input languages dialog.
  3. Go to Advanced Key Settings tab
  4. If Google <Language> Input is not listed in Installed Services box, then click Add and in Add Input language dialog box, go to the language for which you want to enable IME in the languages tree and expand the node. Check the checkbox next to Google <Language> Input in the list.
  5. In Hot keys for input languages Select To <Language> – Google <Language> Input.
  6. Press Change Key Sequence. 
  7. Select Enable Key Sequence. 
  8. Select option like Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 
  9. Apply all changes
  10. Now opening an application like notepad and pressing Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 should open the IME.

How To Uninstall ?

Follow these steps to uninstall :

  1. Select “Control Panel” from “Start” menu
  2. Go to “Add or Remove Programs
  3. Select “Google <Language> input” and click on “Change/Remove”.
  4. Please Uncheck “Retain my personal data with settings” option, if you like to clean all your personal settings and information.
  5. Finally click “yes” in the “Uninstall Google <Language> input”.
Uninstall Google IME

 

Now start writng in any of the 22 languages and give surprise texts and scraps to ur friends in their own native language.
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About Shino

Shino, the author of this blog is a 28 year old master graduate in Computer Science, a professional programmer and web developer. TechMagics.com is his humble venture to share whatever he knows and learns about programming,technology and web world.

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