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Use Windows XP and Vista to type in Assyrian Font
By: Ashur Sada. Jan. 15, 2008

Windows XP and the new Windows Vista operating systems from Microsoft, allow you to type and even read Assyrian-type font (also known as Syriac font) Today, being able to type in Syriac is very important and can come in very handy. On our website for example, you can post in our Discussion Forums, using Syriac font (people with Internet Explorer 6.0 or later versions will be able to read it) The popular online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, has an entire section in Syriac.  This short and simple tutorial will guide you through the steps of enabling Assyrian font on your PC. We will assume that you are using Windows XP or a later version of the operating system.

1-Click on Start  > Control Panel > 'Regional and Language Options

2- Depending on your operating system:
XP:     On Windows XP, click on "General" and click the "Add" button on the right. From the list that appears, select "Syriac" to add it.
Vista:  On Windows Vista, click on "Keyboard and Languages" Tab, then click on "Change Keyboard" button and then click "Add" button to select "Syriac"
You should now be able to see Syriac added in the list, under English and any other languages you may have.
Note: you can select any language and then 'Properties" to edit or modify its settings.


3- Click on "Language Bar" tab to specify the location of your virtual keyboard, to hide it, or even make it invisible when not in use.  Click on the "Advanced Key Settings" to specify how you want to switch back and fourth between typing in Syriac and typing in English or other languages on the system.  You are done. You should now see the language bar floating on your desktop as illustrated below. You can click on it to select the language.


 As an extra option, you can use your virtual keyboard to type, if you are unfamiliar with using your keyboard to type in Syriac font. To bring up your virtual keyboard, click on:  Start > All Programs > Accessories > Virtual Keyboard
Alternatively, and for easier access, you can drag your virtual keyboard from the Start menu into your desktop or Quick Launch area of your desktop.

If you have any question about this or need further help, please contact us.



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