Guide: Adding Slavonic Letters to English Keyboards

Discussion in 'General Language' started by evian, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. evian

    evian Well-Known Member

    Hello to all,
    Well I have been asked the same question recently and that is how to add Slavonic letters (č,š,ě,ř,á...) to western/English language keyboards.
    If you would like to know how to do this (on windows XP) then read on!

    Step 1. Click Start -> Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options
    You should come up with something like this:

    Step 2. Click Languages -> Details...

    Step 3. Once the new window appears, click the Add... tab. Now select the relevant language you want to add, in this case, it is Czech. Click OK.

    Step 4. Confirm that the Czech language is displayed in the Installed Services window. On most computers, it will display:

    Step 5. Click Key Settings... and sight or change the key sequence to switch between English and Czech on your keyboard. (Default: Left Alt+Shift).

    Step 6. Click Language Bar.... Make sure that 'Show language bar on the desktop' is ticked.

    Step 7. Click Apply -> OK. Now exit this menu and restart your computer.

    Step 8. Once you have restarted your computer, you should now see a little tab on the right-hand side of your desktop taskbar with 'EN' written on it. Left click on this to bring up the options list and select the option marked 'Czech'. You should now be able to type on many programs (Microsoft applications, online forums etc.) using Slavonic letters. These letters substitute the number keys and punctuation keys adjacent to the standard letters. You're done!

    I hope this has helped you, if you have any additional questions, do not hesistate to ask.
  2. scrimshaw

    scrimshaw Well-Known Member

    Hello Evian
    I read your message about configuring keypad to allow it to print out czech accent marks and haceks etc. I found that really interesting.
    I started through the process and all the windows were coming up just as you said.
    Before I complete the process, I would like to know, will it be easy for me to switch back and forth from English to czech style? This will automatically be available to me each time I start up windows?
    Some of the number keys will be replaced by the accented letters of the czech language?
  3. rockinrobin

    rockinrobin Member

    I'm not Evian, but on my laptop, I simply press the left "alt" key and right "shift" key at the same time to toggle back and forth between Czech and English. On the bottom toolbar (Windows XP), it says EN or CS.

    You can go to and click on the languages section for an explanation of the Czech keyboard layout.

    Good luck!
  4. Ladis

    Ladis Well-Known Member

    BTW there's a way how to see czech letters on a virtual keyboard in WinXP:
    1. add a czech keyboard layout to your system
    2. menu Start / Programs / Accesories / Accessibility / Keyboard on screen (i don't know english names of the items, i have czech version of winxp)

    It shows keys with right captions for currently selected keyboard layout, and if you click in some window and then click back to this application, you can write special letters by clicking them in this app :)

    This program is aviable in WinXP only, i think

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