How to Type Arabic Letters on English Keyboard (in MS Word)


Typing letters or characters in other languages, such as Arabic, is now a breeze thanks to technological advances in keyboard controls.

There are a few neat tips and tricks in this article that will help you type Arabic letters quickly and efficiently on any computer platform, including desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices.

There are keyboards that allow you to type these Arabic characters more quickly and comfortably. The techniques in this article can be helpful if you don’t have access to special keyboards for typing these characters.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Type or Insert Arabic Letters

There are a number of methods for typing or inserting Arabic characters into Microsoft Word.

Because these characters are not readily available on the keyboard, the simplest way to type them on Microsoft Word is to use their alt codes.

In this section, I’ll show you how to use alt codes to type Arabic letters on an English keyboard.

Using the Arabic Letters Alt Code

Each Arabic character has an alt code that you can use in Microsoft Word to type it.

You’ll quickly learn the alt code for all of the Arabic characters. For the time being, let’s focus on the steps.

To type Arabic letters in MS Word, follow these steps:

  • First and foremost, learn the alt code for the Arabic letters you intend to type. Each of the alt codes are listed just below these instructions.
  • Open your Microsoft Word document and move the insertion pointer to the location where you want to type the Arabic characters.
  • Turn on your Num Lock. Press Fn+NmLk to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
  • Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Whilst still holding on to the Alt key, press the Arabic alt code.
  • For example, to type अ, press and hold the Alt key, then type the alt code 2309 on the numeric keypad.
  • Now release the Alt key.

You should see the Arabic letter inserted as soon as you release the Alt key.

Below are the alt codes for the various Arabic Characters.

DescriptionArabic Alt Codes
ARABIC LETTER HAMZAAlt + 1569 = ء
ARABIC LETTER ALEFAlt + 1575 = ا
ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH MADDA ABOVEAlt + 1570 = آ
ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA ABOVEAlt + 1571 = أ
ARABIC LETTER ALEF WITH HAMZA BELOWAlt + 1573 = إ
ARABIC LETTER ALEF MAKSURAAlt + 1609 = ى
ARABIC LETTER BEHAlt + 1576 = ب
ARABIC LETTER TEH MARBUTAAlt + 1577 = ة
ARABIC LETTER TEHAlt + 1578 = ت
ARABIC LETTER THEHAlt + 1579 = ث
ARABIC LETTER JEEMAlt + 1580 = ج
ARABIC LETTER HAHAlt + 1581 = ح
ARABIC LETTER KHAHAlt + 1582 = خ
ARABIC LETTER DALAlt + 1583 = د
ARABIC LETTER THALAlt + 1584 = ذ
ARABIC LETTER REHAlt + 1585 = ر
ARABIC LETTER ZAINAlt + 1586 = ز
ARABIC LETTER SEENAlt + 1587 = س
ARABIC LETTER SHEENAlt + 1588 = ش
ARABIC LETTER SADAlt + 1589 = ص
ARABIC LETTER DADAlt + 1590 = ض
ARABIC LETTER TAHAlt + 1591 = ط
ARABIC LETTER ZAHAlt + 1592 = ظ
ARABIC LETTER AINAlt + 1593 = ع
ARABIC LETTER GHAINAlt + 1594 = غ
ARABIC TATWEELAlt + 1600 = ـ
ARABIC LETTER FEHAlt + 1601 = ف
ARABIC LETTER QAFAlt + 1602 = ق
ARABIC LETTER KAFAlt + 1603 = ك
ARABIC LETTER LAMAlt + 1604 = ل
ARABIC LETTER MEEMAlt + 1605 = م
ARABIC LETTER NOONAlt + 1606 = ن
ARABIC LETTER HEHAlt + 1607 = ه
ARABIC LETTER WAWAlt + 1608 = و
ARABIC LETTER WAW WITH HAMZA ABOVEAlt + 1572 = ؤ
ARABIC LETTER YEHAlt + 1610 = ي
ARABIC LETTER YEH WITH HAMZA ABOVEAlt + 1574 = ئ

Note: Using the alt code approach means that you have a lot to learn. And as we all know, learning these alt codes will take a lot of practice as there are many alt codes to remember. However, you can create a cheat sheet for quick reference if you happen to type Arabic letters frequently.

Using Online Arabic Keyboard

There are numerous free online Arabic keyboards available that allow anyone to type Arabic characters by simply clicking on them.

Instead of trying to type these characters with your own keyboard, you are presented with a virtual Arabic keyboard that includes all of the language’s characters.

You will also be given a simple text editor in which to type the characters. After that, you can copy and paste the typed characters into Microsoft Word or wherever you want.

Listed below are some of the best free virtual Arabic keyboards.

  • Our Own Online Arabic Keyboard: This tool gives you a virtual keyboard with which you can type any Arabic character you want simply by clicking on them.
  • EasyArabicTyping.com: This makes typing Arabic so much fun. With this tool, all you have to do is type whatever you want in English and the tool will translate everything you typed into Arabic.
  • TypingBaba.com: This is another online tool that gives you a very simple and beautiful virtual keyboard with which you can type in Arabic by clicking on the virtual keyboard.

These are some of the amazing tools you can use to type in Arabic.

Conclusion

These are the easiest ways you can use to type Arabic letters in Microsoft Word.

If you often need to type a particular Arabic letter or character in Word, using the Alt code method will be a good idea.

However, if you want to type a lot of characters, then using one of the virtual keyboards will save you lots of time.

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