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


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

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

Some keyboards are made in Russian and allow you to type these Russian characters more quickly and comfortably.

However, if you don’t have access to such a special Russian keyboard, the techniques in this article can be very helpful.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Type or Insert Russian Letters

There are several methods for typing or inserting Russian characters into Microsoft Word.

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

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

Using the Russian Letters Alt Code

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

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

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

  • First and foremost, get the alt code for the Russian letters you intend to type. These 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 Russian 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 Russian alt code.
  • For example, to type ア, press and hold the Alt key, then type the alt code 12450 on the numeric keypad.
  • Now release the Alt key.

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

Related: How to type Japanese Characters

Below are the alt codes for the various Russian Characters.

Uppercase Russian Letters/Characters

Character NameCharacterAlt Code
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER AАAlt + 1040
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BEБAlt + 1041
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER VEВAlt + 1042
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER GHEГAlt + 1043
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER DEДAlt + 1044
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IEЕAlt + 1045
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZHEЖAlt + 1046
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZEЗAlt + 1047
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IИAlt + 1048
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SHORT IЙAlt + 1049
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KAКAlt + 1050
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ELЛAlt + 1051
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EMМAlt + 1052
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ENНAlt + 1053
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OОAlt + 1054
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER PEПAlt + 1055
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ERРAlt + 1056
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ESСAlt + 1057
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER TEТAlt + 1058
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER UУAlt + 1059
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EFФAlt + 1060
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER HAХAlt + 1061
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER TSEЦAlt + 1062
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHEЧAlt + 1063
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SHAШAlt + 1064
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SHCHAЩAlt + 1065
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER HARD SIGNЪAlt + 1066
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YERUЫAlt + 1067
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SOFT SIGNЬAlt + 1068
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EЭAlt + 1069
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YUЮAlt + 1070
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YAЯAlt + 1071

Lowercase Russian Letters/Characters

Character NameCharacterAlt Code
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER AаAlt + 1072
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BEбAlt + 1073
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER VEвAlt + 1074
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER GHEгAlt + 1075
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER DEдAlt + 1076
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IEеAlt + 1077
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZHEжAlt + 1078
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZEзAlt + 1079
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IиAlt + 1080
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SHORT IйAlt + 1081
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KAкAlt + 1082
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ELлAlt + 1083
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EMмAlt + 1084
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ENнAlt + 1085
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OоAlt + 1086
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER PEпAlt + 1087
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ERрAlt + 1088
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ESсAlt + 1089
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER TEтAlt + 1090
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER UуAlt + 1091
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EFфAlt + 1092
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER HAхAlt + 1093
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER TSEцAlt + 1094
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHEчAlt + 1095
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SHAшAlt + 1096
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SHCHAщAlt + 1097
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER HARD SIGNъAlt + 1098
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YERUыAlt + 1099
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SOFT SIGNьAlt + 1100
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EэAlt + 1101
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YUюAlt + 1102
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YAяAlt + 1103

Additional Russian Letters and Symbols

Character NameCharacterAlt Code
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OMEGAѠAlt + 1120
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OMEGAѡAlt + 1121
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YATѢAlt + 1122
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YATѣAlt + 1123
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IOTIFIED EѤAlt + 1124
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IOTIFIED EѥAlt + 1125
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER LITTLE YUSѦAlt + 1126
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER LITTLE YUSѧAlt + 1127
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IOTIFIED LITTLE YUSѨAlt + 1128
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IOTIFIED LITTLE YUSѩAlt + 1129
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BIG YUSѪAlt + 1130
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BIG YUSѫAlt + 1131
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IOTIFIED BIG YUSѬAlt + 1132
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IOTIFIED BIG YUSѭAlt + 1133
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KSIѮAlt + 1134
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KSIѯAlt + 1135
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER PSIѰAlt + 1136
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER PSIѱAlt + 1137
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER FITAѲAlt + 1138
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER FITAѳAlt + 1139
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IZHITSAѴAlt + 1140
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IZHITSAѵAlt + 1141
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IZHITSA WITH DOUBLE GRAVE ACCENTѶAlt + 1142
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IZHITSA WITH DOUBLE GRAVE ACCENTѷAlt + 1143
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER UKѸAlt + 1144
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER UKѹAlt + 1145
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ROUND OMEGAѺAlt + 1146
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ROUND OMEGAѻAlt + 1147
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OMEGA WITH TITLOѼAlt + 1148
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OMEGA WITH TITLOѽAlt + 1149
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER OTѾAlt + 1150
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER OTѿAlt + 1151
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KOPPAҀAlt + 1152
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KOPPAҁAlt + 1153
CYRILLIC THOUSANDS SIGN҂Alt + 1154
COMBINING CYRILLIC TITLOа҃Alt + 1155
COMBINING CYRILLIC PALATALIZATIONа҄Alt + 1156
COMBINING CYRILLIC DASIA PNEUMATAа҅Alt + 1157
COMBINING CYRILLIC PSILI PNEUMATAа҆Alt + 1158
COMBINING CYRILLIC HUNDRED THOUSANDS SIGN҈аAlt + 1160
COMBINING CYRILLIC MILLIONS SIGN҉аAlt + 1161
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SEMISOFT SIGNҌAlt + 1164
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SEMISOFT SIGNҍAlt + 1165
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ER WITH TICKҎAlt + 1166
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ER WITH TICKҏAlt + 1167
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER GHE WITH UPTURNҐAlt + 1168
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER GHE WITH UPTURNґAlt + 1169
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER GHE WITH STROKEҒAlt + 1170
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER GHE WITH STROKEғAlt + 1171
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER GHE WITH MIDDLE HOOKҔAlt + 1172
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER GHE WITH MIDDLE HOOKҕAlt + 1173
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZHE WITH DESCENDERҖAlt + 1174
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZHE WITH DESCENDERҗAlt + 1175
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZE WITH DESCENDERҘAlt + 1176
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZE WITH DESCENDERҙAlt + 1177
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KA WITH DESCENDERҚAlt + 1178
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KA WITH DESCENDERқAlt + 1179
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KA WITH VERTICAL STROKEҜAlt + 1180
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KA WITH VERTICAL STROKEҝAlt + 1181
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KA WITH STROKEҞAlt + 1182
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KA WITH STROKEҟAlt + 1183
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BASHKIR KAҠAlt + 1184
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BASHKIR KAҡAlt + 1185
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EN WITH DESCENDERҢAlt + 1186
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EN WITH DESCENDERңAlt + 1187
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LIGATURE EN GHEҤAlt + 1188
CYRILLIC SMALL LIGATURE EN GHEҥAlt + 1189
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER PE WITH MIDDLE HOOK (Abkhasian)ҦAlt + 1190
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER PE WITH MIDDLE HOOK (Abkhasian)ҧAlt + 1191
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ABKHASIAN HAҨAlt + 1192
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ABKHASIAN HAҩAlt + 1193
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ES WITH DESCENDERҪAlt + 1194
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ES WITH DESCENDERҫAlt + 1195
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER TE WITH DESCENDERҬAlt + 1196
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER TE WITH DESCENDERҭAlt + 1197
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER STRAIGHT UҮAlt + 1198
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER STRAIGHT UүAlt + 1199
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER STRAIGHT U WITH STROKEҰAlt + 1200
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER STRAIGHT U WITH STROKEұAlt + 1201
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER HA WITH DESCENDERҲAlt + 1202
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER HA WITH DESCENDERҳAlt + 1203
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LIGATURE TE TSE (Abkhasian)ҴAlt + 1204
CYRILLIC SMALL LIGATURE TE TSE (Abkhasian)ҵAlt + 1205
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHE WITH DESCENDERҶAlt + 1206
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHE WITH DESCENDERҷAlt + 1207
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHE WITH VERTICAL STROKEҸAlt + 1208
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHE WITH VERTICAL STROKEҹAlt + 1209
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SHHAҺAlt + 1210
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SHHAһAlt + 1211
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ABKHASIAN CHEҼAlt + 1212
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ABKHASIAN CHEҽAlt + 1213
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ABKHASIAN CHE WITH DESCENDERҾAlt + 1214
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ABKHASIAN CHE WITH DESCENDERҿAlt + 1215
CYRILLIC LETTER PALOCHKAӀAlt + 1216
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZHE WITH BREVEӁAlt + 1217
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZHE WITH BREVEӂAlt + 1218
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KA WITH HOOKӃAlt + 1219
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KA WITH HOOKӄAlt + 1220
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER EN WITH HOOKӇAlt + 1223
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER EN WITH HOOKӈAlt + 1224
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER KHAKASSIAN CHEӋAlt + 1227
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER KHAKASSIAN CHEӌAlt + 1228
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER A WITH BREVEӐAlt + 1232
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER A WITH BREVEӑAlt + 1233
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER A WITH DIAERESISӒAlt + 1234
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER A WITH DIAERESISӓAlt + 1235
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LIGATURE A IEӔAlt + 1236
CYRILLIC SMALL LIGATURE A IEӕAlt + 1237
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER IE WITH BREVEӖAlt + 1238
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER IE WITH BREVEӗAlt + 1239
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SCHWAӘAlt + 1240
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SCHWAәAlt + 1241
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER SCHWA WITH DIAERESISӚAlt + 1242
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER SCHWA WITH DIAERESISӛAlt + 1243
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZHE WITH DIAERESISӜAlt + 1244
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZHE WITH DIAERESISӝAlt + 1245
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ZE WITH DIAERESISӞAlt + 1246
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ZE WITH DIAERESISӟAlt + 1247
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER ABKHASIAN DZEӠAlt + 1248
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER ABKHASIAN DZEӡAlt + 1249
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER I WITH MACRONӢAlt + 1250
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER I WITH MACRONӣAlt + 1251
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER I WITH DIAERESISӤAlt + 1252
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER I WITH DIAERESISӥAlt + 1253
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER O WITH DIAERESISӦAlt + 1254
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER O WITH DIAERESISӧAlt + 1255
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BARRED OӨAlt + 1256
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BARRED OөAlt + 1257
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER BARRED O WITH DIAERESISӪAlt + 1258
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER BARRED O WITH DIAERESISӫAlt + 1259
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER E WITH DIAERESISӬAlt + 1260
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER E WITH DIAERESISӭAlt + 1261
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER U WITH MACRONӮAlt + 1262
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER U WITH MACRONӯAlt + 1263
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER U WITH DIAERESISӰAlt + 1264
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER U WITH DIAERESISӱAlt + 1265
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER U WITH DOUBLE ACUTEӲAlt + 1266
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER U WITH DOUBLE ACUTEӳAlt + 1267
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER CHE WITH DIAERESISӴAlt + 1268
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER CHE WITH DIAERESISӵAlt + 1269
CYRILLIC CAPITAL LETTER YERU WITH DIAERESISӸAlt + 1272
CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER YERU WITH DIAERESISӹAlt + 1273

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 Russian letters frequently.

Using Online Russian Keyboard

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

Instead of trying to type these characters with your own keyboard, you are presented with a virtual Russian 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 Russian keyboards.

This is another online tool that gives you a very simple and beautiful virtual keyboard with which you can type in Russian by clicking on the virtual keyboard.

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

Conclusion

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

If you often need to type a particular Russian 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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