English is primary language while working on Computers, Software, etc. Keyboards are also mostly in English, except in some of the countries like Japan, China. These countries use their own language keyboards.
Practically, it is not possible to create that many Keyboard hardware layouts for each regional language. What if you want to write in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Chines, Russian, Spanish or any other regional language, without changing the keyboard hardware?
In this article, I will cover Google Input Tools to input data in native language i.e language other than English. I used this method while working on competitive examination software using Oracle Apex. It was in the Marathi Language.
Google Input Tools
Google Input Tools are Input Method Editor(IME). You can use these tools to easily write text in regional or any other supported language. It is very easy to use. Input tools include transliteration, IME, and on-screen keyboards.
- You can type letters/words in English in typical regional format and this tool converts it in the respective native word.
- Use on-screen regional language keyboard.
- Draw letters on the screen as per regional language.
Google Input Tools are available for on Chrome, Chrome OS, Windows and Google Services like Search, Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, and Translate.
At the time of writing this article, it supports regional languages like,
- Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian
- Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese
- Catalan, Cherokee, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech,
- Danish, Dari Persian, Dutch, Dzongkha
- English, Estonian
- Filipino, Finnish, French
- Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati
- Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian
- Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian
- Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Kirghiz, Korean
- Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian
- Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Maltese, Marathi, Mongolian
- Nepali, Norwegian
- Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Punjabi
- Romanian, Romany, Russian
- Sanskrit, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
- Tamil, Tatar, Telugu, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish
- Uighur, Ukranian, Urdu, Uzbek
Check this link for up to date information for supported language.
Try Google Input Tools online
Do you want to see how Google IME works and how to use before installing? Just open Try Google Input Tools. You can choose any supported language. Let me show different ways to use Google IME Try option.
Let’s choose native script as Marathi. Select the Marathi language from the drop-down. There are 4 options in the drop-down.
Choose the first option which shows म letter in Devanagari script from the drop-down.
Now, I want to write “How are you?”. This is the way I will write it in a Phonetic form “Tu Kasa aahes ?”. IME converts it in native format as shown below. It also shows suggestions for words as a popup. You can choose the actual word from the popup.
तू कसा आहेस?
Check below screenshot for details.
Method 2 – Choose option 2 which show edit symbol.
This is an interesting method. It opens a separate popup at the bottom of the screen. You draw necessary word and hit either Enter Key or Button given in editor to move the character in the main editor. It also shows suggestion which you can select to move it to the main area.
Google IME Chrome Extension
This tool is also available as Chrome Extension. You need to install it in your chrome browser. Open Chrome Extension and just click on Add to Chrome button. It opens up a popup asking to add Google Input Tools. Click on Add Extension.
Download and Install Google IME
Download GOOGLE IME and follow below steps to install it.
Choose language and accept TOS and click on Download.
Click on the downloaded .exe file. This is not the offline installer. You need to connect internet as it downloads in real time as shown.
It shows installation complete message when done.