How to directly type in Tamil in MS-Word?

1. Typing in Tamil (non-unicode) in MS-Word

The above is 'Direct Tamil Input' in MS-Word (in non-unicode, using the Tscii font 'SaiIndira'). Steps are as follows:
  1. Start Azhagi by clicking it's application icon.
  2. Ensure that 'Unicode Input' under 'Preferences' menu of Azhagi is un-ticked (i.e. REMOVE the tick, if present).
  3. Open MS-Word. Set it's font to SaiIndira - as circled and shown in the screenshot above.
  4. Press 'F10'. Type in English and see it in Tamil. As simple as that.
Important Note
  • If you are using a "laptop" and 'F10' key does not seem to give the desired result, read this help tip. Solution is therein.
  • If you do not see the intended Tamil characters on your screen (corresponding to what you type), that means you are typing in a different input mode (keyboard layout) than the one you intend to. So, click on 'Preferences->Change Keyboard Layout' menu item in Azhagi's opening screen and choose your preferred layout. Alternately, you can also right click on Azhagi's system tray operating icon (which icon you can see at the right bottom of your computer screen, usually near the date/time indicator), move your mouse to 'Typing Mode' and select the preferred layout. For e.g., if you wish to type in transliteration (i.e. type as you speak) mode, then select 'Phonetic' menu item. Once that is done, close* the menu and start typing again, thereafter.
    (*) If the menu does not close automatically after selecting your desired typing mode, click the 'Sink/Close Menu' menu item to close it.
  • If you do not see the intended Tamil characters displayed even after executing the above help tip, then look at the very bottom (status bar) of Azhagi's opening screen. In the status bar, you will see the label "Currently active Keyboard layout" in red. Please ensure that your intended keyboard layout is shown in bold here. For e.g., if you wish to type in phonetic (i.e. type as you speak) mode, then 'Phonetic (Transliteration)' should be in bold. If you need further help, you can click the 'Important Note' button in the status bar.
  • In future, if you wish to type in MsWord using any other Tscii font instead of SaiIndira, you can do the same. Any font in your system whose name starts with 'TSC' or 'Tsc' would be a Tscii font. Further, you can download many more FREE Tscii fonts of different styles from freefonts.html.
  • One can do Tamil typing using Tscii fonts in other Windows applications like MS-Excel, MS-Access, etc. too.

2. Typing in Tamil (Unicode) in MS-Word

The above is 'Direct Tamil Input' in MS-Word (in Unicode, using Latha font). One can do this Tamil transliteration/typing in ANY windows application like MS-Powerpoint, MS-Excel, MS-Access, Notepad, Outlook Express, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, Facebook, Skype, MSN Messenger, etc., etc. Steps are as follows:

3. Immense benefits of Unicode

What you find below is a snapshot showing input in Unicode Tamil in MS-Word. A portion of the contents of the snapshot below explains the power of Unicode in effecting 'Sorting in Tamil', 'Find/Replace in Tamil', etc.