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Related page: uniset.html

Topics covered in this page:
  1. Enabling Unicode in Windows 7 or Vista - CLICK here
  2. How to enable Unicode fully in Windows XP - CLICK here
  1. How to effect 'Direct Unicode Indic (Hindi, Telugu, etc.) Input' in ALL Windows applications? CLICK here
  2. Effecting Unicode Indic Input in MS-Word and PowerPoint - CLICK here
  3. English-to-IndianLanguage transliteration scheme/rules (i.e. letter/character/key mappings) - CLICK here
  4. What are the immense benefits of Unicode? CLICK here
  5. What is Unicode all about? CLICK here
  1. How to effect 'Direct Unicode Tamil Input' in ALL Windows applications? CLICK here
  2. Effecting Unicode Tamil Input in MS-Word and PowerPoint - CLICK here
  3. How to effect Tamil Unicode Conversion? CLICK here
  4. How to effect Non-Unicode (Tscii) Tamil Input in all Windows applications? CLICK here
  5. Other 'power tools' for Tamil - Auto Transliterator, Reverse Transliterator, Dual-Screen Transliterator, SAT Transliterator - CLICK here

Enabling Unicode in Windows 7/Vista

In Windows 7|Vista, Unicode support for Indian languages is enabled automatically upon installation and hence user does not need to enable any settings, as in the case of WinXP/2K

Enabling Unicode fully in Windows XP

Click here for easy, step-by-step instructions.

Typing in Indic Unicode in MS-Word and MS-PowerPoint

Click here for easy, step-by-step instructions.

Typing in Tamil Unicode in MS-Word and MS-PowerPoint

Click here for easy, step-by-step instructions.




1. How to effect 'Direct Unicode Indic Input' in ALL Windows applications?


Important Note: If you are using Windows XP, then for MS-Word and Powerpoint alone, the procedure is different and also some extra settings may be required to be effected before you commence 'Direct Unicode Typing' in them. Click here to know the same. If it is for any other application, read the steps below.

  • Start Azhagi.

  • Ensure that 'Unicode input' is kept ticked under 'Preferences' menu of Azhagi.

  • Start your external application, say 'Outlook Express'. Open a 'New Message' window.

  • In the message area, press 'F10'. Azhagi's tray icon will change color to red.
    [Note: If you are using a LAPTOP, please read this help tip related to F10 key, without fail.]

  • Press 'F9'. The 'Language Selector' screen will open.

  • Choose the language of your choice (say 'Hindi').

  • Press 'F9' again to close the 'language selector' screen.

  • Start typing in English* and you will see it appearing in Hindi*.
    [Note: Mangal is the font automatically chosen by Windows, whenever you type in Unicode Hindi. If you find a font by name 'Arial Unicode MS' in your system, you might use that too but it is advisable to use Mangal itself as content remains undisturbed across all machines. Apart from these, there are 100s of other free Unicode fonts for Indian languages. For details and download links, see http://azhagi.com/unicodeff.html

  • Press F10 again, to continue to type in English.
    Note: For MS-Word and Powerpoint, the procedure is different and also some extra settings may be required to be effected before you commence 'Direct Unicode Typing' in them. Click here to know the same.

    (*) The English to Hindi (and other Indian languages) key mappings (i.e. transliteration scheme/rules) are available at: http://azhagi.com/multi.html



    Effecting 'Unicode' Indic Input in MS-Word and MS-PowerPoint


    If you are using Windows Vista/7 and above:

    Important Note:

    STEPS:
    1. Start Azhagi.
    2. Ensure that 'Unicode input' is kept ticked under 'Preferences' menu of Azhagi.
    3. Open MS-Word or MS-Powerpoint.
    4. Press 'F10'. Azhagi's tray icon will change color to red. [If you are using a LAPTOP, please read this help tip related to F10 key, without fail.]
    5. Press 'F9'. The 'Language Selector' screen will open.
    6. Choose the language of your choice (say 'Hindi').
    7. Press 'F9' again to close the 'language selector' screen.
    8. Now, start typing in English* and you will see it appearing in Hindi*.

      Please note: Only in Windows XP and only for Azhagi (not for Azhagi+), you have to follow a procedure similar to the one explained under 'Method B' below. For Azhagi+, just ensure you effect this help tip without fail. That is enough.
    (*) The English to Hindi (and other Indian languages) key mappings (i.e. transliteration scheme/rules) are available at: http://azhagi.com/multi.html


    If you are using Windows XP:

    Important Note:
      It is highly recommended that you download Azhagi+ (from downloads.html) and start using the same. In Azhagi+, the steps for doing direct Unicode indic transliteration in ANY application (incl. MS-Word and MS-Powerpoint) are straightforward and very easy. There are only 4 simple steps - click here.

      So, the following methods (A and B) are needed only if you wish to persist doing unicode transliteration with 'Azhagi'. Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus) is NOT the same as Azhagi. Azhagi+ is a new and different product. For details, please see plus.azhagi.com. For differences between Azhagi+ and Azhagi, please see diffs.html.

    Method A

    Method B (Recommended method, as it is based on the one suggested by Microsoft, worldwide)


    Final note: When using Azhagi to type in Unicode, 'MS Office 2000' and earlier versions may not support Unicode typing.