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Vietnamese & multilingual Keyboard Driver for Windows


Multilingual function of WinVNKey


A. Introduction

B. Download WinVNKey & Type Vietnamese

C. Type other languages

D. Type Han Nom

E. Last word



A. Introduction


For typing Vietnamese only on the computer, we have so many keyboard driver to be used, for example: WinVNKey, UniKey, VPSKeys, GoTiengViet, Vietkey, etc .... But when we need to type a few letters of a foreign language in the article, for example: French, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Norwegian, etc. ..., then we can only use WinVNKey. The other Vietnamese keyboards is not supported this function.

The focus of this article is guiding how to use WinVNKey to type more than 30 languages. Besides, there are other short instructions on: how to download WinVNKey, how to type Vietnamese and Han-Nom.


B. Download WinVNKey & Type Vietnamese

WinVNKey is free. In WinVNKey home page http://winvnkey.sf.net, click the word "Download", will appear the page containing the versions. Let download the latest version.

Those who have not mastered the computer, or are new to Vietnamese keyboard, can read the basic tutorial “Download WinVNKey & Type Vietnamese” to know how to download and type Vietnamese. Please see the following link: http://winvnkey.sourceforge.net/download-winvnkey-and-type-vietnamese.htm .

This article told how to:
- Download, install and start WinVNKey.
- Type Vietnamese in the typing methods: VIQR, VNI, Telex, Microsoft.


C. Type other languages


• What languages?

It is easy to type more than 30 languages (alphabetically):

-       Albanian (Albania)

-       Austrian (Austria)

-       Belgian (Belgium)

-       Canadian (Canada)

-       Croatian (Croatia)

-       Czech (Czech Republic - Czechia)

-       Danish ( Denmark)

-       Estorian (Estoria)

-       Finnish ( Finland)

-       French ( France)

-       German (Germany)

-       Hiragana (a Japanese writing system - Japan)

-       Hungarian (Hungary)

-       Irish (Iceland)

-       Italian (Italy)

-       Katakana (the simplest type in the letters written in Japanese - Japan)

-       Latvian (language of Lavia)

-       Lithuanian (Lithuania)

-       Dutch (Holland / Netherlands)

-       Norwegian (Norway)

-       Pali (the language of sacrifice, Indo-Aryan group)

-       Pinyin (Chinese word is the Latin)

-       Polish (Poland)

-       Portuguese (Portugal)

-       Romanian (Romania)

-       Russian (Russia)

-       Slovakian (Slovakia)

-       Slovenian (Slovenia)

-       Spanish (Spain)

-       Swedish (Sweden)

-       Turkish (Turkey)


• How to type other languages ?


To type other languages, we just do few steps:

a)    Run WinVNKey.

b)    From Main page of WinVNKey > Click the "Languages" tab.




c)    WinVNKey will open the page "Languages" includes two small frames: First frame have a list of 31 languages as above > we tick the language that we want > Immediately, the next frame will be displayed a table showing how to type in keyboard to have the text of the selected language.



Example: Tick the language "German", a table showing how to type in keyboard to have the text of "German" will be as follows:


-       a% → ä

-       A% → Ä

-       b|3 → ß

-       o% → ö

-       O% → Ö

-       u% → ü

-       U% → Ü


d)    We copy the above table on paper .

e)    Click "OK" button, then we look at the paper and begin typing.

f)     If we want to edit any language file, then highlight or tick the file and click "Edit File" button below > WinVNKey will open a frame "Edit Language" to change.




D. Type Han Nom

For typing Han Nom, we must download the version that support Han Nom from WinVNKey home page.

Instructions in the "Articles about the function of typing Han Nom by WinVNKey" (written in Vietnamese only) is a summary to help the beginners in typing Han Nom by WinVNKey first time or for users wanting to understand more thoroughly the methods of typing Han Nom. Please see the instructions at the following URL: http://winvnkey.sf.net/han-nom/index.htm


E. Last word

WinVNKey is not only a multilingual keyboard, but also a versatile keyboard. To understand the other various functions, please see the article "Understanding the special functions of WinVNKey”at: http://winvnkey.sourceforge.net/understanding-the-special-functions-of-winvnkey.htm

WinVNKey is versatile as MS Word. And Unikey, VPSKeys, ... is as simple as Notepad. Because more capabilities, the interface of WinVNKey is more complex than other keyboard drivers, likewise MS Word looks more complicated than Notepad. That is a price to pay for more functionalities. Therefore, only any people keen to learn WinVNKey or MS Word, then they could use of all of its advanced features.






- Author of Vietnamese original document: Hoc Dinh Ngo & TuBinh Tran

- Author of English translation: TuBinh Tran 

- Web design: TuBinh Tran