Easy Steps to setup Arabic Keyboard on your Windows Computer

Microsoft provides numerous keyboards, including Arabic, as part of its operating system language support. Following step by step instructions will help you install Arabic keyboard on Windows 10/11.

You can change your keyboard’s language without changing the language that Windows is using on the screen — this is handy for gaining access to accent marks and other specialized characters, or for typing on a keyboard with a different language layout.

1. Click the Start button then clicking the Control Panel icon (the Gear Icon).

2. In the Windows Setting window, click on the Time & Language menu item.

3. In the left-hand sidebar of the Time & Language menu item, select the Language option.

4. In the Language menu option, go to the approximate center of the window, and choose the ADD A LANGUAGE option by clicking on the “+” button.

5. In the search bar at the top of the “Choose a Language to Install” menu option, type in your language and select the main keyboard for that language. In this example, we typed in “Arabic” and selected the “Arabiic (Jordan) keyboard. Press the NEXT button to continue.

Although the main keyboard stays the same, you may want to select a specific language region corresponding to the area of the Arab world you will most likely be focusing on. General guidelines are:

    • * Levantine Arabic – We recommend using the Arabic (Jordan) setting
    • * Egyptian Arabic – We recommend using the Arabic (Egypt) setting
    • * Modern Standard Arabic – We recommend using the Arabic (Saudi Arabia) setting

6. If your selected language provides for it, make sure that “basic typing” is checked, and choose optional add-ons such as Speech and Handwriting. Make sure the “Install Language Pack” checkbox option is set as well. Press the NEXT button to continue.

7. Once the language pack is installed successfully, the Language window will display both English and your selected Language options.

8. Your default keyboard will be the Arabic PC 101 layout.

9. Close out the Settings windows.

10. In the lower right-hand corner of your Windows desktop, you should see a language option entitled ENG. This means you have English set for your keyboard. Click the ENG button on your system tray to change the language.

11. Select your alternative language keyboard to change your language. The ENG letters will change to to indicate you are now in a different keyboard.

Arabic Keyboard Layout