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Keyboard layouts  
  The stickers are designed for QWERT keyboards. It is better to activate keyboard support in your operating system and test before you apply the MotherKeys stickers on your keyboard. The following instructions will help you setup layout for your language. (This documentation is for English operating systems, names of buttons and dialog boxes may change in operating systems in other languages).  

The stickers will work properly only with Windows XP and Vista and not with any other version of Windows.(For Malayalam, you must have Windows XP SP2 or Vista). Detailed instructions for Vista will be available later. The following instructions are for Windows XP. First we shall enable South Asian Language Support, if it is not already done.

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel and open 'Regional and Language Options'.
  2. Select 'Languages' tab.
  3. Check both 'Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)' and 'Install files for East Asian languages' and click 'Ok'. Windows may require you to insert the original installation CD to complete the installation.
  Now we shall activate the keyboard layout for your language.  
  1. Go to Start > Control Panel and open 'Regional and Language Options'.
  2. Select 'Languages' tab.
  3. Click on the 'Details' button in the Text services and input languages section of the Language tab to open the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.
  4. To add a language, click the 'Add' button in the Installed services section to open the Add Input Language dialog box.
  5. In the Input language selector, scroll to your language. For example, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam (India) etc.
  6. The Keyboard Layout/IME should default to the one you are using at present. For example, if you are in India, and you are using English Windows, the selection should be English - United States. Click 'OK' to close the dialog box.
  7. When you return to the Text services and input languages dialog box, you will see the new input language and keyboard layout included in the Installed Services box. Click on the 'Apply' button.

On Windows Desktop, you can see the language bar in the lower right corner of the Desktop. Example - English is designated as EN, Hindi as HI, Tamil as TA, Malayalam is designated as MY etc. To change the language and keyboard layout, left click on the two-letter language selector box. You may also use left hand side Alt + Shift on your keyboard to toggle between the layouts.

  The language you select will remain in effect in active Windows application until you select a different language. For example, if you select the Malayalam keyboard layout in Microsoft Excel and English in Microsoft Word, each application will use that keyboard layout until you select a different language. For example, if you wish to make Malayalam keyboard layout the default Windows layout (i.e., to be used in all Windows applications), open the Text services and input languages dialog box and select Malayalam keyboard layout in the Default input language section of the dialog box.  
  You can't use MotherKeys Malayalam keytop overlays with Mac because it does not currently have a keyboard layout for this script. Also in Mac, one must install fonts that conform to Unicode to read. Mac supports many other Indian languages like Hindi and Tamil.  
  For linux, you must install fonts and keyboard layout for your language. Please click here to see information.  
  Click here to see how the stickers are applied.  
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