How to type in Arabic using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Arabic on an ordinary keyboard. It requires only some familiarity with the regular English keyboard and encourages the user to think in his/her regional language. It works on all Windows Applications which support Unicode - MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet Explorer and others.

Rule 1:

Repeatedly type the closest sounding key till you see the correct script character.

Type s once for س‎ , twice for ش and thrice for ص.

Rule 2:

Type x after the character to attach diacritic marks.

To attach ِ a َ  a ُ  a ٍ  a ً  a ٌ  a ّ  a ْ  a to a character type x after the character.

Refer to the following table to understand the mapping for the different characters in the script.


a ا a ى a ٖ a ٰ  a
b ب a
d د‎ a ذ a ض a
e ع a ي a
f ف
g غ
h ح a ه a ة a ۃ a ء a ھ a ٔ a ٕ a
i ي‎
j ج
k ك‎ a خ a ق
l ل a
m مa ٓ a
n ن
o ؤ a و a
p پ
q zwj a zwnj
r ر
s س a ش a ص a ث
t ت a ط a د a
u و a ؤ
v,w و a
x ِ a َ  a ُ  a ٍ  a ً  a ٌ  a ّ  a ْ  a
y ي a ی a ئ
z ز a ظ a
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩ ٠

Tips for Faster Typing:

  • Use capital case (Left SHIFT + key) to type some commonly used characters faster.
  • Use Ctrl+Alt+L to switch between English and your language.
A ى a
H ٔ a ٕ a ء a ھ a
K خ a ق
M ٓ
Q ق
S ص a ث  a
X ّ  a ْ  a

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