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How to type in Hindi using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Hindi 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 , twice for and thrice for .
Also, to attach र, ऋ to an alphabet as in क्र,कृ type r repeatedly after the alphabet.
For क्र, type krr, for कृ, type krrr

Rule 2:

Type x after the character to get its half-character.
For बुध्दि type buddxdi ; For अंतरात्मा type aaztratxma ; For मनुष्य type mnusssxy For प्राप्त type prrapxt

Rule 3:

Type z to add a special symbol of the script.
For exampleं ़ ँ ः । ऽ ॐ

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


a ा अ आ ऄ
b ब भ
c च छ क्ष
d द ध ड ढ द्ध द्व द्न द्य द्द द्म
e े ै ए ऐ ॅ ॆ ऍ ऎ
f फ फ़
g ग घ ज्ञ ङ ग़
h ह ह्म ह्य ह्ल ह्न ह्व
i ि ी इ ई
j ज झ ञ ज्ञ ज़
k क ख क्त क़ ख़
l
m
n न ण
o ो ौ ओ औ ॉ ॊ ऑ ऒ
p
q zwj zwnj
r र ्र ृ र् ॄ ऋ ॠ
s स श ष श्र
t त थ ट ठ त्र
u ु ू उ ऊ
v,w
x
y य ञ
z ं ़ ँ ः । ऽ ॐ


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Special Character Combinations:

Zero Width Joiner and Zero Width Non-Joiner are special characters which cannot be seen on screen but their presence cause characters to join differently.



Tips for Faster Typing:

  • Use capital case (Left SHIFT + key) to type some commonly used characters faster.
A अ आ ऄ
B
C छ क्ष
D ड ढ ड़ ढ़
E ए ऐ ऍ ऎ
F
G
I इ ई
J झ ञ
K
N
O ओ औ ऑ ऒ
R ऋ ॠ
S श ष श्र
T ट ठ त्र
U उ ऊ
Y
Z । ऽ

Examples:

The following table shows how to type some commonly used conjunct consonants.



k
+
x
+
y
= क्य

ss
+
x
+
r
= श्र

c
+
x
+
c
= च्च

k
+
x
+
t
= क्त

k
+ [ZWJ]
xq
+
t
= क्‍त

k
+ [ZWNJ]
xqq
+
t
= क्‌त


Please note that rendering of conjuncts is different in different fonts.
For example using Mangal font what appears like this renders like this using Arial Unicode MS font.

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