How to type in Kannada using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Kannada 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 ర, ಋ or to an alphabet as in ಕ್ರ, ಕೃ, ಕೄ type r repeatedly after the alphabet.
For ಕ್ರ, type krr, for ಕೃ, type krrr.

Rule 2:

Type x after the character to get its half-character.

For ರಕ್ತ, type rkxt ; For ಚಕ್ರ type ckxr ; For ನಾಟ್ಯ type natttxy

Rule 3:

Type z to add a special symbol of the script.

For example ಂ ಃ ಼ ಽ ೕ

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


a ಾ ಅ ಆ
b ಬ ಭ
c ಚ ಛ
d ದ ಧ ಡ ಢ ದ್ಧ ದ್ವ ದ್ಯ ದ್ದ ದ್ನ ದ್ಮ
e ೆ ೇ ೈ ಎ ಏ ಐ ೖ
f ಫ ೞ
g ಗ ಘ ಙ ಜ್ಞ
h ಹ ಹ್ಮ ಹ್ಯ ಹ್ಲ ಹ್ನ ಹ್ವ
i ಿ ೀ ಇ ಈ
j ಜ ಝ ಞ ಜ್ಞ
k ಕ ಖ ಕ್ತ ಕ್ಷ
l ಲ ಳ   ೢ   ೣ ಌ ೡ
m
n ನ ಣ
o ೊ ೋ ೌ ಒ ಓ ಔ
p ಪ ಫ
q zwj zwnj
r ರ ್ರ ೃ ರ್ ೄ ಱ್ ಱ ಋ ೠ
s ಸ ಶ ಷ ಶ್ರ
t ತ ಥ ಟ ಠ ತ್ರ
u ು ೂ ಉ ಊ
v,w
x
y ಯ ಞ
z ಂ ಃ ಼ ಽ ೕ
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

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 ಅ ಆ
B
C
D ಡ ಢ
E ಎ ಏ ಐ
F
G ಘ ಜ್ಞ
I ಇ ಈ
J ಝ ಞ
K
L ಳ ಌ ೡ
N
O ಒ ಓ ಔ
R ಱ ಋ ೠ
S ಶ ಷ ಶ್ರ
T ಟ ಠ ತ್ರ
U ಉ ಊ
Y
Z ಽ ೕ

Examples:

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



k
+
x
+
k
= ಕ್ಕ

t
+
x
+
t
= ತ್ತ

n
+
x
+
n
= ನ್ನ

m
+
x
+
m
= ಮ್ಮ

r
+
x
+
t
= ರ್ತ

l
+
x
+
l
= ಲ್ಲ

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