How to Type in Nepali using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Nepali 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 to an alphabet as in क्र type r repeatedly after the alphabet.
For क्र, type krr.

Rule 2:

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

For स्वतंत्र type sxvtztxr ; For नमस्ते type nmsxte ; For जुत्ता type jutxta

Rule 3:

Type z to add a special symbol of the script.

For example ं ़ ँ ः । ऽ ॐ

English to Nepali Mapping Guide

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
n न ण
o ो ौ ओ औ ॉ ॊ ॉ ॊ
q zwj zwnj
r र ्र र्
s स श ष श्र
t त थ ट ठ त्र
u ु ू उ ऊ
y य ञ
z ं ़ ँ ः । ऽ ॐ
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0

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.
  • Use Ctrl+Alt+L to switch between English and your language.
A अ आ ऄ
C छ क्ष
D ड ढ ड़ ढ़
E ए ऐ ऍ ऎ
I इ ई
J झ ञ
O ओ औ ऑ ऒ
S श ष श्र
T ट ठ त्र
U उ ऊ
Z । ऽ


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

= ञ्ज

= न्न
+ ल्
= ब्ल्य

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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