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How to Type in Tamil using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Tamil 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 , and twice for and thrice for .
Also, to attach to an alphabet as in க்ர type r repeatedly after the alphabet.
For க்ர, type krr.

Rule 2:

Type x after the character to get its half-character.
For பகல், type phhlx ; for உண் type uuunnx

Rule 3:

Type z to add a special symbol of the script.
For exampleஃ ஂ ௐ ௹ ௰ ௱ ௲ ௳ ௴ ௵

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


a ா அ ஆ
b
c ச க்ஷ
d
e ெ ே ை எ ஏ ஐ
f ஃப
g ங க ங்க ஞ்ச
h ஹ க
i ி ீ இ ஈ
j ஜ ழ ஞ
k
l ல ள
m
n ந ண ன
o ொ ோ ௌ ஒ ஓ ஔ ௗ
p
q zwj zwnj
r ர ்ர ர் ற ற்
s ஸ ஶ ஷ ச
t த ட
u ு ூ உ ஊ
v,w
x
y ய ஞ
z ஃ ஂ ௐ ௹ ௰ ௱ ௲ ௳ ௴ ௵


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Tips for Faster Typing:

  • Use capital case (Left SHIFT + key) to type some commonly used characters faster.
A அ ஆ
C க்ஷ
E எ ஏ ஐ
G
H
I இ ஈ
J ழ ஞ
L
N ண ன
O ஒ ஓ ஔ
R
S ச ஷ
T
U உ ஊ
Y
Z ஂ ௶ ௷ ௸ ௺

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