How to Type in Urdu using Lipikaar

Lipikaar is a simple method for typing in Urdu 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 آ a ٖ a ٰ  a
b ب a
c چ a
d د‎ a ڈ a ڐ a
e ے a ی a ع a
f ف
g گ a غ a
h ح a ه a ہ a ء a ھ a ٔ a ٕ a
i ي‎ ی a
j ج‎ a ژ a ی a
k ک‎ a ق a خ a
l ل a
m مa
n ن‎ a ں a ٘ a
o ؤ a و a
p پ a
q zwj zwnj
r ر‎ a ڑ a ڙ a
s س a ش a ص a ث
t ت a ٹ a ٿ a ط a
u و a ؤ
v,w و a
x ِ a َ  a ٍ  a ً  a ُ  a ٌ  a ّ  a ْ  a
y ی a ے a ي a ئ a ۓ
z ذ a ز a ظ a ض
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
۱ ۲ ۳ ۴ ۵ ۶ ۷ ۸ ۹ ۰

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 آ a
D ڈ a ڐ a
E ع a
G غ a
H ٔ a ٕ a ء a ھ a
J ژ a
K خ a
N ں a
Q ق a
R ڑ a ڙ a
S ص a ث
T ط a
X َ  a ْ  a ٗ  a
Y ي a
Z ظ a ض

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