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Resources for Hebrew Language students

Learning Hebrew and using the Hebrew resources provided on the internet requires some technical expertise. This page contains links to information that you will find useful as you progress in your studies and attempt some of the activities provided.

Because computer systems and operating systems vary the following information is provided in formats for both Macintosh and PC uses where possible.

How to Type in Hebrew with your computer (PC or MAC)
Watch the video and/or follow the links below for
detailed instructions...
Remember you can pause the video as you follow instructions.

How to set up your computer to Type in Hebrew (PC or MAC)

  1. Follow these links to learn how to enable Hebrew Language input for your computer. The video above will assist you if you have difficulty.
    Windows Vista and Windows 7
    Windows XP
    MAC OSX

  2. Once you have Hebrew Language input configured for your computer you can begin to type Hebrew letters using your computer. Selecting HEBREW Language input for your Keyboard using the Language Bar icon will enable you switch from English to Hebrew input. If you don't see the Language change option you may need to set up your language options as described above. [Follow the link in point 1 above.]

    You are now ready to type Hebrew using your Hebrew Keyboard. A standard Keyboard Map for Hebrew for a PC can be downloaded here. A Keyboard Map for a MAC computer is available here. These keyboards map letters, vowels and other diacritics. Print, laminate, and keep beside your computer's keyboard for easy reference. USB Hebrew keyboard
    A USB keyboard with both Hebrew and English Keys
    is available for purchase from Amazon.
    [Click on the Keyboard at right to order at Amazon.com] amazon.com

 

  1. Once you are familiar with the Hebrew keyboard you may wish to begin to insert the small dots (nikkutot) in the Hebrew letters you type. You can type the Hebrew Vowels using your keyboard. Simply follow the directions included with the down-loadable Keyboard layouts above.

    Additional options:
    PC users: Vowels can also be added to your typed text using your Keyboard's Number Pad. Simply hold LEFT ALT key while you type the code with your Number Pad. [Note. You need a keyboard with a separate Number Pad on the right for this to work, you cannot use the number keys above the letters on your keyboard. If you are using a laptop computer without a separate Number Pad you may wish to attach a USB keyboard.]

    Hebrew diacritical marks for cantillation, grammatical punctuation and other accents can be included when you type after installing the Society of Biblical Literature's Biblical Hebrew Tiro keyboard. Details are available on the How to set up your computer to Type in Hebrew pages from the links above.


This chart (below), with the ALT codes for Hebrew Vowels on the PC, is available here.

Hebrew Vowel Pointing using ALT Codes


A chart with multiple keyboard strips—you may wish to laminate and share them with your Hebrew class or study group—is available here.


MAC users:
Additional Hebrew diacritical marks (e.g., meteg, revia) can be included in your documents using the Character palette. [Select Show Character Palette under the Language icon on the top left of your screen.]

 

Using the Excel and Open Office Exercises

  1. How to Zoom in to better read the drop down lists in an Excel Document.

  2. How to deactivate the computer's auto complete function when entering data is a cell.
    i.e., AutoComplete for cell values (Excel) or AutoInput (Open Office) [Coming soon]

 

 
           
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