DUMMY’S GUIDE TO INSTALLATION OF SINDHI/URDU KEYBOARD ON WINDOWS XP

 

Please follow all the steps exactly as described below, unless you are not a dummy with computers and know an alternate way.

 

Step 1.  Download the installation file

Right click here and save the file to the desktop or any other folder you can easily find.

The file will like shown below, unless you’ve installed some compression utility that changes the icons of zip files.  The file name may or may not show “.zip” at the end on your computer, depending on your settings.

 

Step 2. IMPORTANT – Unzip the file

You must unzip this file.  If you are using WinZip, WinRar, or other such utility then I would assume you know how to extract the files.  Many people who have tried to install this file in the past have frequently made the mistake of trying to install without unzipping it first.  This will not work.  This is how you unzip it using the Windows’ built-in Extraction Wizard:

2.1 Right click on the zip file icon you’ve just downloaded, and select “Extract All…” as shown below:

 

2.2 This will start the Extraction Wizard. Click on “Next” to continue:

 

2.3  Take note of the folder where these files are being extracted.  Change this location if you wish to.  Click “Next” to continue.

 

 

2.4 IMPORTANT – Make sure the “Show extracted files” box is ticked.  This will automatically open up the folder where the files are extracted.  For those who are good at using computers, this may seem unnecessary information, but several people have asked me in the past to help them find the files after they’ve extracted.  Therefore it’s best to tick that box and let the computer open it for you.  Click “Finish” to continue.

 

 

2.5 This will open up the extracted folder as shown below.  Make sure you’ve performed the above steps.  If you have only double clicked on the zip folder and are able to see the following icons and think that the above steps are not necessary, then go back through the above steps to unzip it first – no need to be smarty pants, installation will fail. 

 

 

3. Install the keyboard layout by double clicking on “sindhiur.msi” file shown above.  Then you are done for the first part of installation.

 

4. Now you need to add the language support in Windows.  Go to Start Menu and click on “Control Panel” as shown below:

 

 

5. This will open the Control Panel in “Category View” mode by default.  If you’ve changed it to “Classic View” yourself then you probably are not a dummy, and I’ll let you figure out the steps yourself.  If someone else has changed it to “Classic View” then you can click on “Switch to Category View” in the left column of Control Panel.  Now you should be able to see something very similar to the figure below:

Click on “Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options” to continue.

 

6.  This will open the following window, click on “Add other languages”:

 

7.  Now you’ll see the following dialogue.  Make sure the check boxes are ticked as shown below and then click on “Apply” button.  Windows may ask you to insert the Windows Installation CD.

 

8. Now click on “Details” button:

 

 

9. Now in the settings tab, click on “Add…” button.

 

10.  In “Add Input language” dialog box, select “Arabic (Algerian)” for Input Language.  This is to enable right-to-left capability of Windows, and because Sindhi is not on the list of languages supported by Microsoft.

 

 

 

11.  Now select “Sindhi and Urdu on British Keyboard by Haibat Abro” for Keyboard layout/IME:

 

 

12. Click “OK” as shown below:

 

13:  Now you should be able to see the Sindhi/Urdu keyboard layout in the list as shown below:

 

 

If it appears like that then you are all good.  Click “OK” to finish the installation procedure.  By default, you’ll be able to switch between English and Sindhi by pressing “LEFT ALT + SHIFT” keys on the keyboard.  Alternately, you may use the Language Bar to select the current language.  Options for displaying the language bar are in the above dialogue box in Preferences section.

 

هاڻي توهان سنڌي ۽ اردو لکي سگهو ٿا پنهنجي ڪمپيوٽر تي

 

 

Following picture, which is also available in the ZIP file you downloaded, shows the layout of the keys:

 

 

 

 

Haibat Abro