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Installing the Russian KU Homophonic Keyboard in Windows 7 and Above (32-bit and 64-bit)

The Windows operating system provides a keyboard that will allow you to type in Russian, but this keyboard uses the layout of the Russian typewriter keyboard. While many are able to learn to touch type using this different layout, for most students it is easier to use a remapped keyboard on which there are sound correspondences between the Russian and English letters. These keyboards are known as homophonic (meaning "sounds the same") keyboards. The KU homophonic keyboard attempts to reflect sound correspondences when possible, and to map other letters and symbols for ease of typing. For the purpose of illustration, the layouts are provided below:

Keyboard Layouts

Normal State:

Normal state keyboard

Shift State:

Shift keyboard

Alt + Ctrl + Shift State:

Alt + Ctrl + Shift State

The instructions below will guide you through the process of installing the Russian KU Homophonic keyboard in Windows 7.

1. Windows 7 has a security setting called User Accounts Control. This prevents unknown applications from running without your knowledge. To be able to install the Russian KU Homophonic keyboard, you will need to temporarily turn this off. To do this, open the Control Panel by selecting it from the Start menu.

Start menu

2. Click on User Accounts in the main Control Panel menu.

Control panel

3. Click on User Accounts in the User Accounts menu.

User Account Controls

4. Click on Change User Account Control settings.

Change user account settings

5. Drag the slider down to the bottom to the Never notify option to turn User Account Control off. You will be promted to restart your computer. Please restart before your machine before proceeding to the next step.

The 'never notify' option

6. Download the Russian KU Homophonic Keyboard. A dialog box will appear and ask you what you want to do with the ZIP file. Save the file to your desktop.

Saving the file

7. Right-click on the KU_RU ZIP file and select Extract All...

Extract all

8. Click Extract to extract the files to a new folder called KU_RU.

New folder

9. The KU_RU folder should automatically open. Double click on the KU_RU folder within the KU_RU folder.

The KU_RU folder within the first folder

10. Double-click on setup to install the keyboard.

Double clicking on setup

11. The installation runs silently in the background and may take several seconds to complete. The following window will be displayed with a successful installation. Click Close to continue.

Installation complete!

12. The Russian KU homophonic keyboard was automatically added to the Language Bar during installation. You should now see a button that says EN in the lower right hand corner of your desktop (near the clock).

Language bar

13. To switch to the Russian KU Homophonic keyboard, click the EN button and select RU Russian (Russia).

Changing to Russian

14. You should now see a button that says RU. If you need to switch back to English, click on the RU button and select EN English (United States).

Language bar (now showing Russian)

15. You will now be able to type using the Russian KU Homophonic keyboard layout. To view the On-Screen Keyboard click the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, click Ease of Access, and select On-Screen Keyboard.

On screen keyboard in the start menu

16. The Russian KU Homophonic On-Screen Keyboard looks like this:

Still a Russian keyboard

17. You can pin the On-Screen Keyboard to the Taskbar for easy access. To do this, right click on On-Screen Keyboard in the Start Menu and select Pin to Taskbar.

Highlighting 'Pin to Taskbar'

18. This will place the On-Screen Keyboard icon in the Taskbar where you can quickly access it.

On screen keyboard, pinned to the Taskbar


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