Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center

Installing the Hebrew KU Homophonic keyboard in Windows 7

The Windows operating system provides a keyboard that will allow you to type in Hebrew, but this keyboard uses the layout of the Israeli typewriter keyboard. While many are able to learn to touch type using this layout, for most students it is easier to use a remapped keyboard on which there are sound correspondences between the Hebrew 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


Shift State

Shift view

Installation of these keyboards is done automatically via a Windows installer file (msi). There is no need to do anything other than download the file and click on the installation file. Everything is put in the correct folder and all of the neccessary registry changes are made for you. The only additional step is to enable the keyboard in the "Regional and Language Options" control panel. You will find a complete explanation of the procedure below.

The instructions below will guide you through the process of installing the Hebrew 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 Hebrew 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.

User accounts

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

More user accounts

4. Click on Change User Account Control settings.

User Account Control 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.

Never notify

6. Download the Hebrew 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.

Save file

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

Extract all

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

Extraction path

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

KU_HE Folder

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


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.


12. The Hebrew 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).


13. To switch to the Hebrew KU Homophonic keyboard, click the EN button and select HE Hebrew (Israel).

HE Keyboard

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

Switching to English

15. You will now be able to type using the Hebrew 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.

Ease of access

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

On-screen 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.

Pin to taskbar

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

Pinned icon