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 Using the Armenian script on macOS
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Purpose of this guide

This guide will explain how to configure macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) to be able to write using the Armenian alphabet.

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Background

Apple’s macOS operating system supports Unicode, an encoding standard that allows your computer to handle texts in most of the world's writing systems, including Armenian. Whereas displaying Armenian text doesn’t require any configuration, typing in Armenian requires a little configuration on your part.

Viewing Armenian text

Viewing documents or websites in the Armenian script does not require any configuration. For example, you should be able to read the following text:
Ուզո՞ւմ ես գուշակել, տեսնել մի ժողովրդի ապագան՝ նայի՛ր նրա երիտասարդութեան։

Writing in the Armenian script

To be able to write in the Armenian script, macOS must be configured with an Armenian input source. This in effect converts your existing keyboard to an Armenian one. For example, pressing the “A” key may result in the Armenian letter “Ա” being printed.

A. Configuration

Note: Follow these instructions only once.

  1. Choose Apple  menu > System Preferences

  2. Select Keyboard

  3. Select Input Sources

  4. Make sure that Show Input menu in menu bar is enabled (checked). This will show you the currently active input source in the menu bar (near the time) and also allow you to switch between input sources.

  5. Click the + button on the lower left to add a new input source.

  6. (1) Select Armenian from the left list.
    (2) Select Armenian – Western QWERTY for a standard Western Armenian keyboard (alternatively, choose HM QWERTY).
    (3) Click the Add button.

  7. (Optional) To make it easier to switch between the Armenian and U.S. input sources, enable (check) the Use the Caps Lock key to switch to and from U.S. option.

  8. (Optional) To have the option of viewing the keyboard layout in the Input menu of the menu bar:

    (1) Select the Keyboard pane
    (2) Enable (check) the Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar option

  9. Close the window. macOS is now configuring with an Armenian input source, and you can start typing in Armenian in any application. Continue to the Usage section below to see how.

B. Usage

  1. Open the application where you will be typing text. In this example, we will use LibreOffice Writer to create a document with Armenian text.

  2. Switch to the Armenian input source (keyboard layout). There are two ways of doing this: using the Input menu, or using the keyboard.

    Via the Input menu:

    The Input menu in the menu bar (upper right of your screen) displays the currently selected input source. Click on it to change between Armenian and other input sources such as U.S.

    When Armenian is selected, the Input menu should have the Armenian letter Ayb (Ա) displayed:

    Via the keyboard:

    It may be more convenient to use the keyboard to switch between layouts as you're typing:

    • If you followed Step 7 in the Configuration section above, use the “Caps Lock” key to switch between Armenian and U.S. input sources.
    • Alternatively, use Control Key-Space bar

      When Armenian is selected, the Input menu should have the Armenian letter Ayb (Ա) displayed:

    • Optionally, specify a custom keyboard sequence for changing layouts by choosing Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, and then click Shortcuts. Select Input Sources on the left and select the “Select the previous input source” checkbox. Click the “^Space” label once and then type in your custom keyboard sequence. (For example, we prefer the Command Key ⌘ - Space bar sequence.)
  3. The Armenian input source has been selected, so you can now type in Armenian.



    Viewing the keyboard layout