Typing in Arabic or Farsi
The Arabic and Farsi keyboard layouts support the following features:
- The Arabic language has more characters in the alphabet than there are keys on the keyboard. As a result, more than one native character appears on one key. There may be alternate letters that are related to a primary letter or have a similar form. You can use the keyboard mapping guide that appears with the typing task to determine how to press and hold a letter or multi-press to access the second and third characters on each key.
- The Farsi language has a few characters that are different from the basic Arabic alphabet. These characters are listed on the keyboard mapping guide.
- Word prediction and flicking word suggestions up onto the screen (if you have this feature turned on)
- You can type alternate characters and diacritics in two ways. You can press and press a letter. A second method is to press and hold the primary character. Then, select the alternate character from the options.
- To type a symbol, tap . To view more symbols, tap again.
Character guide for Arabic or Farsi
The typical Arabic keyboard layout looks like this:
The following table shows how to type the Arabic and Farsi alphabet when there is more than one native character on each physical key.
|Single key press||Double key press||+ key press||Multi-tap|
|ج||چ (Farsi only)||چ (Farsi only)||چ|
|ب||پ (Farsi only)||پ (Farsi only)||پ|
|ا||أ||ء آ إ أ|
|ك||گ (Farsi only)||گ (Farsi only)||ک گ|
|ز||ژ (Farsi only)||ژ (Farsi only)||ژ|