Enable your on-screen keyboard so you can see the letters and symbols as you type.
Sharing your documents typed in Hebrew
When in doubt, Save As PDF or RTF (Rich Text Format) from Google Docs or Mellel.
PowerPoint presentations in Hebrew
PowerPoint slides with Hebrew text will open and display the text correctly when carried across platforms (Mac to Windows and vice versa). However, keep in mind that whenever you change computers or switch platforms, the format of your slides may change due to differences in the available Fonts or PowerPoint versions installed on different machines.
To ensure that your presentation looks the way you want it to, you could:
Are your websites stuck in Hebrew?
Try emptying the cache and clearing the cookies. If you don't know how, search for instructions using your web browser's help menu.
Need more Hebrew fonts?
Try this site - it has various fonts for Modern Hebrew scripts as well as Ancient Hebrew scripts.
For OS 10.9 and later:
1. Go to the Apple menu. Select System Preferences.
2. Click Language & Region. If you do not see Hebrew in the list of Preferred languages, click the “+” button. Select it from the new list that opens and click Add.
3. Click Keyboard Preferences…
4. On the Input Sources tab, click the “+” button.
5. Select Hebrew from the list. Then Select Hebrew [rather than Hebrew-QWERTY] from the list on the right. Click Add.
6. Check the box next to Show Input menu in menu bar.
7. Go to the Keyboard tab. Check the box next to Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar.
For OS 10.6 through 10.8:
1. Click on the Apple Logo (top left) and choose System Preferences
2. Choose Language & Text.
3. In the Language tab, make sure you can see Hebrew there.
4. Move to the Input Menu tab. Under the section Input type check Keyboard Viewer and Character Palette (if you see this option). At the bottom of the window check the Show input menu in menu bar box.
5. Select the Keyboard input type for Hebrew. Choose Hebrew [rather than Hebrew-QWERTY]. This is the keyboard layout for Israel.
You should now be able to see a little flag next to the clock in the upper right corner of your screen
You can now toggle between the languages listed there.
Enable the on-screen keyboard in this menu by clicking Show Keyboard Viewer
1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region -> Change Keyboards or Other Input Methods
2. In the Keyboards & Languages tab, click Change Keyboards
3. In the installed services box, check for Hebrew.
4. Click Apply.
If you do not see the language bar, you may need to reboot in order for the changes to take effect.
Enable the on-screen Keyboard
When using these applications, Hebrew fonts will appear garbled, disconnected or reversed.
Mac applications that DO support Hebrew input:
Google Docs also support Hebrew input
When typing and printing simple documents on a Mac, you can to use TextEdit (equivalent to Notepad on a PC).
TextEdit is a simple editor with limited formatting options. Follow these steps to write Arabic in TextEdit:
Switch to Right-to-Left writing mode (Word 2007 and 2010):
Spell-check in Word 2010:
Other free Word Processing software for Windows: (both of these support right-to-left script)
Advantages: Available on all computers at any time. Can do footnotes (Insert > Footnotes)
Disadvantages: Can't do autonumbering or other ongoing maintenance of footnotes. Can't do endnotes, or bibliographies
After you've enabled Hebrew as a language on your Mac, you will be able to type emails in Hebrew, however, you will notice that periods always go to the right side of the line. To make your end-of-sentence punctuation appear on the left side, you will have to go into Settings -> General and change the Gmail display language to Hebrew.
You can also spell-check in Hebrew. On the upper right side of the email box you'll see the Check Spelling menu. If you click on the teeny triangle to the right you'll see the list of available languages.
The following accent shortcuts work with most applications and broswers, including Microsoft Word and Gmail.
|Dagesh or Mappiq||option + ,|
|Hiriq||option + 4|
|Holam||option + =|
|Kamatz||option + 7||סָ|
|Kubutz||option + 8|
|Patach||option + 6|
|Reduced Kamatz||option + 2||סֳ|
|Reduced Patach||option + 1|
|Reduced Segol||option + 3|
|Segol||option + 9|
|Sh'va||option + 0|
|Shin dot (right)||option + shift + m|
|Sin dot (left)||option + shift + a|
|Shuruk||option + shift + u|
|Zeire||option + 5|
Hint: Enabling the on-screen keyboard really helps - you can see where all the letters and vowels and punctuation marks etc. are located. Hold down the option key or the option + shift key to reveal the additional options you have for typing various symbols.
You can enter niqqud by pressing CapsLock, placing the cursor after the consonant letter and then pressing Shift and one of the keys in the chart below.
|Dagesh or Mappiq||=|
|Shin dot (right)||0|
|Sin dot (left)||9|
Hint: Enabling the on-screen keyboard really helps - you can see where all the letters and vowels and punctuation marks etc. are located. Hold down the Shift key or the AltGR (right Alt) key to reveal the additional options you have for typing various symbols.