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How to Access a Keyboard for a Different Language in Arabic for Mac


How to Access a Keyboard for a Different Language in Arabic for Mac

If you frequently write in Arabic or need to type in a different language on your Mac, accessing a keyboard for that language can be quite useful. Mac computers offer a convenient way to switch between different languages and keyboards. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to access a keyboard for a different language, specifically Arabic, on your Mac:

1. Go to the Apple menu in the top-left corner and select “System Preferences.”
2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard.”
3. In the Keyboard preferences, select the “Input Sources” tab.
4. Click on the “+” button at the bottom left to add a new keyboard.
5. Scroll down and select “Arabic” or search for it in the search bar.
6. Choose the desired Arabic keyboard layout, such as “Arabic – PC” or “Arabic – Standard.”
7. Check the box next to “Show Input menu in menu bar.”
8. Click “Add” to add the Arabic keyboard to your list of input sources.
9. You can now switch between languages by clicking on the input menu in the top-right corner of the menu bar and selecting the desired language or keyboard.


1. Can I use the Arabic keyboard in any application?
Yes, once you have added the Arabic keyboard, you can use it in any application that supports text input.

2. How do I switch back to my default keyboard?
Click on the input menu in the menu bar and select your default keyboard or language.

3. Can I customize the Arabic keyboard layout?
Yes, you can customize the keyboard layout by going to “System Preferences” > “Keyboard” > “Input Sources” > “Arabic” > “Keyboard Preferences.”

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4. Can I use the Arabic keyboard for both typing and keyboard shortcuts?
Yes, the Arabic keyboard can be used for typing as well as keyboard shortcuts in applications.

5. Do I need to memorize the Arabic keyboard layout?
No, you can use the on-screen keyboard or the keyboard viewer in the menu bar to see the layout and find the desired characters.

6. Can I switch between Arabic and English keyboards quickly?
Yes, you can use the keyboard shortcut “Command + Space” to switch between the currently active keyboards.

7. Can I add multiple language keyboards to my Mac?
Yes, you can add multiple keyboards for different languages and easily switch between them using the input menu in the menu bar.

By following these steps, you can access an Arabic keyboard on your Mac and seamlessly switch between different languages whenever needed.