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Using Arabic Keyboard How to Get Vowels Mac


Using Arabic Keyboard: How to Get Vowels on Mac

The Arabic language is known for its unique writing system, which includes consonants and diacritical marks to represent vowels. If you are using an Arabic keyboard on your Mac, you may be wondering how to type these vowels. In this article, we will guide you through the process of getting vowels on your Mac keyboard.

To start typing vowels on your Mac, you need to enable the Arabic keyboard layout. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Open the System Preferences on your Mac.
2. Click on Keyboard and select the Input Sources tab.
3. Click on the “+” button at the bottom left corner to add a new input source.
4. Scroll down and select Arabic – PC or Arabic – QWERTY depending on your preferred layout.
5. Once added, make sure the “Show Input menu in menu bar” option is checked.

Now, you can easily switch between English and Arabic keyboard layouts by clicking on the input menu in the menu bar.


1. Can I type vowels without switching to the Arabic keyboard layout?
No, the Arabic keyboard layout is necessary to access the diacritical marks representing vowels.

2. How do I type short vowels (fatḥah, kasrah, and ḍammah)?
Press the Shift key along with the Option key and then type A, I, or U respectively.

3. How can I type long vowels (alif, wāw, and yāʾ)?
Press the Option key along with the corresponding vowel key (A, W, or Y).

4. How do I type tanwīn (double vowels)?
Press the Option key along with Shift and the corresponding vowel key (A, I, or U).

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5. Can I use these methods in all applications?
Yes, these methods work in most applications, including word processors, web browsers, and messaging apps.

6. Are there shortcuts for other diacritical marks?
Yes, you can find a complete list of shortcuts in the Keyboard Viewer, accessible from the input menu.

7. How can I remember all these shortcuts?
Practice and familiarity with the shortcuts will help you remember them over time. You can also print a cheat sheet for reference.

Now that you know how to get vowels on your Arabic keyboard, you can enhance your typing experience in the Arabic language on your Mac. Enjoy exploring the rich world of Arabic script with ease and convenience!