Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Features and Usage

This resource talks about the features of Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool and also describe the various step by step procedures involved in using it with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system.

Microsoft India Language Input Tool is one of the best Input Method Editor for working with the Indic languages like Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam etc. in our documents or other web resources. Infact, it can be used in any other purpose where we need to input the text in a particular Indo-Aryan languages for satisfying various requirements as applicable in our daily working schedule. It provides the easiest way to work with the various patterns of indic languages when needed to be included for specific purpose which are actually done through transliteration i.e. the transition from one type of alphabet into another of its kind. This means that the text which you would type would not be translated but would rather be converted to its equivalent alphabets belonging to another compatible language which is basically done in a phonetic manner. This very property of being phonetic in nature to type any other Indian language is the featured service that it has to offer because it involves no pain in learning the various keyboard layout of each individual language that we need to work with. Instead, it can be easily worked with by typing all the words and sentences in English with just pronouncing the said word in the native language in which we want our text to appear. This implies that we are not dealing with the meaning of the word which is generally the case with the process of Translation but instead we are working with pronunciation of the actual word in any specific Indian language that we want to make use of. For example, if we want to type 'लगे रहो' which is based on the Hindi Language, then we have to type-in the equivalent pronunciation in English such as 'Lage Raho' and the same would be converted to its form in Hindi. This way we can also manage other Indian languages which are by now around ten of them which can be made use of within the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool. There are also two versions available which are both meant for different purpose such as the Web Version which is intended for being used in online websites or blogs and the Desktop Version which can be used in the computer for using it with text editors, word processors and various applications or any other Microsoft Products.


The Web Version of the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool can be used with various popular web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or Opera. The Desktop version, on the other hand is compatible for use with almost all the variants of Windows Operating such as 32-bit Windows XP SP2 or higher, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The system requirements which is set for it is not much and includes only a 512 MB RAM and a 1 GHz Processor which can be both of the type 32-bit and 64-bit. However, it has some additional software requirements too such as the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 for proceeding with the installation process without any error.


How to enabling Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in Windows XP

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in Windows XP needs to be enabled after installing it into the computer. In order to do so, follow the steps as mentioned below:-
  1. First of all, click on Start and open the Control Panel.

  2. In the Control Panel, there will be a list of components among which you will find the 'Regional and Language Options' entry. Click on the icon and open it.

  3. Go to the 'Language' tab. Under the 'Supplemental Language Support' section, click on the checkbox corresponding to the label 'Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai)'

  4. Now click on the Details button which is located within the 'Text Services and input Languages' in the same window as was used in the previous step.

  5. In the 'Text Services and input Languages' dialogbox, go to the 'Advanced' tab. There you will find the 'Extend support of advanced text services to all programs' option which you have to tick in the checkbox provided adjacent to it.

  6. Open the 'Settings' tab and click on the 'Language Bar' button placed under the 'Preference' section.

  7. Now, tick the checkbox corresponding to the 'Show the Language bar on the desktop' option and click on [OK] on all the open windows and dialogbox to exit.

How to use Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in Windows XP

After enabling the MILIT in Windows XP, you can use it to type in your native language in any of the text editor or word processor of your choice. The steps involved in using it are as follows :-
  1. To start with, open the text editor or any other application where you would like to input in your native language which is installed.

  2. Now, in the taskbar you will notice the language bar which would contain a list of all installed languages. Select the language of your choice by clicking on it and the status in the taskbar would automatically update to display the selected language initials.

  3. After this, go to the text editor or word processor you have chosen in step 1 and try to type any text there. The words as you type will automatically be converted to its equivalent indic text as you press the spacebar after every word entered. Since this is phonetic in nature and the words are transliterated, you have to type the text in English according to the pronunciation of the respective indic language that you are using.

How to use Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista too, you have to enable the Language Bar in order to proceed with using the Indic Languages for typing in any application. After having enabled the language bar, you can simply proceed in the similar manner as used with Windows XP to type using the selected Indic language. The steps involved in accomplishing this task are as follows:-
  1. Open the Control Panel which can be found in the Start Menu.

  2. In the Control Panel, navigate to the 'Clock, Language and Region' option and then click on the 'Change keyboards or other input methods'.

  3. Now, go to the 'Keyboards and Languages' tab and click on the 'Change Keyboards' button which is under the 'Keyboards or other input languages' section.

  4. Click on the 'Language Bar' tab on the top and select the 'Floating on Desktop' radio button. Click on [OK] to exit all the open windows.

  5. Now open the application like Microsoft Word or any other text editor or word processors to type in the installed Indic Language.

  6. Before doing so, you may also need to select the preferred language from the language bar that we have enabled in our previous steps. Go to the Language Bar in the taskbar and select the Indic language that you want to use.

  7. Now you may type in the MS Word or any other such applications and all your text input would be transliterated as you proceed with typing in English based on the pronunciation of the chosen Indic language.

How to use Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in Windows 7

Enabling and using the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool in the latest Windows operating system i.e. Windows 7 is exactly similar to the procedure mentioned for Windows Vista above. You may proceed in the same manner and activate the Language Bar for the Desktop and then select the preferred language from the Language Bar which will then be available on the taskbar. After doing so, you can proceed with using any installed Indic language for using it within any Microsoft Products and other software and applications which accepts text input from the user.


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