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This is a collection of free Urdu software tools from Internet. Follow these easy steps to make your computer Urdu compatible. Here you can install Urdu Nastaleeq Font (Jameel Noori). After installing this font you can read Urdu in Nastaleeq font on many popular Urdu websites e.g. Nawaiwaqt. In addition to that, you can also install Urdu Phonetic Keyboard. After installing Urdu keyboard on Windows computer you can type Urdu Unicode text in programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. You can also send and receive emails in Urdu from almost all email providers. This keyboard is specially designed to use your existing keyboard with English keys to type Urdu. Further, you can also enable Unicode Urdu in Windows XP which will enable your computer to support right-to-left typing of Urdu.
Install Urdu Fonts on Windows
If you are using Windows XP or Vista computer, Click Here to download. When you click, you will see the following popup window, please click on the Run button:
and click on Run again if you get this popup window:
after this click on Next button on this screen:
Next click on Install button:
The Urdu Fonts will be installed after this step. Please restart your Internet Browser. Enjoy reading Urdu now!
If you get a warning on Windows Vista that a program is trying to access your computer, please allow it to run so it can install the font. After this the font will be installed and you can close the window, and restart your browser or refresh/reload this page to view the text in newly installed font. If you install the font again when new update becomes available, you may need to restart your computer.
Other Operating Systems
If you are on Linux or other operating system which also supports OpenType/TrueType fonts, then you can manually download and install the ttf files from here. The zip file contains 3 ttf files. Please follow your operating system instructions on how to install these fonts.
Installing the Urdu Font on Apple Mac
Download the font zip file from here. Extract the zip file and double click the ttf files one by one to install. When you double click the font file, you will be presented with a small preview (written in the Roman alphabet) along with a button at the bottom that says "Install Font" as shown below:
Install Urdu Keyboard
Click Here to download and run Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Installer.
Windows Vista / 7
If you are using Windows Vista, after installing the above keyboard you can type Urdu on your Windows Vista Computer. To switch between Urdu and English keyboard, you can press Alt+Shift. Or on your taskbar you can see EN or UR and click on it to select the language as shown in this figure:
If you are using Windows XP, you need to follow steps mentioned in the section about Enabling Unicode Urdu in Winodws.
You can also download and print this Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Layout in PDF format for your reference. This page explains which key has alef, bay, pay etc. Here is the low resolution image:
Enable Unicode Urdu in Windows XP
If you are on Windows XP, follow these steps: (Note: this step is not required for Windows Vista/7/8)
Click on Start, Settings, and then Control Panel
Click on Regional and Language Options. (You may need Windows XP CD in your CD/DVD drive after this step)
Click on Languages tab, and select first checkbox that says "Install files for complex scripts and right-to-left languages..."
and then click on OK button. This will bring this prompt. Click OK button to continue:
Now it will ask you for Windows XP CD in your CD/DVD drive:
Once you press ok and the correct CD is in the drive, it will continue with the installation like this:
Next it will ask you to restart the computer. Select No at this time.
Now click on the Details... button which will bring this window, which lists the currently installed languages and keyboards:
Now click on the Add... button which will bring this window, where you will select Input language: Urdu and Keyboard layout/IME: Urdu Phonetic 1.0 (this is the keyboard layout that we installed earlier)
Now press OK on all windows to close them. You can restart your computer now to load new settings. Once you have restarted, you can see that Urdu language is available in your taskbar as shown in this screen shot:
Now to switch between Urdu and English, you can press Alt+Shift. Or on your taskbar you can see EN or UR and click on it to select the language.
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