Typing Unicode Telugu using Apple Keyboard Layout

Apple layout is the second most famous layout on non-Unicode Telugu generation applications. Using the MSKLC, I created Telugu Apple Keyboard Layout for Windows. By using this, you can type in Unicode Telugu wherever you can type in English.

Instructions and notes about using Apple Keyboard Layout follows.


  1. Download the Apple Telugu Keyboard Layout.
  2. Unzip the downloaded zip file.
  3. Execute the Setup.exe file in te_apple folder
  4. After the installation is complete, you can switch to the Apple Keyboard Layout by pressing Left Alt + Shift. (If you are using multiple Telugu keyboard layouts, please ensure that you really selected Apple Keyboard Layout.) Pressing again the same keyboard shortcut brings you back to the English.
  5. If you want to see an indication of which layout is in use, you can enable Language Bar in Windows.


There are some differences with the original Apple Layout, which you should be aware of.

  1. You should use Shift + key to get the vowel characters for all the keys in QWERTY row.
    • Example:To get అ, type Shift + q; ఈ = Shift + w
  2. You can get the Shifted versions of those keys, by holding Right Alt key while pressing the respective key. (You can use Alt Gr key also for Right Alt.)
    • Example: ఋ = Right Alt + w; ృ = Right Alt + Shift + w
  3. For joining (&), you can use h and H.
  4. In joinings, you should give the vowel last, instead of before ‘&’ in the original Apple layout.
    • Example: డ్లీ = chaw (instead of cwha)

Please post any issues as comments.

Update 2011-02-03: In case you didn’t know Apple keyboard layout, I recommend you learn INSCRIPT keyboard layout (also known as DOE layout in Anu), which is standardized by the Government of India. You can use my Inscript Lekhini for typing Telugu or leaning Inscript layout.

Update 2012-05-16: The layout now includes the ZWNJ that is required to prevent hallu after pollu joining with the previous character. You can type it using Right Alt + 2. Uninstall the existing layout in your system and then install the new one from the download link above.


134 thoughts on “Typing Unicode Telugu using Apple Keyboard Layout

  1. Sir,
    Apple key board nu anuscript lo use chestu telugu typing chesetappudu Arasuna ni type cheyatam ela )

    1. ఎంటర్ కీ పైన వున్న షిఫ్ట్ తో బ్యాక్ ష్లాష్(\) కీ ని ప్రెస్ చేస్తే అరసున్న(అఁ) వస్తుందండీ అదికూడా కేవలం ఒంటరిగా అరసున్నా టైపు చేయడం కుదరదు. మరేదైనా అక్షరం తర్వాత దీన్ని ఉపయోగిస్తే సాధ్యం అవుతుంది. అలాగే అదే కీ ని షిప్ట్ లేకుండా టైపు చేస్తే విసర్గం (అః) వస్తుంది

    1. (Shift B + y)తో మీరు హో అని యాపిల్ బోర్డు నుంచి టైపుచేయవచ్చు. ఈ హో అలా టైపు చేసిందే

  2. నమస్తే
    ఈ కీబోర్డులో వ్రుత్తాకారం కు కావాల్సిన రుత్వం ఎలా వస్తుంది?
    ప్రగ్నా భారతి ‘జ’కు ఇ వత్తులా ఎలా వస్తుందో కూడా తెలుపగలరు

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