Urdu Typing on Computer and Internet is quite simple and easy.
To type Urdu on the internet or in any software, watch this video or read bellow.
Urdu keyboard (hardware) is not required for typing Urdu on the computer. You only need to install "Pak Urdu Installer" and type Urdu anywhere on computer and internet. "Pak Urdu Installer" is a complete package of Urdu installation and free Urdu software for all Urdu Lovers.
Windows operating system already contains the basic facility to read and type Urdu. However, in order to elevate the quality of reading then you need to install "Urdu fonts" and for typing "Urdu keyboard layout" is required to be installed on your computer. This course of action solves the problem for Windows Vista and Windows 7, however an additional adjustment is required to be made for Windows XP, you'll need to activate Urdu support for this Operating system and in order to do this you'll require Windows XP's CD.
To make all of above steps (Activate Urdu support, Urdu fonts and Urdu keyboard layout installation) easy, but easier, "Pak Urdu Installer" has been developed. "Pak Urdu Installer" performs all steps automatically without windows CD i.e. activates Urdu language support, install Urdu keyboard layout and installs necessary Urdu Fonts. With this you'll be able to type and read Urdu in Nastaleeq font on computer and internet easily. "Pak Urdu Installer" works on all 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions of Windows operating systems. In short, after just few Clicks with Pak Urdu Installer your computer will support complete Unicode Urdu.
After installing "Pak Urdu Installer" on your computer, you can type Urdu in programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop and other softwares. You can also Search, Chat, send/receive Email in Urdu and type Urdu in Facebook etc. After installation of "Pak Urdu Installer" and restarting your computer as prompted a Language Bar will be displayed on the Taskbar, as illustrated in the images below.
After installing "Pak Urdu Installer" further details on Urdu typing will be available in an icon with the name of Pak Urdu Installer on your computer's desktop. In addition questions like "How to write Urdu alongside English?" and "Which key should be pressed to type which alphabet?" would be answered after opening that icon.
Remember to type Urdu on your computer an Urdu keyboard "Hardware" is not necessary instead with "Pak Urdu Installer" you can type Urdu with your English keyboard. For simplicity Urdu alphabets are arranged with corresponding similar sounding English alphabets, like "A" key is for "ALIF" and "B" key is for "BAY" etc. This arrangement of alphabets in keyboard is called Urdu Phonetic Keyboard.
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In which software (e.g. MS Word) you want to write Urdu, press left Alt+Shift on keyboard, so you will be able to type Urdu in this software. To return English press same Alt+shift, besides keyboard shortcut (Alt+Shift) you can select Urdu or English mode by clicking on language bar on taskbar. To check the language mode we should observe Language Bar. If it appears "UR" on language bar it means Urdu mode and if it appears "EN" on language bar it means English language is selected.
Three common Urdu fonts that are used in Urdu websites or other places have been included in Pak Urdu Installer in which artistic font "Jameel Noori Nastaleeq", CRULP font "Nafees Web Naskh" and BBC Urdu font "Urdu Naskh Asia Type". These all three fonts are Urdu Unicode True Type font (ttf).