Installing the Tavultesoft Keyman Desktop (Windows)

The following tutorial was designed and produced by my TA, Mark Mills, summer 2010. His work is greatly appreciated; I think you’ll find it useful. I do NOT provide tech support for matters related to these pages; please don’t email me asking why you can’t make it work. If you find a actual error in the info here, and can verify that with more than one computer, then drop me a note.  RD

Here are step-by-step instructions for installing the Keyman Desktop:

1. Go to the Tavultesoft Web site’s Tavultesoft Keyman Desktop page:

2. Click “Download” under the keyboard image:

3. You should now see the download page. Scroll down to the Light and Professional download choices:

4. Choose which version you want to install and click “Download” for that version. These instructions will assume you chose Keyman Desktop Light 7.1. You will now see a form where you must enter your email address and choose which messages you wish to receive from Tavultesoft. After filling in the form, click “Start Download”:

If your browser protects you from inadvertently downloading files, you may see a message at the top of the window. If so, click on the message and choose “Download File…”:

5. You should now see a File Download dialog. Click “Run” to install Keyman Desktop:

6. After the file downloads you may see another security warning. Click “Run”:

7. Next you will be given the option to install the application. Click “Install Keyman Desktop”:

8. The Setup Wizard will now begin. Click “Next”:

9. Read the license agreement and check “I accept the terms in the License Agreement”. Click “Next”:

10. Click your setup preference. “Typical” will choose default options. “Custom” will allow you to change the installation options. “Complete” will choose all option. These instructions assume you click “Typical”, then click “Install”:

11. When the installation is complete, you have the option to check for program updates and to launch the Keyman Desktop. Leave both boxes checked and click “Finish”:

12. You should now be asked to select the language for the Keyman Desktop windows. Choose the language and click “OK”:

13. The Keyman Desktop trial version window appears next. Note that once you pay for the program you will be given a license code and you can click “Enter License Code” to activate Keyman Desktop. You have 30 days to do this before it will no longer function. For now, click “Try Now” to configure and use it:

14. When the Welcome window appears, click “Configuration…”:

15. In the Configuration window you will add a Greek keyboard and set up any hot keys you want to assign to switch between keyboards. Click “Download Keyboard…”:

16. In the Download Keyboard window enter “Greek” in the “Search by Language” box and click “Search”. In the list of keyboards, scroll down to “Greek Classical by Manual Lopez” and click “Install Keyboard”:

17. The Install dialog appears. Verify that “Greek Classical” is the keyboard layout, and click “Install”:

18. The Language Configuration Tasks dialog will appear showing what needs to be done to make the keyboard function properly. This will include installing the Greek language in Windows and setting up language support in other applications, such as Microsoft Office. Leave the tasks checked and click “OK”:

19. After installation of the keyboard is complete, the documentation for the keyboard is displayed. Scroll through the document to see the keyboard layout and instructions on how to type characters with diacritical markings. When you are finished, click “OK”:

20. The Configuration window will now show the installed keyboard. To make switching between keyboards easy, you can assign a hot key to each one. For example, you could use <ALT> + G to select the Greek Classical keyboard and <ALT> + U to turn off all Keyman keyboards so the default system keyboard will be active. Click “Hotkeys” on the left and click the current hot key selection for “Activate Greek Classical Keyboard Layout”, which will be “(none)”:

21. The Change Hotkey dialog will allow you to select the key combination to activate the Greek keyboard. Press and hold the Alt, Shift, and/or Ctrl keys and press the letter, number, or symbol key you want to use. Your choice will display in the text box. Click “OK” when you are finished:

Repeat the previous step to set the hot key for “Turn Keyman Desktop Off”, which will be the hot key to return to the system keyboard.

Now you can open your word processor and practice typing in Greek. Type some text in your normal system language, press your Greek hot key, and you should now be typing in Greek. Press your hot key to turn off Keyman Desktop and you should be typing in your default language again.