Until now if you had to type in your own regional language, then it was required to install a regional keyboard and switch between English and your regional language. But now, you can use a virtual keyboard inside the Chrome browser and type in any of the supported regional languages. Virtual Keyboard is a Chrome browser extension which lets you type in your language using the keyboard layout familiar to you. It pops up on every page with input text boxes and text areas. Here is how you can install and use the Virtual Keyboard :
- Visit Virtual Keyboard extension page in your Google Chrome browser.
- Click on the blue Install button to install the Virtual Keyboard extension.
- It will prompt you for confirmation. Click on Install to proceed.
- As soon as you visit a web site where you can type something (like Google, facebook, twitter etc.), you will find a virtual keyboard popup in the lower-right corner. Click on the checkmark on this virtual keyboard’s upper corner to open the Options page.
- In the Virtual Keyboard Options page, you can add different language keyboards layouts by clicking on a layout in the left list. If later you want to remove that keyboard, click on it in the right-side list. Click on the Save button to save the settings.
- After you have added the keyboard layouts of your choice, you can switch between these layouts by pressing the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Q. You can also click on the left and ◄► arrows on the virtual keyboard window’s top-right corner.
- Now you can switch the virtual keyboard to your regional language. Then click on the text field and then click on this virtual keyboard and start typing using your mouse. Do not throw away your keyboard, because you may need it for other things 🙂