- Insert all of the necessary characters, letters and punctuation needed for communication in the target language via a pop-up, on-screen keyboard (called the virtual keyboard).
- Transliterate a word into the target language based on text entry in English phonetics. (i.e. using French transliteration "mehr see" would become "merci".)
- Use a Latin alphabet keyboard to convert your keystrokes to Asian characters.
To enable this feature you must turn it on through Apps Mail (or Gmail for your personal account if you have one). Once logged into your Apps Mail:
- Click on the Settings button (gear) in the top right. Select Settings.
- In top of the General Tab locate the Language section.
- Click on Show all language options.
- Place a check mark next to Enable Google Input tools.
- A window will pop up showing you all of the language support offered. Choose the languages you need to add to the Input Tools feature. The keyboard icon installs the virtual keyboard. Transliteration is installed by selecting the option displaying letters or characters.
- Scroll to the bottom and click on Save Changes
Input Tools will now be activated in Apps Mail via a keyboard icon that displays in the upper right. In Google Apps a keyboard icon will display to the right of the toolbar.
If your target language is written from right to left (such as Hebrew and Arabic) you can switch your document to display right to left (RTL) text entry and editing.
This video and link gives you an overview of how Input Tools work, and how to get them.
Finally, Google Input Tools is also available as a Google Chrome Browser extension via the Chrome Web Store. This will allow you to use your target language across the Internet, not just in Google drive. Use the link above to get to the extension in the Chrome Web Store.
Currently Google supports over 80 languages in the Input Tool.