The written form of the Indian Telugu language includes special characters you won't find on the standard UK English computer keyboard used by Microsoft Word and other Office programs. Fortunately, Telugu is one of the many languages offered as part of the language pack on computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. To type Telugu in Microsoft Word, first add the Telugu keyboard layout with your computer's "Add a language" tool and then switch to the new keyboard layout from the language bar on the computer's desktop.
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Point to the top right corner of the computer screen with your mouse, move the mouse pointer down and then click the "Search" icon in the bar on the right. On a touchscreen device, swipe from the right edge of the screen and tap the "Search" icon.
Type "language" (without the quotes) in the Search field. Click or tap "Settings" below the Search field to filter search results to show just computer settings.
Click or tap the "Add a language" icon on the computer settings search results screen.
Select "Add a language" in the top menu bar. Scroll to the "T" section in the alphabetical list of languages, select "Telugu" and then click or tap the "Add" button.
Select "Options" beside the language name. Click or tap "Add an input method" in the Input Method section. Select your preferred input method, such as "Keyboard" from the list. Double-click or double-tap the keyboard layout, and then select "Save."
Launch Microsoft Word and open the document that you want to type in Telugu.
Click the "ENG" or "ENG UK" language icon in the desktop taskbar at the bottom right of the screen. Select "Telugu - Telugu Keyboard" from the context menu of available keyboard language options. You can now type Telugu language characters in the Word document.
Tips and warnings
- Toggle back to your regular English language keyboard layout when you've finished typing in Telugu by clicking the language icon and selecting the English or English UK option.
- The information in this article applies to Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Word 2013 running on computers using the Windows 8 operating system. It may differ slightly or significantly for different versions of Word and Windows.
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