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How To Learn Typing Arabic – A Step By Step Guide

After taking an Arabic course, you may think of practicing what you’ve learned by writing an email to a fellow Arab friend. You know the words, the sentences, and you know how to spell “Marhaba” and “Salam” and everything that may come in between, but you’ve yet to learn typing Arabic on your computer or mobile phone. 

Studio Arabiya got your back! With this simple step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to type in Arabic with no problems at all. 

How To Type In Arabic Step By Step?

Considering how much time we spend online, learning how to type in a new language should be an integral part of the whole learning process. Studio Arabiya decided to fill that gap by providing a step-by-step guide starting from configuring your keyboard to practicing how to type faster.

Input Language Configuration

On Your Laptop

Now, this would depend first and foremost on what operating system you’re using.

If you’re using a Macintosh, you would have to:

  1. Go to your System Preferences application
  2. Go to Language and Text under Personal, where you will see four bars at the top, Language, Text, Formats, and Input Sources.
  3. Go to input sources and click on the checkbox that corresponds with the language you want to have available. In this case, it would be either Arabic, Arabic PC, or Arabic QWERTY. 
  4. Pick the Arabic PC keyboard as it’s the most common.


If you’re using Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the control panel.
  2. Choose “region and language”.
  3. Click on the “keyboards and languages” tab.
  4. Click on “change keyboard”. A list of all available languages for your computer will appear. 
  5. Simply choose your preferred Arabic language.

On Your Cell Phone

If you’re using iPhone software, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Settings
  2. Go to General
  3. Go to Keyboard
  4. Go to Add New Keyboard
  5. Choose Arabic


But, if you’re using Android, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Menu button
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Language and Input
  4. Click on the Gear icon next to the default keyboard
  5. Click on the input language
  6. Select عربية and make sure that the checkboxes are ticked for your mother language, English and Arabic


Please note that some cell phones come with updated menus and methods to add a language so the steps may be a little changed. Now that you have an Arabic keyboard, you’re ready to start typing!

Learn The Places Of Letters

It might be a little hard to learn the places of all letters right away. You’ll need some time to adjust to where the letters are before you can write a sentence in less than a minute or so. However, with practice, you can learn faster and type more easily.


For your laptop or PC, there’s a great hack that’ll help you write in Arabic even if you don’t have the letter written on the keyboard itself. You can purchase the Arabic keyboard stickers that can be taped on your keyboard with both Arabic and English letters.


It’s easy to use and presents a very convenient solution if you want to learn the places of the letters effectively. If you can’t possibly buy this sticker, it’s useful to keep a display of an Arabic keyboard until you memorize the position of every letter.


Learn How To Type Vowel Marks

Although some Arabic keyboards do not display which keys write which vowels, this does not stop you from adding vowels to the characters you are typing. However, it may reduce your typing pace to ensure that all of the vowels are included.


It will take some practice to learn to type the six main vowels and some of their variants.


  1. To write the vowel “sukun,” hold shift and press the X key.
  2. To write the vowel “shadda,” hold shift and press the tilde key.
  3. To write the vowel “madda,” hold shift and press the Z key.
  4. To write the vowel “fatha,” hold the shift key and press the Q key. To write “fatha” with “tanween,” depress the shift key and press the W key.
  5. To write the vowel “kasra,” hold down the shift key and press the A key. To write kasra with tanween, hold the shift key down and press the S key.
  6. To write the vowel “damma,” hold the shift key and press the E key. To write “damma” with “tanween,” hold shift and press the R key.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Practice is your way to perfecting Arabic typing. Make it a daily activity of yours to practice typing in Arabic with the vowel marks as well as the correct spelling and grammar. Practice will help you write faster and easier.

To help you type Arabic faster, use the following hands’ placement on the keyboard to reach the letter faster. 

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Another way of practice is to focus on two letters and gradually learn how to quickly find and type them. Islamic Partnership’s Arabic Typing Tutor online tool will help you with this matter in the easiest way possible.

If you need any further help in typing, or in general Arabic matters, you can contact one of the native tutors on Studio Arabiya for advice. We guarantee that we answer your questions in the most convenient way possible to help you grow and progress more in your Arabic learning path. 

Tips For You To Use In Your First Time Typing Arabic

Now, you’re all set to start typing your first text, email, essay, or anything else you like. However, here are a few additional tips to pay attention to during your first time typing in Arabic:

  1. Make sure you’re writing from right to left. Writing Arabic from left to right is wrong and will look awkward as you type.
  2. Don’t worry about making spelling mistakes or replacing letters. It happens for everyone.
  3. Use the word bank to choose the word you want to write if you feel like you can’t think of anything to write on the blank page.
  4. Learn how to correctly type letters first, then practice using the vowel marks not to overwhelm yourself.
  5. Learn how to distinguish between the two “Yaa’s” displayed on the keyboard. The “ى” on the N key is the one pronounced with the “aa” sound. While “ي” on the D key; has two dots beneath it, pronounced with the “ee” sound.