Configuration

To use Google Input Tools with other applications, first open the application and then select the input tool. Google Input Tools can be opened by clicking on the language bar on the desktop, then selecting the input tool language icon. Alternatively, input tools can be enabled using a shortcut key if it has been configured previously. To close an input tool, change the language in language bar, right-click on the current application to see whether it supports 'Close IME' popup menu option, or just close the current application).

Displaying Language Bar

On the desktop, right-click on the taskbar, then select ToolbarsLanguage bar

Language Bar

Enabling Language Bar

If the 'Language bar' option is not visible in the 'Toolbars' menu, it needs to be enabled through the Control Panel:

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Navigate to the Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsKeyboard and Languages tab
  2. Click on the Change keyboards… button and open the Text services and input languages dialog
  3. Navigate to Language Bar tab
  4. Enable the radio button Docked in the taskbar under the Language Bar section
  5. Apply all settings, then try to display the language bar as described in the previous section.

Windows XP

  1. Go to Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsLanguages tab → Text services and input languages (Details)Advanced tab
  2. Make sure that under System configuration, the option Turn off advanced text services is not checked.
  3. Go to Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsLanguages tab → Text services and input languages (Details)Settings tab
  4. Click Language Bar
  5. Select Show the Language bar on the desktop. Click OK.
  6. Go to Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsLanguages Tab
  7. Make sure that the option Install files for East Asian languages is checked in the checkboxes. This requires installation of system files and the system will prompt for you to insert the Operating System Disc.
  8. If you are going to install IME for Indic languages or right-to-left languages, also make sure that the option Install files for complex scripts and right to left languages is checked in the checkboxes. This requires installation of system files and the system will prompt for you to insert the Operating System Disc.
  9. Apply all settings and try to display language bar as described in the previous section.

Input Tools Shortcut

A shortcut key sequence can be applied to input tools, which can be used to quickly enable them for any in-focus application. To set up a shortcut, follow these steps:

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsKeyboard and Languages tab
  2. Click on Change keyboards… button to open Text services and input languages dialog
  3. Navigate to General tab
  4. If Google [Language] Input is not listed in Installed Services box, then click Add; in the Add Input language dialog box, go to the language for which you want to enable the input tools in the languages tree and expand it. Check the checkbox next to Google [Language] Input in the list.
  5. Navigate to Advanced key settings tab
  6. In Hot keys for input languages, select To [Language] - Google Input Tools
  7. Press Change Key Sequence
  8. Select Enable Key Sequence
  9. Select a key sequence, such as Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1
  10. Apply all changes
  11. Test the changes - open an application and press Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 (or your custom shortcut) and the input tool should open.

Windows XP

  1. Control PanelRegional and Language OptionsLanguages tab → Text services and input languages (Details)Settings Tab
  2. If either [Language] or Google [Language] Input is not listed in the Installed Services box, then click Add and in the Add Input language dialog box select [Language] in Input language and Google [Language] Input in Keyboard layout/IME. Click OK
  3. Press Key Settings
  4. In Hot keys for input languages, select Switch to [Language]-Google [Language] Input
  5. Press Change Key Sequence
  6. Select Enable Key Sequence
  7. Select a key sequence, such as Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1
  8. Apply all changes
  9. Test the changes - open an application and press Left ALT + SHIFT + Key 1 (or your custom shortcut) and the input tool should open.