How to easily type in multiple languages on the Web with Chrome

Typing in different languages on the Web can be as easy as clicking on a browser button. We'll show you how.

Google input tools
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Typing in different languages on the Web can be as easy as clicking on a browser button.

With the Google Input Tools extension for Chrome, you can easily type in multiple languages when typing an e-mail, filling out a Web form, or writing anything else on the Web. Here's how:

Step 1: Install the Google Input Tools extension from the Chrome Web Store.

Step 2: Click on the new browser button in the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome browser and select Extension Options. Choose the languages you want from the input tools list, then close the tab.

Language selection
Choose languages from the left pane. Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 3: To use one of the languages you chose, just click on the input tools button again and you'll see your list of languages. Once you've picked the language you want to type in, a virtual keyboard for that language will appear in the lower right-hand corner of the browser.

Virtual keyboard
Type with the virtual keyboard or use it as a guide for typing on your real keyboard. Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. Now you can easily type in multiple languages when writing an e-mail, posting a Facebook status update, sending a new tweet, or writing anything else on the Web.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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