Hebrew and the PC

When you learn Hebrew there comes a time when you want to or need to type Hebrew on your computer.

If you don’t want to purchase a Hebrew keyboard or laptop from Israel with the Hebrew letters on the keys, there are different ways to get around owning a Hebrew keyboard.


Virtual Keyboard

For those who need to type Hebrew occasionally, e.g. for an email or social media post, the easiest option to type Hebrew words (with or without the vowels) is a virtual keyboard. One easy to use virtual Hebrew keyboard is Gate2Home. If you only need the consonants and no vowels leave the settings as they are at “Standard” and “Hebrew”. Click on the Hebrew consonant you want to add or type the corresponding key on your physical keyboard. You can add vowels after consonants by pressing “CapsLock” on the virtual keyboard or your physical keyboard, followed by “Shift”. The virtual keyboard will change and the vowels will become visible. Click on the vowel you want to add. This method is quite fast, but not a permanent option in case you type Hebrew on a regular basis.

Type Hebrew on a Physical Keyboard 

Even if you haven’t purchased a computer or laptop in Israel with Hebrew software/ operating system installed on it, it can be added in a few easy steps. Windows users look here, Mac users have a look at this short video that explains what to do.

After having installed the Hebrew support you can use your physical keyboard to type Hebrew letters and vowels in any application.

Buying a set of Hebrew Keyboard Stickers makes typing much easier, because you know which key will produce which Hebrew letter. A set of stickers costs around $3. The Hebrew alphabet is spread onto stickers. Purchase stickers with a transparent background only, which allows existing characters to show through.



Type Hebrew on a Tablet or Smartphone

iPad and iPhone users tap the “Settings” app. Under “General” tap on “International”, then on “Keyboards” to choose the preferred keyboard option. In order to add Hebrew look under “Add New Keyboard” and choose “Hebrew”. Now, whenever you want to write in Hebrew, tap the “Globe” and switch to the Hebrew keyboard.