Gmail Now Supports Typing in 75 Languages with Virtual Keyboards

Posted by at 10:31 am on October 11, 2012

Google has added a number of different input options to Gmail, in an effort to increase the number of international users of the service. The new additions include over 100 input method editors and virtual keyboards, allowing for text entry in a number of languages that do not use the Roman Alphabet.

After selecting Enable Input Tools under Language in Settings, a new icon for Input Tools appears on the right hand side. The new menu lets users turn on and off any input tool they use, as well as set up new virtual keyboards when required. A Chrome extension, a Windows desktop client and an Android app are also able to be used, allowing the system to be used in other areas.

The addition of Input Tools means Gmail can now support typing in 75 languages, higher than the five initially supported when Indic Transliteration was introduced to Gmail in 2009.

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