Keyboards for Typing Yiddish (Unicode UTF-8) in Windows 2000 and Hebrew Enabled Windows 98/NT

Introductions to Installing the UYIP Hebrew-Yiddish Keyboard:


The following is about a different keyboard utility which can be used to type Unicode text in Word 2000 (and some other Windows programs), for both Windows 2000 and Hebrew Enabled WIndows NT. The layout of this keyboard, the Hebrew-Extended keyboard (also known as the "UYIP keyboard" or the "Windows Hebrew-Yiddish Keyboard: (6/30/97)"),  is illustrated at: . It is not a phonetic keyboard (e.g., daled is not found on the "d" key; fey is not the "f" key, etc.). This is a keyboard layout which was derived from the standard Israeli Hebrew keyboard, but extended for full Yiddish capabilities. This keyboard uses AltGr (the right-hand Alt key) to bring up the 14 special Yiddish characters.

From: "Mark H. David"
To: UYIP <>
Subject: Re: Hebrew extended keyboard for Windows 2000
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 11:54:59 -0500

First, I plan to find time to make a user-friendly installer for this keyboard.

Second, Microsoft has indicated in the past that they would provide this keyboard with their operating system and/or with a user-friendly update kind of installer. I'm very disappointed that they have not done this.

Third, here's Microsoft's boilerplate warning about using the registry editor:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it.


How to Install the UYIP Hebrew-Yiddish Keyboard:

See Warning, above.

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 13:18:48 -0500
From: N Miller <>
To: UYIP <>
Subject: Word 2000 and Windows 2000

khevre, I'm forwarding to you all--with Mark David's consent--something he sent me a few months ago when I was testing Win2K.  I think it will answer Hugh's question as to the goodness of fit between the two programs.  I've been using Mark's scheme (which I installed without a hitch first crack of the bat) since December and I'm delighted with it. Since it's installed at the system level it works as well with WorkPad [and Outlook Express, per email from Noyekh 11/6/00].




There's a hard part that real users will never have to do, and then there's a somewhat easier part, that all users have to do. [Actually, all users have to do both parts at this time. Mark was anticipating that Microsoft would include this keyboard with the Operating System.]

[To download the necessary file (KBDHEBX.DLL), right-click here and follow the instructions on your drop-down menu; eg.,

  • in Netscape, select Save Link As
  • in Explorer, select Save Target As
  • put the file into your WINNT\system32 directory]

... So, you'll have this file on your disk:


Second, edit the registry using regedit. [See info in backets, below.]

Do regedit in DOS to bring up the registry editor. [This means - Go to Start / Programs / Accessories /  Command Prompt. A window will open with a DOS prompt inside, which looks like this -  C:\>. At the prompt, type in: regedit, hit enter, and then follow the instructions below.]

From there, go to My Computer



      > CurrentControlSet

       > Control

       > Keyboard Layouts

Click on Keyboard Layouts to highlight it.

Do menu choice Edit -> New -> Key.

Replace the text "New Key #1" with "00050000".

This "key" you've just added remains highlighted.

Now do menu choice Edit -> New -> String Value.

Replace the text "New Value #1" with "Layout File".

Now double click on the "string value" you've just added (on the text "Layout File").  A dialog box prompts you for value data.  You enter here:


[Hit OK.]

Now, again, do menu choice Edit -> New -> String Value.

This time, replace the text "New Value #1" with "Layout Text".

Now double click on the "string value" you've just added (on the text "Layout Text").  A dialog box prompts you for value data.  You enter here:


[Hit OK.]

Now, again, do menu choice Edit -> New -> String Value.

This time, replace the text "New Value #1" with "Layout Id".

Now double click on the "string value" you've just added (on the text "Layout Id").  A dialog box prompts you for value data.  You enter here:


Now close the registry editor by doing the menu choice Registry -> Exit.


-- That's it.


Now, the normal user part:

Control Panel

 -> Keyboard

  -> Input Locales

Now, under Input Language, you should see a line with HE Hebrew.  If you don't, do Add..., and add it.

Now, select the line with HE Hebrew on the left side.  Then click on the properties button. 

Then, select the choice Hebrew-Extended from the drop-down list.  (If you don't see it here, something's wrong.)

Then click OK.  Then click OK again.


That's it.  You're set up.

(You click on the EN to choose HE from the menu in the bottom right of the window.

Or you can toggle keyboard mode by doing Alt+Shift.)

So, if you go to Word now, and select HE as you keyboard layout, you should be able to type Shift+j, and see pasekh-tsvey-yudn appear.  See

for a picture of the Hebrew-Extended keyboard (aka "UYIP keyboard" aka "Windows Hebrew-Yiddish Keyboard: (6/30/97)").


07/02/2006 10:14 PM  blat_gebitn.gif (1206 bytes)

UYIP Home Page
webto-04.gif (623 bytes)

shraybt mir
shoshke.gif (430 bytes)