Keyboard Usage Notes

NOTE: This is an old, outdated web page. Instead, please download the Yiddish Keyboard Layouts Installer and you will have the most current, updated instructions. This page is remaining on the web only temporarily - until the Yiddish Keyboard Layout installer will be available on CD for those who wish to avoid large downloads.

The following notes and instructions are based on documents and files which were generously contributed by the creator of this keyboard layout,  Gyula "Ziggy" Zsigri.  An explanation of  Yiddish keyboard layout may be found on the previous page.

How to use Yiddish Pasekh?


1. Start Keyman by double-clicking the Keyman shortcut (or by double-clicking from Start / Programs / Tavultesoft Keyman / Keyman).

2. Click the keyboard layout indicator (the little blue box) on the Windows taskbar (lower right on your screen) and switch to "Hebrew - Yiddish Pasekh."  The keyboard layout indicator will display HE instead of EN, and the Keyman icon in the lower right Task Bar area of your screen will turn into a blue Pasekh Tsvey Yudn icon.


Type Yiddish by transliteration: type shin with sh or pasekh tsvey yudn with ay.

Khof, mem, nun, fey and tsadek are shaped automatically: they take their final forms at the end of words and their regular forms otherwise. Isolated final forms can typed with shifted keys:

Shift+C -> final tsadek
Shift+X -> final khof

Shtumer-alef is automatically inserted before ay, ey, i, oy, or u at the beginning of words. You can type a word-internal shtumer-alef with Shift+A.

Hebrew-specific letters are typed with shifted keys:

Shift+B -> veys
Shift+H -> khes
Shift+K -> kof (Hebrew kaf)
Shift+S -> sof
Shift+T -> tof
Shift+W -> sin

Geresh is typed with Shift+G and curly double quotes are typed with the Q key. (*)

The opening quotation mark is low if Q is unshifted and high if shifted. (*)

The backslash key functions as a temporary place holder to separate letters or parts of compound words. Type s\h to output samekh hey instead of shin, or type ge\aylt to insert a shtumer-alef between the ayen and the pasekh-tsvey yudn.

The hyphen key outputs a makef after a Yiddish letter and a hyphen otherwise. If, for some reason, you need a hyphen after a Yiddish letter, press the hyphen key twice.

A hyphen after a hyphen turns the hyphen into an en dash.
A hyphen after an en dash turns the en dash into an em dash.
A geresh after a geresh turns the geresh into gershayim.

(*) [Click here to see illustrations of garesh, gershayim, makef vs. hyphen, low and high Yiddish quotation marks, etc.]

Occasionally, you may need initial ay, ey, etc. without a shtumer-alef, e.g. when you want to list the letters of the alefbeys. You can type them with the following key combinations:

Shift+E -> ey
Shift+I -> i
Shift+J -> ey (the name of J rhymes with ey)
Shift+O -> oy
Shift+U -> u
Shift+Y -> ay (the name of Y rhymes with ay)

Created by Gyula Zsigri

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January 14, 2002

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