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1. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Hiya. I've just returned from a trip to Bulgaria and have brought back a twin alphabet PC keypad (English and Bulgarian Cyrillic), to help me improve my Bulgarian writing. Trouble is, I've no idea how to switch from one alphabet to the other. There is a set of two letters on each letter key.
There is no instruction manual with the keypad and so I'm a bit stumped. I've sent an email to the manufacturer, but as yet haven't heard back.
Needless to say, I've tried 'Alt, Ctrl, Alt and Ctrl together etc.
Anyone got any help for me?
In anticipation.. Thanks - Bob.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 6y

You'll have to have your OS switch the keyboard's language for you. (I'm assuming there's nothing special about the keyboard itself, and that the different characters are just printed additionally on the keys so you know which key maps to which character.) Under Ubuntu, this is done through System -> Preferences -> Keyboard -> Layouts -> Add... and then pick the country/language.

Under windows - which I'll assume you're using - I think you can to get to the equivalent through control panel -> regional settings -> ...? (Might've changed with newer windows versions.) After adding a language, there should be a blue square with white language code in the system tray, which you can click on to toggle which language the keyboard behaves under, with a shortcut key as complex as ctrl-shift-alt-arrow to switch back and forth, but that won't do any good until you've told windows to know about the other language.

If you can't find the right preferences panel based on the above, I'm sure there'll be another windows user along soon who does know how to actually navigate there.

3. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Crikey - no wonder I couldn't get it to work. Didn't realise there was that much involved.
That is just incredible info, Sander - and well in excess of a million thank yous for that.
Yes - I'm on Windows and again yes, it's two symbols (one above the other) on each key.
Back from Bulgaria a couple of days ago, off to London for two days tomorrow. Once I'm back - I'll give all your notes a go and let you know how I'm getting on. With bitta luck I might be able to reply in Bulgarian ! !
Endless thanks again.

4. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Still struggling with it ! !

5. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Guess what....
да - добре