Google Keyboard for Indian Languages (Google Transliteration IME)

Google Transliteration Input Method Editor (IME) allows users to enter text into any input window in one of the supported languages using a roman keyboard, without needing any internet connection.

Google Transliteration IME is currently available for 14 different languagesArabic, Bengali, Farsi (Persian), Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Visit Google IME Transliteration website, select your language, download and install the IME application. The IME application works only on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32-bit only.

Users can type a word the way it sounds using Latin characters and Google Transliteration IME will convert the word to its native script. Transliteration means that the sound of the words that is converted from one alphabet to the other, not their meaning. Converted content will always be in Unicode.

Transliteration IME works offline, that means there is no dependency on your internet connection. The IME assists you with dictionary based word completions for prefixes.


The application remembers your corrections while editing, so that next time you start typing the same word, the editor will show you your last selection from the list. This feature helps you to enter rare and complex words.

When the IME is enabled for an application like notepad and you start typing, IME displays the edit window with the typed text and the corresponding word choices in IME language. In the below example, user has typed ‘googl’ and the IME has displayed five choices numbered 1 to 5.

Google IME

When you type a word, the choices are displayed in the edit window. Intuitive partial word choices for the typed content are displayed in BLACK color. If there are any better dictionary-based word completions for the typed content, they are displayed in BLUE color and grouped on the right side.

You can toggle between English and Indian languages by clicking the IME language button in status window or using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+G or F12.

When you don’t get some words as expected choices for any rare complex words; you can use the flexible keyboard to input any possible word. You can open the keyboard by clicking the keyboard button on status window or through the shortcut CTRL+K. Mouse is used to enter characters from the IME keyboard which also triggers word completions in the edit window. There is also option to enter Zero Width Joiner (ZWJ) and Zero Width Non Joiner (ZWNJ) characters.

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