Devanagari QWERTY

Zipfile of installation modules


Just like the situation with the Russian, Hebrew, and Arabic keyboard layouts, the built-in layout for Sanskrit is one based on native typewriter design, one that has no correlation to the keytops displayed on a Western, QWERTY-style keyboard. The keyboard layout created for modern Hindi usage also includes characters not used in Vedic Sanskrit, my primary use for this keyboard. I made this one to work, just as those other non-Roman layouts, on the basis of sound-matching as far as the differing scripts will allow.


  1. The Western form of the Indic numbers is given in the base keyboard because they are now the more common set. The native set is readily available within the matching AltGr layout.
  2. This keyboard map has no deadkey pairs, as the methods provided internally by Windows provides support for input-based ligature determination. (Virama, for keying-in ligatured consonant clusters, is provided as lowercase ‘f’.)
  3. The characters for the innate vowels are found on the lowercase and uppercase keyboards; their matching full character forms are found simply by pressing AltGr with the key for the corresponding simple vowel mark.



DevanagariQwerty: Base keyboard


DevanagariQwerty: Shift ke


DevanagariQwerty: AltGr keyboard


DevanagariQwerty: Shift + AltGr keyboard




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