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How to Use Microsoft Word 2007 to Type Any Language Apart From English

Ghana Twi Font - I Can’t Type the Characters in My Language With MS Word

If you find it difficult to use MS Word to type Ghana Twi fonts characters or symbols or in your local language, then, here is how to do it. Microsoft Word 2007, 2013, 2016, etc. can be used for typing many uncommon language characters apart from English. You can use Word 2007 to type languages like Twi, Ga, Ewe, Afrikaans, Edo, Lingala, French, Hebrew, Greek, etc.

Though most symbols and characters can’t be found on the PC keyboard directly, there is still a way out. Some international characters are hidden and can be found by using keyboard shortcuts. Besides, custom keyboard shortcuts can be created to accommodate some characters that you can use to type whatever language you want. Most characters can be found when you use a Font type called Arial Unicode MS. 

Now let's consider how to type Asante or Akan Twi using Microsoft Office Word 2007 or other. Of course,  this can be done without downloading any keyboard software. Or, you can also find and download Akan or Twi font for free and set your MS word processing program font type to the downloaded "GHANA TWI FONT". That will allow you to type in Twi with "ɛ" and "ɔ" characters.

Nevertheless, because your keyboard is set to type only English characters by default, you have to first configure it to type "ɛ", "ɔ", "η", etc for any language. As said earlier, Arial Unicode MS fonts and Times New Romans can be used to type different language characters.  

To begin you must first set the document font type to Arial Unicode MS. Follow the “clicks” on the image below to set your document to Arial Unicode MS.

Word 2007 Home Tab

How to Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts for the Language You Want in Word 2007. (Custom Keyboard Shortcuts)

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word 2007, and click on the Insert Tab to show the groups. In the Symbols group, click on the Symbol and More symbols to display a dialog box that contains the characters to be used.
Remember to change the Font on the Symbols pop-up window to Arial Unicode MS.
(See the image below)

Step 2

Search for the language character that you want to use. For example, if I want to use this Ɛ character.

Then, I will first click on that character to select. Next, on the dialog box, I will click on the Shortcut Key button to open another pop-up box.

Step 3

On the Customize Keyboard pop-up window, enter the keys that you want to use as your shortcut, then, click on the Assign button to save your settings. For example, I will use ATL + SHIFT + E as my shortcut key for the above character. (See image below).

First, make sure that the shortcut you create does not delete any default keyboard shortcut. So before you assign the shortcut, test it to make sure that there isn’t any shortcut already assigned to it. The above method is applicable for the Standard English keyboard. 

You can create as many character keyboard shortcuts as you want. Both UPPERCASE characters and lowercase characters can be used.

Now, on your keyboard, Alt + Shift + E represents "Ɛ" (Uppercase). And Alt + 3 represents "ɛ". Again, Alt+Shift+C represents "Ɔ" (Uppercase) and Alt + C represents "ɔ".

Good job! You can now type Twi with MS Word without downloading Akan Twi fonts for your PC. This method will work for your language irrespective of your country.

Nevertheless, if you don't want to go through this process, then, you must first turn your laptop or PC into an Android tablet by following these simple steps. That will let you change your keyboard to a complete Ghana Twi, Ga, Ewe, Yoruba, Hebrew, or Greek fonts virtual mobile keyboard.

How To Set Ghana Twi Keyboard For PC (Windows 7/8/10) & Mac For Free

Yes, you can get a free Android keyboard for typing any language of your choice. All that you have to do is to get simple software running on your laptop or PC. This type of software is called an emulator. Wikipedia defines an emulator as a hardware or software that enables one computer system (called the host) to behave like another computer system (called the guest). 

However, there are many types of emulators for different purposes. In our case, we shall use LDPlayer Emulator and Bluestack Emulator

Follow the steps to install and set up your Twi keyboard onto your PC. 

  1. Click on any of the emulators to download. Bluestack or LDPlayer. 
  2. Open the "Download folder" to find the downloaded .exe file. Then, double-click to Install. 
  3. Now, open the installed program to the Home screen. 
  4. Set up your account by adding your email address just as you would do for a mobile phone. 
  5. Then, go to Google Play Store to search for a keyboard in the language you want. For example Twi.   
  6. Finally, install the desired Android keyboard and enjoy using your new keyboard.

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