Wednesday, April 21, 2010


A virtual keyboard is a recently introduced new feature by Google on selected international sites like Google India. This virtual keyboard appears next to the search box if you use search interface in a non-Latin language like Arabic, Russian or Greek and helps users to type search queries in such languages regardless of the language keys on their physical keyboard.

Example of virtual keyboard for Mongolian:

Example of virtual keyboard for Hindi:

To try this, what you have to do is, just change your preferred language from the search page and you will notice a keyboard button next to the search box on result pages. It can be helpful for people who use one of the many non-Latin script-based languages that require special characters.

The nice thing about Google's virtual keyboard is that, after clicking on the keyboard icon next to the search box, you can use the keys from the virtual keyboard or you can use your keyboard. The corresponding key on the virtual keyboard will be typed in the search box rather than the character shown on your physical keyboard.

Click the following links to experience the virtual keyboard feature:

These are some incomplete list of Google domains that show the virtual keyboard

Google Greece,Google Finland, Google Sweden, Google Iceland, Google Poland, Google Russia, Google Ukraine, Google South Arabia, Google Thailand, Google Mongolia, Google Indiaीह&btnG=खोज&meta=&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

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