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Vietnamese IME - How to input Vietnamese

Using Unikey software

Unikey is the best Vietnamese input software by now developed by Pham Kim Long. It's the most popular Vietnamese input method and it's a free software. You can download install file or runnable file (in a zip file, which contains an .exe file and a .dll file).

There are two method of inputting Vietnamese: TELEX (use alphabet keys only) and VNI (use numeric keys for Vietnamese tones as well as Vietnamese special characters).
When you are using Unikey, you can click on its icon on taskbar to change between Vietnamese mode (V) and English mode (E) or you can use shortcut key "ctrl + left shift" (You can change this shortcut to "alt + z" if you want).
Note: A Vietnamese keyboard may be added automatically to your computer.

Windows's Vietnamese Keyboard

You can add Vietnamese keyboard in Windows to type Vietnamese but it's inconvenient because you will have to use numeric keys to type Vietnamese tones and special characters.

Vietnamese Keyboard Layout:


Vietnamese tones:
  • Down tone (‘): Key "5"
  • Rising tone (’): Key "8"
  • Question (?): Key "6"
  • Wave (~): Key "7"
  • Dot (.): Key "9"
Vietnamese special characters:
  • đ, Đ: Key "0"
  • ư, Ư: Key "["
  • ơ, Ơ: Key "]"
  • ă, Ă: Key "1"
  • â, Â: Key "2"
  • ê, Ê: Key "3"
  • ô, Ô: Key "4"

Mac computer

You can add Vietnamese keyboard to type with TELEX method.

TELEX AND VNI INPUTTING METHOD

You can choose Vietnamese Inputting Method when starting Unikey:

Menu becomes English if "Vietnamese interface" unchecked

TELEX:
TELEX METHOD
KeyTones
sRising = Sắc
fDown = Huyền
rQuestion = Hỏi
xWave = Ngã
jDot = Nặng
zDelete wrong tone: toansz = toan
wa+w = ă
u + w = ư
o + w = ơ
w = ư
aaâ
ddđ
eeê
ooô
[ư
]ơ

Example:
  • tieengs Nhaatj = tiếng Nhật
  • Vieetj Nam = Việt Nam

VNI:
VNI INPUTING METHOD
KeyTones
1Rising = sắc
2Down = huyền
3Question = hỏi
4Wave = ngã
5Dot = nặng
6a, e, o + 6 = â, ê, ô
7u, o + 7 = ư, ơ
8a + 8 = ă
d9đ
0Delete tone

Example:
  • tie6ng1 Vie6t5 = tiếng Việt
  • Nha6t5 Ban3 = Nhật Bản

Cautions

Be careful if you set a password or type a password when Vietnamese mode of Unikey is ON. You may get a wrong password or just simply cannot log in.

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