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Classical Greek Keyboards

Need to type in Biblical or Classical Greek? Choose from our selection of Polytonic Greek keyboards. These Unicode keyboards run on Keyman Desktop in any Unicode Windows application.

οὔ τοι ἀπόβλητ' ἐστὶ θεῶν ἐρικυδέα δῶρα — Ὅμηρος,   Ἰλιάς
οὔτε τι τῶν ἀνθρωπίνων ἄξιον ὂν μεγάλης σπουδῆς — Πλάτων

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Galaxie Greek/Hebrew Mnemonic

Easy to use keyboard layouts designed for Biblical Greek and Hebrew. Optimised for US and European hardware keyboards.

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Greek Classical

Classical Greek keyboard compatible with full visual feedback on accentuation.

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Greek Polytonic SA

Comprehensive keyboard for serious students of classical and modern Greek. EZ features smart diacritics and auto-correct.

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Greek Polytonic SA EZ

A very complete Greek Polytonic keyboard for serious students of classical and modern Greek, with intelligent rules for diacritics and spelling auto-correction.

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Greek Polytonic Unicode

Follows the modern Greek hardware layout with additional keys for polytonic accents and Coptic letters.

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Polytonic Greek (SIL)

Greek keyboard layout supporting Polytonic Greek, using precomposed characters.

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Feature Comparison

  Galaxie Greek/Hebrew MnemonicGreek ClassicalGreek Polytonic SAGreek Polytonic SA EZGreek Polytonic UnicodePolytonic Greek (SIL)
AuthorGalaxie and TavultesoftManuel LopezSt. Anthony's Greek Orthodox MonasterySt. Anthony's Greek Orthodox MonasteryDavid J. PerrySIL International
(?) Diacritics typing order
Does the keyboard type diacritics before or after their base letter?
AfterAfterAfterAfterBeforeEither*
Diacritics on capital base letters and word-initial base letters should be typed before, otherwise type the diacritics after the base letter
(?) Multiple diacritic order
In which order does the keyboard type double or triple diacritics (e.g. ᾢ)?
AnyAnyAnyAnyIota subscript lastAny
(?) Standalone diacritics
Does the keyboard let you type diacritics as standalone characters, independent of the base letter?
yyyy*
Type the diacritic followed by the spacebar
y
(?) Extended diacritics
Does the keyboard support the extended diacritics vrachy and macron?
yyy
(?) Editable diacritics
Can you change or remove diacritics without deleting the base letter?
yyy1/2*
Except for automatic diacritics which cannot be edited independently of the base letter
1/2*
Diacritics can be changed but not removed without deleting the base letter
(?) Smart diacritics
Will diacritics be added automatically based on the rules of Greek grammar?
yy
(?) Automatic final sigma
Will sigma change to final sigma automatically at the end of a word?
yyyyy
(?) Spelling auto-correct
Does the keyboard automatically correct common misspellings?
y
Greek numeral supportyyy
(?) EU hardware optimised
Is the keyboard also optimised for European hardware layouts?
y
(?) Layout type
Is the keyboard based on a phonetic Latin layout or on the Modern Greek keyboard?
Phonetic LatinPhonetic LatinPhonetic LatinPhonetic LatinModern GreekPhonetic Latin
(?) On screen keyboard
Is a Greek On Screen Keyboard included with the keyboard?
yyyy
(?) Integrated help
Is keyboard help documentation accessible from the Keyman Desktop help icon?
yy1/2*
Documentation is available in the Start Menu but not integrated into Keyman Desktop help
1/2*
Documentation is available in the Start Menu but not integrated into Keyman Desktop help
yy
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which Greek keyboard do I need? If you are using a European or UK hardware keyboard, we only recommend the Galaxie BibleScript Greek Mnemonic keyboard.

    If you are using a US or other hardware keyboard, we recommend each keyboard for different situations. Try Manuel Lopez's Greek Classical keyboard if you are studying Classical Greek; the Galaxie BibleScript Greek Mnemonic keyboard if you are studying Biblical Greek; Greek Polytonic SA for advanced functions, monotonic, and polytonic Greek support; and Greek Polytonic Unicode if you are more comfortable with a modern Greek hardware layout.

  • Which Classical Greek font should I use in Microsoft Word and other programs? Each of these packages comes with two free Greek fonts: Galaxie Greek Unicode, and Galatia SIL. You can also use the font Palatino Linotype, which is available in Windows XP and later versions.

  • Whenever I type a sigma, a vowel, and then a diacritic or breathing mark in Microsoft Word, the sigma changes to a final sigma This is a bug in Microsoft Word. Visit knowledge base article KMKB0043 for a resolution.

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