Vietnamese keyboard setup on computer

How to configtion vietnamese keyboard on windows and mac

Hi all

I will show you how to set up Vietnamese keyboard on your computer. Although there is on-screen Vietnamese keyboard to install, my recommendation is to learn typing Vietnamese because it is more efficient and can actually help you learn the language!

In general, there are two main input method: TELEX and VNI. This instruction will go with TELEX (recommended for beginers).

For Mac OS

Mac OS has a built-in Vietnamese keyboard already. You only need to go to System Preferences, choose Keyboard, then choose tab Input Sources. Click the plus icon (+), choose the language (Vietnamese) and select input method as Simple Telex (Telex is fine, there is no difference).

It should look like this:


Next, you must tick the box that say Use modern orthography as shown in this screenshot:


The only difference between traditional and modern orthography is that the tonal mark in modern orthography is placed on the second vowel in a diphthong (oà, oè, oẻ, oá, oả…) while it is placed on the first vowel (òa, òe, ỏe, óa, ỏa…) in traditional orthography.

You should use the modern orthography

To change your keyboard back to English, click on Telex at the top right corner of your screen and choose English.

For Windows OS

You may need to use a third-party software to type Vietnamese. It is called Evkey and can be downloaded for free at

Note that this program is virus-free and has been used by majority of Vietnamese for years. Windows 10 (32bit and 64bit) is also supported.

Go to and choose Download on the bottom side. Under Evkey 3.4.5 (this is the latest version 2019). You will download a ZIP file. After extracting the file, run the exe file. A control menu will appear but in Vietnamese interface. Please follow the instructions in the image below:


Finally, tick Use oà, uỳ box to use modern orthography as I mentioned above. Close and use


Make sure under the system tray appears the V symbol


You can always check it at the bottom right corner to see if it shows E (English) or V (Vietnamese). You can type Vietnamese when it shows V. Click on it to switch between Vietnamese and English.

Note: Windows 10 and 8.1 do have built-in Vietnamese keyboard and you just need to download the language pack from Microsoft. However, they are likely to have VNI input method only and very limited options. If there is a demand for VNI input method, I will post a separate instruction later. Additionally, I cannot confirm if Windows 8, 7 or earlier have built-in Vietnamese keyboard. The easiest way is to use Evkey or Unikey.

Vietnamese keyboard configtion. Thanksyou and goodfuny 🙂 and

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