To set up the Māori keyboard on your computer:
Windows 7, 8
- Click Start > Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region (or Region and Language)
- Go to the Keyboards and Languages tab and click Change keyboard. If it already says English (New Zealand) - Māori, then it's already set up
- Otherwise, click Add. Scroll down to English (New Zealand), expand the Keyboard options and click Show More
- Find Māori in the list and tick it, then click OK
- Change the Default input language bar at the top of the window to display English (New Zealand) - Māori
- Use the search (magnifying glass icon on the task bar, next to the Windows icon) to find Control Panel
- Click on the Language setting
- The language should be set to English (New Zealand); use Add a Language to change this if necessary
- Click on Options to add an input method of Reo Māori; this should now show the Reo Māori keyboard layout indicator.
- You should now see Eng/Mi displayed in the task bar at the far right next to the time and date indicator
Typing a macron
To type a macron, press the backquote/tilde key (`/~) at the top left of the keyboard then the vowel.
If you are using Windows 10 you can also change your computer's system language into Te Reo Māori (use the tilde (~) key as above to type a macron):
- Click Start > Settings
- Click on the Time & Language button and select Region & language in the lefthand panel. Click on the + Add a language option. You will be shown all the languages that Windows 10 currently supports. Find Reo Māori in the list and click on it to select
- Click on Set as default and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Mac OS versions higher than 10.8 also feature the Character Accent Menu that allows you to hold down a key as you are typing and after a moment a list of different accented characters will appear with numbers below. You then type the number of the character you wish to use.
Mac OS 10.11 and later
- Click on your Apple menu in the top left and open System Preferences > Keyboard
- Go to the Input Sources tab. Click on the + sign and scroll down the input methods list until you find Māori
- Select to add to your list. Make sure that Show Input menu in menu bar is checked at the bottom so you can easily switch back at the top of the screen if required
Mac OS 10.10 and earlier
- Click on your Apple menu in the top left and open System Preferences > Language & Text
- Click on the Input Sources tab and scroll down the input methods list under you find Māori. Tick this box
- At the bottom of the dialogue window, tick Show Input menu in menu bar so you can easily switch back at the top of the screen if required
To type a macron with the Māori keyboard, press the tilde key (~) then type a vowel. Alternately, hold down the Alt/Option key and type the vowel.
To make sure macrons can be typed in your emails:
- Open Outlook, and from the Format menu choose Text Encoding > Default Text Encoding
- At the bottom of the HTML tab, tick the Preferred encoding for new message box and choose Unicode (UTF-8) if it's not already selected. Close this window
The Using Māori at the University of Otago ebook has information about when you should use macrons in your emails, webpages, etc.:
See the Kupu O Te Rā website for instructions on how to add Māori language proofing tools to Microsoft Word so you can use a Te Reo Māori spellchecker:
Contact AskOtago IT if you need further assistance setting up or using the Māori keyboard on your computer:
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