• Are you are a learner, teacher or speaker of a foreign language? Would you like to have an easy, efficient way to type foreign characters on your PC? Read on!
  • Are you an international software developer? Would you like to use the US English layout (for comfortable typing of symbols like { } < > ' " [ ] ; & | ^) and have easy access to the characters of your language at the same time, without confusing your muscle memory by switching between two different layouts? Read on!

The easiest way to type foreign characters and IPA phonetic symbols on your Windows PC

Includes: Danish, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, IPA for English, IPA for all languages, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish


Run TypeIt


Choose your keyboard – for example, French

Click the TypeIt icon in your taskbar to choose a language. TypeIt will remember your last setting the next time you run it.

Why you’ll love TypeIt:

  • Obvious keyboard shortcuts. Just press Alt + the key that’s most similar to the character you want to type. For example, in the French keyboard, to type à, press Alt + A. If there are several characters based on the same letter (e.g. à, â and æ), just hold Alt and keep hitting the same key (here: A) until you get the character you want.

    Alternatively, you can type a letter like a, and then tap Ctrl one or more times to turn it into à, â or æ.

    I made TypeIt because I was tired of solutions where each foreign character has its own arbitrary shortcut. I could never remember which key typed which character (“How do I type é? Was it  [ ,  ;  or maybe Shift + ;?”). I don’t want to have to pause and think “how do I type that character?” – I want it to be obvious.

  • You can keep your existing keyboard layout. TypeIt gives you the foreign characters you need, but doesn’t force a whole new layout on you*. It doesn’t change the way you type numbers and punctuation, so you won’t have to get used to new ways of typing characters like ", ? or /.

    If you are an international software developer, TypeIt enables you to use the US English layout (which is the fastest layout for coding) while having easy access to the characters of your language. No need to switch between two layouts (which is not only a hassle, but also confuses your muscle memory) – you can have the best of both worlds.

    Some solutions for typing foreign characters “take over” punctuation keys. As a result, you can no longer type characters like the apostrophe or quote by simply pressing ' or " because these keys are instead used to type foreign characters. Of course, these solutions provide a way to type an apostrophe or quote, but why should you struggle to learn a new way to type punctuation just because you want to type in French?

  • Fast typing. Why copy & paste characters from webpages when you can type them directly into your applications and Web pages?
  • You can use it offline. Flaky Internet access? No worries. With the TypeIt app, your foreign characters are always available.
  • Pop-up help is always a keystroke away (see example) – just press Alt + F1. You probably won’t need it, though :)
  • Includes the proper quotation marks (such as „ “ « or ») for each of the included languages. Additionally, the curly apostrophe (), English-style curly quotes (“ ”) and long dashes (– —) are always available, whatever language you happen to be typing in, so you can type them without switching keyboards.
  • Doesn’t get in the way. I like software that does the job without making a big fuss. That’s why TypeIt consumes very little memory and CPU, and generally doesn’t bother you.
*) The Russian keyboard is an exception: it replaces some punctuation keys rather than using Alt shortcuts (because Russian uses a whole different alphabet). However, you can quickly switch between the normal (Latin) alphabet and Russian alphabet by pressing Alt + Enter.

Upgrade your keyboard

TypeIt is the best foreign-language-typing experience in the known universe. You can upgrade your keyboard with TypeIt for just $17.50 (Extended Edition) or $12.50 (Standard Edition).

  • For this price, you get a lifetime license with free updates (bug fixes, minor improvements), good for up to 3 computers in your household (for example, your desktop PC, your laptop and your partner’s laptop) or one computer in an organization. There is also a volume license for organizations – see below.
  • TypeIt takes only a few clicks to install. And it contains only TypeIt. No crapware. No advertisements.
  • Risk-free purchase: If you change your mind within 30 days of your purchase, you can get a problem-free refund.
Get TypeIt Get TypeIt Extended
Includes: Danish, Esperanto, French, German, IPA for English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish
Does not include: IPA for all languages
Runs on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32- / 64-bit)
Includes: everything that’s in the standard edition plus the “IPA for all languages” phonetic keyboard
Runs on: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32- / 64-bit)
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License valid for 25 computers. Get the convenience of TypeIt for your department or organization.
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The TypeIt App is distributed by FastSpring LLC (USA).