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Biblical Fonts- Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 7

Windows 7

 
SBL Greek
 
Note: the following directions assume that English is the default language of your computer. If it is something else, simply substitute your default language for English as appropriate. The directions will otherwise be the same.
 
1. Download the SBL Greek font from the SBL website. 
 
2. Open the Downloads folder and double-click the downloaded font file.
 
 
3. Click the Install button. The font text will appear in English/Latin characters. This is normal.
 
 
Activating the Greek Polytonic Keyboard
 
3. Open the start menu, go to all apps, and open the control panel. In the Clock, Language, and Region area, select Change keyboard or other input methods. If you do not see Clock, Region, and Language, select Region and Language.
 
 
4. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab.
 

5. Click the Change keyboards… button.

 
6.In the General tab, click Add…
 
 
7. Find Greek in the list and double-click it.

8. In the sub-area for Keyboards, check the box for Greek Polytonic. Please make sure that this is the only option that is checked in the keyboards area.
 

9. Click OK.

 
10. In the newly created Greek area, make sure that the only sub-entry under Greek > Keyboard is Greek Polytonic. If you see anything else, including simply Greek, select it and click remove.

11. Click OK in the Text Services and Input Languages window, then OK in the Region and Language window.

 
12. To use SBL Greek, quit your word processor if it is currently running, (re)open your word processor and change the active font to SBL Greek. Click the EN at the bottom of the screen, and change the option to EL. You will now be typing in Greek.

 
 
SBL Hebrew
 
Note: the following directions assume that English is the default language of your computer. If it is something else, simply substitute your default language for English as appropriate. The directions will otherwise be the same.

1. Download the SBL Hebrew font from the SBL website. You should also download one or both of the Biblical Hebrew keyboards. The SIL keyboard is recommended unless you are familiar with the standard Israeli keyboard.

 
2. Open the Downloads folder and double-click the downloaded font file.
 
 
3. Click the Install button.  The font text will appear in English/Latin characters. This is normal.
 
 
4. Unzip the downloaded keyboard file. Then run setup.exe.
 
 
5. When you are prompted by the User Account Control as to whether you would like to proceed, click Yes. Click Close after the installation has finished.
 
 
6. You should now see EN in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Click on it, and you should see HB. Selecting this will allow you to type in Hebrew.
 

7. To use SBL Hebrew in a document, quit your word processor if it is currently running, (re)open your word processor, select SBL Hebrew as the active font, change the active keyboard to the Biblical Hebrew.


SBL BibLit Font Installation and Use

1. Download the SBL BibLit font and the Transliteration keyboard for Windows from the SBL website.

 
2. Double-click the downloaded font file.
 
 
3. Click the Install button.
 
 
4. Unzip the downloaded keyboard file. Then run setup.exe.
 
 
5. When you are prompted by the User Account Control as to whether you would like to proceed, click Yes. Click Close after the installation has finished.
 

6. Restart the computer. Do not skip this step, as sometimes Windows will not recognize the new keyboard until after the restart.

7. In the lower right portion of the screen will be a small keyboard icon. Click on that and you will have an option for Transliteration. Select this option. When this is the active keyboard, you will have access to the transliteration characters in the AltGr and Shift+AltGr states. Remember to use the right Alt key or control alt; the left Alt key behaves differently. Also, you will need to use a font like SBL BibLit that has the appropriate characters.

 
 
The SBL BibLit font can also be used for Hebrew and Greek. If you have already installed/activated Greek and Hebrew keyboards, you can use them just like you did for SBL Greek and SBL Hebrew. If you have not previous installed/activated those keyboards, please follow the directions below.

For the Greek Polytonic Keyboard:

 
1. Open the start menu, go to all apps, and open the control panel. In the Clock, Language, and Region area, select Change keyboard or other input methods. If you do not see Clock, Region, and Language, select Region and Language.
 
 
2. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab.
 

3. Click the Change keyboards… button.

 
4.In the General tab, click Add…
 

5. Find Greek in the list and double-click it.

 
6. In the sub-area for Keyboards, check the box for Greek Polytonic. Please make sure that this is the only option that is checked in the
keyboards area. 

7. Click OK.

 
8. In the newly created Greek area, make sure that the only sub-entry under Greek > Keyboard is Greek Polytonic. If you see anything else, including simply Greek, select it and click remove.
 
 
9. Click OK in the Text Services and Input Languages window, then OK in the Region and Language window.
 
 
10. Whenever you want to type in Greek, click the EN at the bottom of the screen, and change the option to EL. You will now be typing in Greek.

For the Biblical Hebrew Keyboard: 

1. Download one or both of the Biblical Hebrew keyboards. The SIL keyboard is recommended unless you are familiar with the standard Israeli keyboard.

2. Open the Downloads folder.

3. Unzip the downloaded keyboard file. 

 
4. Open the folder that was just created, then run setup.exe.

 
5. When you are prompted by the User Account Control as to whether you would like to proceed, click Yes. Click Close after the installation has finished.
 
6. You should now see EN in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Click on it, and you should see HB. Selecting this will allow you to type in Hebrew.
 

 
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