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Biblical Fonts- Frequently Asked Questions for Windows 8

Windows 8

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. You can optionally download the Ancient Greek keyboard as well. If you do not wish to use this keyboard, you can use the included Greek Polytonic 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. In order to type in Greek, you will need to activate the Greek Polytonic keyboard. To do this, open the star menu, go to all apps, and open the control panel. In the Clock, Language, and Region area, select Change input methods.

 
 
9. Click Add a language.
 
10.Select Greek and click Add.

 
11. In the newly created Greek area, click Options.
 
 
12. Click Add an input method.

 
13. Select Greek Polytonic and click Add.
 
 
14. IMPORTANT: On the next screen, click Remove next to the regular Greek Input method. If this is not done, the Greek Polytonic keyboard will not be the default option.

15. Click Save and close the window.

 
16. 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 ENG at the bottom of the screen, and change the option to ΕΛ - Greek, Greek Polytonic. You will now be typing in Greek. You can also use Windows Key + spacebar to cycle through all of your active keyboards quickly.
 

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. Restart your computer.

6. Return to the desktop app. You should now see ENG in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Click on it, and you should see the letters ayin, bet and resh followed by Hebrew, then Biblical Hebrew (SIL) or (Tiro) depending on what you downloaded and installed. 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

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 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. You may receive a warning that reads "Windows has Protected your PC. Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put you PC at risk." If this happens, simply click "More info," then "Run this app anyway." SBL certifies that this installer contains no malicious code.

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. You should now see ENG in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Click on it, and you should see a second option for English, Transliteration. By selecting this option, you will have access to the transliteration characters in the AltGr (right Alt, or Ctrl+Alt) and Shift+AltGt  states.


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.

1. Unzip the downloaded keyboard file for the Biblical Hebrew keyboard. Then run setup.exe.

2. Click the ENG at the bottom right corner of the screen. You should now have options for Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. Select the appropriate option for the language you wish to use.

3. If you would like the use the included Greek Polytonic keyboard, open the star menu, go to all apps, and open the control panel. In the Clock, Language, and Region area, select Change input methods.

4. Click Add a language.

5. Select Greek and click Add.

6. In the newly created Greek area, click Options.

7. Click Add an input method

8. Select Greek Polytonic and click Add.

9. IMPORTANT: On the next screen, click Remove next to the regular Greek Input method. If this is not done, the Greek Polytonic keyboard will not be the default option.

13. Click Save and close the window.

14. Click the ENG at the bottom right corner of the screen. You should now have options for Greek Polytonic. Select this option when you wish to type in Greek.

 
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