Hebrew Windows How-To
 Home | About Hebrew | Hebrew Windows How-To | The 22 Hebrew Letters | The Hebrew Keyboard
This How-To guide will help you set up Windows so that you can view Hebrew web pages that have been written in the utf-8, iso-8859-8 and windows-1255 character sets. Support for MacOS is not currently available.

Setting up Internet Explorer to view Hebrew Web Pages
Netscape Navigator does not support Hebrew as well as Microsoft Internet Explorer. Therefore, in order to view Hebrew web pages, you must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher and Hebrew Language Support. If you do not already have these on your computer, you can download and install them from Microsoft Windows Update, which can be found at
NOTE- Installing these will require a reboot of your system. Please make sure that you know how to return to this page before continuing.)

Once you have downloaded and installed the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Hebrew Language Support...

 1.   Launch Internet Explorer.
 2.   Click on the VIEW menu and select ENCODING.
 3.   One of the items on the menu is AUTO-SELECT.
      - If AUTO-SELECT has a check next to it then you are all ready to view Hebrew web pages.
        Exit out of this menu without doing anything.
      - If AUTO-SELECT does not have a check next to it, then click on it and it will be checked off.

You are now ready to view Hebrew web pages. Click refresh to test it out. If the title at the top left changes to Hebrew characters then you were successful. If you still see accented vowels (i.e. àåðéáøñéèä) try troubleshooting your problem with the HELP menu in Microsoft Internet Explorer or at the support section of Microsoft’s web site (

Setting up Windows for Hebrew Input
 1.   Click on the START menu. Click SETTINGS. Click CONTROL PANEL. This will open the Control Panel.
 2.   Double clip on the KEYBOARD icon. This will open the Keyboard Properties Dialog Box.
 3.   Click on the INPUT LOCALES tab.
 4.   Click on the ADD button.
 5.   Select "Hebrew" from the dropdown menu and make sure that "Use default properties for this input locale" is checked off.
 6.   Click OK.
 7.   If it is not already checked off, check off "Enable indicator on Taskbar".
 8.  Click OK.

You will now have a little blue square with an "EN" on it among the icons next to your clock on the taskbar. By clicking this icon, you can instantly switch back and forth between English input and Hebrew input. This function can also be accomplished by hitting the left ALT and SHIFT keys on your keyboard simultaniously. By right clicking on this icon, you can call up the Keyboard Properties dialog box.


© 2001
Yale University Library
Last Updated on June 15, 2001 by Steven Bernstein

Top of Page