Google Input Tools is a free transliteration software extension for your PC. The Windows extension allows you to enter text in your preferred language, even when your keyboard doesn’t have the correct characters. Google Input Tool supports over 90 languages. All devices that can access Google Translate, Google, Gmail, Google Drive, and YouTube can make use of this app.
A multilingual tool
This multilingual tool is versatile, as you can use different input methods for other languages on your Windows PC or your touchscreen device. The input text methods include Input Method Editor, virtual keyboards, and handwriting. It also has keyboard shortcuts when changing languages in Google services.
Google Input Tool is not available as a download for Windows anymore. However, you can install a Google Chrome extension, which works just as well. The Chrome extension allows you to use Google Input Tools on any website while in Chrome.
You can also use this app on text document software currently available on Google Drive without the extension. To use it in Microsoft Word, download the Google Input Chrome extension, then change the default English language to your native one. You can change it in the language bar and continue to write in your native language.
Input text methods
Transliteration is a process of changing a word based on phonetic sounds. The language editor converts the sounds of whatever word you type (in whatever language you select) into a similar-sounding word.
Input Method Editors (IME) convert keystrokes of letters based on the letter sound. IME brings up a list of characters in your chosen language so you can select the character that fits the letter or syllable.
The Google Chrome extension has a virtual on-screen keyboard where you can type in a variety of languages. You can click on the characters with your mouse if you’re using a PC, or tap on the touchscreen of smartphones, tablets, or laptops with your fingers.
Additionally, you can use the handwriting tool to draw words with a mouse, touchscreen stylus, optical pen, or your finger.
The virtual keyboard for Google Input Tools for Windows lets you switch from one language to another with the on-screen keyboard and your PC keyboard. IMEs translate keystrokes from one language into another, matching their phonetic equivalents.
Should you download it?
Yes. This app is an excellent way to convert characters from one language to another. If you are frequently working in a space that needs transliteration, this Chrome extension for Windows is for you.