How to use an English keyboard to type Greek letters

Using an English keyboard in symbol font, you can make a fairly accurate reproduction of a koine Greek text.

The following list of Greek letters can be typed on a standard English keyboard using the symbol font. The line of phonetically spelled Greek letters below are followed by the keys on an English keyboard which correspond to each symbol keystroke. Upper and lower case work in the same way as on an English keyboard.

alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, zeta, eta, theta, iota, kappa, lambda, mu, nu, xi, omicron, pi, rho, sigma, tau, upsilon, phi, chi, psi, omega

A,B,G,D,E,Z,H,Q,I,K,L,M,N,X,O,P,R,S,T,U,F,C,J,W

Notice that a sigma used as the final letter of a word must be keyed differently than a regular sigma used at the beginning of a word or within a word. A final sigma is typed by keying a capital "vee" while in the symbol font.

Aspiration marks can be made with single apostrophes in whichever font suits the look you want.

Happy writing!

Michael BogartĀ  For more articles like this one, check out my website at mbogart.com

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DINESH DHAKAD 6 years ago

how to use apsilan sign in my keybord


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mbogartministries 6 years ago Author

In your font choices, select the font called "symbol". Then just type the "e" key for epsilon. M. Bogart


Sourangshu 6 years ago

Thanks. This information is really useful.


Kingsley 4 years ago

How do I make the breathings, either soft or rough on top of the greek letters. Thanks!


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mbogartministries 4 years ago Author

Aside from a single quotation mark, I don't know that the others are possible on an English keyboard.


brent 3 years ago

There are two types of greek letters for "s." How do I make the other one (crooked "s") instead of the "o".


mbogart 3 years ago

Notice that a sigma used as the final letter of a word must be keyed differently than a regular sigma used at the beginning of a word or within a word. A final sigma is typed by keying a capital "vee" while in the symbol font.

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