Installation steps for Azhagi+

Herebelow, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to download, install and use Azhagi+. However, if you are someone who prefers watching a youtube video to get things started and going, then you can watch any of the videos (with narration in Tamil, English, Hindi) listed at demos.html.

How to download, install and use Azhagi+? - Explanatory Steps

  • STEP 1
    First, type the following URL in the 'address bar' of your browser and reach Azhagi free apps "DOWNLOADS" store:

  • STEP 2
    In the page that opens, Click the link "Download AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe" to download AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe. Once you ensure that the download of AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe is fully completed, proceed to the next step.

  • STEP 3
    In case you are reinstalling Azhagi+, then check to see whether Azhagi+ is running. If so, close it and exit it completely.

  • STEP 4
    Click on the downloaded AzhagiPlus-Setup.exe to install Azhagi+ (AzhagiPlus) in your system. It is the usual kind of installation only wherein you have to keep clicking 'Next', 'Next', ... (Please see screenshots below for better understanding).

  • STEP 5

    After installing Azhagi+ as instructed above, an icon for Azhagi+ would have got created on your desktop (as shown above). Click on that Azhagi+ icon on your desktop to start Azhagi+. Now, Azhagi+'s starting screen will get displayed, as shown below. Now, don't click anywhere on this screen and also do not close it. Just keep it open and proceed ahead to the next step.

  • STEP 6
    Please do not click on any of the buttons, etc. which you see on Azhagi+'s starting screen. Just minimize the screen. Please do not close the application. Now, you can open any external application (MS-Word, Excel, Notepad, Wordpad, Gmail, etc., etc., etc.), press Alt3 (or Alt4) in that application's usual editing area and start typing in Tamil. That is all to it. So simple. Isn't it? And, as you keep typing in Tamil, if you wish to type again in English, just press the same Alt3(Alt4)##. Immediately you can start typing in English. It is that easy. There is a small video demo (36 seconds only) too, here, showcasing this very simple procedure.

    Well, if you know Indian languages other than Tamil and wish to type in them too, it is easy again. As you keep typing in English (or Tamil), if you press Ctrl1, you can start typing in Hindi. If you press Ctrl2, you can start typing in Sanskrit. Ctrl3 - Telugu, Ctrl4 - Kannada, Ctrl5 - Malayalam, Ctrl6 - Marathi, Ctrl7 - Konkani, Ctrl8 - Gujarati, Ctrl9 - Bengali, Ctrl0 - Punjabi, CtrlF11 - Oriya, CtrlF12 - Assamese, Alt1 - SaiIndira, Alt5 - TamilBible, Alt7 - Old Tamil Typewriter, Alt6 - Tamilnet99, and so on.

    Truly speaking, you can extend Azhagi+ to type in ALL the world languages. This is possible using a very special feature of Azhagi+. To get details on the same, visit this page. You may also join Azhagi's Facebook Group and see this post.

    (##) In order to type using Azhagi's phonetic transliteration scheme (it's very easy, natural, intuitive and flexible), Azhagi+ users press Alt3 only always. Only if you are already accustomed to the phonetic scheme of softwares like 'NHM Writer', 'eKalappai', etc., you have to press "Alt4". i.e. "Alt4" only is your hotkey always. Not Alt3. Please keep this in mind.

    1. If for some reasons^^, pressing Alt+3 (Ctrl+1, etc.) is not working at all, then use the 'global hotkey F10' to type in Indian languages.
      (^^) One of the reasons could be that you changed the default hotkey (e.g. Alt+3) to some other hotkey, by mistake or without your knowledge. To set a hotkey back to it's default value, please see this section. One other reason could be that you (as a senior citizen) are not knowing how to press a combined key like "Alt3". Yet another reason could be that you are using the number pad to press '3'. If so, you should not press '3' from the number pad. You should press the regular '3' which you find at the top row of number keys (below the function keys). i.e. you should press the '3' under the '#' sign.

    2. If you face any other issues while using Azhagi+, please see this CHECKLIST first. And, if you are using Windows XP, then please read this, without fail.

    3. The caps lock has no effect while you type. So, to type capital letters, you should use the 'shift' key only. For e.g. to type 'N' (capital 'N'), you have to necessarily press 'Shift+n'.

    4. Azhagi's "English-to-Tamil Phonetic Key Mappings Table" can be seen here. The full list of key mappings for all languages can be seen here.


  • The basic steps needed to start typing using Azhagi+ are just the above alone. Nevertheless, if you read the important notes, useful tips and additional information given below, that would be of great help to you. Even if you feel that you may not need these info, somebody else might need them. At least for their benefit, kindly get to know these info.

    Particularly, if you open Azhagi+'s 'Settings' screen and tick certain options as shown in the screenshot below, the process of 'starting & using' Azhagi+ will become very easy for you. You can AutoStart Azhagi+ along with Windows and keep it as a small icon in the system tray, always. To know how to do this, please visit and see oper-plus.html#settings. In this way, if you make Azhagi+ auto-start along with Windows, then whenever you wish to type in other languages (or whenever you wish to keep typing alternately in English and other languages), the only thing you have to do is to just press an hotkey like Alt3. That's all. Too simple. Is it not?

Important notes

  1. The 'English-to-Tamil Phonetic Key Mappings Table' can be seen here.

  2. The full list of "English to Indian languages" key mappings are in-built into Azhagi+ and also available online at multi.html. Recent additions/changes in mappings, if any, can be seen only in the online versions.

  3. If (and only if) you face any issues while using Azhagi+, please see this CHECKLIST first. Specifically, when you are using Azhagi+, no other 'Indic' software like Azhagi+ should be kept running. Not even their icons should be seen in the System Tray. How to ensure this (and why to ensure this) has been written in detail at helptips.html#another

  4. Azhagi+ is not just a mere typing tool alone. It does more..... It is quite different. It has many unique and special features. How to use 'F10' as a 'Global Hotkey', How to change the 'Hotkey' (incl. making it 'None'), how to change the existing key mappings for any language yourself, how to create your own 'Language + Font + Keyboard Layout' combinations and type in them - all kinds of informations like these are present in oper-plus.html. In other words, oper-plus.html is the full operating manual of Azhagi+.

  5. If need arises, you can visit oper-plus.html#demos and see/read all the demos/tutorials therein.

  6. Apart from the above, if you still need any help or explanations, then kindly visit contacts.html page, follow the instructions therein and contact me, the author of Azhagi+. I shall definitely answer your queries.

Useful Tips

  • Can I auto-start Azhagi+ and keep it as an icon in system tray always?
    Yes of course. Please see oper-plus.html#settings as to how to effect it.

  • Are there any video demos available?
    Yes, available. Please visit demos.html.

  • How to type in PageMaker, PhotoShop, InDesign, CorelDraw, etc.?
    Please see the clear-cut video demos and the step-by-step instructions provided at pagemaker-photoshop.html and you can always type seamlessly in the aforesaid applications.

  • How to change the hotkeys?
    Please see oper-plus.html#changehotkey to see the simple steps, with screenshots.

  • There are no fonts present in the downloaded I want lot of fonts in different styles. Where to obtain them?
    Please visit freefonts.html. You can download 100s of FREE fonts of different styles in different encodings (Unicode, TAB, TAM, Tscii, etc.). unicodeff.html holds links to download free Unicode fonts for other languages.

  • SaiIndira, TamilBible, Bamini, Unicode fonts, TAM fonts, TAB fonts, Tscii fonts - apart from these, I own lots of other fonts. Is it possible to transliterate in those fonts too?
    Yes, it IS possible. It is possible to transliterate in ALL Tamil fonts, without any exceptions. Absolutely. Please see anytamilfont.html for details.

Additional information

  • Using Azhagi+, it is possible to type in Non-Unicode fonts also, in any language as such. However, "by default", you can type in Non-Unicode fonts of 'Tamil' language only. Please see here for details.