IPA Transcription on a Computer

Install an IPA-enabled font

In order to be able to insert IPA transcription symbols, a unicode font needs to be used that contains these characters. From Windows Vista onwards, the fonts Arial, Courier New, Segoe UI, Tahoma and Times New Roman contain IPA symbols.

Alternatively, several fonts are available for download free of charge.

Arimo| Brill| Cardo| Charis SIL| DejaVu| Doulos SIL| Erewhon| Fira Sans| Gentium| Heuristica| Istok| Judson| Junicode| Lato| Linguistics Pro| Linux Libertine| Noto Sans| Noto Serif| Source Sans| Stix| Tinos

Inserting IPA Symbols

Open the software, in which you want to use IPA symbols, and select a font that contains IPA characters. IPA symbols that correspond to latin letters can be typed in regularly via the computer keyboard.

In order to insert IPA-specific symbols in Word or PowerPoint, select “Symbol” in the menu “Einfügen”. As font, select “(normaler Text)”. On the right hand side, you should now be able to select “IPA-Erweiterungen” in the “Subset” menu. As in unicode no symbol is assigned twice, you may have to find some symbols in other subsets, e.g. “œ” in “Extended Latin” or “θ” in “Greek”.

Alternatively, you can type a text on websites like Typeit. Symbols missing on your keyboard are inserted by clicking them on the screen. Afterwards, you copy and paste the text to the application of your choice.

Typeit IPA

Phonetic Keyboard

Layout Unicode Phonetic Keyboard

The UCL Phonetic keyboard is an additional keyboard driver that comes very handy for typing longer passages in transcription. To us it, you change the keyboard layout by clicking the language symbol in the lower right corner next to the clock. The keys for captital letters work differently now and by typing “I U S Z T D” with shift, the IPA symbols “ɪ ʊ ʃ ʒ θ ð” are inserted.

Unicode Phonetic Keyboard

Further keyboard drivers for other operating systems

IPA Schriftarten