Finding the right words can be difficult, especially across languages, and once you choose them, finding a way to type them can be even harder. Try emailing family in Germany, chatting with friends in China or adding a Russian business partner’s name to your contacts and you may find yourself limited by the language of your keyboard.
Gmail already has an inbuilt translation tool, and now Google have added more than 100 virtual keyboards, transliteration and IMEs – collectively called input tools – in Gmail. These tools enable users to type in the language and keyboard layout for a selected language, and switch between languages with one click.
To try it out, go to mail settings and, under Language, click on Show all language options and check the box next to Enable input tools, this will bring up a settings box (see image) where you can select a set of languages you commonly use.
Once you have saved your settings, you’ll see the Input Tools icon (a keyboard) next to the Settings (cog) button, and you can turn on and off any language keyboard from there.
With these new virtual keyboards, Gmail supports typing in 75 languages.