If you want to create a slightly different Phonetic layout, then
instead of creating your own layout
It will also help to avoid problems if your system is
Below are the images of my Phonetic layouts - see for yourself if it's Ok for you or not (in the 2nd part of this page I explain how to modify my layout).
I offer three variants, where last two differ only in the location
of Russian letter 'zh':
one has Russian 'zh' assigned to 'v' and another has it assigned to 'w':
Variant 1. "Student" layout
Variant 2. "YaWert" layout
Variant 3. "YaZHert" layout
Symbol 'number' - ¹ - that a Standard Russian layout has, can be obtained on Phonetic layout,
Symbol currency Euro - via a combination of buttons
Reminder: the installation instruction for my layout is given in the
If you are not satisfied with neither of the variants shown above:
The rules are different for different Windows
(a) 95/98/ME; (b) 2000/NT; (c) XP and newer (2003, Vista, Windows 7,8)
so choose yours by clicking on the corresponding link below.
Note: for XP/2003 only. If you activated Phnonetic layout for XP or
Windows 2003by reading my instructions before February 2007, that is, you manually copied kbd1251y.dll file to needed folder instead of running automatic installation of Phonetic layout, then you must Modify it also using "old" method", that is, do NOT click on "XP and newer"link below, but click on 2000/NT link below:
it's still that "old" way of modification there (for layouts installed by "old" method).
You need to download a freeware layout editor
Then find kbd1251y.KBD in c:\Windows\System and copy it to the folder where layout editor has been installed.
Call the editor and open that keyboard layout file in it.
Do needed modifications and exist the editor. Now copy modified kbd1251y.KBD from the editor's folder back to c:\Windows\System overriding old file.
If - after you install my phonetic layout (that is, layout file kbd1251y is already registered in the
Note. After you modify the layout, you can bring modified file kbd1251y to other computers and install there phonetic layout by following my original
instruction -same steps just with modified file.
Here are the steps to modify my phonetic layout:
After the re-start, your variant of Russian phonetic layout will be in effect.
Important! If you used the above instructions to have your own layout,
but then for some reason decide to uninstall KLM editor:
you need to know that KLM - during its uninstallation
To avoid that, you need to follow these steps:
Copy that file to some other folder, say,
This is the end of the instruction for Window 2000 and NT 4.0.
Note. This layout editor - MSKLC (current version is 1.4) does not work under
Windows 8.0,but looks like it already works under 8.1. In any case, people reported that custom layouts made with MSKLC under Windows 7 or XPwork just fine under Windows 8.
So you could - under Windows 7/XP - modify one of my phonetic layouts and re-position some letters (it's much easier than making your own layout from scratch), and then bring this new layout to
Step 1. It is not needed for Vista and Windows 7,8,10 (the software is already there) but is needed for XP/2003:
you need to install first
It takes 5 minutes under XP, here is the place to download:
Step 2. Now, modification of my Phonetic Russian layout:
Note. If you call MSKLC but there is nothing on the screen: it's a known error (probably already fixed) which exists when your
screen resolution (DPI)is too high - 120 -and you need to lower it to 96. It can be done in Control Panel: click on "Display" icon then choose "Settings" tab. There click on "Advanced" button and you'll see "DPI setting"in "General" tab.
If you ran into such situation then please see
Two messages from the lead developer of MSKLC.
Now go to Project/"Build DLL and Setup package" - MSKLC starts building layout DLL and installation package
Now you should remove my Phonetic layout and install yours: