the Russian letters are located where the closest English letters
This page provides images of phonetic Russian keyboard layouts offered for download on this site (thus a user can print an image s/he chooses and use the printout as a reference).
These images show the layout when Shift button is pressed on the keyboard.
1. This variant of Phonetic Russian layout is usually called "YaWert" (ÿÂåðò), because Russian 'Â' is assigned to 'W':
Symbol 'number' - ¹ - that a Standard Russian layout has, can be obtained on Phonetic layout,
Symbol currency Euro - via a combination of buttons
2. This variant of Phonetic Russian layout is usually called "YaZHert" (ÿÆåðò), because Russian 'Æ' is assigned to 'W'.
It differs from the previous one only by assignments for Russian letters 'Æ' and 'Â':
3. This Phonetic Russian layout is called "Student"
(was designed at AATSEEL) and is a variation of
This Phonetic Russian layout is called "yaWert2" (was offered on the popular in 90s SovInformBureau site by V.Maslov)
Note. All these Phonetic Russian layouts (as well as Standard one) are also available on my Virtual Keyboard page, that is, without system tune-up. That Virtual, on-line Keyboard lets you type Russian using your physical keyboard (though mouse-based input also works):
Virtual Cyrillic Keyboard: http://WinRus.com/keyboard.htm (or shorter alias: TypeRus.com)
My phonetic layouts (that is, variants of positioning Russian letters on the keyboard) has the following characteristics (I am talking about first two where it's my own placement of letters and symbols; 3rd one, "AATSEEL Student" is not mine, just a popular one, so I decided to provide its support in new versions of MS Windows):
I had to assign a Russian letter 'Ü/ü' to the "+" symbol, but it's not a big deal because "+" is almost never present in a Russian text (unlike symbol "-" which is often used in a text)
Note. There are also two phonetic Russian layouts for national
Made by an Italian student who studies Russian. He made it based on my Student variant:
"marillo" wrote about his "Russo fonetico su Italiano (142)":
on italian keyboard we have all vocals with accent, like a', e', i', o' and u', so I put all vocals out of kbd (ÿ, ý, é, ¸, þ) on them, so ü, æ I put on q and j, while ù and ú on "w" and "b" + AltGr"