The term Russification once meant adopting the
Russian language or some other Russian attribute by non-Russian
Wikipedia.) In the computer age, it means to be able to
view and type in Russian on one's computer, including the abilities to read Web
pages, send and receive e-mail, translate Russian documents into English and
vice versa, and more.
This site once provided information on how to view Cyrillic in
the different operating systems, but the last update was for Windows 98.
Because of the advances in software, plus the huge number of other sites
providing similar information, please use the links below if you cannot view
Cyrillic on your PC or MAC. Sadly, some of these sites have not been
updated for a long time either. Good luck!
If a font you download does not show up
after you install it in Windows XP (and, I suppose, Vista), do this: Open
Control Panel and click on "Fonts." Right click on the font you just
installed and click "Properties." Near the bottom of that window (in
Windows XP, at least) it will tell you it may not be safe. Click the box
to allow you to use it. It should appear now in Word or other software
- Cyrillic-English Keyboard Driver. Must be paid for. Quite
frankly, I have no idea why someone would pay for a driver today (2012).
Keyboard Remapper for Windows 95/98/NT. This inexpensive program is much
easier to use than Winkey. Use it to
easily change between Latin and Cyrillic type. Choose
Winkey, below, for Windows 3.1. First note: no updates since 2001.
Second note: There is a bug in Lingvo 6.0 when using D System's Keyboard
Remapper. It is impossible to type Cyrillic in Lingvo 6.0 without
the minor fix described on
- Fingertip Software. Fingertip Software
is no longer in business, but you still can download their programs if you need
to re-install them. You must already have the code to reactivate
Keyboard Generator. This program generates .KBD files for Windows 95,
98 and ME. It is now in the public domain and free.
Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. Design your own
keyboard layout. This is the program I use. It allows users to place
letters anywhere on the keyboard if they don't like the "fonetic" or "Russian"
layouts. Be certain to read the directions, other wise you will go nuts
installing the layout.
- Microsoft Language Bar Supporting Information. It explains
how to enable your keyboard for different languages. I use their Language Bar,
shifting between Latin and Cyrillic, not just Microsoft Office programs, in any
application very easily. Used with the creator program immediately above.
- Russify MS DOS. If you must...
- Russify Your PC
SofTecDesign Cyrillic-English Keyboard Driver. Free to
try, $22.00 to buy.
- Winsite. This site offers a number of downloads as well as
patches for Microsoft problems.
- The Abbyy OCR program, FineReader OCR for
Cyrillic is available from this commercial site.
Soft. The portal is being redesigned. It remains to be seen what will
be offered as of 18 June 2012.
Speaking Clock web site. Much different from the older version, which
I still use and has a plug-in that will announce the time for you, in Russian,
as often as you want.
Links last updated and checked
on 19 June 2012