Type Russian letters without a Russian keyboard
This online Russian keyboard follows the easy-to-learn AATSEEL “phonetic” keyboard layout, which tries to match Russian letters to QWERTY keys based on sound — for example, п (which sounds like p) is typed by pressing P.
The phonetic layout is widely used in the US by Russian translators, teachers, people learning Russian, etc. Computer keyboards in Russia use a different layout.
Non-US keyboard layouts: The phonetic layout is designed for US-English QWERTY keyboards. If your computer has a different keyboard (e.g. German or French), you may learn that letters assigned to punctuation keys do not work as expected. In that case, you can try the alternative Ctrl+key shortcuts.
Deviations from the AATSEEL standard: Several characters (№, @, « and »), which are typed with Shift+digit shortcuts in the AATSEEL layout, are typed with Ctrl+digit instead. This is to prevent overriding Shift+digit characters, which may be important. (For example, in certain layouts, Shift+digit shortcuts are used to type digits.)
This page allows you to easily type Russian (Cyrillic) letters without a Russian keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.
Press the key which sounds like the Russian letter you want to type. For example, to type д, press D. This keyboard follows the AATSEEL “phonetic” Russian keyboard layout.
Some characters need a Ctrl shortcut, e.g. to type =, press Ctrl + = or Ctrl + 0.
If your keyboard layout is not US English, you may have to use alternative keyboard shortcuts for some letters, e.g. Ctrl + U for ю. Stop the mouse over each button to learn its keyboard shortcut(s).
You can select text and press Ctrl + C to copy it to your document. In your target document, press Ctrl + V, or, if you want to paste the text without formatting, try Ctrl + Shift + V. Press Ctrl + Enter to turn the Russian layout on and off.