How to type Vietnamese on Windows 7

Typing Vietnamese on Windows 7 does not require any third-party software. All we need is to enable the Vietnamese keyboard and learn how to type special characters.



Open Control Panel and click on Clock, Language and Region.


Click on Change keyboards or other input methods at the bottom of the right pane.


Click Change keyboards…


In the Text Services and Input Languages window, click Add…


Select Vietnamese from the list and click OK.


We will see the Vietnamese keyboard added. Click  OK and we are done with the installation.


How to Type Vietnamese Text

The first step is to switch the keyboard from English (or your current language) to Vietnamese.  Look at the bottom of right of the screen, we will see “EN” for English. Click on it and select “VI” for Vietnamese.



Next, we will learn how to type special Vietnamese characters:

Huyền = 5
Hỏi = 6
Ngã = 7
Sắc = 8
Nặng = 9

ă = 1
â = 2
ê = 3
ô = 4
đ = 0
ư = [
ơ = ]

Good luck.


47 thoughts on “How to type Vietnamese on Windows 7

  1. oanh

    Thanks for the tips to type Vietnamese on window 7. I have a surface 2 with window 7. I will apply your method and let you know the result.

    I am using Samsung galaxy. I download some app to type Vietnamese but it is not good. Can you give me some advices on this. Thanks and have a nice day

  2. Hien

    is there a way to reassign the keys to difference accents? for example: Huyền = 5 change to Huyền = 2

    Thank you very much.

  3. nikki

    this is awesome thanks.
    DO you know how to change font of those vietnamese character? No matter what font i used the vietnamese character stay the same.


  4. Doan Huyen

    Thanks Hai.
    My issue is that it works in MS Word, but not in email in Google Chrome. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

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  6. Juan

    For those who use Samsung Galaxy smartphone to type Vietnamese, all you need is to:
    – Run Settings.
    – On top menu, select My device, in between of Connections and Accounts.
    – Scroll down to Input and control sub menu, select Language and input.
    – Make sure to have Samsung keyboard checked, then click on gear icon on right hand side.
    – Click the plus sign Select input languages.
    – On languages listing, select “Tiếng Việt”
    – You’re all set to go. Press Return many times to go back to your home screen.

    Using “Tiếng Việt” keyboard:
    First time you go into qwerty keyboard, at the bottom it shows “English(US)”, slide on that icon, it turns to “Tiếng Việt”. So actually you could switch back and forth between English and “Tiếng Việt” at anytime you like.

    Have fun.

  7. tony

    Please help to type ư = [ and ơ = ] in regular English keyboard. I’m starting to learn how to write Vietnamese on Window 7 by using regular English keyboard. Anyone please and thank you. Normally, the symbols [ and ] are hidden under drop down menu “Insert” tab, not readily written on keyboard as other symbols and that’s why I had troubles.

  8. Duyen

    What to do about the absence of VNI in the font drop-down? Or did you manage to type Vietnamese with a non-VNI font, Hai?

  9. Kenny

    Hello chu Hai, I need some hint on how to type these characters:
    Huyền = 5, Hỏi = 6, Ngã = 7, Sắc = 8, Nặng = 9
    ă = 1, â = 2, ê = 3 , ô = 4, đ = 0, ư = [, ơ = ]
    I copied and pasted the special characters for this “Leave a Reply” window.
    Thank you.


  10. Kenny

    Hello chu Hai, I know how to typing the special characters now. Thank you! Also, thanks for putting these special characters for people to use.

  11. dom

    I had to reformat my computer because of a bug.
    Before reformatting, I used to type Huyền = 2 and Sắc = 1.
    After reformatting, it comes up as Huyền = 5 and Sắc = 8.
    Do you have any idea how I can go back to the way I had it with Huyền = 2 and Sắc = 1?

  12. Hai Post author

    Trên máy Mac, tôi đánh Option+4 để đánh số 4. Bên Windows, bạn thử Alt+4 xem sao.

  13. Tony345

    activate NUMLOCK (if your KB has it) then type the number on that numeric keypad (worked for me). ALT+NUMBER does not work for my win7 KB, still try to figure out how to type special characters

  14. rubiks6

    Pressing and hold the “windows” key then hit the space bar – easiest way to switch between English keyboard and Tiếng việt keyboard.

  15. Hai Post author

    For Windows 10, the setup steps are a little different, the the typing rules are the same. No promise, but if I have time, I’ll update the post to include instruction for Windows 10.

  16. Rose

    Chào bạn,
    Bạn làm ơn giúp mình chỉ cho mình biết làm sao để có VN keyboards option trong forum để tiện mọi người type trong forum mà không cần install VN keyboard trên computers, phone, web browser add-on ?

  17. qnv

    Thanks Hai for clear and easy instructions to follow. I did what you said, but don’t see the EN or VI in the tool bar (I have Windows 7). However, I do have Unikey on, and I can toggle between the V and E. Is that why I don’t see the EN and VI? Also, how do I type Vietnamese fonts directly in Facebook?

  18. Hau

    I am using booj gor nayf quen rooif vaayj cos lamf cacs naof chuyeenr qua dduocj khoong
    Thank you

  19. Hien

    Thanks for the instructions. but the keys in vnese kbd is not 1=’, but 1=ă
    how to fix that? thanks.

  20. Vi

    Hi!! was wondering if you know how to change the font? I want to change the font to a more cursive font style but the Đ, ư, ơ, ê, ô come out non-cursive. Do you have idea tips or maybe an idea on how to fix this. I downloaded the vietnamese language package for windows and type fine with calibri, arial, times new roman, etc but once i change it to cursive writing – some of the letters doesnt change. i have also downloaded packages of VNI fonts and tried it and it still doesnt work. Any ideas? Thanks

  21. Nga

    Thank you … it took me so long to type just a few words, my finger and mind still set on Unikeys … i hope the unikey version i have is compatible with win10

  22. Tanuki

    I have a problem. I would like to write
    Đàn tỳ bà
    But It gives me, using vietnamese keyboard
    đàn tỳ bà
    Please, how to solve this problem?
    Thank You.

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