How to Type Polish Letters

Polish-alphabet

Since many of the quizzes on this website require you to type Polish words, here’s a quick guide to setting up your PC, Mac, iPhone or iPad to type Polish characters such as ś ć ź ż ń ę ą ó and ł.

Another option is to use the website polish.typeit.org and copy and paste the resulting text, but the solutions below are much easier in the long term:

iPad and iPhone

In Settings, select General, then Keyboard.
Select Keyboards, then Add New Keyboard.
Add the Polish keyboard.
When entering text, touch the globe next to the space bar to switch keyboard.
Hold your finger on a letter to allow you to select the special character.

Windows 8

Swipe in from the right side of the screen and select Search. Enter language and choose Settings, then Add a Language.
Choose Polish, then select Options and Add an Input Method.
Add the Polish Programmers keyboard and select Save.
The Language Bar will appear on the bottom right of the taskbar, allowing you to switch between keyboards.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Click the Start button and type intl.cpl in the search box. Press Enter.
Click on the Keyboards and Language tab, then click Change keyboards.
Click Add.
Expand Polish, and check the Polish Programmers keyboard. Click OK.
The Language Bar will appear on the bottom right of the taskbar, allowing you to switch between keyboards.

Windows XP

Click the Start button and type intl.cpl in the Run box. Press Enter.
Click on the Languages tab, then click Details.
Click Add under Installed Services.
Under Polish, check the Polish Programmers keyboard. Click OK.
The Language Bar will appear on the bottom right of the the taskbar, allowing you to switch between keyboards.

Mac OS X

From the Apple Menu, select Language & Text, then Input Sources.
Select the checkbox for the Polish Pro keyboard.
Check the Show input menu in menu bar box.
The Input Menu will appear on the menu bar, allowing you to switch between keyboards.
 

Using the Keyboard – Windows and OS X

 
Holding down the right-hand Alt key (Alt Gr) or Option key and pressing a letter will add the diacritic to the letter.

As there are two options for z, pressing Alt/Option – z gives ż and pressing Alt/Option – x gives ź


 

That’s all for now. Back soon with another language post!

4 thoughts on “How to Type Polish Letters

  1. Seriously, thank you so much for this. I have Windows 7 and have searched everywhere for how to set up my keyboard to be able to type with the special characters and got more and more confused and frustrated with what was offered. This was so simple and it worked perfectly!

  2. Hi Rich, I’ve been really enjoying your posts – you are doing a fantastic job on your blog! I am interested in teaching Polish as a second language (I’m a native speaker). I am currently working on my course for adults 🙂 I will definitely recommend your blog to my students! Talk soon, Ania

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