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How you can write in Polytonic Greek

IN WINDOWS 2000 and later versions Microsoft fully supports polytonic Greek. Just install the Greek polytonic keyboard from the Windows Control Panel.

  In Windows XP go to "Regional and Language Options" -> Languages -> Details -> Add. Please note: when you click the "Add" button, you will see two lists; in the upper one you select just "Greek", and then at the other list you select the keyboard layout as "Polytonic".

  In Windows 7 go to "Region and Language", then to "Keyboards and Languages", and click on the "Change Keyboards" button. At the "General" tab, click "Add" and select Greek, then as keyboard layout "Polytonic".

  In Windows 8 go to "Language", then to the "Add a Language" menu, and select "Greek". At the "Options" of Greek select as "Input Method" the "Greek Polytonic".

  In Windows 10 go to "Settings", then to "Time & language" > "Region & language" > "Add a language" menu, and select "Greek". At the "Options" of Greek select as "Keyboard" or "Input Method" the "Greek Polytonic".

You can use a Word processor like Microsoft Word, able to handle unicode text. You can also use Outlook Express to write email messages directly in polytonic Greek. You can write in polytonic Greek even in the Notepad. To activate polytonic Greek in a program like Word, press the shortcut key of changing languages (usually alt + shift), or click the flag icon at the bottom right corner of your computer.


  Office 2013 hyphenates polytonic Greek just fine. For older versions you can download Ancient Greek Hyphenator for Word 2000/XP. It is a free template that adds hyphenation macros to MS Word (screenshot). I have tried it in a long document (900 pages) written in polytonic (ancient and modern) Greek, and it worked without faults and very fast.

  A help file is also included in the installation (zip) package, but there should be a warning about Word Index.
  If you have an index in your document, after hyphenation all those index entries that 'touch' a word which can be hyphenated, will be lost; you must place index entries to touch a punctuation mark or a small word, a word that will not be hyphenated, like an article. Punctuation marks and empty spaces save the index entries. Experiment with index entries in a selected text before you hyphenate the whole document.

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  Apple supports unicode, and there are Greek polytonic unicode fonts for Mac to download. Read more at Sam Tucker's page, where you will find instructions and links to fonts supporting polytonic Greek


  Please read this post on how you can let Android display accented characters, such as polytonic Greek

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