How to: Setup the Russian and Ukrainian layout under Apple Leopard

First of all i can confirm that, even if they are not available on the Apple web site, the Apple Keyboard with Cyrillic letters exist!
We found it in a normal Apple store in Ukraine, it was available in both versions: wired and wireless.
The price is almost identical to the “normal” English ones.

We didn’t find the keyboard with Ukrainian layout but this doesn’t mean that they just don’t exist.

If you need a mac book with Russian layout, you can find it as well!

Set up the Russian / Ukrainian layout on Apple Leopard

You can follow this procedure even if you don’t have a true Russian / Ukrainian keyboard. For to find the correct keys, you can print the layout published in this post.

1 Go to “System preferences”, select “International” and then “Input menu”

2 Now select: “Russian”, and “Ukrainian” in the list.

3 The click on “Keyboard shortcuts” and select (activate) “Input Menu”

4 Chose the keys combination you like best for to switch between the three different layouts (the default shortcut enter in conflict with the one of Spotlight, you can use a different shortcut or just deactivate the shortcut for Spotlight)

5 No you will be able to see the layout flag next to the battery indicator, when you want you can switch between all these layouts.


Under “International” –> “Input menu”, u can also select the option “Keyboard Viewer” which allow you to see the keyboard layout by clicking on the layout flag and then on “Show Keyboard Viewer”.

Russian layout

Russian layout mac

Ukrainian layout

Ukrainian layout mac

You can print and use them for to find the keys if you don’t have a true Cyrillic keyboard.


If you want to write in Ukrainian, but you don’t have a true Cyrillic keyboard you can use our free program (it also transliterate from Cyrillic to Latin)
UKR:)landia transliterators

For to configure a Russian / Ukrainian keyboard under Windows XP and Ubuntu:

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