Writing Dhivehi in Windows XP

I thought that this was a very interesting development. Already I’m seeing country and language specific web sites spring up. Some sites are browser specific though.

One of the most interesting applications that I see is the power of emailing in Dhivehi. Wouldn’t it be interesting and easy if I could do official communications, such writing to the Municipality via email?


Do enable Dhivehi, you will have to install multi-lingual support for windows.

1. Open REGIONAL & LANGUAGE OPTIONS from the Control Panel


2. Select the LANGUAGE tab. Make sure that you have checked the “Install files for complex scripts…” check box.
3. Click the DETAILS button

4. from TEXT SERVICES AND INPUT LANGUAGES window in SETTINGS TAB, click the ADD button


5. from the INPUT LANGUAGE drop box, select Divehi

There are two optional keyboard layouts ie, the Dhivehi typewriter and the Dhivehi phonetic. I personally prefer the phonetic.

I gather that some users don’t find Divehi in there INPUT LANGUAGE drop box… any ideas as to why?

  • hello thuthube
    nice blog love omer

  • thank you Omer… i love your site too

  • hey Mr.Fayid,
    This is a nice place u got here and i found this post very interesting.
    You wrote:
    “I gather that some users don’t find Divehi in there INPUT LANGUAGE drop box… any ideas as to why?”

    Well you will have to install the language files while installing Windows XP or you can follow these procedures and when it comes to No.2 in your explanation insert the Windows XP CD and let the setup copy the necessary files. Once it is completed restart the PC. When Windoes is restarted goto Language and Regional settings and follow the rest of in this procedure and it should work just fine. 🙂

    Bondhalhey 🙂

  • Thanks Bondhalhey… that’ll be really helpful.

  • Bondhalhey…. u are very helpful… HEHEH!
    and Mr. Fayid “NICE BLOG”.!

  • Cud u plz let me know how can i write in thaana in google blog templates..plz

  • Hi Luth… I’m not really sure about google blog templates because I don’t use it. However, here are some interesting links that might be of help.


  • tekulay

    any idea how to enable dhivehi writing if dhivehi drop down is not available and when you dont have a XP CD for copying files

  • thanks this helped me
    for a test:

  • ammadey

    thanks.. this site helped me 😀

  • Munnim9711511

    can u tell me how to install dhivehi the new verson window xp 2012 doesnot have dhivehi in the language bar

    • This post was written in 2005 and I have since moved onto Mac OSX and am not using Windows anymore.  Sorry, I couldn’t be of help.  Perhaps another visitor here might be of help.


    how can i install it?



    • Refer to my reply to Munnim9711511. Not using Windows anymore.