Help:On Englisce Ƿrītan

Windows ALT codesĀdihtan

If you do not have a customised keyboard or other quick way of doing it, the distinct letters used in Englisc can be typed using ALT+(number)

Normal lettersĀdihtan

Letter þ Þ ð Ð æ Æ ƿ Ƿ
Alt+ 231 232 208 209 145 146 447 503

Vowels with macronsĀdihtan

Letter ā Ā ē Ē ī Ī ō Ō ū Ū ȳ Ȳ ǣ Ǣ
Alt+ 257 256 275 274 299 298 333 332 363 362 563 562 483 482

The Complete SetĀdihtan


Customising your keyboardĀdihtan

Macintosh OS XĀdihtan

For Macintosh OS X, you can place this custom-made keyboard layout into your Library > Keyboard Layouts folder, and then activate it by choosing Anglo-Saxon under your System Preferences > International menu after restarting. The UK-English-based file is available here.

Ubuntu LinuxĀdihtan

For Ubuntu systems, download this US-based keyboard layout, then place it in your ~/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols folder with this following Terminal command:

cd ~/Downloads

to navigate there (assuming that's where you put it), and then:

sudo cp us ~/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols

After which, just restart and navigate to System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layouts > Add... > By country and choose United States > USA International (AltGr dead keys). It's an exact copy of your existing us layout, but with additions for ȝ (ALT+y) and ƿ (ALT+w) for your keyboard.


An alternative, to avoid mucking your keyboard settings up, is to type text in Microsoft Word or similar. Programme a series of "Autocorrect" options, but make sure they will not be triggered accidentally while typing something else. The "#" symbol is useful.

For example:Ādihtan

  • th# might autocorrect to þ (the capital is dealt with by the programme).
  • dh# to ð
  • ae to æ
  • a-# to ā

Further in that cae:

  • thaet can become þæt
  • thaere can become þære
  • odde can become oððe

- and so forth

Downloadable keyboard layoutsĀdihtan


Mac OS XĀdihtan


External linksĀdihtan