Few years ago Government of India has published the official symbol for Indian currency – The Indian Rupee sign. Afterwards most of the computer makers added the symbol on the keyboards of their products in India. However if you want to add the symbol in your writings, you’ve to perform little more things. Microsoft has published a hotfix called update KB2496898 to support the new currency symbol for the Indian Rupee. To add the rupee symbol on your laptop keyboard into the application in which you’re typing, you need to install this update from Microsoft website and follow some simple steps. This one had worked with my Dell XPS laptop keyboard and hope will work on all devices.
To install the above mentioned update KB2496898, you must be running one of the following operating systems:
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2
- Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
- Windows 7
- Windows 7 Service Pack 1
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
If you are running any of the above listed operating systems, the open the Internet explorer browser and go to this link. You’ll be landed on a webpage which has download links for the update package. Choose the appropriate one according to the OS you have. To download the setup, you’ll have to validate your windows installation.
Click install while you have a popup in the IE (this is for validating Windows). After validation, you’ll be able to download the update package.
Once you’ve downloaded the setup, install the update and restart your computer. Then do the following:
- In Control Panel, click Clock, Language, and Region, and then click Change keyboards or other input methods.
- On the Region and Language window, click change keyboards.
- In the Text Services and Input Languages window, click add. On the Add Input Language screen select English (India), and then select the India keyboard check box as shown.
- Click Apply, and OK.
- In the right side of your taskbar, you’ll find an item named ‘ EN’, click on it and select English (India)
- Restart the system
Now, when you want to insert the rupee (INR) symbol, use Ctrl+Alt+₹(4 or $ on regular keyboard). In case you have a Keyboard without rupee symbol, use Ctrl+Alt+$.