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Remap the tilde key to type thal and shadda
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Fixed Arabic - PC keyboard layout for OS X

For some reason, the "Arabic - PC" keyboard layout in Mac OS X 10.4 and above is missing the letter thal ( ذ ) and the diacritic shadda ( ّ ). On standard Arabic PC keyboard layouts these are assigned to the tilde key to the left of the number 1, but OS X replaced the key with a comma.

Install this keyboard layout to restore the missing thal and shadda.


  1. Copy both Arabic-PC-fixed.keylayout and Arabic-PC-fixed.icns to /Library/Keyboard Layouts or ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts
  2. Go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources.
  3. At the bottom of the list of keyboard layouts you should see one titled "العربي".
  4. Select it and type away!
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