Here are the basic steps for typing Hindi in Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). The steps will be very similar for other OS X versions, the only differences will be in some menu names:

1. Go to System Preferences (click on the Apple logo in the top left, and select 'System Preferences')

2. Click on 'Language & Text' (in the top row of icons)

3. Click on 'Input Sources'

4. Under 'Select input methods to use' select 'Keyboard & Character Viewer', scroll down and also select 'Devanagari QWERTY'

5. Also make sure that 'Show Input menu in menu bar' (at the bottom of the window) is selected.

Now you can type Hindi in any application except Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office can not handle Unicode fonts correctly). The easiest word processing option is TextEdit. To begin typing in Hindi, all you have to do is click on the little American flag in the Menu Bar and select 'Devanagari - QWERTY'.

If you need help with figuring out the keyboard, click on the Devanagari Qwerty keyboard icon in the menu bar (where the American flag used to be) and select 'Keyboard Viewer'. To type in English you can click on that same 'Devanagari Qwerty' keyboard icon and select 'U.S.'.

You can make a PDF of your Hindi text in any application. Just click on 'File' then 'Print...' and then click on 'PDF' in the bottom left corner and select 'Save as PDF'. In TextEdit there is a direct 'Save as PDF' option in the 'File' menu. The video demonstrates both methods.

Occasionally a few Macs will not have the Devanagari font installed. If so, you can download it from is.gd/wAekNw (just unzip and double-click both font files).

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