Shapes Overlay Keyboard

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to make yourself a pretty useful Musa keyboard is via the Shapes Overlay keyboard. Using it (in Musa Keyboards or online) transforms your normal keyboard so that letters are interpreted as Musa shapes. Then you can just type Musa as you would on a standard Musa keyboard.

Here's the layout: the extra letters show the German (red) and French (blue) key positions, where different. You may notice that the Musa shapes in the top row of letters spell the numbers above them, for 1-6 - that makes them a little easier to remember.

The number keys on the top row of the keyboard also work: they insert low Musa digits from 0 to 9. Like the standard number keypad, each number key inserts a full digit (space + digit).

Here's a set of keycap stickers you can print and stick or glue onto your keycaps, below the letters:

The Web Keypad already includes a Shapes Overlay keyboard. To use one offline, you have to be running the Musa Keyboards agent, which you can download from the Musa Keyboards page. One of the choices in the Musa Keyboards menu is "Shapes Overlay Keyboard" - that's what you'll need. When it's running, your normal keyboard keys now enter Musa shapes. You can switch back and forth using the Scroll Lock key.