Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool - ILIT

How to Download and Install Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT)?

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT) makes it simple to type in Indian languages. Most people who want to do Hindi typing can install Microsoft ILIT on their Windows PC. MILIT Indic input tool is available for both 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems. Download this Hindi typing tool using the official website You can download Microsoft ILIT’s latest version and install it on a Windows PC. If a computer does not have an internet connection, then you need an Indic language input tool offline installer/setup file. You can install this MILIT from a pen drive or external hard disk.

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT)

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool Installation

Step 1: Download Microsoft ILIT

Open the Mircosoft Bhasa website and click on the Downloads menu. Click here to go to the download page.

There you will see the option to download Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT) for the Hindi version. Click on the Download link to save ILIT offline installer. The download progress will finish soon.

Microsoft ILIT Hindi Download

Step 2: Microsoft ILIT Installation

Now run saved ILIT offline installer. It initiates the installation process.

Requirement: You must install the .NET Framework 2.0 or later to install Microsoft ILIT. Click here to get it.

2.1 You may participate in the Indic input tool improvement program, need to checkbox “I want to help improve the Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool”.

2.1.1 You may also tick the second checkbox “Notify when updates are available” to receive update notifications.

2.2 Click on the “Next” button to continue the installation.

Microsoft ILIT - Software improvement program and update options

2.3 Now, it’s time to agree to the Microsoft software license terms. Tick the checkbox given the left of “I accept the terms in the License Agreement”.

2.4 Click on the “Install” button.

Microsoft ILIT License Terms Agreement

2.5 The installation progress bar will complete in a few minutes.

Microsoft ILIT Installation Progress

2.6 Finally, you see the window showing you the message “Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool for Hindi” has bee successfully installed. Click “Close” to exit.”

Microsoft ILIT Installed

2.7 Must restart the computer after the software installation.

Step 3: Setup Keyboards for Hindi Typing

For Windows 10 or later

Mostly, it is not required to set up anything while you are using Windows 10. The keyboard toggle option is available on the computer taskbar. You can click the ENG button to see available keyboard languages like Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool, Hindi Traditional, Devanagari-Inscript, etc.

Steps, if using the Microsoft Windows 7

Now open the “Control Panel”. There are “Region and Language Options”. Click and open it.

Look for a tab named “Keyboards and Languages”. Under this tab, click on the “Change keyboards” button.

Windows 7 Region and Language

It will open the “Text Services and Input Languages” dialog box. It has a subsection “Installed Services”.

There you can see already installed the “Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool” keyboard. Click on this text.

On the right hand of this text, a “Move Up” button is present.

Windows Text Services and Input Languages

Click on the “Move Up” button to make this MILIT keyboard default.

Step 4: Start Hindi Typing

Check the computer taskbar near the clock. A language toggle dropdown is present. You can select the typing language from here. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to toggle between available languages.

Windows 10

Check the taskbar for the keyboard language toggle option. By default, you can see the ENG icon on the left side of your computer clock. Click on the ENG icon to toggle to other keyboards. I highlighted the ILIT keyboard in red color. Click this keyboard option to enable Hindi typing. You can easily type Hindi on Notepad, MS Word, or other word processor software.

Microsoft ILIT - Toggle to Hindi Keyboard

Windows 7

Locate the Hi option in the computer taskbar. Click on the “Hi” option (given next to the system clock) to start Hindi typing on a word processing software or any other window that supports typing.

Microsoft ILIT - Keyboard Toggle on Windows 7

Advantage of Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT)

ILIT is an Artificial Intelligence-based software, which helps to type Hindi words according to their pronunciations, instead of their spellings. This method of Hindi typing is known as Hindi Transliteration.

Traditional Hindi typing (Remington and Inscript) requires key combinations to type Hindi words.

Final Verdict

Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool (ILIT) installation is simple, and it’s one of the best Hindi typing tools available in the market. It works on Windows 10 and Windows 7. Users may refer official website Bhasa Microsoft to get different languages as well as older versions of the software for Windows Vista or Windows XP.