Typing in Burmese Using Wait Zar on Windows

Introduction Hello everyone. I am writing a quick guide to using Wait Zar. That way, if someone asks you how they can type in Burmese, you can just point them to this article. The benefit to using Wait Zar for this is that the software is encoding-neutral, and it also supports many different Input Methods.


Burmese Instructions

We have a very short guide to using Wait Zar written in Burmese if you prefer:


The quick guide is slighlty out of date... you might want to read the information below first.


Downloading Wait Zar

You can download Wait Zar from:


The current release is 1.7, but version 1.8 will be out soon, and it has a lot more features. (Temporary link to new version.)


Running Wait Zar

You need to unzip Wait Zar. If you have opened the download in Windows, you should drag "WaitZar.exe" and "config" to the desktop. Then, double-click on WaitZar.exe.

You should see an icon reading "ENG" in the System Tray. If you are using Windows 7, you should click the "up" arrow and drag the icon to the system tray:





Now, press "Ctrl" and then "Shift"  --you will see the "ENG" icon change to “မြ”. Press Ctrl + Shift again to change back to English.


Typing in Burmese

Switch to Burmese (“မြ”). Now, type "ko". You will see some choices:




You can press "Space" to choose the first option (ကို). You can also press "1". If you press "2", you will pick the second option (ကိုယ်). You can use the arrow keys to switch between each option; "Space" or "Enter" will pick the current highlighted option.

After you pick a word, you will see it in the sentence window:

You can keep typing words, and they will collect here. When you are ready to type the sentence, hit "Enter" or "Space" and the sentence will be typed into whatever program you are using (e.g., Microsoft Word).


Changing the Encoding

By default Wait Zar will output Unicode text. If you want to change this, click on the System Tray icon and choose "Typing", then select the "Encoding" you prefer.

Currently, we support Ayar, Unicode, Win Innwa, and Zawgyi-One.


Changing the Input Method

You can also change the Input Method, which is the way that you type words. This can also be done from the Typing menu --see the picture above. Note that the Input Method and the Encoding do not have to be the same. So, you can type using Burglish and output Unicode. Or, you can type with the Zawgyi-One keyboard but output Win Innwa. Think of the "Encoding" as the "Font" you want to display your letters with, and the "Input Method" as the way you want your fingers to type each letter or word.


More Information

For more information, please see the Wait Zar User's Guide  ---it is included with every download of Wait Zar.



Thanks for the project

mmlanguage's picture

Hi bro,

WaitZar version 1.8 is a great project.
I believe this will become the bridge between all non-unicode and 100% Unicode fonts.
Merry Christmas & Hapy New Year to you. :)

Best Regards

I'm glad you like it. Thanks

sorlok_reaves's picture

I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much for your help too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.