Polynesian Keyboard

Install Requirements


  1. Microsoft Windows based operating system

  2. Unicode font

Microsoft Windows based operating system

Microsoft Windows operating system greater than Windows 2000.

This version of the Polynesian keyboard has been "tested" with the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (SP2)

  • Windows Vista (SP1) 32 bit

  • Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

  • Windows 10 64 bit

  • Windows 11 64 bit

It 'should' work with most Windows 32 and 64 bit installations. Use at own risk.

Unicode Font

The keyboard can be installed without a unicode font, but one is required to properly display the unique glottal unicode character. Not all unicode fonts support the glottal character. You will need to see the font specification to confirm that U+02bb is supported, or use the Windows Character Map to manually confirm it following installation of font.

Unicode Fonts that supports the glottal (U+02bb) character:

Font Example and Source:

  • Google Noto


Older systems:

- Arial Unicode MS - Microsoft Office 2003

- Lucida Sans Unicode - Microsoft Windows XP SP2


After downloading the "kbpoly.exe" file, scan for viruses then run it.

Click on "Unzip", the installation files will be copied to "C:\kbpoly\" folder.

Navigate to the "C:\kbpoly\" folder and run the "Setup.exe" file to install the keyboard. A reboot is required after successful installation.

Post-Installation Setup

Within any running application, one can switch between installed keyboards via the Language bar in the windows system tray (look for keyboard icon). After selecting the Polynesian Keyboard, choose the supported Unicode font to type the desired punctuation.

To add the Language bar in Windows 10, navigate to "Advanced keyboard settings" and enable "Use the desktop language bar when it's available". One may set hot keys for enabling the desired keyboard, see "input language hot keys".

Also, one may check "Language Settings" and edit the required keyboards as needed per "Preferred languages" listed.


If the software needs to be removed, use Windows "Add or remove programs" and locate "Polynesian Keyboard", then click the "Uninstall" button.