In Hebrew the Caps Lock is used to activate the vowel points. How do I restore this feature of Caps Lock in Hebrew, and without creating a new keyboard with a program that I do not know, like Ukulele?

  • @Tom Another Hebrew vowels question was closed as a duplicate of the question this is now closed toward. I have voted to reopen this though.
    – grg
    Dec 12, 2016 at 13:58

2 Answers 2


If you are talking about Apple's built-in Hebrew PC keyboard layout, you cannot make it work like before, but you should still be able to input vowels via Option plus Shift. Or you can download the new keyboard you need to restore the previous behavior.


It is a regression and loss of functionality caused by Apple, plain and simple. It was not announced, much less given any justification, anywhere that I (or Google or Bing) can find. It seems like a total goof by Apple.

Contrary to answer 1, you cannot type the same set of nikud using Option plus Shift as before with the Windows Hebrew keyboard, called "Windows - PC" on the Mac: you can type the Apple set of nikud, which is a proper subset of what you could type with Windows - PC.

For example, there is now no way to type Sin Dot and Shin Dot nikudes in the Apple set, whereas you could do so with the Windows - PC set.

Also, the placement of the keys to type with Option+Shift to get a nikud is completely different now. For example, PATAH with Windows PC was Caps Lock+Shift+7, but now it's Option+Shift+6 -- i.e., a change from 7 to 6.

So, you don't just have to change key typing from Caps Lock+Shift to Option+Shift, you basically have to learn the entire set of nikud key locations to combine with anew.

  • Your post is not an answer but a combination rant/comment. You should delete this and repost it as a comment under the question or the earlier answer, after fixing the errors: There is no "Windows - PC" keyboard on any version of OS X, so it's not clear what you are talking about. Plus Sin Dot and Shin Dot ARE on Apple Hebrew PC layout at option-shift s and m. If you don't like the different nikud locations, you can use the alternative keyboard I have provided (which takes a few seconds to generate with Ukelele). Apr 9, 2017 at 23:35
  • @TomGewecke: I am afraid you were mistaken in stating, "there is no 'Windows - PC' keyboard on any version of OS X". All you or anyone needs to do to see that is to go Keyboard Preferences, click + to add a keyboard, choose Hebrew as the language, and then see that there are 3 choices: (1) Hebrew; (2) Hebrew - PC; (3) Hebrew - QWERTY. As regards the reported bug, Apple fixed this bug quite some time ago. It's not present in Mojave, nor in Catalina. Oct 16, 2020 at 17:25

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