Welcome to the Lao Script website!
Lao Script for Windows is a Windows application with Lao fonts and keyboard remapping to allow Lao language text to be easily entered and used on Windows-based computers. Lao Script for Windows has been available for more than twenty five years, and is now distributed as a completely free product, with no licensing or activation needed.
LaoScript 8 is recommended for use on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 and can be used with most 32-bit and 64-bit applications. Lao Script for Windows Version 7 was developed for use with 32-bit applications on Windows XP and Windows Vista and should not be installed or used on Windows 7 or later editions of Windows.
New in February 2021! We are happy to announce the release of Lao font 'SengBuhan' with variable stroke widths and other features. Please go to the SengBuhan page for details.
Lao Script for Mac was initially developed for use with applications on macOS Yosemite (10.10). The most recent version macOS Catalina (10.15) includes support for Lao language, so Lao Script for Mac is no longer needed, but may be installed to get an additional Lao font or if phonetic (romanized) entry is preferred. See About Lao Script for Mac for more information and Installing Lao Script for Mac for detailed installation instructions.
The widely used Saysettha OT font has been redrawn and extended to include all the Lao Pali and Kmhmu characters included in Unicode 13 Lao, and is now released as a new font family Saysettha with a range of stroke widths. See Saysettha Font Example for details and download as TrueType font collection or separate TrueType fonts from these links or the Download folder on this site.
A new, faster, and easier-to-use Thai to Lao Translation Add-In for Microsoft Word, completely independent of LaoScript 8, is now available. Download the ThaiLao2020 User Guide for details. Use the contact form to request a download link and installation instructions.
Lao Script Versions and Features
|Description||Version 7 for Windows||LaoScript 8 for Windows||Lao Script for Mac|
|Lao Unicode OpenType fonts optimized for screen and webpage use.|
|Non-Unicode Lao/English TrueType fonts.||-|
|Lao phonetic input keyboard mapping, using an easy-to-learn romanized method of writing Lao syllables.|
|Lao standard keyboard mapping, using the familiar Lao typewriter layout.|
|Optionally wrap Lao text as it is typed by automatically inserting invisible break characters.||n/a|
|Use with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 32-bit and 64-bit applications.||-||n/a|
|Use with Windows XP and Windows Vista 32-bit applications.||n/a|
|Lao Add-In for Microsoft Word and Excel:
|Lao Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint:
|Lao Add-In for Microsoft Access with API functions for use in queries or VBA code, implementing the features provided as menu functions in the Lao Add-Ins for Word and Excel.||-||-|
|Lao Add-On for LibreOffice (Writer and Calc):
|Lao Add-In for Adobe InDesign (CS2 or later):