Microsoft Word 2000 supports editing and viewing of
documents in more than 80 languages by taking advantage of the Unicode text
encoding standard. If you work with documents that contain text in more than
one language, if you work in a multinational organization, or if you share
documents with people who use Office on operating systems that run in other
languages, you or your system administrator can customize Word 2000 to handle
conventions and requirements unique to each language. You can also make
language-specific commands and features available within Word
are a few examples of ways you can use multilingual features:
Automatic language detection The English (U.S.) version of Word 2000 comes with proofing tools
for English, Spanish, and French. When you open a document or type text,
Microsoft Word can automatically detect the language of the text and use the
appropriate spelling and grammar dictionaries, punctuation rules, and sorting
conventions for that language. Also, when you copy text in one of these
languages into your document, or check spelling in a document that contains
text in more than one of these languages, Word can use the spelling
dictionaries installed for each language. If you have the Microsoft Proofing
Tools Kit, you can perform these tasks in many more languages.
Correct date, time, number style When you type dates and times, Word can format them in the
correct style for different languages.
Asian characters With a special program called a Global Input Method Editor
(Global IME), you can type characters for Asian languages into a Word document
on an English-language system. You can then use word-breaking and text
formatting conventions specific to Asian text.
Text editing in right-to-left languages On a system that supports right-to-left languages (such as
Arabic), you can edit text in those languages; Word will display and format
Web pages You can create multilingual Web pages and intranet content in
For more information about Microsoft Office 2000 in a
multinational organization, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Where can I get information about how to set my operating system and Microsoft Word for the language I want? Microsoft provides a detailed white paper that describes how to
set your Windows operating system and Microsoft Word so you can edit your Word
documents in the language you want.
information, click the following article number to view the article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
WD2000: Understanding "Word 2000 in a Multilingual Environment" Document Is Available in Download Center
I want to check the spelling and grammar of my Word document in a specific language. What do I need?
The English version of Microsoft Office 2000 comes with
proofing tools for English, Spanish, and French. To check spelling and grammar
in other languages, obtain the Microsoft Office 2000 Proofing Tools CD-ROM.
The Office 2000 Proofing Tools provide the fonts, localized
templates, and spelling and grammar checkers that you need to create and edit
documents in different languages when you use Office programs. Other items
included in the Office 2000 Proofing Tools are AutoCorrect lists, AutoSummarize
rules (Microsoft Word only), and - for Asian languages - Input Method Editors
The following table lists the languages and proofing
tools that you can use in Microsoft Word documents. These proofing tools are
available in the Microsoft Office 2000 Proofing Tools. For more information,
see question 3.
For more information about multilingual and international
support in Word, click Microsoft Word Help on the
Help menu, type multiple languages in
the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click
Search to view the topics returned.