How to enable South Asian language support for Word 2007, for Word 2003, or for Word 2002 on computers that are running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, or Windows 2000

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Summary

This step-by-step article discusses the installation and configuration requirements and explains how to type in, edit, and proof (check the spelling and grammar) South Asian languages in Microsoft Office Word 2007, in Microsoft Office Word 2003, or in Microsoft Word 2002 on computers that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000.

Note South Asian languages include Thai, Hindi, and Vietnamese.

Requirements

To type and edit in a South Asian language in Word, you have to:
  • Configure Windows for the specific language.
  • Configure Word so that you can type in that language.

For Microsoft Windows

Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 have built-in support for most languages, including Thai, Hindi, and Vietnamese. To configure the operating system to type in the appropriate language, you must configure the keyboard to type in that language. If the keyboard that you want is not listed by default, you may have to install additional files.

For Microsoft Word

If you want only to proof text in different languages, you can install the English version of Microsoft Office and install the Microsoft Office Proofing Tools.

If you want the multinational features of Office, install a localized version of Office. Alternatively, use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running:
  • For Word 2007, install the English version of Office with the Single Language Pack or the Multi-Language Pack.
  • For Word 2003 and Word 2002, install the English version of Office with the Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI).

Benefits

Benefits of using a localized version

You may prefer to use a localized version of Office if your organization needs completely localized functionality and the additional content that is included with some fully localized versions. Each localized version includes at least two sets of appropriate proofing tools for the languages that you are likely to use most frequently. For more information about the localized versions of Microsoft Office, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

For the 2007 Microsoft Office suites:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA102113701033.aspx
For Microsoft Office 2003:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402191033.aspx?pid=CH011480721033
For Microsoft Office XP:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363741033.aspx

Benefits of using the English version with different languages

Word 2007
  • The Single Language Pack (Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007 - language name) enables users and organizations to add localized user interface and document proofing tools for an additional language to their basic 2007 Office language deployment, and to easily switch between languages.
  • The Multi-Language Pack (Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack 2007) enables users and organizations to add localized user interface and document proofing tools to their basic 2007 Office language deployment for up to 37 different languages.
Note Single Language Packs are available for purchase only on the Web. The Multi-Language Pack is available for purchase in retail channels and through volume licensing programs.

For more information about the language packs for the 2007 Office suites, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/HA102113681033.aspx
Word 2003 and Word 2002
  • For more information about the Proofing Tools for Microsoft Office, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

    For Microsoft Office 2003:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402181033.aspx
    For Microsoft Office XP:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363771033.aspx
  • Office together with the Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) simplifies the deployment of Office in a large multinational organization.

    Because a common worldwide executable file is included for each Office program, Information Technology (IT) administrators have to create only one custom installation for users in all countries.

    The MUI Pack also includes Proofing Tools for Office. Proofing Tools for Office allows users to create and to edit documents in more than 40 languages. Multinational companies can use the MUI Pack to enable mobile users and others to share workstations regardless of their language. Companies can also enable centralized global Help desks to switch the language interface on their computer screens to match the language interface of their customers. (However, some dialog boxes and screens may not be in the language that is specified.).

    Note The Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) is available only through Open License, Select, and Enterprise Agreement volume licensing programs. The MUI is not offered through retail stores.

    For more information about the MUI Pack for your multinational organization, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

    For Microsoft Office 2003:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402271033.aspx
    For Microsoft Office XP:
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363761033.aspx

Configuration

This step-by-step section explains how to configure Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Word so that you can type text in different languages.

Step 1: Install Microsoft Word

If you have not already done so, install Word 2007 (a 2007 Microsoft Office suite), Word 2003 (Microsoft Office 2003), or Word 2002 (Microsoft Office XP) on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003, Windows XP or Windows 2000.

Step 2: Configure Windows to type in multiple languages

Before you can type in a language other than English, you must configure the keyboard to match the language. For example, to type Thai-based characters, configure the keyboard to map the same way as a localized Thai keyboard. To do this, follow these steps, as appropriate for the operating system that you are running.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  1. Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click Regional and Language Options.
  2. On the Languages tab, click Details.
  3. If the language that you want to type in is not listed under Installed Services, or if the language that you want is listed but the keyboard is not listed under it, click Add.
  4. In the Input Language list, select the language that you want to type in. The Keyboard layout/IME field is automatically populated for you.

    Note If the language that you want to type in is not listed, see the "How to install additional languages" section of this article.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Under Installed Services, you see the selected language with a keyboard installed.
  7. Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, and then click OK to close the Regional and Language Options dialog box.
Microsoft Windows XP
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.

    Note If you are using Classic View, in Control Panel, click to switch to Category View, and then click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
  3. Click Add other languages, and then click Languages tab.
  4. Under Text services and input languages, click Details. The Text Services and Input Languages dialog box appears.
  5. If the language that you want to type in is not listed under Installed Services, or if the language that you want is listed but the keyboard is not listed under it, click Add.
  6. In the Input Language list, select the language that you want to type in. The Keyboard layout/IME field is automatically populated for you.

    Note If the language that you want to type in is not listed, see the "How to install additional languages" section of this article.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Under Installed Services, you see the selected language with a keyboard installed.
  9. Click OK to close the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, and then click OK to close the Regional and Language Options dialog box.
Microsoft Windows 2000
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Regional Options.
  3. Click the Input Locales tab.
  4. If the language that you want to type in is not listed in Installed input locales, click Add.
  5. In the Add Input Locale dialog box, select the language that you want to type in from the Input Locale list. The Keyboard Layout/IME option is automatically selected for you.

    Note If the language that you want to type in is not listed, see the "How to install additional languages" section of this article.
  6. Click OK.
  7. In the Regional Options dialog box, click Apply, and then click OK.
After you configure the keyboard, you can select the input language from the Language bar.

How to install additional languages

If the language that you want to type in is not listed in the "Step 2: Configure Windows to type in multiple languages" section, you can add languages by modifying the Regional Options. The Regional Options are in Control Panel. To do this, follow these steps, as appropriate for the operating system that you are running.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  1. Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click Regional and Language Options.
  2. On the Languages tab, in the Supplemental language support area, click to select the Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai) check box.
  3. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  4. Restart your computer when you are prompted. If you are not prompted, click Start, click Shut Down , and then click Restart.
Microsoft Windows XP
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.

    Note If you are using Classic View, in Control Panel, click to switch to Category View, and then click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
  3. Click Add other languages.
  4. On the Languages tab, click to select the Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages (including Thai) check box.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.
  6. Restart your computer when prompted. If you are not prompted, click Start, click Shut Down, and then click Restart.
Microsoft Windows 2000
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Regional Options.
  3. On the General tab, select the language that you want to install in the Language settings for the system section.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. If prompted, insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM, and then click OK.
  6. Restart your computer when prompted. If you are not prompted, click Start, click Shut Down, and then click Restart.

Step 3: Install the language proofing tools

To check the spelling and grammar of text in a different language, you must install the appropriate language proofing tools for the language. To do this, use one of the following methods, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running.

Word 2007

Method 1: Install a Single Language Pack
The Single Language Pack enables users and organizations to add localized user interface and document proofing tools for an additional language to their basic 2007 Office language deployment, and to easily switch between languages.

To add this functionality to Word 2007, install one or more single language packs. These packs are called Microsoft Office Language Pack 2007 - language name. Language name is the language that you want to add.
Method 2: Install the Multi-Language Pack
The Multi-Language Pack enables users and organizations to add localized user interface and document proofing tools to their basic 2007 Office language deployment for up to 37 different languages.

To add this functionality, install Microsoft Office Multi-Language Pack 2007.

Word 2003 and Word 2002

Method 1: Install the Microsoft Office Proofing Tools
The Microsoft Office Proofing Tools give you the ability to check the spelling and grammar of different languages in a Microsoft Word document.

To add this functionality, install the Microsoft Office Proofing Tools 2003 or the Microsoft Office XP Proofing Tools, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running.
Method 2: Install and configure the Multilingual User Interface Pack
To display menus, dialog boxes, and Help files in the South Asian language that you want, you must install the Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI). Installing the MUI Pack also installs the proofing tools.

To add this functionality, install the Microsoft Office 2003 Multilingual User Interface or the Microsoft Office XP Multilingual User Interface, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running.

Step 4: Configure the Microsoft Office language settings

Word 2007

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Office, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2007 Language Settings.
  2. On the Editing Languages tab, add the language that you want to use in Word 2007 and the other 2007 Office programs to the Enabled editing languages list.

Word 2003 and Word 2002

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then do one of the following:
    • Point to Microsoft Office, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.
    • Point to Microsoft Office XP Tools, and then click Microsoft Office XP Language Settings.
  2. On the Enabled Languages tab, verify that the language that you want to proof is included in the Enabled languages list.
  3. If the User Interface tab is available, follow these steps:
    • In the Display menus and dialog boxes in list, select the language that you want the menus and dialog boxes to be displayed in.
    • In the Display Help in list, select the language that you want the Help files to be displayed in.
    Note The User Interface option is only available if you installed the Multilingual User Interface Pack.

Step 5: Set Word to automatically detect language

Verify that Word is set to automatically detect the language of the text that is being typed. To do this, follow these steps, as appropriate for the version of Word that you are running.

Word 2007

  1. Start Word.
  2. Click the Review tab.
  3. In the Proofing group, click Set Language.
  4. Click to select the Detect language automatically check box, and then click OK.

Word 2003 and Word 2002

  1. Start Word.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Language, and then click Set Language.
  3. Click to select the Detect language automatically check box, and then click OK.
Word can now detect and check the spelling and grammar in the language that you installed when you installed Office Proofing Tools.

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Article ID: 311013 - Last Review: August 23, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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