How to enable right-to-left language support for Word 2002 on Windows Me, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0

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SUMMARY

This step-by-step article discusses the installation and configuration requirements for right-to-left languages in Microsoft Word 2002 (Microsoft Office XP) on Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Microsoft Windows 98, and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. This article also provides the steps to set up your computer so that you can type in, edit, and proof (check the spelling and grammar) right-to-left languages in Microsoft Word 2002.

Note Right-to-left languages include Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, and Urdu.

REQUIREMENTS

In order to type in and edit right-to-left languages in a Microsoft Word document, you must install a localized version of Microsoft Windows for the specific language and configure Microsoft Word to type in that language.

For Microsoft Windows

Multilanguage support for right-to-left languages can be added only to a right-to-left language version of Windows 98, Windows Me, or Windows NT 4.0. You must configure the keyboard to type in that language. If the keyboard that you want is not listed by default, you may need to install additional files.

For Word 2002 (Office XP)

If you only need to proof text in different languages, you can install the English version of Office XP (Word 2002) and install the Office XP Proofing Tools.

If you need the multinational features of Office XP, you need to either install a localized version of Office XP or install the English version of Office XP with the Multilingual User Interface Pack.

Benefits of Using a Localized Version:

Using the localized versions of Office may be best 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 example, the Norwegian version includes Norwegian, German, and English Proofing Tools). To expand that support to more than 40 languages, you can add the Office XP Proofing Tools to any localized version. For more information about localized versions of Office XP, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363741033.aspx
Benefits of Using the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack:

Microsoft Office XP with the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack simplifies the deployment of Microsoft Office in a large multinational organization. Because of a common worldwide executable file that is included for each Office program, Information Technology (IT) administrators only need to create one custom installation for users in all countries/regions. The MUI Pack also includes Proofing Tools for Office XP, which allow users to create and 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, and to enable centralized global Help desks to switch language interfaces on their computer screens to match the language interface of their customers. Some dialog boxes and screens may not be in the language specified.

Note The Multilingual User Interface Pack is only available through Open License, Select, and Enterprise Agreement volume licensing programs and is not offered through retail stores. For more information about the Multilingual User Interface Pack for your multinational organization, browse to the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3C0A106C-FFF1-4768-B3AB-483E46E73F7B

CONFIGURATION

This section provides a step-by-step procedure to configure Microsoft Windows and Word 2002 (Office XP) so that you can type text in different languages.

Step 1: Install a Localized Version of Microsoft Windows

In this configuration, you install a localized version of both Microsoft Windows and Office XP. By default, the configuration allows input in the language version of the operating system. The menus and Help in Microsoft Office also are displayed in the localized language.
  • Install the localized version of Windows Me, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0, according to the steps provided with the product.
  • Install the localized version of Office XP.

Step 2: Configure the Multilingual User Interface

In this configuration, the operating system is localized, which allows you to type in the right-to-left language. The English version of Office is installed with the Multilingual User Interface Pack, to allow Office to display its menus and Help in that localized language.
  • Install the localized version of Windows Me, Windows 98, or Windows NT 4.0, according to the steps provided with the product.
  • Install the English version of Office XP.
  • Install the Multilingual User Interface for the appropriate language. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Run Lpksetup.exe from CD-ROM 1 of the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Pack CD-ROM set.
    2. Follow the instructions provided by the MUI Pack Setup to install the appropriate language.

      Note If the language that you need to configure is not listed, read the Lpkread.htm file that is included with the Multilingual User Interface Pack CD-ROM. Some languages may not be listed in the Setup program, and special steps may be required.

Step 3: Configure Office to Use the New Language Interface

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office XP Language Settings.
  2. Select the User Interface tab.
  3. In the Display menus and dialog boxes in list, select the language in which you want the menus and dialog boxes to be displayed.
  4. In the Display Help in list, select the language in which you want the Help files to be displayed.

Step 4: Install and Configure the Proofing Tools

  1. Insert the Proofing Tools CD-ROM.
  2. Click Start and then click Run.
  3. Type cd drive:\PTKSetup.exe.

    Notecd drive is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive.
  4. For the type of Setup, select Custom.
  5. Select the language for which you want to install Proofing Tools, and then click Run All From My Computer.
  6. Click Finish to complete the installation.

Step 5: Set Word to Automatically Detect the Language

Verify that Word is set to automatically detect the language of the text that is being typed. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Tools menu, select Language, and then click Set Language.
  3. Select the Detect language automatically check box, and then click OK.
Microsoft Word now can detect the language that was installed by the Proofing Tools installation. Word also can check the spelling and grammar of text in the language that was installed by the Proofing Tools installation.



REFERENCES

For more information about localized versions of Office XP, the Multilingual User Interface Pack, and the Proofing Tools, visit the "Office XP in a Multilingual Environment" Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/orkXP/HA011363851033.aspx

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Article ID: 311019 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 4.6
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 2002, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
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