Farsi or Urdu language settings change to Arabic in PowerPoint 2002

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If you select Farsi or Urdu in the Language dialog box (click Language on the Tools menu), the next time you view the Language settings, the selected language has changed to one of the Arabic dialects, such as:
  • Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
  • Arabic (Algeria)
  • Arabic (Egypt)
  • Arabic (Jordan)
Set the language for the selected text to (no proofing) and then set the language to Farsi or Urdu. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Select the text that you want to change to Farsi or Urdu.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Language. Click (no proofing), and then click OK.
  3. On the Tools menu, click Language. Click Farsi or Urdu, and then click OK.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
More information
The Language setting does not translate text into other languages. Rather, it tells PowerPoint what language a certain portion of text is. If the appropriate spelling dictionaries are available, PowerPoint can check the spelling in the selected language. A spelling dictionary is available if a check mark with the letters ABC appears beside the selected language in the Language dialog box.
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Article ID: 293121 - Last Review: 10/24/2013 07:14:00 - Revision: 2.0

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