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Foreign Language Packs


To install a foreign language pack, you must have administrator access on your machine. If you do not have access but would like to, you should email and request that you be added to the administrator list. To be given administrator rights you must first read and sign the CS Department usage agreement and return it to the system staff (please drop this off in 113C).
If you do not want administrator access, but do want a foreign language pack installed, just email, and then someone on the system staff will assist you.


The setup for the language packs is different depending upon what you want to use it for. In general, most people will want to follow the steps for both the Web Browsing and Editing Multilingual Documents (the first two options listed below)
  1. Multilingual Web Browsing
  2. Editing Multilingual Documents
  3. Setting Regional Options
Note: Some of our grad students prefer a different Pinyin keyboard setup than the Windows default. We have a package available on a network share, if you would like to install it.
You can get to it by clicking Start->Run...
and typing in \\eirene\applications$\NetInsts\Chinese_Input_Package.
Run MSPY.msi in that directory - that will install the keyboard and take care of what is necessary for you to input Chinese.

Multilingual Web Browsing

Since web pages come in all languages nowadays, it is important to be able to read sites from all over.
First, open an Internet Explorer window. Then, on the 'Tools' menu, chose 'Internet Options'.
On the 'General' tab, underneath the History box, choose the 'Languages...' button, this will open the 'Language Preference' window
Click the 'Add' button, and then choose your language of choice. As noted on the window itself, the order that you list the languages in is the priority in which they will be treated, so make sure to pay attention to that.
Some web pages, especially those originating in East Asia, will require an additional language pack. If this language pack is required, you will receive a prompt as shown. All you needed to do is click 'Install'.
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Note: Google has this nice tool that allows you to translate a single webpage from one language to another without using any language packs. So when researching, if you run into a page that you want to translate, simply go to Google's Language Tools page and you will be able to just type in the page's address and Google will translate it for you.

Editing Multilingual Documents

Windows provides font support for displaying, editing, and printing multilingual documents. Installing this does not allow you to type in a different language. This simply gives your computer the fonts that are necessary, and then a multilingual documenting application is necessary as well.
First begin by clicking on: Start -> Control Panel -> (skip this step if in classic view) Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options -> Regional and Language Options
Click on the Languages Tab -> Details button
The 'Text Services and Input Languages' window will open.
Click on the 'Add' button, then choose an input language and the type of keyboard that you will be using.*
* If you are installing an East-Asian Language, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Indic, Thai or Vietnamese make sure to check the right box on the Language tab (underneath the Details button you clicked earlier). Since these are more complex languages, they must be installed as supplements to the defaults that come with your machine.
For the non-East-Asian Languages, you will be prompted for the Windows Install CD. Instead of needing the CD, just click the OK and you will be given a message box that will let you enter your own path for the install. What you need to set the path as is: \\eirene\winxpcd$\i386\ This will install what you need.
For the East-Asian Languages, you have to check the bottom box on the Languages tab to install the needed files. You will receive a prompt to enter the Windows Install CD. Ignore this request and just click 'OK'. After which you will be able to enter a path for install to follow. Enter: \\eirene\winxpcd$\i386\ If this is not accepted, as some computer do not let it pass, instead enter: \\eirene\winxpcd$\i386\Lang\ After a few seconds, you might be prompted again for the install CD, this time enter the same path as you originally did (\\eirene\winxpcd$\i386\).
Click 'OK' to close the 'Text Services' and 'Regional and Language Options' windows.
Now that the fonts are installed, it is necessary to know how to switch between them. If you look at your taskbar, you should now see a language toolbar.
(in this example, RU stands for Russian)
Changing the current input language is easy. There are two ways to do this:
  1. Click the indicator and click on one of the installed input languages.
  2. Press the Left Alt + Shift keys to cycle through the installed input languages.
If you run into problems creating, editing, or viewing documents containing multiple languages, see the Multilingual Document Consultant in the Windows Help and Support Center.

Setting Regional Options

This will allow you to edit the way that windows and other applications display things like the date, time, and currency. To change the way your system displays these things:
Start -> Control Panel -> (skip this step if in classic view) Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options -> Regional and Language Options
In the 'Select an item to match its preferences' list, choose how you would like your standards and formats displayed. To further customize your setup, clicking on the 'Customize' button will allow you to edit the formatting of each of the standards (Number, Currency, Time...) individually.