Typing in Foreign Languages

Typing in Foreign Languages
Textual Input in Languages other than English
Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X
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1 Multi-­language Input within the Language Resource Center
The LRC computers are configured for textual input in many non-­English languages. To change the input language, follow the
directions below.
1.1 Windows XP Computers
Click on the language bar (it should be in the upper or lower right corner) to bring up a list of input languages. Click on the language
you'd like to type in. If you're unfamiliar with the new keyboard layout, try doing a Google Image Search (ex: "French keyboard
layout") to show you where the symbols are. If the language you want is not in the list, try using a Mac or follow the directions below
to configure your own computer to type in that language. (Due to security restrictions, you won't be able to add more language options
to the LRC PCs.)
1.2 Mac OS X Computers
Click on the flag in the upper right hand corner to bring up a list of input languages. Click on the language you'd like to type in. If you're
unfamiliar with the new keyboard layout, you can also click on "Keyboard Viewer" to see where the different symbols are. If the
language you want is not listed, you can follow the directions below to add it or try switching to a Windows computer.
2 Multi-­language Input at Home
You can also configure your own computer for input in other languages by following the directions below.
2.1 Windows XP
1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2. Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
3. Click Add other languages.
4. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, on the Languages tab, click Details.
5. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, on the Settings tab, click Add.
6. In the Add Input Language dialog box, click the Input language list and select your preferred language and dialect. If you want to
change the standard keyboard layout, click the Keyboard layout/IME list and select a new keyboard layout. Then, click OK.
7. In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, on the Settings tab, click the Default input language list, and select the
language you will use most often. The language you select as the default will display when you first start your computer.
8. To add additional languages, go back to step 5. -­ or -­ If you have finished adding languages, click OK.
You're probably finished now! For certain East Asian languages and right-­to-­left languages, you must also follow steps 9-­12
below.
9. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, if required, select the Install files for complex script and right-­to-­left languages
and Install files for East Asian languages check boxes.
10. Click the Regional Options tab. Click the Standards and formats list, and then select your region.
11. Click the Location list, and then select your location.
12. Click OK to save your settings.
To switch between languages, click on the language bar (usually in the upper or lower right corner) and select the language you want
to use. You can also push ALT + SHIFT to toggle between languages.
If you're unfamiliar with the new keyboard layout, try doing a Google Image Search for it (ex: "French keyboard layout") to see where
the different symbols are.
2.2 Windows Vista
1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
2. In Control Panel, if you are in Classic View, click on Control Panel Home (top left corner).
3. Open Clock, Language, and Region.
4. Click on Regional and Language Options.
5. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards.
6. Under Installed services, click Add.
7. In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.
7. In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.
8. The keyboard layout you added will be included in the list. To set the new layout as your default, select it from the list. Click OK
to save your changes
To switch between languages, click on the language bar (usually in the upper or lower right corner) and select the language you want
to use. You can also push ALT + SHIFT to toggle between languages.
If you're unfamiliar with the new keyboard layout, try doing a Google Image Search for it (ex: "French keyboard layout") to see where
the symbols are.
2.3 Mac OS X
1. Click on the blue Apple symbol in the top left corner.
2. Open System Preferences and click International.
3. Click Input Menu.
4. Select the check box next to the input language you want to use.
5. Select the "Show Input menu in menu bar" check box.
There should now be a small icon that looks like a flag in the top right hand corner next to the clock. Click on the flag to pull up a drop-­
down menu with all the languages you've added. Click on the language you want to use to change the keyboard layout.
If you're unfamiliar with the new keyboard layout, you can click on "Keyboard Viewer" (under the same drop-­down menu) and a
diagram of the keyboard will appear.
File translated from TEX by TTH, version 3.67.
On 17 Oct 2007, 15:32.
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