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    UK Dictionary with US Keyboard in Word 2k (W2k)

    I'm unable to retain the UK English dictionary in my Normal template unless I change my keyboard to UK. Is there a way to have both? Can I swop just the few key designations that are different?

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    Re: UK Dictionary with US Keyboard in Word 2k (W2k)

    Hello Jon
    Keyboard layout and dictionary settings shouldn't be connected. The keyboard is controlled by the operating system, the dictionary by Word.
    You can define the default language in Word, by Tools/Set Language and then pressing the "Default..." button after choosing English UK as your language. This will change your normal.dot accordingly and therefore all new documents based on normal.dot will be formatted as English UK. (Of course you will have to agree on saving normal.dot, when you close Word and the message suggesting to save the changed normal.dot appears.)
    If you are using other templates, you have to change the language setting accordingly: Create a document based on this template and then goto Tools/Set Language again.
    This procedure will change the language settings for new documents only - in existing documents you will still have to change the language setting manually.

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    Re: UK Dictionary with US Keyboard in Word 2k (W2k)

    Hi Jon:
    Here's a tip that I got from a newsletter at by Allen Wyatt at:

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    Language: Changing Default
    From WordTips by Allen Wyatt
    To see what languages are actually set up on your computer (under Office 2000), go to StartMenu/Programs/Microsoft Office Tools/Microsoft Office Language Settings. This will open a dialog box. See what is checked there.

    You can set the default keyboard by going to Control Panel/Keyboard/Language tab. [Not sure if Regional Settings/Properties affects it also.]

    The default language is set by choosing Language from the Tools menu, and then choosing Set Language. From the resulting Language dialog box you select the language you want Word to use, and then click on the Default button. This sets the language in the Normal style and is therefore the language that text will be proofed in when you start a blank document and start typing.

    However, if you have more than one keyboard (input locale) installed on your system, when you start a blank document Word will automatically apply direct formatting on the text matching the currently active input locale, thereby overriding the setting in the Language dialog box. Word is designed this way so that when you start typing, the language Word assumes for the text has the best probability of matching the actual language being typed (since the language being typed usually matches the language of the input locale). This language setting is direct (non-styled) formatting. The Normal style, and therefore the true default language for Word is still the language chosen in Language dialog box.

    Word 2000 has an additional feature that causes it to try to automatically determine the language you are actually typing, which in practice does not always match the language of the input locale (keyboard) you are using. This is controlled by the addition to the Language dialog box of a check box entitled Detect Language Automatically. Word will only try to detect languages that are checked in the Office Language Settings utility. (Click on the Start button, choose Programs, select Microsoft Office Tools, and then run Microsoft Office Language Settings.)

    To provide an example that illustrates the foregoing, let's imagine you have a plain English (U.S.) system with no additional input locales (keyboards) installed. You can go to the Languages dialog box, set the language to Danish, and click Default. The next time you create a blank document, the language will say Danish; you have changed the default. If you then go into the Control Panel and add an additional keyboard layout (e.g. Swedish), you will find that the language used for new documents is based on the keyboard that is active when the document is created. Ironically, if you do not add a Danish input locale, you will never see the default language appearing by default in Word. If you are using Word 2000 and use the Office Language Settings utility to check the boxes for Danish and for Swedish, you'll find that Word will now detect the language you are typing after the first sentence or so, and set the language appropriately.

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