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    Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 06-Dec-02 14:16. Changed subject line to attract more interest.)</P>We have an office in France with the language pack installed and using the French keyboard. When user type in smart guotes they come out <<test>> . Is there anyway to change the mappings so that the quotes comes out curly like the American version?

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    The type of quotes depend on the language. Is the text in French (Tools > Language)? Then I don't know a solution (Word insists that the French guillemets are the "correct" ones).

    If the text is in English, you should theoretically get English quotes right now.

    The default language that is used for new documents depends (unfortunately) on the keyboard language set in Windows, and not on any language definition you may have in your (Normal) style(s).

    You may still use a French keyboard, but define "English (US)" as the standard language.
    Both can be set independently in the Windows Control Panel. First choose the language, then set the keyboard layout in "Properties".

    The procedure may depend on your OS.

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    You also can do an after-the-fact find and replace. This macro will look for the

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    Hi Jefferson,

    Don't know why, but the closing quotes don't get replaced when I try it (Word2000).

    It works when I move setting the defaults outside, as the macro recorder does:
    <pre>'set defaults
    Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
    With Selection.Find
    ' ...</pre>


    You may want to remove the protected spaces in front of ! ? ; : with a wildcard search:
    <pre>Selection.Find.ClearFormatting
    Selection.Find.Replacement.ClearFormatting
    With Selection.Find
    .Text = "^s([!?;:])"
    .Replacement.Text = "1"
    .Forward = True
    .Wrap = wdFindContinue
    .Format = False
    .MatchCase = False
    .MatchWholeWord = False
    .MatchAllWordForms = False
    .MatchSoundsLike = False
    .MatchWildcards = True
    .Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
    End With</pre>


    Don't know for sure if that's all the French "AutoFormat smart quotes" does... let's hope so!

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    Mine didn't work before I collapsed the selection, but I thought that had fixed it. Hmmm... Maybe the macro recorder knows more than we give it credit for?

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    Looks like a bug <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
    But then, the people who wrote the macro recorder would now more about the bugs than you and me...

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    Re: Change Smart Quotes in French ver (Word 2000 SR1)

    The laguage is French with French keyboard. It apperas that I will need a macro to do a find and replace. Thanks all.

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