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    Default Language (Word 2000)

    I am currently implementing the default language as AUS instead of US - I have changed this in the normal template, however some users are still on English US.

    Can anyone tell me where the default langugage setting is stored?

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Default Language (Word 2000)

    In the US English version, there is a little program that I think was called Microsoft Office Language Tools, or something similar. I'm using XP now, so I can't verify that, sorry (in XP it's called Microsoft Office XP Language Settings and can be found in Start>Programs>Microsoft Office Tools).

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    Re: Default Language (Word 2000)

    The keyboard language setting is important. Even if you set the default language in Normal.dot to English (Australia), but the keyboard input language is set to English (United States), Word may use US English.

    In Windows XP, the keyboard input language is set in the Regional and Language Options control panel; activate the Languages tab and click Details... In older OS versions, the setting is in the Keyboard control panel. I have attached a picture of the XP dialog for adding a new setting, showing Dutch as input language on a US keyboard layout.
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    Re: Default Language (Word 2000)

    Trish

    Jefferson & Hans have covered the necessary two items that need to be set externally to Word's normal.dot.

    Sadly, even then, you will find US English reappearing much more often than you would expect. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    It returns at random intervals for your amusement. Normally this is triggered when one of your users uses a Microsoft template, or foreign document that has US English as its own default. It also appears if ever a user recreates a normal.dot (which also happens more often than you'd expect).

    Worse, autocorrect starts to learn how to incorrectly correct items. For instance in NZ organise is spelled with an 's' - if you've worked on one of those US English documents it is likely that auto-correct will have changed it to a "z" while you were reviewing the document, and will continue to do so (and accept it as correct) from then on.

    All-in-all I suspect that non-American English is a dying language set - US English is a virus that is just too hard for even specialists to keep out.

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    Re: Default Language (Word 2000)

    My experience is very different. I use UK English, and I very rarely have to correct the language settings of my documents. This only really happens if I have shared the document with someone who's PC is not set up correctly.

    StuartR

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