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    UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    The US company where I work is opening an office in London, England.

    We use Office XP SP3 on a standard image. The London office wants Office XP in an UK version.

    Is there such a thing as a UK version of Office XP? Or is it a question of changing things (within Office) like inches to centimeters, keyboards (from the control panel). to UK? What else? Are there registry entries for these (probably buried with other optionspreferences)?

    There are 15 Dell laptops involved; purchased in London (so I'm told). We will get one laptop to configure.

    Seems like dictionariestheasuruses might need to be changed.

    All suggestions appreciated.

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    Jimmy Lee

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Many of the settings will be inherited from the Regional and Language Options control panel in Windows. So if the laptops have a UK English version of Windows, Office will automatically use UK currency, UK date format, UK English spelling etc.
    The proofing tools for English include several variants of English - US, UK, Canada, Australia etc., so there is no need to install specific UK English dictionaries.
    Someone from the UK can no doubt tell you if there is a UK English version of Office itself (the interface)

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Hi Jimmy

    The answer is the Yes to all as far as I know. I was using Office XP extensively until about 18 months ago until I went over fully to 2K3. The general set up is the same and just custom dictionaries etc

    The UK still uses inches ( <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17>but don't tell Brussels <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15>) and we use the UK keyboard layout which is the same on laptops in the US I believe but I add this as I use my laptop on a dock and use a standard UK USB keyboard.

    I suggest that if they are all the same Dell laptops convert one to the UK build and make a Ghost image of the original US version from another and if it all goes belly up run the Ghost back over it (we do here for general builds in various flavours)
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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Hi Hans,

    Unfortunately, I think we will be using the AMerican version of Windows Xp Pro which is what the standard image is.

    The UK Windows sound like it would put way ahead of the project.

    I wonder if there is any 'patch' that would flip all the American settings to UK.

    Thank you.

    Jimmy

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Hi Jezza,

    thanks for writing.

    I've been having difficulty finding any info on a UK version of Office XP. Is the interface different or special?

    I'm going to research the Proofing Tools to see if they would help in this project.

    Thanks,

    Jimmy

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Users can still select UK in the Regional and Language Options control panel. This will set UK currency, date format etc.

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    The only difference is probably the cost <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    From what I have seen from an American student who had it on her laptop was that is was almost exactly the same (the main items are configurable) from the installation and control panels. I do not know enough about the proofing tools though to guide you further.

    I have had Brazilian, Argentinian, European and US versions of XP shown and stuff developed over time and I can safely say that I have never had any issues with viewing the various Office applications sent my way so I think you are going to be OK.
    Jerry

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Once again, you don't need to buy extra proofing tools. The built-in proofing tools for English include all variants, from Australia to Zimbabwe.. The default language for the spelling and grammar checker will be UK English if this has been set as language in the control panel. So 'color' will be flagged as incorrect, and 'colour' will pass. (But the labels in the dialogs in the US English version of Office will probably still say 'color' <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    I live in the UK and have all UK settings for my PC. The image I run was created by my US employers.

    We certainly get words like Color in dialog boxes (rather than colour in our dialogue boxes). I don't think I have ever seen a copy of office that does these things in UK spelling, but that could just be me being unobservant.

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    Thanks everyone!

    I've been playing around with the Regional Settings and setting the Language. I understand the replies now.

    Now for the project.

    Thanks again.

    Jimmy

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    Re: UK version Office XP (Office XP SP3)

    I use the English language version of Office at work, and if there had been a UK-specific version, we would have had that. But the interface uses "color" etc., so you're right: "the" English version uses US spelling in the interface. The spell checker uses whatever you set as the default.

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