Enabling Language Support in Windows XP

Open Control Panel - depending on you interface settings, either directly from the Start menu, or from Start > Settings. Open Regional and Language Options

Click the Languages tab, then the Details button, then Advanced tab.

Remove the check mark, if any, next to “Turn off advanced text services”

Click the Settings tab, then the Add button

Drop down the Input Language list and pick your language

Drop down the Keyboard Layout list and select a layout for your language. Some languages offer multiple layouts - e.g. English offers QWERTY or Dvorak, French AZERTY or French Canadian QWERTY, Polish either 214 or Programmers (see description of Polish Keyboard layouts on the next page of instructions).

Click OK.

If you wish to add multiple keyboard layouts for a language, repeat the sequence: click Add, choose from Input Language list, choose from Keyboard Layout list.

Click the Language Bar button.

Insert a check mark next to “Show the language bar on the desktop”

Click OK as many times as necessary to get back to Control Panel.

You may be asked to insert the installation CD or enter the folder location from which you installed.

After this procedure, there will a “language bar” displayed in the upper right corner of the screen. You can drag this around the screen by clicking on its left edge. This bar will be on top of any other windows you open. If this is annoying, you can minimize the bar into a small icon on the Task Bar, near the clock, where it will be outside of any working window. To minimize, click on the dash in the upper fight corner of the language bar. To restore, click on the blue language icon and select “Show the language bar” (see next page).

If you want to use letters from Polish or other Central-European (CE) languages outside of Office documents, or you have a program that shows menus and dialogs in a CE language, perform these steps:

Log into the system as Administrator

Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional and Language Options

Click the Advanced tab.

Drop down the list under “Language for non-Unicode programs” and select the language of your choice.

Click OK.

You may be asked to insert the installation CD or enter the folder location from which you installed.

You must restart the system for this change to take effect.

Now, Polish letters will be properly displayed in menus, dialogs, in a Command window, in .TXT files.

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