Office 2010: Type in own language

Office 2010 applications allow you to create documents ‘not only contain text in different languages; but also support different country/region specific information like currency, dates, calendars and more.’ In order to type the language of your choice, you don’t need any special keyboard/hardware; however you do need to enable the editing language on your computer. Here’s how to do it […]

Office 2010 applications allow you to create documents ‘not only contain text in different languages; but also support different country/region specific information like currency, dates, calendars and more.’ In order to type the language of your choice, you don’t need any special keyboard/hardware; however you do need to enable the editing language on your computer. Here’s how to do it in Gujarati, Indian language in Word, assuming you don’t have the keyboard enabled for  yet.

  1. Start Microsoft Word and click on the Office button
  2. Click Options menu item (near the bottom).
  3. Now a Word Options dialog appear.
  4. In Choose Editing languages section, use Add Additional Languages dropdown to choose Gujarati and then click Add button.
  5. By default keyboard layout’ll show as ‘Not enabled’. Click on the Not Enabled link. This’ll bring up an operating system dialog – Text Services and Input Languages.
  6. Click Add... on this dialog, this’ll open the Add Input Language dialog.
  7. Choose Gujarati from the list and click OK.
  8. Back in the Text Services and Input Languages dialog click OK to apply your changes and close the dialog.
  9. It still says ‘Not Enabled’ under the Keyboard Layout in the Word options dialog – but what has happened is that the change you made to enable the keyboard’s not recognized yet by Word.  Click OK on the Word Options dialog. You need to close all Office applications that are currently running, so that when you restart them, the applications’ll see the change you made and you’ll be able to use Gujarati!
  10. You’ll also now notice that a language bar’s added to the status bar of Windows which shows different language options.
  11. Now, when you open any Office application, you’ll have support for editing in language you selected!
  12. Click language down in the Window’s status bar and choose Gujarati. Now you can start typing in this language!  Isn’t this fun?