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Chapter 28. Configuring with the Control Panel > Regional and Language Options

Regional and Language Options

The Regional and Language Options applet is probably one that will mostly go unnoticed. For those that will actually make use of it, it will prove to be quite useful. Using the Regional and Language Options applet, you can control that format that Windows uses to display dates, times, currencies, numbers, and numbers with decimal points. In addition to specifying display options, you can also configure your computer to use any of a large number of input languages and text services, such as different keyboard layouts, Input Method Editors (IME), and handwriting/speech recognition programs. When switched to another input language, some programs (such as Microsoft Word) often offer special features such as fonts and spell checkers designed for that language.

Although Windows XP installs support for most input languages by default, it does not automatically install the East Asian languages such as Chinese and Japanese or the complex right-to-left languages such as Hebrew or Georgian. You can install these languages from the Windows XP Professional setup CD-ROM if desired.


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