Optimizing Your Computers Regional and Language Settings

In a global-connected world, you may often find yourself working in another country or working with a computer from another country. If this is the case, you may want to adjust the computer's regional settings, language settings, or both.

Regional settings control the default units of measurement, currency, and date formatting. By specifying that you are in a particular region of the world, you choose all the appropriate settings for that region. To configure regional settings, complete the following steps:

1. In the Control Panel, click Clock, Language, and Region and then click Region and Language.

2. On the Formats tab, use the "Format" list to select a country or region, as shown in Figure 5-17. The Examples area should now display the formatting standards for the selected region.

3. To customize these settings, use the Date and time formats to modify the time, and date settings for the region. If you want to modify currency and number settings, click Additional Settings. When you are finished, click OK to close the Customize Format dialog box.

4. Some software and services provide you with local information, such as news and weather. On the Location tab, you can use the selection list provided to set either the current location or the location for which you want to get local news and weather information.

5. On the Keyboards and Languages tab, click "Change keyboards." In the "Text services and input languages" dialog box, use the "Default input language" selection list to set the default input language to use with the keyboard.

6. If the computer has multiple input languages, a language bar is docked to the taskbar by default so that you can choose the input language. You can use the options on the Language Bar tab to control whether and how the language bar is displayed.

7. If the computer has multiple input languages, you can shift among input languages by pressing Left-Alt-Shift by default. On the Advanced Key Settings tab, you can set hot keys for switching among input languages and hot keys to switch to a specific input language as well. Under "Hot keys for input languages," select the desired Action, such as "To English (United States) - US," and then click Change Key Sequence. In the Change Key Sequence dialog box, select the Enable Key

Figure 5-17. Configuring regional settings

Sequence checkbox, select the desired key sequence, such as Ctrl-0, and then click OK.

8. Click OK to save these settings.

You can easily change the display and input languages for Windows 7. Some languages are included with your versions of Windows 7. Other languages you need to purchase and install. To configure support for additional display and input languages, complete the following steps:

1. In the Control Panel, click Clock, Language, and Region and then click Region and Language.

2. On the Keyboards and Languages tab, click "Install/uninstall languages."

3. Click "Install display languages."

Figure 5-18. Setting the system time

4. To download and install languages using Windows Update, click Launch Windows Update. Otherwise, click Browse to locate the folder that contains the language files.

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