What do the Language Packs give you? Part 2: Office Clients

So we have seen in my previous post what server language packs do for Project Web Access, so now what happens on the client?  The language packs and language settings work for all of Office, but I will be concentrating on Project.  To change the settings once a language pack has been added you go to Microsoft Office Language Settings 2007, which is under the Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Tools start menu.  If you have not added any client language packs then you will see just two tabs – the right hand two in this first screen shot.  Once you have another language available then you will also see the Display Options tab.


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In this example I have a US English initial installation and have added Korean, Japanese and French language packs.  So I can choose my display language and help language to be any from the set.  It is possible to have some languages appear in the list that have not been loaded for all products – hence the option for preferences.  SO if I have French as my preference but have only loaded it for Project then I will see the next available language when I use Excel or any other Office product.


So if I select Office menus as French and Help as Japanese I see the following when opening Project and viewing Help.  The dual language can be helpful when a corporation has a common language they wish to work in – but individuals may find help in their native language to be more useful.


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To show the full support for extended characters I can open a project saved from a Greek language version of Project, which also has some Japanese and Korean characters in the task names.  The date format follows your Windows settings – so if you want a format such as Day/Month/Year you will need to set this as well as the language for Office.


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So for both client and server the language support for Project goes beyond what was offered for 2003 – no more issues with codepages!


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