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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® Office Word 2003 by Bill Camarda

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Setting Up Windows for International Environments

Some aspects of working with Office in an international environment are controlled in the Windows operating system; others are based on Office settings and components. The following sections walk you through some key elements that depend on Windows, including these:

  • Regional settings, including how Windows handles dates, times, and punctuation

  • Keyboard layouts

Controlling Windows Regional Options

When you use Word 2003, the application looks to the Windows Regional and Language Options to establish defaults for various settings that vary from country to country. For instance, Regional settings control number formats, currency formats, and how times and dates are displayed.

In Windows XP, for example, ...

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