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Changing Pointing Device Settings
The Mouse applet controls mouse button configuration for left-hand or
right-hand use. It also adjusts the double-click speed and the rate at which
the cursor moves across the screen (see Figure 5.6).
Figure 5.6 The Mouse Properties dialog box.
Configuring Support for Multiple Languages
or Multiple Locations
You configure all regional and language settings through the Regional
and Language Options applet, as shown in Figure 5.7, in the Control Panel
folder.
The Regional Options tab on the Regional and Language Options dialog
box defines the default locale.
A locale represents a unique language (region). As you might notice in Figure
5.7, English (United Kingdom) and English (United States) are different
locales that share a common language but use different currency, date, and
time formats.
To change the default settings for a locale, click the Customize button.
The choice of locales is inherited from the language collections installed in
Windows XP. For example, to choose the Chinese (PRC) locale, you must
install the East Asian languages collection.
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Figure 5.7 Comparing English (United Kingdom) to English (United States), an example of two dif-
ferent locales.
To use additional locales, install supplemental language collections using the
dialog box’s Language tab.
Enabling Multiple-Language Support
Microsoft has categorized the world’s languages into three major language
groups: Basic Collection, Complex Script Collection, and East Asian
Collection.
You can add, remove, and configure support for input languages and associ-
ated keyboard layouts from the Languages tab on the Regional and
Language Options dialog box, shown in Figure 5.8. From this tab, you can
add supplemental language support for East Asian languages and add support
for complex script and right-to-left languages.
Configuring and Troubleshooting Multiple-Language Support
After you install the necessary language groups, you can enable a specific
input language by clicking the Details button to access the Text and Services
and Input Languages dialog box, shown in Figure 5.9.
With the Text and Services Input Language dialog box, users can enable key-
board support for additional languages. Imagine a keyboard that can alter-
nately type in Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (PRC), and English (United
States).
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Figure 5.8 Installing supplemental support for additional languages.
Figure 5.9 Enabling multiple input languages from the installed language groups.
After you enable an additional input language (besides the default language),
an icon appears on the taskbar next to the system tray; it indicates the input
language that is currently being used. A quick way to select input languages

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