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Arabic Language Support

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  1. Add Arabic Language Support to

  2. Configure Office 2000 or XP


Windows XP

  1. Download fbarab.zip from this site.
  2. Extract the installation package from fbarab.zip with a decompression utility.
  3. Run fbarab.exe to install the Arabic keyboard layouts.
  4. Restart Windows.
  5. Load the keyboard layouts:
    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Click on Control Panel.
      • The Control Panel is directly accessible in the standard Start menu but it is inside Settings in the classic Start menu.
    3. Click on "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options."
    4. Select the "Add other languages" task.
      • Or click on "Regional and Language Options" and select the Languages tab.
    5. Check the "Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages" option and click on the Apply button.
    6. Click Yes when you are asked to restart Windows.
    7. Go to "Add other languages" again and click on the Details button.
    8. Click on the Add button.
    9. Select Arabic in the drop-down list of input languages and select Arabic ASDF Eastern or Arabic ASDF Western in the drop-down list of keyboard layouts.
    10. Click OK as many times as you are prompted to and then close "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options."
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Windows 2000

  1. Download fbarab.zip from this site.
  2. Extract the installation package from fbarab.zip with a decompression utility.
  3. Run fbarab.exe to install the Arabic keyboard layouts.
  4. Restart Windows.
  5. Load the keyboard layouts:
    1. Open My Computer and Control Panel.
    2. Double-click on Regional Options and select the General tab.
    3. Check Arabic under Language Settings for the System.
    4. Select the Input Locales tab and click on the Add button.
    5. Select Arabic in the drop-down list of languages and select Arabic ASDF Eastern or Arabic ASDF Western in the drop-down list of keyboard layouts.
    6. Click OK.
    7. Make sure that the "Enable indicator on taskbar" option is checked and click OK.
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Windows NT 4.0

  1. Install Arabic Language Support with the Internet Explorer installer or from the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM:
    1. Open the Langpack folder on your Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM.
    2. Right-click on Arabic.inf and left-click on Install.
      • If the installer asks for c_1256.nls, click on the Browse button and find c_1256.nls in the i386 folder.  Return to the Langpack folder when asked for the location of files again.
    3. Restart Windows.
  2. Download fbarab.zip from this site.
  3. Extract the installation package from fbarab.zip with a decompression utility.
  4. Run fbarab.exe to install the Arabic keyboard layouts.
  5. Restart Windows.
  6. Load the keyboard layouts:
    1. Open My Computer, Control Panel, Keyboard and select the Language tab.
    2. Click on the Add button, select Arabic and click OK.
    3. Click on the Properties button, select Arabic ASDF Eastern or Western and click OK.
    4. Make sure that Left Alt+Shift is selected for Switch Languages and that "Enable indicator on taskbar" is checked and click OK.
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Windows 95, 98, ME, or NT 4.0

  1. Install Microsoft's Arabic Language Support with the Internet Explorer installer:
    1. Find the Internet Explorer installer (ie*setup.exe) on your hard disk or download it from Microsoft.  If you have several versions of it then choose the latest version.  You need version 5.01 or later.
    2. Launch the Internet Explorer installer and accept the license agreement.
    3. Select the installation option that allows you to "customize your browser" and click Next.
    4. Scroll down to Multi-Language Support, check Arabic Language Support and click Next.
  2. Download fbarab.zip from this site.
  3. Extract the installation package from fbarab.zip with a decompression utility.
  4. Run fbarab.exe to install the Arabic ASDF keyboard layout.
  5. Restart Windows.
  6. Load the keyboard layout:
    1. Open My Computer, Control Panel, Keyboard and select the Language tab.
    2. Click on the Add button, select Arabic and click OK.
    3. Click on the Properties button, select Arabic ASDF and click OK.
    4. Make sure that Left Alt+Shift is selected for Switch Languages and that "Enable indicator on taskbar" is checked and click OK.
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Microsoft Office 2000 or XP

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Move the pointer over Microsoft Office Tools in Programs and click on Microsoft Office Language Settings.
  3. Select the Enabled Languages tab, check Arabic and click OK.
  4. Leave your preferred language as it is unless you really want to change it and click OK.
  5. Click OK.
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