Using (non-Western) Languages in Windows 2000:
a Step-by-Step Guide

Log in as the user who wishes to enable one or more of the installed multilingual components. Then:

Open Start -> Settings -> Control Panel and then open Regional Options:


The lower part of this panel is what you want to look at first. You can scroll through the list to see what languages have already been installed (as indicated by a check in the box); most default installations from the factory do not have any other language packs installed.

Check and see if the language(s) you would like to use has/have been checked. If it does not, the language has not been installed on the given machine; go back to part one and have someone with administrative privileges do the installation.

Click on to the "Input Locales" tab of the Regional Options panel. Click "Add..." to actually install an available input locale. This only works if an administrator has previously the installation described above (in Part 1).

I have used the upper popup to select the Input Locale, which is Japanese in this example, and then I can use the lower popup to select a particular input method (IME) for that Input Locale. Some languages have many IMEs, others have only one, as is the case for Japanese. Click "OK" to confirm you choice.

When you have added all the Input Locales for that user, then click "Apply." Now you can begin the process of configuring the input method (IME) itself.


Click on the Input Locale you would like to configure from the field list, then click on the "IME Setting..." button. Another panel will appear that lists all the configurable features of that particular input method. If this input method does not do what you want, you can install another (and later remove the ones you don't want).

Notice the checkbox "Enable indicator on the taskbar" (lower part of the upper panel). This will put an input switcher menu on the taskbar. You can later use that menubar to switch between languages. Alternatively, you can use the "Hot keys for input locales" (again lower part of the upper panel) to create custom shortcuts.

At this point you should have the input switcher menu appearing on your start bar. Click on this to switcher between input locales/input methods or use the keyboard shortcuts as indicated.

It is up to the user to select the IME for the given language, some languages have more that one so the user will have to see which one is most appropriate. You can install as many IMEs per input locale as you wish and remove them latter. Check out the settings for each one to see if it fits your needs. What follows are some notes on specific languages.
  Traditional Chinese
  Cyrillic (QWERTY Russian Keyboard)
A Special Note about the Input Locales for Traditional Chinese
This three-tab interface is the settings for the "New Phonetic" IME for Chinese (Traditional); in order to configure it to use Pinyin (a very popular input method for Chinese), you must first click on the middle tab as indicated above. You will the see what is pictured above. The default setting is the radio button with a description in Chinese and marked with a "(S)." To type in Pinyin, you must click the "(R)" setting as shown below:

You will see that the keyboard changes to Roman letters which is what this method uses to select Chinese characters. Click "OK" to save these changes.

*****Note: For all Chinese IMEs, use the "v" key to type the "ü" sound.

A Special Note about the Russian QWERTY keyboard
The short answer to this is that there is none. Both the Russian and Russian (Typewriter) refer to Soviet-style keyboards; to get a QWERTY-style where the Cyrillic alphabet has been mapped to the closest Roman letter, visit this site and download/install the components.
If you have any questions of comments about this demonstration, please contact Robert at californiadream dot com.