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How to Type in Other Languages: General Installation: Windows

A guide to installing and typing in common non-Latin character scripts on home computers.

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Full support for most world languages come included in every copy of Windows, but you have to install them individually to access their features. This is the first step to typing in another language on your computer.

Language input and display controls are generally located in the Control Panel under Region and Language. Below are links to more detailed instructions on the Microsoft support website on installing different langauges.