Configuring Microsoft Word 2010 for Dzongkha
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- Make sure you are logged in to your computer with Administrative privileges
- Make sure you have followed the instructions appropriate to your operating system to setup your computer
for Dzongkha. (Install Dzongkha Keyboard, and Dzongkha fonts)
- Microsoft Office 2010 and all updates should be installed on your system.
- For Windows XP you should also enable display of complex scripts and update Uniscribe.
1. Configuration of Microsoft Office Language Settings
- In Windows, go to Start ► All Programs ► Microsoft Office ► Microsoft Office Tools ► Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences.
- In the “Microsoft Office 2010 Language Preferences” dialog box, select “Tibetan (PRC)” from the dropdown for “add additional editing languages” column. Then click the "Add" button and finally click the "OK" button.
- Note: “Tibetan” is selected since it uses the same writing system as Dzongkha for which there is no specific option in Office 2007.
2. Enabling proper Dzongkha line breaking in Word
Unlike English where lines of text may wrap after a space character, Dzongkha
words should normally break only after a tsek ( ་ ) character.
Lines of Dzongkha text usually wrap after this character not at a space.
To enable Word 2007 to apply the proper line breaking rules for Dzongkha, carry out the following steps:
- Start Microsoft Word 2010.
Go to File►Options.
Click on “Advanced”.
In the drop down list box next to "Compatibility options for:", select "All New Documents".
Then, right at the bottom of the dialog box, click on the "Layout Options"
Scroll down until you find the “Use line breaking rules” option. With your mouse, Tick the check box next to this option. Finally click on the "OK" button to complete.
3. Creating Dzongkha Styles
In Microsoft Word and other word processors it is best to do most formatting in documents using styles rather than applying formating directly to text. Styles are particularly helpful when working with Dzongkha text.
Setting the default font for Dzongkha in the Normal style
The Normal Style is the default style applied to paragraphs when typing text in Word. In the definition for this style it is important to have a Dzongkha font set as the default font for complex scripts.
In the “Modify Style” dialogue box, enable the check box next to “New documents based on this template”, then go to Format ► Font.
- In the Font dialogue, enter the following details:
- Complex Scripts: DDC Uchen (or another Dzongkha Unicode font)
- Style: Regular, and
- Size: 12.
Then click “OK”.
You can similarly define a Dzongkha font for the Heading 1, Heading 2, andHeading 3 styles.
You can similarly define a Dzongkha font for the Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 styles. Each time make sure
“New documents based on this template” is selected in the Modify Style dialog box before clicking the
"OK" button. This ensures that the style in your default template (
Normal.dotx) is updated and will be available for all new documents.
Creating a paragraph style for Dzongkha text
To work round certain problems in Word, it is useful to create a paragraph style where both the Latin text font and the Complex
scripts font are defined as a Dzongkha font. Apply this style when typing paragraphs which contain only Dzongkha text.
To create a new paragraph style for Dzongkha text carry out the following steps:
- In the Font dialogue box, select “DDC Uchen” as the font under both “Latin text” and “Complex scripts”. Then click “OK”.
- In the “Create New Style” from Formatting dialogue box, go to Format ► Language. In the Language dialogue box, since there is no option for Dzongkha,choose “Tibetan (PRC)” and click “OK”. Back inthe “Create New Style” fromFormatting dialogue click “OK”. The Dzongkha style should now appear intheStyles panel of the Word 2013 Ribbon.
The Dzongkha style should now appear in the Styles panel of the Word 2010
Ribbon as above.
Creating Character styles for Dzongkha fonts