Configuring Microsoft Word 2013 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 2013 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 2013 ►Office 2013 Tools ►Office 2013 Language Preferences.
Open wordoffice
  • In the “Office 2013 LanguagePreferences” 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.
Language settings
  • 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 2013.
    Go to File ►Options ►Advanced.

Word options
  • In the drop down list box next to "Layout options for:", select "All New Documents".
    Tick “Use Line-breaking rules” and close the window by clicking on “OK”



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.


  • Start Microsoft Word 2013. From the Ribbon, in the Styles section, right-click on“Normal style” and choose “Modify”.

  • In the “Modify Style” dialogue box, enable the check box next to “New documents based on this template” andthen go to Format ► Font.


  • Under the Font dialogue, select the following:

    • Complex Scripts: DDC Uchen (or another Dzongkha Unicode font)
    • Style: Regular, and
    • Size: 12.

    Then click “OK”.

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When you return to the Modify Style dialogue, make sure “New documents based on this template”is selected and then click “OK”.
You can similarly define a Dzongkha font for the Heading 1, Heading 2, and Heading 3 styles.


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 Word, press the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S keys together to open the Styles Window.

  • Click on the “New Styles” icon at the bottom left corner of the Styles window. This will open“Create New Style” from “Formatting” dialogue box.

  • Enter the following details:

    • Name:                    Dzongkha
    • Style type:             Paragraph
    • Style based on:      Normal.

  • Tick the check box next to “New documents based on this template” and then go to Format ► Font.”

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  • In the Font dialogue box, select “DDC Uchen” as the font under both “Latin text” and “Complex scripts”. Then click “OK”.
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  • 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 in the “Create New Style” fromFormatting dialogue click “OK”. The Dzongkha style should now appear in theStyles panel of the Word 2013 Ribbon.

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Creating Character styles for Dzongkha fonts


  • The steps are exactly same as the steps required in creating a Paragraph Style for Dzongkha except for the following details:

    • Name:                    Dzongkha
    • Style type:             Character
    • Style based on:      Default Paragraph Font.
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