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Arabic Language Support

  1. MAC users are advised to check this page:
    http://www.hf.uib.no/smi/ksv/ArabicMac.html

  2. Add Arabic Language Support to


Windows 7

  1. Download a Windows 7 Arabic language pack:
    1. Start Microsoft Update. To do this, click Start the Start button, type Microsoft Update in the Start Search box, and then click Microsoft Update in the Programs list.
    2. Click the optional update links for the language packs.
    3. Under the Windows 7 Language Packs category, select the Arabic language pack.

      * Note If you install many additional language packs, the disk space and system performance are affected. In particular, disk space and system performance are affected during servicing operations, such as Service Pack installations. Therefore, we recommend that you only add a language pack to your computer if you will use the language pack.

    4. Click OK, and then click Install updates to start the download and installation process.

  2. Install the Arabic language pack:
    1. Navigate to Start (or windows logo) => Control Panel.
    2. Choose Category view and click on Clock, Language and Region.
    3. Click on Install or Uninstall Display Languages.
    4. A new wizard will pop up. Click on Install Display Languages.
    5. Click on Browse computer or network to point to the language file.
    6. Browse to the folder that contains the language file lp.cab.
    7. Once you have linked to the file, it will display all language files it have.
    8. Tick the boxes next to the language files you want to install.
    9. Click on Next => I accept license and terms >> Next button.
    10. Windows will start installing your language file. Wait for a while.
    11. After successful installation, you will see a confirmation alert.
    12. Click on Next button.
    13. Now select the preferred language from the list and click on Change display language.
    14. If you want the new language to take effect on Welcome screen and System accounts, tick the check box.
    15. Hit the Close button and you are done.

Windows Vista

    1. Select Start (or windows logo).
    2. Settings => Control Panel => Regional and Language Options.
    3. Choose "Keyboards and Languages" at the top.
    4. Click on the button "Change Keyboards", then "Add"
    5. Scroll to where Arabic is, you might want to choose "Arabic (Egypt)" for example.
    6. Make sure you click on the + icon before the word "Arabic (Egypt)”.
    7. Once you do, you will see "keyboard" click on the + icon placed before it.
    8. Check the box for “Arabic (101)”. Click "Ok", then "Apply" and finally "Ok", and that's it.

Windows XP

    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 (Egypt) 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."

Windows 2000

    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 (Egypt) 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.

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.
    4. Open My Computer, Control Panel, Keyboard and select the Language tab.
    5. Click on the Add button, select Arabic and click OK.
    6. Click on the Properties button, select Arabic ASDF Eastern or Western and click OK.
    7. Make sure that Left Alt+Shift is selected for Switch Languages and that "Enable indicator on taskbar" is checked and click OK.

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. Restart Windows.
  3. 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.

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.