Computers to Arabic
If you decide to adapt an English based computer systems
to incorporate Arabic, you will need to alter some of your
settings, upload various Arabic fonts and purchase an Arabic
Keyboard to be used when typing. Computer settings are pretty
straightforward to adjust, but are necessary in overcoming
many of the viewing difficulties. One of the most common problems
encountered when working with Arabic is when an email or file
arrives from a contact and your software cannot recognise
the characters. What do you do?
Viewing Arabic in Windows:
If you work in Arabic, first follow these steps:
1) Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language
Options > Languages > Details
2) Add > Arabic Saudi Arabia (or whichever you prefer)
If the Arabic option is not present, don't worry! Simply follow
a) Insert a Windows CD in the CD Rom, as some files will
be needed from the CD.
b) Close any instillation window that pops up.
c) Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language
d) Select Languages > Tick on Install files on Complex
scripts.e) Click OK
Windows will copy files from the CD and then it might request
a system restart. After you reboot your PC go back to step
1) above and try again. Once completed, you will have dual
language capability and the blue language toolbar will appear
at the bottom of your screen
Viewing Arabic on the Web:
For Internet Explorer, Under the "View" menu, chose
"Encoding", 'More" and then chose "Arabic".
Viewing Arabic in Documents:
STEP 1. Install some Arabic fonts. You will also need an
Arab Keyboard if you want to type.
STEP 2. Load the document into the appropriate program, such
as Microsoft Word or Corel's WordPerfect.
STEP 3. If necessary, highlight the text and change the font
from the default in the software to an appropriate Arabic
font that you have downloaded and installed.