Where is the Aussie English?
by George Skarbek - 15th March 2005

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Q: In Word 2000 I can't change the default language from English (US) to English (Aust) or (UK) permanently. I've tried via Tools, Language, set language, English Australian (or UK), default, yes, OK. I also tried clicking on specific words when typing and going the set language route, but once again it cures it for that letter but not permanently. I have also tried removing Word 2000 and several times re-installing .

A: Click on Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional and Language Settings. There are three tabs, Advanced, Languages and Regional Options. You need to have English Australia selected under all three (including under the "Details" option in the Languages window). If this does not fix the problem then from Start, click Programs, Microsoft Office Tools, select Microsoft Office XP Language Settings and then you will be able to select Australian. Caution: When you change the installation language, as in the last step, your Normal.dot file is replaced and any changes you have made will be lost. This means you will have to re-customise your settings in Normal.dot.

Q: Some annoying little glitches have arisen with my new PC and software. For example: Shift + @ gives ". Another thing: the manu-facturer who installed my XP and Office 2003 typed in the wrong user name and company in the registry and everywhere else. Can I change this? Finally, is there any way I can make the icons in the right-hand screen of Windows Explorer default to List? Currently they default to Icons.

A: The Shift + @ problem is con-trolled by the Keyboard language that was installed and selected. You will have to add Australian and then select it. In XP this is done from Control Panel, Regional Settings, Languages, Details etc . . . and then select Australian. To alter the Regis-tered User, click on Start, Run, then type Regedit and navigate down to hkey-local-machine\software\ Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion by clicking on the plus signs and then you will see in the right panel a field called RegisteredOwner and one called RegisteredOrganization. Double click on the word RegisteredOwner and you will see an Edit String dialogue box appear which will allow you to alter the name. You can change the RegisteredOrganization in a similar manner. To have Windows Explorer start in the view that you prefer open any folder and use the View menu to set the viewing options you would like to have for every folder. Next, click on Tools, Folder Options, then the View tab, make any other changes that you would like, and click Apply to All Folders. From now on every folder window will open with these same View options.


Q: I have tried entering Safe Mode for defragging and troubleshooting by holding the Control or F8 key down during boot-up. At no stage can I bring up a menu allowing me to select Safe Mode. My operating system is Windows 98SE, supplied in a Gateway computer (the Gateway splash screen comes up before the Windows boot-up apparently starts). The instructions seem relatively clear, but I can't make it work.

A: On most PCs, pressing the F8 key every half second as soon as the memory check is complete usually works after a reboot. For Gateway computers this is often immediately after the splash screen. However a search on the Internet suggests this problem is not unknown with Gateway com-puters, and several solutions can be found.

Q: I use reverse dates to keep track of daily files (today is 050315) and would like to have the latest files (highest numbers) appear first when I open folders. I am using XP and Word 2000. I am sure some older versions allowed me to arrange files this way.

A: In Word, go to File, Open and select the folder where the files are stored. In the new window move to the arrow to the right of the View icon, set Details from the dropdown list, and then click on the menu header for Date Modified, and the files will be sorted in this manner in all folders. You can restore your preference for the listing of files.


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