Installing East Asian language support under Windows

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You don't need to modify Mozilla Suite/Firefox's configuration or download a plugin to display webpages written in Chinese, Japanese or Korean characters. You only need to make sure your operating system has East Asian language support enabled. But, If you need Mozilla Suite/Firefox's interface and menus to be in another language than English, download a localized Mozilla Suite / Firefox release.

This page outlines the steps for installing East Asian languages on a computer running Windows so that the user can display East Asian characters.


Windows XP

  1. First open the Control Panel dialog box by clicking on the Start button, and then click on Control Panel. By default the Control Panel is in Category View mode. If that is the case, click on Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options under Pick a Category. If not, you can either click on Switch to Category View to bring it up, or work in the Classic View (in that case just double click on the Regional and Language Options icon to open the Regional and Language Options dialog box; go on to step 3).
  2. The Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options opens. Click on Regional and Language Options under or Pick a Panel Control icon.
  3. You get the Regional and Language Options dialog box. Click on the Languages tab.
  4. You are now under the Languages tab for the Regional and Language Options dialog box. Check the box for Install East Asian Languages under Supplemental language support. Then click Apply and OK.

Windows 2000 Professional

  1. On the Windows Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Regional Options icon, and then click the General tab.
  3. Check the languages you want supported (Japanese; Korean; Simplified Chinese; and/or Traditional Chinese) by clicking in the checkbox next to those languages listed under Language settings for the system.

You may need to scroll down to see the language options you want. You may be prompted for a Windows 2000 Professional CD-ROM.

Windows 95/98/NT4

Windows 95/98/NT4 users have to download Asian language support from Microsoft's Web site.