Switch the Installation Language for Office 2000

October 15, 1999

Microsoft Office 2000 is available in many localized versions. When you remove one language version of Office 2000, however, and replace it with another language version, Setup does not display all the available language features for the new language version of Office.

To change Office installation language settings in the Microsoft Windows® registry, run the Language Version utility after you remove the old language version of Office 2000 and before you install the new one. Running this tool ensures that the new language features are revealed during the Setup process. The Language Version utility also deletes some custom Microsoft Word 2000 settings saved in the previous language version of Office.


Toolbox     The Office Resource Kit (orktools.exe) includes the Language Version utility (Langver.exe). You can find this downloadable file on the Office 2000 Resource Kit Downloads page.


Note that the Language Version utility is designed for administrators who are installing Office 2000. The Language Settings utility, by contrast, is part of Office 2000. Users run the Language Settings utility to change language settings after Office is installed.

Installing a new language version of Office 2000

The Language Version utility is intended for administrators who are installing Office 2000 on localized versions of the Windows operating system. Run this utility when you have already installed Office 2000 in one language, and you want to remove that version and install Office 2000 in a different language.

For example, if you install the localized Italian version of Office 2000, and later you remove that version to install the English version of Office 2000 with MultiLanguage Pack, you can run the Language Version utility to remove Italian language settings in the registry. This step ensures that the correct language features are available during Office Setup.

If you install Office 2000 with MultiLanguage Pack, and later you want to change the language of the user interface, you can use the Language Settings utility to switch the settings. In this scenario, you do not need to uninstall Office 2000 or run the Language Version utility.


 Note    If you are upgrading from any previous language version of Office 97 to any language version of Office 2000, then you do not need to run the Language Version utility. Language settings in the registry are updated appropriately during Setup.


Modifying language settings in the registry

The Language Version utility changes settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Common\LanguageResources subkey in the Windows registry. Specifically, running the tool does the following:

  • Adds locale ID (LCID) entries for every language supported by Office 2000 and sets them to Off.
  • Sets the LCID entry for the default language that you choose to On.
  • Sets the LCID for a set of languages commonly used by speakers of the default language to On.

For example, if you choose German as your default language, then the Language Version utility also sets the LCIDs for French, Italian, and English to On. Together, these settings mimic the behavior of the localized German version of Office.

  • Sets the Office executable mode, installation language and flavor, user interface language, and Help language to the default language that you choose.
  • Resets the values of the PreviousUI and PreviousFlavor entries to the language version that you have removed.

The Language Version utility also changes the following Word 2000 settings so that the new version of Office uses correct sort routines and other language-specific settings:

  • Deletes the Normal.dot template, which also deletes all customizations.
  • Deletes registry entries that specify Word language settings in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Word\ subkey.

Specifically, the tool deletes the List Gallery Preset subkey, and the Settings entry in the Data subkey.

Word regenerates both the Normal.dot file and the default registry settings based on the installation language specified in the LanguageResources subkey.

Running the Language Version tool

When you run the Setup program for the Office Resource Kit core tool set, the Language Version utility is installed on your computer.

To run the Language Version utility

  1. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, point to Microsoft Office 2000 Resource Kit Tools, and then click Language Version.
  2. In the Use defaults for box, select the language you want.

By default, the dialog box appears with the language of the operating system selected.

You can also run the Language Version utility from the command line by typing LangVer.exe /LCID <number>, where number is the four-digit locale ID for the language you want. To change the Office installation language to the same language as the operating system, type LangVer.exe /LCID AUTO.

 Tip    For a list of LCIDs, see the topic Locale identification numbers for language-specific files in Microsoft Office 2000 Help.

When to use the Language Version and Language Settings utilities

The Language Version utility changes LCID settings in the Windows registry so that Office installs with the correct language features. Administrators typically run LangVer.exe when they install a new language version of Office 2000 on a localized version of Windows.

You can also run LangVer.exe on an English version of Windows to reset Office 2000 language settings; however, this use of the tool is not supported.

After Office is installed, administrators or end users run the Language Settings utility to switch the language of the Office 2000 user interface and Help system, and to enable additional languages for editing.

In the registry, SetLang.exe sets additional LCIDs in the Language Resources subkey to On. Provided that users have installed the necessary files from Office 2000 MultiLanguage Pack or Office 2000 Proofing Tools, the new language features are immediately available.

Related links

The core version of Office 2000 and plug-in language features of MultiLanguage Pack allow you to deploy and maintain a single installation of Office throughout a multinational organization. For more information, see Deploying Office 2000 in the Office 2000 Resource Kit.