1. In Windows 95, install Microsoft's free Multilanguage support for Windows 95 and 98
(there are English instructions how to do this at Microsoft's and
(this is not necessary in Windows NT)
2. In "Control Panel", open "Keyboard", select "Language"
(NT: "Input Locale") and "Add" the languages you need. Select key
combination to switch the languages. Now, in every application you can switch keyboard
layouts. In some applications, the appropriate font will be automatically selected if
switching keyboard layout. In others, you manually have to select the appropriate font.
3. Windows' multilanguage support uses UNICODE fonts that
support multiple codepages and languages.
Note: In order to use these fonts in some old style programs (like Winword 6.0
and 7.0) you have to add the following lines for each font (in example: Arial) to file win.ini (which is in your Windows folder) to section [FontSubstitutes]:
In order to do this, start "Notepad" from Programs/Accessories, open the file
win.ini in your Windows folder, search section [FontSubstitutes]and add the lines
For the fonts "Times New Roman", "Arial" and "Courier
New" this automatically will be done when installing multilanguage support.
In newer programs that support UNICODE (like Word 97) this is not necessairy.
4. Following UNICODE fonts are available on the Net:
!! This table of free
UNICODE fonts now has moved to special page: unifonts.htm !!
Necessary entrys to win.ini for the fonts mentioned in the table are listed in
the file schrift.txt from where you can copy them and
paste to win.ini.
5. In order to learn more about your fonts (supported codepages and languages, license,
font description, designer and vendor) download and install Microsoft's free Font Properties Extension.
(If you already have it make sure that it is the latest version because there were added
new features in october 1997).
6. Multilanguage support is provided only with native
keyboard layouts for each language. If you want to use your private keyboard layout (e. g.
phonetic layout for Russian) there is a really great tool for customizing keyboard
layouts: Janko's Keyboard Generator.
Unfortunately, this is for Windows 95 and 98 only, there isn't a
version for NT yet.
7. Windows's native multilanguage support uses codepage 1251 for Cyrillic and 1250 for
Central European languages, but on the Internet encodings KOI8-R for Russian and ISO
8859-2 for Central European languages are used. Therefore, many sites on russification
give complicated instructions how to force Windows to use KOI8-R resp. ISO 8859-2 suggest
to install special fonts and keyboard drivers. But this may cause you serious problems and
is not necessary at all: modern browsers, mail clients or HTML editors
like Netscape Communicator 4 and newer, MS Internet Explorer 3 and newer or MS Frontpage
are able to read and write messages and web pages in all needed encodings by using only
Windows's native fonts and keyboard drivers.
8. To convert texts from one encoding into another use WinConv für Windows 95 or Convert or Ilya Sandlers Cyrillic